Reviewer: Lori Graham
Title: Just Between You and Me
Author: Jenny B. Jones
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Release Date: September 2009
Genre/Sub-genre: Inspirational Fiction
Overall Rating: 4.5
Sexual Content Rating: None
Language (Profanity/Slang) Rating: None
Violent Content Rating: None
Jenny's Website: www.jennybjones.com
Maggie is living the life she always dreamed of. She is a cinematographer who gets to travel the world. She is now up for the world’s most incredible job with National Geographic. Her boyfriend, John (an attorney with her current company), is really heating up the relationship. This should be everything she wants but she finds that she is feeling very unsatisfied. Maggie has been drawn the children in each of the locales she visits and their faces in the pictures she has taken haunt her.
Just as she is coming to this crossroads with her job and her boyfriend, Maggie receives a call from her dad. He rarely calls and even more rarely asks for anything so when he asks her to come home, she goes back to Ivy, Texas—not where she wanted to be. When she arrives, she finds that her father has stepped out of retirement because her sister, Allison, has left her daughter, Riley, with their dad and Allison has taken off. Riley is struggling with feeling abandoned yet again and needs some stability in her life.
As things become even more complicated, Maggie’s dad has a heart attack.
Along the way, Maggie reconnects with Connor who is now the local vet. To say that someone can read her mail would be an understatement. Maggie has some very tough choices to make.
I love the real life situation that Jenny Jones has created with Just Between You and Me. Maggie has to struggle even with her Christianity and what it is made up of. Then she also has to figure out what she herself is using as her backbone. The characters are real with a lot of depth and truly grow within the story. There is the perfect balance between the primary and the secondary characters and the inspirational pieces lend the edge this story needed to be complete. Jenny truly illustrates that God is a part of our daily lives—if we let Him be.
Poignant, clever, witty, and honest are all words I would use to describe this story. Well done!
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