Just Between You and Me by Jenny B. Jones
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.
To save one little girl--and herself--can Maggie let go of her fears and just trust God?
I picked up this book because I liked the cover and the blurb sounded good. I've never read Jenny B Jones before and I'm so glad that I did. I laughed so hard in this book so many times! That hasn't happened to me in a long time with a book. I even cried a few times. The witty dialogue and the internal monologue of Maggie is simply hilarious yet underneath this is a heartfelt and serious book.
Maggie is funny, wild and running from the past. She comes across as real - someone you might have known in high school. Conner - the local vet, ex-nerd and former recipient of Maggie's wild pranks is there to push Maggie to the place she needs to be - stepping off the edge into trust, faith and hope.
Maggie's difficult (to say the least) niece, Riley jumps off the page with life. She is believable as a troubled kid whose just looking for a firm foundation and someone to love her.
At many points this book did not shy away from the hard subjects, but Jenny B. Jones used humour to take the edge off the tension without taking away from the difficult circumstances.
I loved Maggie and Conner! They are an awesome witty couple and their romance is just right.
I loved, loved this book. Many re-reads are in it's future! Grab it if you are after a funny, real people moving closer to God in their own ways read. You won't be disappointed.