Ocean Springs gift shop hosts local author Johnnie Bernhard and her new book

Published: Aug. 13, 2022 at 8:03 PM CDT
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OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss. (WLOX) - In downtown Ocean Springs, Poppy’s Gift Shop featured coast author Johnnie Bernhard signing copies of her new book Hannah and Ariela.

Though the book is a fictional story, the message speaks on the very real issue of human trafficking.

“Every 30 seconds in this country, someone becomes a victim of human trafficking,” Bernhard said. “I’m a mother. I’m a grandmother. I’m a former teacher. I love people, and many of the people that are hurt in this crime are the most vulnerable.”

Poppy’s carries all four of Bernhard’s books.

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