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Just Between You and Me: A Novel of Losing Fear and Finding God

Just Between You and Me: A Novel of Losing Fear and Finding God

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by Jenny B. Jones

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The only thing scarier than living on the edge is stepping off it.

Maggie Montgomery lives a life of adventure. Her job as a cinematographer takes her from one exotic locale to the next. When Maggie's not working, she loves to rappel off cliffs or go skydiving. Nothing frightens her.

Nothing, that is, except Ivy, Texas, where a family


The only thing scarier than living on the edge is stepping off it.

Maggie Montgomery lives a life of adventure. Her job as a cinematographer takes her from one exotic locale to the next. When Maggie's not working, she loves to rappel off cliffs or go skydiving. Nothing frightens her.

Nothing, that is, except Ivy, Texas, where a family emergency pulls her back home to a town full of bad memories, painful secrets, and people Maggie left far behind . . . for a reason.

Forced to stay longer than she intended, Maggie finds her family a complete mess, including the niece her sister has abandoned. Ten-year-old Riley is struggling in school and out of control at home. The only person who can really handle the pint-sized troublemaker is Conner, the local vet and Ivy's most eligible bachelor. But Conner and Maggie keep butting heads--he's suspicious of her and, well, she doesn't rely on anyone but herself.

As Maggie humorously fumbles her way from one mishap to another, she realizes she's going to need to ask for help from the one person who scares her the most.

To save one little girl--and herself--can Maggie let go of her fears and just trust God?

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Jenny B. Jones is a four-time Carol-Award winningauthor who writes YA and Christian Romances with equal parts wit, sass, and untamed hilarity. Whenshe's not writing, she'sliving it up as ahigh school speech teacher in Arkansas. Visit JennyBJones.com and SouthernBelleView.com. Twitter @JenBJones

