Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Just Between You and Me, Jenny B. Jones

Rating: 5 stars

Synopsis from Maggie lives life on the edge, seemingly unafraid of anything. But the image she so carefully constructed is coming undone.

Maggie's job as a videographer takes her around the world. She tells people's stories, especially those of impoverished children. That's when she feels most alive, like she's making the world better.
But when a secret from her past resurfaces, Maggie gets a call that sends her home. Her dad desperately needs her help. Her estranged sister has run off, leaving 8-year-old Riley in his care. She returns reluctantly, hoping to help her niece. There she reconnects with Cooper--a once awkward and shy, now handsome, veterinarian. Her feelings skyrocket when she's with him, but she's afraid if she shows him her true self, he'll reject her. 
An honest, hilarious journey that will transform Maggie--if she just learns to trust more and fear less.

B Squared's Review: My sister and I recently discovered Jenny B. Jones' work, and she has quickly become one of our new favorite authors.  Just Between You and Me whetted my appetite for reading more books by Ms. Jones, even the young adult titles that my sister mentioned in her review of Save the Date.

The cover of Just Between You and Me notes that it is "A novel of losing fear and finding God." That statement tidily sums up the main premise of the story, which teaches readers important lessons about life and faith, while maintaining a refreshing since of realism and humor.  I generally gravitate to the historical Christian fiction genre because I often find modern fiction unrelatable and at times too heavy on sarcasm and too light on inspiration.  Although Just Between You and Me contains sarcastic banter between the characters, I found it enjoyable and engaging.  I immediately connected with the main character Maggie.  Since the story is written in first person, I found it easy to understand Maggie's fears, struggles, and personality quirks.

Siri Mitchell's The Cubicle Next Door is responsible for drawing me into modern Christian fiction, and Jenny B. Jones' novels Just Between You and Me and Save the Date have just earned spots right next door in my book collection. Just Between You and Me is a novel that I highly recommend to fellow readers, and I am adding Jenny B. Jones to my favorite author list right now...

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