Some people have this uncanny ability to get you laughing quite easily, and isn’t that a wonderful thing? Laughter just makes everything better, you’re happy, you’re comfortable, and you really don’t want it to end. Those are pretty much my feelings about books written by Jenny B Jones. The thing that is really a fascinating combo though is that right along with the laughter in that place where you are happy and comfortable, Jenny introduces you to characters that have “stuff” that is pretty serious to wade through, you know stuff like complicated family relationships, grief, perfectionism and parental approval to name a few. You find all of this stuff, along with the laughter and much more in Jenny B Jones latest book There You’ll Find Me.
Finley Sinclair, little sister to Alex Sinclair from Save the Date (for loyal Jenny B Jones fans) is on her way to Ireland when she lands a free upgrade into First Class where she just happens to sit next to none other than Beckett Rush, up and coming teen movie star . With his Vampire franchise of films with such titles as Vampire Boarding School and Friday Night Bites, he has developed quite a following of teens and tweens alike. Unfortunately, his reputation precedes him as that of a Mr. Hollywood Party Boy and as Finley is on a personal spiritual renewal trip to get a fresh start after making some poor choices, she wants as far a berth as she can get from the guy that every other girl would die to be around. As luck would have it, Beckett is staying at the very Bed and Breakfast, while filming his latest Vampire movie, where Finley is staying with her host family during her study abroad program, so their paths do keep crossing. Finley finds that maybe all those paparazzi reports on Beckett weren’t really that accurate and Beckett can’t help but be drawn to a girl that seems to be real and not cookie-cutter Hollywood. As they get to know each other all of that “stuff”- good and bad starts to come out as they help each other to find what they truly are looking for.
This story while having the usual humor that Jenny B. Jones always dishes up so well ,also has some real characters dealing with real issues in their lives. I love how the journey progresses for both characters with regards to figuring out what path God has for each of their lives and that it isn’t always what they naturally thought would happen. But God’s ways are always better than our ways and a whole lot of growth takes place during the process.
This YA book is charming, lovely set in Ireland, and a pleasure to read. I like reading good YA stuff that I can pass on to my daughter’s with confidence that they will be read , enjoyed and even have a great spiritual message in between the laughter and the tears. Thanks Jenny B Jones once again for a great book! Well constructed plot, loveable characters and a story that tugs on your heartstrings while filling the reader with joy and hope!
A free digital copy was given to me by the publisher through the Netgalley program. I was not obligated to write a positive review and all opinions expressed are my own.