I loved “Love, Jane”! It is one of my new favorites! The characters are so dynamic you get sucked right in. I couldn’t put it down! Ranee Clark is exceptional in bringing the story to life with the details of the characters personalities, desires and thoughts. I could read pages more about Jane and Sean’s relationship! It’s heartwarming the whole way through. I anticipated the “Dear Jane” letter but was shocked by the ending. As once a missionary writer myself, the story was so relatable! It had me rooting both Team Jane and Team Victoria at different moments throughout the book. This was the first book I’ve read from Ranee Clark but I’ll be searching out more of her work to read!
LOVE, JANE is an adorably sweet and heartfelt LDS romance. Likable characters who come across as authentic, strong family relationships, and a happily-ever-after romance is sure to delight readers who enjoy the genre.
I loved how this story started right off in the middle of Jane's and Sean's budding relationship! I also enjoyed the switch in POV from one to the other as they try to see where their relationship might go. I wanted so much for things to work out for them! I adored Jane, even with her communication and trust issues. She's a sweetheart and had to learn some tough lessons, especially on her mission. Sean is such a level-headed guy, except... when he's not. Ha! He had a pretty good stretch where he frustrated me and where things felt quite off, but he redeemed himself in the end. They fit so perfectly together and I loved their chemistry and how they are best friends before anything else. You could just feel the emotion right through the pages.
One aspect of the story that made this so enjoyable was the family dynamic. Sean is really close with his sisters and dad as is Jane with her family. I loved the talks and the moments that were so meaningful between them. It all felt real with their struggles and hopes and dreams.
My only issues with the story would be all the red flags that Sean ignores and how much I did not like Victoria. I also would have liked more of the story to be when Sean and Jane are together. That would be all.
In the end, was it what I wished for? I really enjoyed this one and I'm hoping there's one more story coming to give DJ his happily-ever-after!
Source: Received a complimentary copy from the publisher, which did not require a review nor affect it in any way.
I love this cover! And I've decided that after reading this, I'm a really nosy person. I love details (but not too many, haha) and wanted to know more about Jane and Sean. I wanted to see them meet; I wanted to know their deepest, darkest feelings; I wanted to understand what like experiences made them who they are. I felt like a few of those details were skimmed over or thrown in as afterthoughts, but if everything was written out, it would be a really long book, so I get why they weren't included.
The meat and bones of the story focuses on Jane and Sean and their road to romance--right thing, wrong timing. Sean is a great guy with ultimate amounts of patience, but I wanted Jane to be more open and communicative. Together, they have something great, but the path isn't easy. At all.
This book is a fun flipside to the typical "girl waits for guy." It's a fun twist to see it from another point of view. I also enjoyed the little side story that teaching at a high school brings to the plot.
A good portion of the book showcases Jane's LDS mission and her experiences of faith that helped her grow. I love it when characters go through a growth process. I love the transformations and progress that brings me hope. I love connecting to them in a way that makes them feel like "real" friends and I enjoyed my time with them.
Content: mild romance; moderate religious elements.
*I received a copy through the publisher which didn't affect my thoughts and opinions in any way.*
What a FUN book! This book hit really close to home as I, too, waited for a missionary-- It is hard to put your life on hold while the other person serves with all their heart, might, and mind. Oftentimes someone else comes along and helps pass the time-- But with that passing comes the chance for a new relationship to be formed. I am grateful I made the choice I did. What choice will Sean make???
I love reading romance novels, but sometimes it seems too many of them read as too good to be true. So sometimes its good to read a romance that feels more like real life with the ups and downs, and problems and mistakes that real people struggle to overcome. Jane and Sean struggle with some of those issues. It's clear from the get go that they care about each other, but life isn't just about romance and Jane and Sean each struggle with their own weaknesses as well as the issues that their relationship faces. The biggest issue, at least at first, is Jane's desire to serve a mission. The fact that she waits too long to tell Sean she's going creates a lot of hurt for Sean to work through. Then while they both struggle with the realities of mission service (Jane) and working with teenagers (Sean) they also have to deal with a long distance relationship. Things seem to fall apart when Sean starts dating Victoria, and breaks up with Jane by email.
