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Just Between You and Me: A Novel of Losing Fear and Finding God - eBook
Thomas Nelson / 2009 / ePub
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Maggie lives life on the edge, seemingly unafraid of anything. But the image she so carefullyconstructed is coming undone.
Maggie's job as a videographer takes her around the world. She tells people's stories, especiallythose of impoverished children. That's when she feels most alive, like she's making the worldbetter.
But when a secret from her past resurfaces, Maggie gets a call that sends her home. Her daddesperately needs her help. Her estranged sister has run off, leaving 8-year-old Riley in his care.She returns reluctantly, hoping to help her neice. There she reconnects with Cooper--a onceawkward and shy, now handsome, veterinarian. Her feelings skyrocket when she's with him, butshe'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 fearless.
According to its front cover, Just Between You and Me by Jenny B. Jones is a novel of losing fear and finding God, and a good theme passage for it would be Isaiah 43. Maggie Montgomery is a driven young woman who has it made in TV-land, but her stormy past is suddenly dredged up by a phone call from her estranged father. He asks her to return to her childhood home to help him care for her niece, Riley, because Maggies drug-addicted sister Allison has abandoned the ten-year-old girl. Maggie returns home and is confronted by Connor Blake, a handsome veterinarian who challenges her to face her past and her fears.
The author has mastered the portrayal of partial-application of faith to life. The plot continuously takes unexpected twists and turns, keeping the readers attention effortlessly. It is not a typical Christian romance; it is primarily a story of growth and healing. The relationships between the characters are realistic and intense, and they draw in the reader. The entire book is an unforgettable experience.
Maggie Montgomery has been running from her past for years and making a successful living in the world of television, but failing in the world of love. Out of the blue comes a phone call from the father who, she is convinced, has never loved her. He begs her to help him care for young Riley. Maggie agrees and finds herself on the road to healing for Riley, for her father, and for herself.
Maggie is wild, headstrong, and fearful. She is the personification of many strong women of today who overcame (or, rather, shoved down) bad childhood experiences and became financially successful. She has the partial-application faith that so many of us have, and she deals with her problems the same way that many of us would. The other characters are also unique, intense, and very realistic. Their relationships with each other and with Maggie are believable, and it is easy to empathize with them.
Overall, I was very impressed with the book. Its depth and accuracy were pleasantly surprising, and its characters were relatable and loveable. It is an excellent novel, especially for female readers. Becky Blomenberg, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
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