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Jane’s Harmony by Ryan Winfield
Sequel to the New York Times bestseller Jane’s Melody.
Starting over is hard to do.
That’s what forty-year-old Jane McKinney learns when she quits her job, sells her home, and leaves Seattle behind to start a new life and pursue the man she loves in Austin. After the death of her daughter, Melody, Jane never thought she would find happiness again – until she met Caleb Cummings. Sensitive, loving, and mature beyond his years, Caleb is a handsome young musician struggling to make ends meet. But when his fortunes take an unexpected and drastic turn for the better, Jane is left wondering where exactly she fits in.
Can you ever leave the past behind? Jane must now decide if she really is willing to commit to a new beginning with Caleb – or if some wounds are just too deep to ever truly mend.
Let me start off this review with saying yes, I am ashamed of myself for buying and reading this on release day and just now getting around to reviewing it. What kind of fan am I? I’m going to blame the computer problems I’ve had for the last year and over scheduling myself for blog tours, not leaving me much time to write reviews for books I bought.
Jane’s Melody was one of my favorite books that I read in 2013. I saw an ad for it on Facebook, bought it, read it, and became a huge fan of Ryan Winfield’s. I proceeded to buy every book he had put out and eagerly waited the release day for Jane’s Harmony (that I had preordered the day he announced it).
Was the wait (that always seems like forever when you are waiting for a sequel to a favorite book) worth it? A thousand times YES!
I honestly wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about a sequel to my favorite story. I loved Jane and Caleb and I felt good about where we left them at the end of Jane’s Melody. It was perfect as it was and sometimes when an author tries to put another book out at the fans’ pleading request, it doesn’t feel the same.
I ended up loving Jane’s Harmony just as much. The emotional ups and downs that Ryan writes are amazing, you ride along on this journey with them. I’ve said it before, one thing that is unique to me about his writing is that instead of feeling like you are a reader/observer to what is going in, in these books you are so mentally and emotional involved that it feels like you are right there with the characters. Jane’s Harmony was again like that. I was right along with Jane on her highs and lows, my heart would sink when hers was hurting, the emotional tug of war she was feeling was hard for me to read. There were Caleb’s struggles as well, it is really hard to be true to yourself in the situation that he was in. It would have been incredibly easy for him to become someone that Jane wouldn’t have any recognized with the opportunity he was given…I’m going to just end that sentence as an incomplete one. I don’t like to go where the blurb doesn’t in my reviews.
I adored Jane’s Harmony, the reconnection to two of my favorite fictional characters, the love that they have between them, the tough decisions that they have to make, the way they stay strong when everything around them is going to pot, and the friendships that they make with others along the way. Those friendships always play an integral part in this series and I love them.
5 “thank you for letting me spend some more time in Jane and Caleb’s world” stars from me!
Hi, I’m Ryan Winfield. I’m a 39-year-old writer living in Seattle. Author of theNew York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestseller “Jane’s Melody: A Novel”, “South of Bixby Bridge”, and “The Park Service Trilogy”. I hope you enjoy my books and I’d love to hear from you.