Thank you very much to Author Angie Langley for my copy of Jennifer Brown’s Journey. Don’t you just love the cover to this book. The Author told me as I started to read this book that the story is true.
Five feet one and full of fizz, Jennifer Brown lights up the room. She has a gorgeous partner, a wicked best friend, and a boss who doesn’t mind that she’s the worst typist on the planet. She’s loyal, generous and irredeemably ditzy. Everyone loves Jennifer Brown.But can she learn to love herself? When her world caves in, she needs every ounce of her steely core to step back from the abyss and take charge of her life, reinventing herself first as cook and housekeeper to a saucy sexagenarian, then as manager of a tumbledown country estate with sensitive secrets.Peopled by a battalion of hilarious characters from the caustic, cross-dressing confidant to the besotted ex-boyfriend with a barmy ex-wife, Jennifer Brown’s Journey is a heartwarming, thoughtful, often poignant portrait of the trials of life as a thirty-something woman.Jennifer Brown champions the importance of self-belief, and the value of a bucket-sized glass of wine in a tight spot.And, always in the background, there’s the quiet man with the warm eyes and the velvet vowels.What on earth is Jennifer Brown going to do about him?
The first in a series of three, Jennifer Brown’s Journey is a story of female self-empowerment and the triumph of the human spirit in the face of challenges that many women will recognise. Lighthearted and poignant, the story gives readers a very real sense of a woman, initially rather ditzy, maturing into a redoubtable, self-possessed individual who faces her many challenges with developing aplomb.
This is a heart warming lovely read. The main character Jennifer Brown is just your average girl next door type character until her life gets turned upside down and she has to make some decisions of what to do. As we follow Jennifer’s journey, I felt like I really knew her and she was the type of character that you’d like to be friends with so we could chat about life, love and adventures. Starting off in a not so great position, Jennifer shows the reader how its ok to be not ok all the time. But to keep faith in yourself and push on to find a life that suits you.
This book reminded me of Bridget Jones and Sophie Kinsella’s Undomesticated Goddess in parts. The book is easy reading and fun. You can laugh, sympathise and rejoice with Jennifer.She comes across as sometimes dizzy, and sometimes so full of human spirit and adventure that you can’t help but love her. A quote that made me chuckle:
“Larry would always ask for the same drink – a large gin with a bit of lemon. When we started dating, weeks later, I discovered he’d been asking all along for a gin and bitter lemon. He’d been too polite to point out my mistake.”
Jennifer makes quite a few mistakes similar to this throughout her story. I chuckled, smiled and sighed along with Jennifer throughout this book. It is a fun book that is perfect for a holiday read, or just curled up in bed with a cuppa and a cosy blanket.