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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Blog Tour: Dear Jane by Rachel Ward

 Dear Jane by Rachel Ward

Book Description:

 “Dear Quinn,

This is a hard letter to write. I have been thinking a lot about us for the past few weeks, and I can’t shake the feeling that we just aren’t meant to be…”

Quinn had her life perfectly planned out when she left on her mission: come home in eighteen months, marry her stunningly handsome boyfriend, and live happily ever after. But all of that changed when Quinn got a Dear Jane email from the man she thought she was meant to be with. Now she’s stuck at home with no boyfriend, no job, no major, and absolutely no social life.

As Quinn struggles to find her path forward, she begins to learn that life is not perfect and happily-ever-afters don’t always turn out how we expect them to. Will Quinn ever find the path that leads to her eternal happiness?


Review:

Rachel Ward did a good job with her first published novel, Dear Jane. It's LDS fiction (aka Mormon fiction), so if you aren't familiar with the LDS culture it's possible you'll be a bit lost. However, I think it's worth checking out even if you might not understand missions and "Dear Jane" letters.

Dear Jane is an enjoyable and well-written story, and was surprisingly deep at times. I'll admit I was just expecting fluff/mind candy (which I like), so the inclusion of some deep family/emotional issues was unexpected but added a lot to the story.

Part of the story dragged a bit for me in the middle, but otherwise it was entertaining. I liked the balance between serious emotions and humor throughout the book, and I really appreciated the sweet ending.

About the Author:

Rachel Turner Ward graduated from Hillcrest High School after spending two years writing for the yearbook and the creative writing magazine. She then studied English at Brigham Young University­—Idaho, graduating with an emphasis in Literary Studies. She has contributed to several online publications, including Mormon Mommy Blogs and SheSteals. She has written a personal blog since 2009, Trapped Between a Scream and a Hug.  Rachel lives in Salt Lake with her six children and husband of 15 years.

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Title: Dear Jane
Author: Rachel Ward
Publisher: Cedar Fort, Inc.
Published: August, 2016
ISBN: 1462118933
Source: I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for a review.