Friday Favorites: Can't Let You Go by Jenny B. Jones


Friday Favorites is a weekly meme hosted here, that spotlights a favorite author, book, series, publisher, cover, blog, etc. Basically whatever bookish thing that you love, recommend, and want to tell others about. Just pick one and link up to my post each Friday to share. You can use the graphic I used above, the other one here, or your own.

Jenny B. Jones is a favorite Christian fiction author of mine. In fact, that will have to be an upcoming favorite... Anyway, she's been a little inactive this year and I've been dying for another one of her books. A blogger I follow mentioned that she did have a new book just come out and I couldn't believe I missed it, but I did. I rectified that right away, ordered a copy, and finished it all within a week. It's my favorite pick this week...

Can't Let You Go (Katie Parker Productions, #4)Can't Let You Go
(Katie Parker Productions #4)
by Jenny B. Jones
Christian Contemporary Romance
September 20th 2014 by Sweet Pea Productions

Summary

An old love whose kisses make her weak, but whose secrets threaten to destroy all she holds dear...

Fresh out of college, Katie Parker had it all—a charming romance, a role in a famous stage production, and an idyllic life in London. Until she found her boyfriend cheating and got herself fired from the play. Leaving everything behind, Katie hops a plane home, only to run into her first love, Charlie Benson. As the couple returns to In Between, Katie questions everything she ever thought she wanted—including a renewed romance with her high school flame.

While she attempts to rebuild her life, Katie's plan to manage the family’s theater meets a devastating obstacle, dragging her into a legal battle that will rock her small town. And the boy who once broke her heart seems to have the power to do it again. As Charlie’s secrets unravel, Katie must make a choice. Can she overcome her past and trust Charlie with her heart again?
 

My Review

Can't Let You Go picks up several years after the third book in this series, The Big Picture. A lot has happened during those years, including that Charlie and Katie are no longer together. That about broke my heart from the beginning because I loved them in the third book. They weren't, nor are, perfect, but I thought they were perfect for each other. It was fun coming back to the town of In Between. Rather like coming back to old friends. The best stories are the ones that feel this way. Even if you haven't read the other books in this series, the story was written in such a way that you could read this one alone.

I'm going to insert here my love of the cover. It is gorgeous and perfect for this story! Really, really love it! They got her hair that strawberry blondish and his dark and the airplane in the background... An airplane and flying was quite significant in this story. The cover also continues the newer covers' more vintage look. I love the sunny-ness of it as well.

Okay. So the story...

Katie was in really deep this time in so many ways! So much was going on and she had a lot of concerns for herself, for her best friend who was rushing to the altar, for Charlie, for Ian, and for her beloved Valiant Theater. Some of her choices were upsetting. Emotions were high and intense, both in very sweet as well as in some ugly ways. The author always has this great wit that comes across in her stories and it's no different here. There were a lot of zingers, humor, and sarcasm. I especially enjoyed a lot of Katie's grandma Maxine's lines. Her and those other home town folks always add so much to this series.

I loved that the story was messy. Not in the way it was written or the characterization. The author let her character's make choices, both good and bad, or not make them sometimes. She let them cry and hurt, be angry, fall in love, be unkind, and be the best friends. It made me really cheer on and connect with these characters. And really, Charlie is the best sort of man in so many ways and Katie has so many insecurities and lashes out sometimes, but Charlie tries to be there for her regardless. The biggest question was if Katie would figure things out and let Charlie in, or if someone or something else would feel that roll.

Can't Let You Go inspired and sucked me in with these fabulously familiar characters, sweet and intense romance, lots of humor, and Katie's struggle to face her fears, to accept love, and to learn to let go. It was a beautiful, heartfelt story. A story I loved. I'll definitely be visiting these characters and the town of In Between again when I reread this series in the future. If you enjoy YA, NA, or Adult contemporary romance (Christian or not) then I'd definitely recommend Can't Let You Go.

Content: A little innuendo, but otherwise clean.

Source: Purchased.

About the Author

Jenny B. JonesFour-time Carol Award winner Jenny B. Jones writes Christian Fiction romance with equal parts wit, sass, and untamed hilarity. Since writing for both women and teens leaves her with very little free time, she believes in spending her spare hours in meaningful, intellectual pursuits, such as watching E!, going to the movies and inhaling large buckets of popcorn, and writing her name in the dust on her furniture. She is the author of romantic comedies for women such as Save the Date as well as books for teens, like A Charmed Life series and fall 2011 release There You'll Find Me.



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