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    The plan was to serve a mission, marry her boyfriend, and live happily ever after. But all of that changed when Quinn got a Dear Jane email. Now she’s stuck at home with no boyfriend, no job, no major, and absolutely no social life. Will Quinn ever find the path that leads to her eternal happiness?

    Author: Rachel Ward
    Specifications: 256 pages - 5.5 x 8.25 in.
    Expected Release: Early August 2016

    Overall Customer Rating of 7 Reviews:

    Loved it!

    Quinn had her life all planned out. After her mission, she was going to marry her perfect boyfriend and live a perfect life. However, three months before she came home, he broke up with her so she needed to quickly change her plans.

    I loved this book! The story starts with Quinn's boyfriend, Josh, breaking up with her three months before the end of her mission. She's understandably upset but pulls herself together, determined that it won't destroy the time she has left. Then the story picks up six months later, when Quinn's been home for a few months. Life is very different than she had imagined it would be. She's adjusting to post-mission life: living at home, taking online classes and trying to find a steady job so she can buy a car.

    I could really feel for Quinn because I found myself in a similar circumstance when I returned home from my mission. There were some tough adjustments to make and new realities to face. She's a likable character and handled things well. There's one situation that was a little bit frustrating but I understood her decisions there, too, and hoped she'd figure things out. There were twists and turns, and definitely some drama, along the way to her happy ending.

    The author also takes on some heavier topics with a certain character and his family issues. She did a great job keeping a balance so that it didn't take over but helped bring the characters closer together. There are some specific LDS references but it's not preachy at all. I devoured this book and look forward to reading more from this author in the future!

    I received a copy from the publisher for an honest review. My opinion is 100% my own.

    San Diego, CA

    Sweet romance that deals with serious themes

    This book completely surprised me. The book blurb really doesn't do it justice. I didn't expect the depth and difficult topics it included in Quinn's transition back to normal life after her church mission. She has an idealized view of the gospel, that following the commandments will keep you safe from certain types of hardship and trials. That bubble is quickly popped when she is faced with rejection, family secrets are revealed, and loved ones deal with divorce, infidelity, and suicide. In the midst of it all she finds comfort and understanding from an unlikely source, a coworker at her current job that she served with on her mission who was an inexplicable jerk. Nick is a different person now, and they develop a strong friendship. It's obvious to the reader that he has a case of unrequited love for Quinn, but their relationship is complicated by a rival suitor, regretful arguments, and family drama. I admired how Quinn didn't sit around waiting for life to happen, she quickly went and got a job to provide for herself and plan for an independent future. Even though she's a capable and strong young woman, her emotions at the struggles in her and her family's lives are skillfully brought to life and I was close to tears a couple times as she deals with grief and uncertainty. I felt like the spiritual thread was lacking, there's not much detail about Quinn's personal faith and relationship with God. However, I found that I couldn't put the book down as I was engrossed with the events unfolding in the lives of Nick and Quinn. So glad that I picked this one up and look forward to reading more by the author!

    (Thank you to Cedar Fort Publishing for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review)

    Deeper than I expected

    Rachel Ward did a good job with her first published novel, Dear Jane. It's LDS fiction (aka Mormon fiction), so if you aren't familiar with the LDS culture it's possible you'll be a bit lost. However, I think it's worth checking out even if you might not understand missions and "Dear Jane" letters.

    Dear Jane is an enjoyable and well-written story, and was surprisingly deep at times. I'll admit I was just expecting fluff/mind candy (which I like), so the inclusion of some deep family/emotional issues was unexpected but added a lot to the story.

    Part of the story dragged a bit for me in the middle, but otherwise it was entertaining. I liked the balance between serious emotions and humor throughout the book, and I really appreciated the sweet ending.

    3.5 stars


    I love how this book is fun, but also serious and covers a variety of emotional experiences. I also appreciate how the characters are realistic and easy to relate to. But my favorite part was how nothing that happens in the books, and none of the characters are perfect, even the good ones. Because life isn't perfect, and this book embraces and celebrates that.


    A great LDS New Adult story!

    (4.5 Stars) I really loved this book on so many levels. This story is specific to the LDS (Mormon) faith and while not preachy, there are many references that those who are not of the faith won't understand.

    Quinn has always been in love with her best friend's brother and after they finally get together, she decides to serve a mission. Shortly before she comes home, she receives an email that changes her life--she's been dumped. After coming home, she struggles to figure life out and as she slowly begins to put the pieces together, she finds that what she thought she wanted might not be what she really needs.

    I think most people can understand and relate to Quinn to some degree. Transitioning into adulthood is difficult, at best, and it's hard to find the "right" path to take--the path that will bring the most happiness. Quinn is fairly humble and oblivious, which leads to some tricky situations. She doesn't always make the best choices and those decisions lead to a little reader frustration. I wanted her to come around and fix things. It's hard to see people make "mistakes" but they do have to resolve things in their time, as did Quinn.

    I'm a big believer that people are constantly changing and our experiences play a big part in that. If a couple isn't morphing together, it's easy to find themselves on completely different paths. What might be "right" at one time, isn't necessarily "right" later. This theme is very evident throughout the story in many ways. I love watching the different relationships progress--from friendships, to family, to romance. There are so many great characters and circumstances. It was easy to feel a part of the story, since these things felt so familiar. There are some sensitive, difficult issues found within these pages and they are handled well. They don't drag the story down. I've found another new author to watch!

    Content: moderate religious elements (not preachy); mild romance (some innuendo and implied situations). Clean!

    *I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review*