But Jane isn't the same girl she was before she went on her mission, and some things are worth fighting for. I loved that about Jane, the fact that she knew her weaknesses and worked hard to overcome them, despite the weak knees and pounding heart. Sean on the other hand is a great guy, but he too struggles to cope when his job goes downhill, and he cant seem to deal with missing Jane. When he grows to care for Victoria too, he's left with a dilemma. He can't keep promises to both girls and he feels really guilty because of it. The emotions of these characters felt very real to me with all the confusion and heartache they faced. Clark has created an enjoyable contemporary romance with real issues as well as real caring.
I really enjoyed reading this book! I loved everything about it, the characters, the plot, the setting. I didn't want to put it down!
Jane is such a strong character. She knows she's in love with Sean, but she also knows that she was given an answer that she needs to serve a mission. Sean doesn't really want her to, he's ready to get married and move on with their lives...together. Unfortunately, Jane has already turned in her papers and has her call. She's ready to leave right away and it's important to her to go. I love the way she's unswayed, even though she loves Sean and knows things may not turn out how she expected, she chooses to go.
I liked Sean too, he's always looking out for everyone around him. In a way it's a good thing, but it causes him some trouble as the story goes along. I mostly liked him, but there were parts when I just wanted to reach into the book and give him a big shake so he could see what was right in front of him!
I loved the way this book has several parts. Part 1 is before Jane's mission, Part 2 is during her mission and Part 3 is after she comes home. I loved being able to read their letters back and forth. I loved the way Jane had a question each week that she'd answer and ask Sean. Such a cute idea to really get to know someone better by getting into their head.
This book is cute, fun, clean and really amazing! Make sure to get your own copy to read!
This book is written for and geared towards the LDS audience. ( Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints) The characters are LDS and a good part of this story focuses on Jane serving a mission for her church. Praying and faith are a big part of this book.
I've read previous books by this author and really enjoyed them. Ranee Clark is a fun writer. This book wasn't my favorite of hers and I'm not completely sure why. I think I didn't really love Jane but I did admire some of the growth she made by the end of the book. The first part of this book is about the beginnings of a relationship for Jane and Sean. The second part is while Jane is on her mission and Sean is dealing with life back home. The third section is Jane returning home. I guess for me, this book felt more disconnected because even in the first part of the book, Jane and Sean have a rocky start. Jane is hiding things, she comes off wishy washy, lacking a backbone and she doesn't treat Sean all that great. The second section is the two apart. Jane is still struggling with all the same things, just in a new setting and Sean is drifting. Both have things going on in their own worlds that cause frustration. I think I just didn't connect to the characters the way I wanted to. I didn't love them. I felt like I was on the outside looking in.
Even saying that, I did like the book, I just didn't love it. Like I said before, Ranee Clark is a fun writer and I always look forward to her books. I will keep coming back because I know what to expect from her and I like it.
Ooh, and I love the cute cover on this book!
Content: religious situations and talk, some kissing
I read the description for Love, Jane a month or so before I got it, and didn't re-read it when it arrived. I prefer that over having a fresh blurb in my mind (they can give too much away). Having done that, the first section of this book was FULL of angst! I just kept thinking that Sean was going to be so hurt when Jane finally got the guts to tell him about her plans. The emotions were so intense during that part! I liked the characters, but Jane not telling Sean about moving forward with her mission plans was just mean. Her likability during that part was on shaky ground.
The book has two other sections that weren't quite as emotionally intense as the first section, but those sections definitely had their moments of high emotion. At times I really wasn't sure how things were going to pan out for our main characters. I really had grown to like them, and wanted their happiness.
Initially I didn't realize this was a spin off of two other books this author has written (Playing for Keeps and Double Play), but since I liked those books, that was a pleasant surprise. They gave me some background into some minor characters in this book, but you can read this on its own without feeling lost.
This was a really enjoyable read for me. It is LDS fiction (the main characters are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints), and the mission is for their church. Their is discussion of faith and personal conviction, and I liked how the author included those aspects in a natural way that felt real without being preachy. It was a clean, quick read with a great romance that felt very believable.