Review by Andrea Grigg
I’ve acquired another author to add to my (ever-growing) list of favourites. Not only did I fall in love with the characters in I’ll Be Yours, I also fell in love with the author’s voice.
Funny yet heartfelt, emotional yet real, Jenny B Jones writes stories which pull me into Book World and keep me there until I’m dragged back into Real World, only because I must. Like to feed my husband or speak to my children.
Here’s my review for I’ll Be Yours, Jenny’s latest book.
At sixteen, clever and geeky Harper O’Malley is a bit of a late bloomer in the love department. She’s never had a crush on a boy until now, and it’s hit her hard. Andrew Levin is new to Washington High, a musician like Harper, good-looking and kind. But more important than any of those things, he’s safe which means he’s perfect, even if he doesn’t understand her driving need to rescue dogs for the local animal shelter or even like them all that much.
Eventually, we find out why Harper insists on wearing long sleeves no matter what the season. It’s all part of why she must crush on a ‘safe’ guy. Not much about her early life has been safe, not until the O’Malleys came along when she was nine, fostered and then adopted her.
But then, much to Harper’s annoyance, along comes Ridley Estes, heartthrob and star football player on the high school team. He’s desperate for Harper to tutor him and they make a deal. Harper will help him with his studies and he will teach her how to snag a guy.
Just as things are working out with Harper and Andrew, a football scandal rocks the O’Malley family and both Harper’s and Ridley’s lives are turned upside down. Unexpectedly, Ridley, the not-to-be-trusted-heartbreaker, is the one who helps Harper negotiate the minefield of pain – so not part of her plan. And as the weeks pass and the fallout lessens, nothing in Harper’s world is the same … especially her.
I know this book is YA and I know I’m not, but I absolutely loved it. If you have a teenage daughter or granddaughter or know anyone of any age who enjoys Christian romances that aren’t the least bit religious, then I highly recommend I’ll Be Yours. As for me, I can safely say I’ll be reading books by Jenny B Jones until I’m ninety (presuming my glasses still work).
P.S. - If you’d like to try one of Jenny’s books, the first one I ever read, InBetween, is permanently free on Amazon. Click here for the link.
Andrea Grigg is the author of two contemporary Christian romances, A Simple Mistake and Too Pretty. She loves hearing from readers and writers alike, and can be contacted via Twitter, @andreagrigg, her Facebook author page, and via email: firstname.lastname@example.org