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Just Between You And Me 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 46 reviews.
poosie More than 1 year ago
The story is one full of hilarious mishaps, fun, lots of humor, and tender heart. This is moving and meaningful and perfect reading for women. Ivy, Texas is the last place Maggie Montgomery wants to go, but at the urgent request of her dad, she returns to her hometown. Maggie Montgomery is a cinematographer who's not afraid of anything except going "home". Maggie must face her demons and reality. A budding romance with the local vet, a sister with a drug addiction, and a haunting memory give Maggie's story layers of good reading material. Lots to enjoy! I also loved TAKE FOUR and EXPLOSION IN PARIS.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this is an amazing book! i can't believe it, its so amazing. it is awesome. i can totally see a movie of this! i already know the actors and actresses that will be in it. it starts of with Maggie. she thinks she's fearless, everyone thinks she is fearless. but she's not, the death of her mother haunts her, her sister's stubborn daughter, and a few friends that aren't willing to let go who she was in high school. and then there is Connor Blake- one of the nerds from way back- he returns and Maggie and him but heads a few times. Maggie's friend tries to set them up together. and Maggie realizes that instead of running away from love, she needs to embrace it. when the situation turns- a job interview- video graphing and other stuff, she is forced to walk away from love, but is that what what she really wants? this book, is dramatic, romantic, and amazing, it reflects what a talented writer Jenny B Jones is. it will keep you entertained, make you cry, and keep you laughing. you might even read it again and again. i loaned this book to 2 of my friends, and they loved it. this is definitely a great book! it will make you wish there was a movie of this. maybe someday there will be...... hopefully.
Deborah_K More than 1 year ago
I am a HUGE fan of Jenny's YA books and have been for the past few years so I was totally eager to read her first adult fiction novel. Her YA books are totally fun to read and really speak to me so I had high expectations for this book. I was definitely not disappointed. Even though Maggie is older than Jenny's past protagonist, she still in a voice that I could totally relate to. Maggie gives a lot of one-liners and can be quite sarcastic at times which adds to the humor in the book. It's good she does that because there's a lot of heavy material in the book to tackle. Her relationship with her niece is a highlight of the book as we watch them grow together. The part of the book that stood out most to me was the entire dynamic of Maggie's family. She's had to bear the weight of being present while her mother committed suicide and then having a mentally unstable sister blame her for it. Plus her father seems to care more about hiding the situation than being there for the daughter that really needs him. I was so glad when she confronted her father. He honestly made me mad while reading the book. I know I say this now while I don't have kids, but there is no way I am going to knowingly fund my child's drug habit and pretend to myself that I'm "helping" them. One thing I was really worried about was that I was afraid Maggie was going to have give up all her dreams just to stay back at home. Many books have this storyline where the main character has left home to find their dreams but then end up having to return to fulfill family obligations and thus sacrifice their future plans. While family is always important, I just hate having to see people give up careers they've worked so hard for. Thankfully that does not happen in this book. Without giving away any huge spoilers, I was pleased that Maggie was able to fulfill both her duty to family and accomplish the dream she's always wanted. As I said before I really enjoyed reading this book. Jenny's style of writing is really easy to read and thrusts you into the story so you feel like you are a part of it. The characters come to life and are extremely realistic. There aren't too many Christian books that wouldn't let a character like Allison end up the way she does without a happy ending or without getting magically healed. I was really pleased with this book and it's probably one of my favorite reads of the year. If you haven't read any of Jenny's books (or even if you have) this is definite must read. HIGHLY recommended.
Reviews-By-Ann More than 1 year ago
Jones jumps genre into adult romance with the aplomb of a professional ballet dancer. Her knack for flawlessly juggling humor and life's grittier issues now enhances the grown-up woman's romance. Jones' teen readers have leapt with her into the adult market without a hitch-if the teens I know are any indication. Jones will, no doubt, add a legion of adults to her following. Bravo! For any who wondered if Jones could master a full-on romance. She totally brings it.
MichelleSutton More than 1 year ago
I loved how this entire story played out. The emotional landscape was rich and thoroughly plowed. The hero was incredibly dreamy and yet realistic and believable. The heroine's issues were compelling, interesting, and clearly well-researched. The minor charactor, Riley, was probably the best portrayal of a screwed up kid that I've ever read. She was totally real and perfectly developed. Everything about her issues rang true. Even the sister, Allison, was shown in a believable fashion. I've worked with numerous mentally ill and drug abusing people in my lifetime and Allison's issues were spot-on as well as her way of dealing with them. This story really tugged at my heart strings because each character was well-done and could easily be people I've known and loved. On top of all of those high praises I have to add that the romantic tension was delicious and the emotional and spiritual arcs were perfectly done. I can't stand contrived tension or plastic faith inserted into a story to make it fit the Christian label. Worse, it really bugs me when a book is labeled Christian and there is no mention of Christ anywhere in the story. Everything in this book rang true to me. Just Between You and Me was so good, in fact, that it's making my best of 2009 fiction list. I highly recommend this story.
Jessica_Epps More than 1 year ago
I have read all of Jenny B. Jones' books, and Just Between You and Me is now my favorite! Don't get me wrong, I absolutely loved the other ones as well, but this book was a great mixture of both the normal sass along with a great message about faith. It blows me away how this author can write all of her books that make me catch myself laughing out loud! Just Between You and Me had a lot of funny one-liners! However, it also made me reevaluate my walk with the Lord, and enabled me to realize that I also don't always give everything over to Him. I would HIGHLY recommend Just Between You and Me to anyone at any age. You will thoroughly enjoy this book and won't be able to put it down until the end. You will love it!
TBCN More than 1 year ago
