ABOUT THE BOOK
Jane Reeves and Sean O'Callaghan seem to be a match made in heaven—but the timing is all wrong. Jane has her heart set on serving a mission, and she can't delay telling Sean the news any longer: not only has she quietly submitted her mission papers, but she's also leaving in a month ... for Alaska. Shocked and devastated, Sean struggles to come to terms with Jane's decision. Unable to deny the depth of their feelings for one another, Sean makes a promise to wait for her.
Life unfolds for both Jane and Sean, with communications limited to weekly e-mails. But with just a few months left in Jane's mission, Sean's messages stop. When she receives the dreaded "Dear Jane" breakup along with the news that she has been replaced by Sean's former flame, Jane knows the future she envisioned now belongs to another woman. But upon her return home, Jane quickly realizes some things are worth fighting for—perhaps, most of all, a shot at true love.
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.
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