Sometimes, Christian fiction can be a little disappointing. If it isn’t too preachy, it’s too nice, not well-written or the characters are just not realistic. That isn’t the case with Just Between You and Me by Jenny B. Jones.
This Christian novel, which is a “Women of Faith Fiction” book, is refreshing in its honesty and in its depiction of a fairly new Christian, Maggie Montgomery, as she deals with real-life struggles. Maggie reluctantly travels back to her childhood home, where old memories haunt her and new problems await her. And these are really tough struggles—her sister’s drug addiction and the subsequent abandonment of her daughter, Maggie’s strained relationship with her father, and the memories of her mother’s death years earlier.
What surprised me most about the book was how witty it is. Maggie has to deal with all the awful things she did to other people in the town when she was in high school, but she deals with it with a sense of humor. She begins a relationship with a man, Connor, she did mean things to way back when and I love the bantering back and forth between them.
Maggie also has to build a relationship with her tough 10-year-old niece, Riley, and finds that she needs to be the stability that the girl has lacked for her whole life. But, it isn’t easy; through it all, Maggie has doubts and frustrations while she fights for the faith in God that she so desperately needs.