"There's a feeling in the air, and I don't like it. A feeling that says, Things are about to get messy and out of control. Messy I can handle. The contents of my purse are a testimonial to that. But the relationship business? Let's just say I'm a better cinematographer than I am a girlfriend." This statement out of the mouth of Maggie, world traveler, great at her job, but not so good with relationships of any kind; which she soon discovers when a family emergency brings her home to Ivey, Texas. The last place on earth she wants to be. Talk about messy? Maggie is going to church and hears the pastor say, "What's holding you back today? Every single one of us has fears. You know who eats that up? The enemy. He loves nothing more than to see you hanging tight to all those things you're afraid of. .." Maggie wonders if the pastor is talking directly to her, and you'll wonder if Jenny is talking to you. This book grabbed my heart and attention right from the start. Jenny B. Jones not only has Maggie discover she might have a few fears she's holding on to but she made me think about fear in a deeper, personal sense. What does facing your fear look like? I think that this author does an amazing job of showing Maggie how to identify her fears, but it made this reader think about the issue of fear as well. Bravo, Jenny! for penning such a dynamic, funny, heartfelt story of unconditional love, forgiveness, and letting God take the drivers' seat of our lives. It's a scary thing to do. Can Maggie pull it off, could you? Jenny gives you hope and a little bit of her testimony about dealing with fear, in the back of the book. I can't stop thinking about this book and neither will you! Nora St.Laurent Finding Hope Through Fiction www.psalm516.blogspot.com
Janna6 More than 1 year ago
Jenny, Jenny who can I turn to You give me something I can hold on to Okay, aside from the fact that those 2 lines are a mini tribute to Tommy Tutone and a famous phone number, they are true. I look forward to every book Jenny B. Jones writes and she has yet to let me down. First off a great YA series, the Katie Parker series, and then she follows that up with So Not Happening the first of The Charmed Life series. Admittedly they are both considered YA series (but come on, she's a high school teacher and she knows her audience very well!) but I have thoroughly enjoyed them. I was curious to see how her first turn at women's fiction went, you know, the whole if it ain't broke don't fix it kind of thing... I'm so glad she decided to fix it. Jenny takes some tough subjects - abandonment, mental disease, suicide (?), forgiveness and bitterness and does an amazing thing by adding some incredible characters (Maggie is wonderful and you can feel the struggle she is going through in trying to protect herself and also do the right thing, and don't get me started on Riley and how she tries so hard to put up a wall so she won't get hurt again but she just wants to be loved) throwing in some good humor and topping it off with wonderful realism (the relationship between Maggie and her dad and seeing her reaction to how he treats Riley now was so real that I couldn't believe it!) and she winds up with an amazing story. I wish this wasn't a stand alone book, but I think it is. If not, I really hope to see Maggie Montgomery in print again someday, what a gal!
ChristysBookBlog More than 1 year ago
Just Between You and Me by Jenny B. Jones is a powerful novel about living without fear and learning to trust God. Maggie Montgomery has made a career of running away. As a cinematographer she also views the world at a safe remove without having to actually interact with it. Twelve years after she left her hometown of Ivy, Texas, her father calls demanding she return to help out with her niece, Riley. Maggie has spent years avoiding returning to Ivy and all that it holds for her: her father's cold shoulder, her sister's bitter rage, and her mother's death that haunts them all. She goes home for Riley's sake, just for a few days, but her departure keeps getting delayed as God works on her heart through Riley's brokenness and handsome vet Connor's romantic attention. Whenever I see "Women of Faith Fiction" on the front cover of a novel, I know that I'm in for a treat, but Jones' stands out even in that elite group. Maggie and Connor have some of the best repartee I've ever read. They zing each other, even as they can't seem to stay apart. While the plot may be familiar: career girl returns home to face a family crisis and find romance, Jones' dialogue and appealing characters make this a real page-turner. Every sentence is carefully crafted: Because I've seen the world. But sometimes I wonder...has it ever seen me? Beautifully written with humor, romance, and faith; this book has it all.
JoHuddleston More than 1 year ago
In high school, Maggie Montgomery was the girl who took every dare, earning the label of fearless. She left her hometown of Ivy, Texas right after high school and had no plans to return. When she's thirty, Maggie's dad calls her home to help him with a family crisis: a family of a widowed father and a crazy, druggie sister who abandons her ten-year-old girl. Maggie puts her adventurous, world-hopping life of a cinematographer on hold to return to Ivy. Maggie plans for her stay in Ivy to be a brief one but she's mistaken. She's haunted by a secret fear that gives her nightmares and a long-ago memory lapse that may hold the key to free her from her nightmares. In Ivy she reunites with her best friend and the high school nerd who is no longer the nerd she remembers but a too-handsome man whose smile melts her resolve to leave Ivy, Texas. Jones develops characters that you will love and sometimes hate and tells Maggie's story with a touch of humor. A good read. Jo Huddleston www.johuddleston.com
harstan More than 1 year ago
Maggie does not have the T-shirt, but she survived the death of her mom when she was a child and the martinet demands of her dad. Instead Maggie lives for her work as a globetrotting cinematographer unlike her drug abusing sister Allison. Her dad begs her to come home to help him with his eight year old troubled granddaughter Riley as Allison dumped her before running away. Reluctantly, Maggie agrees though she knows any family involvement means trouble and heartache. Back home, all that she fled from hammers at Maggie's soul especially when she looks into the messed up eyes of Riley. On the positive side there is Connor the veterinarian. The key to this strong look at a family in crisis is each of the four prime players seems real with their dependence on varying defense mechanisms in order to survive relational demands. Maggie puts up a bold front to hide her distrust of relationships as Connor knows first hand; Allison hides behind drug abuse; Riley pretends she does not care; and dad feels overwhelmed so he keeps his emotional distance to hide his fear of failure. Though the ending is too pat and obvious, using pathos, wit, and humor, Jenny B. Jones provides her audience with a profound family character study of a Jack and his three descendent Jills struggling like the Cowardly Lion to find courage and have cake too . Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this story. It really tells how God is always there for us, and how He speaks through the people around us.
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He walks in wearing a white tee and basketball shorts. Helooks at Jamie, grinning.
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Ava Charleston. Age: 18. She's lean and long-limbed and has long, auburn hair. Her eyes are electric blue, and she has pretty fair skin. She's very beautiful.
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This book was hilarious yet very humbling. Connor sounds like my dream guy totally to die for and he also sounds like a man after Gods own heart . But needless to say it was gret book that really got me thinking aboit my relationship with GOD.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book and highly recommend it. Jenny B. Jones is becoming one of my favorite authors.
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I find that Jenny B Jones writes about real Christian women, who are flawed and seeking, it's so refreshing. I loved this book, the characters and the message. I highly recommend it.
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Baergirl More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book! The author, Jenny B. Jones, writes very touching, funny, and wholesome romantic fiction books. I've been looking for books for my young teenager that show how love can be pure, and fun, and a growing experience. This book was wonderful! My 14 year old enjoyed it as well as I did.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jenny Jones is one of my favorite authors:)
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