Top positive review
Ms. Owens can flat out write a love story. I highly recommend this book!
Reviewed in the United States on June 26, 2018
Just Jenny has both cussing (including f-bombs) and on-page sex. If those things will cause you to leave a bad review, this might not be the book for you. This is book one of the Blue Ridge Valley series but it completely stands alone.
This book is one of my favorite Sandra Owens books ever, and that is saying something because I have enjoyed all of her books. Ms. Owens just has a way of making me believe in happily ever after. This book deals with some really serious and heartbreaking topics, but it has a ton of humor, laced through it that, coupled with the heat and fantastic story make the serious things not feel so heavy. Ms. Owens has a killer sense of humor that she displays throughout all of her books, and this one is no exception. I found myself highlighting a bunch of moments – both subtle and blatant - that made me laugh enough that I wanted to be able to go back and re-read them later. I love it when that happens.
Another thing Ms. Owens does so well is to shape characters that are relatable and so incredibly likable. Dylan's backstory was so heartbreaking. More than once I got teary-eyed as we learned about his past - and present – angst. The more that I read, the more that I just wanted him to get through it and to start to feel human again. One of my favorite things about Dylan was that he let Jenny and Sarah fight their own battles. While he supported them and could played the Big Man Hero, he trusted both to deal with their own issues – I loved that. Jenny's back story was also heartbreaking, but it was also really sweet, which might sound strange once you learn about it. I loved her devotion to the past (trying to be vague) and the way she tried to honor someone who deserved that devotion, while also living her own life and being her own person. Put those two damaged but great characters together and you have a couple of fantastic characters who just deserved to be happy together. It would have been impossible to root against them.
Ms. Owens also nails small-town life perfectly in this book. Blue Ridge Valley was the epitome of a small town, complete with characters who filled the book with funny moments and fun stories without overpowering the main story. I really enjoyed the foreshadowing and hints about the next book and I am already looking forward to it coming out.
If you're a fan of books that have a huge amount of heart and humor wrapped around a mystery theme and that also has the ability to make you tear up, you should read this book. I highly recommend it.