Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Book review of Plain Jayne by Laura Drewry

In Laura Drewry’s funny, heartwarming Loveswept debut, a man and a woman learn the hard way that a little bit of love makes staying friends a whole lot harder.

Worn out from the long drive back home, Jayne Morgan can only smirk at the irony: Of course the first person she sees from her old life is Nick Scott. Once best friends, they lost touch when Jayne left town at eighteen, but nothing could keep them apart forever. Jayne has returned to take over her grandmother’s bookstore, determined to put all her bittersweet memories and secret disappointments strictly in the past—until, that is, Nick insists she bunk at his place.

Nick never did care what people thought about having a girl for a best friend—or the “scandal” she caused by showing up to his wife’s funeral four years earlier—so he’s got no problem with the gossips now. Jayne was always the one person he could count on in his life. Now Nick is starting to realize that he never wants her to leave again . . . and that being “just friends” isn’t going to be enough anymore.

Guys! This is one of my favorite reads this summer. It's such a sweet and heartwarming love story. Jayne and Nick have been best friends since they were children. But at 18 she picks up and skips town, leaving everyone- including Nick, behind. Fast forward a few years and Jayne is back to take over her grandmother's ratty old book store. Commence love story.

One of my favorite things about this book was the 80's quotes at the opening of every chapter. I kept taking snapshots with my phone for later use LOL. Jayne and Nick's first interaction was a little strange to me. It didn't feel like the smoothest opening but once we get inside the book store it felt better to me.

Being that Jayne and Nick have been BFF's forever, I thought their chemistry was awesome and on point. They have all this background and little quirks that I absolutely adored. My connection to the characters and their journey was instantaneous. Jayne's character freaking rocks and Nick is incredibly kind. Although, there were a couple of times when I wanted to knock some sense into him! :-p

The writing was great- I couldn't put this book down. I felt that the pacing was perfect too. It built up the ending perfectly for me.

Can we discuss Carter for a second? He is totally dreamy! I wish this was a series so we can read about him and his story. I wanna be set up with him and play nurse to his doctor lol.

No, but really. Laura... PLEASE WRITE HIS STORY!!!!!!!

Final verdict: ALL THE YES. Go buy it. Read it! Love it! Live it! The perfect book to curl up and read on a rainy day!

The first book Laura ever owned was On the Banks of Plum Creek, which still sits up on the top shelf with the rest of the Little House series. She blames her mother for her book addiction because it was her mother who always had a couple books on the go at the same time, and who used to read and watch The Edge of Night at the same time.
Laura had been scribbling things for years before she decided to seriously sit down and write. It helped that she and her husband had just moved 700 km away from their families, it was the dead of winter and she was about 49 months pregnant with their second child, all of which gave her the excuse she needed to hunker down and get at it.
Her books have been described as "delightful," "clever," and "smart, sassy and refreshingly different."
After spending eight years in the Canadian north, Laura now lives back home in southwestern British Columbia with her husband, three sons, a turtle named Sheldon and an extremely energetic German Shepherd. She loves old tattered books, good movies, country music and the Yankees.

“There was no denying Lisa always looked great. She was like one of those houses the hospital lotteries were always giving away, made up so perfectly you couldn't help but want it. Jayne on the other hand...well, Jayne wasn't anything like a shiny new house.

She was home.” 
― Laura DrewryPlain Jayne

“Whatever it was, Nick suddenly knew that's what was missing between him and Lisa; that feeling like his heart was going to bust his ribs if it swelled any bigger, like he'd been punched in the solar plexus and his next breath depended on her and her alone, and like... Oooooh, shit.” 

― Laura DrewryPlain Jayne


1 comment:

  1. (I think I somehow lost my original post here - LOL)

    Thank you so much for reviewing PLAIN JAYNE, Betsy! I'm so glad you liked Nick & Jayne's story and I'm very happy to tell you that Carter and Regan's story (PRIMA DONNA) is next and it'll be released on Sept 23rd. We're having a release party on my Facebook page on the 23rd, and I'd love to see you there. We'll be talking about the book, sharing some behind-the-scenes info, talking to guest authors and of course there'll be prizes. :o) Hope you can make it. :o)

    Thanks again for the awesome review - it made my whole day! And if you're interested, here's a link to PRIMA DONNA.