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Just Between You and Me: A Novel of Losing Fear and Finding God

4.33 of 5 stars 4.33  ·  rating details  ·  1,133 ratings  ·  115 reviews
The only thing scarier than living on the edge is stepping off it.

Maggie Montgomery lives a life of adventure. Her job as a cinematographer takes her from one exotic locale to the next. When Maggie's not working, she loves to rappel off cliffs or go skydiving. Nothing frightens her.

Nothing, that is, except Ivy, Texas, where a family emergency pulls her back home to a town
Paperback, 316 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by Thomas Nelson Publishers
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Rachelle Rea
Beautiful, beautiful, BEAUTIFUL book.
Lynn Spencer
When I lived closer to the city, I was in a good book club and I miss that. One of my friends talked me into coming to her book club(a group that alternates inspirational and mainstream fiction) and while I liked the people, this book didn't quite do it for me. I guess it got me thinking, but I can't say it was a book I loved.

The good:

- Writer has a definite voice and an appealing sense of humor
- Even though this book has a "big city heroine returns to small town" plot, there's a believable

I loved how this entire story played out. The emotional landscape was rich and thoroughly plowed. The hero was incredibly dreamy and yet realistic and believable. The heroine's issues were compelling, interesting, and clearly well-researched. The minor charactor, Riley, was probably the best portrayal of a screwed up kid that I've ever read. She was totally real and perfectly developed. Everything about her issues rang true. Even the sister, Allison, was shown in a believable fashion. I've worke ...more
Carol Nicolas
In Just Between You and Me (by Jenny B. Jones), the main character captured my attention and drew me into the story. Maggie comes back to her home town for the weekend to find that her wild reputation is still alive and her family is a mess. Her sister’s daughter has been abandoned again, and her father has work and health problems. Her niece, Riley, has seen things no ten-year-old should see, and she is rebellious, wild, and destructive because of it. Maggie has decisions to make about her care ...more

Jenny B. Jones is AMAZING! Her novels are inspirational, uplifting, romantic, and entertaining.

I recently read and adored Save the Date by Jenny B. Jones. Immediately after completing Save the Date, I purchased Jenny B. Jones’ other adult Christian fiction novel, Just Between You and Me: A Novel of Losing Fear and Finding God. I loved Save the Date, but I have to say that I loved Just Between You and Me even more.

Just Between You a
Just Between You and Me is a perfect example of what women’s fiction is supposed to be—moving, meaningful, and freaking hilarious.

From the get-go, I was in love with the author’s style, her stellar one-liners, the expertly woven threads of tension, and the sizzling romance.

Maggie Montgomery is a cinematographer who’s not afraid of anything—except going home. But when a family crisis has her cooling her heels in her hometown of Ivy, Texas, Maggie must face her demons and the reality behind her ow
Carla Stewart
Jenny B. Jones debut into women’s fiction, Just Between You and Me, has been chosen as a 2009 WOMEN OF FAITH novel. In a departure from her quirky, action-filled Young Adult books, Jenny brings the same fun style to an adult audience.

Ivy, Texas is the last place Maggie Montgomery wants to go, but at the urgent request of her dad, she returns to her hometown. She’d rather be skydiving or rappelling or any number of other things in her adventurous life as a photojournalist. Once there, getting aw
Nora St Laurent
“There’s a feeling in the air, and I don’t like it. A feeling that says, Things are about to get messy and out of control. Messy I can handle. The contents of my purse are a testimonial to that. But the relationship business? Let’s just say I’m a better cinematographer than I am a girlfriend.”

This statement out of the mouth of Maggie, world traveler, great at her job, but not so good with relationships of any kind; which she soon discovers when a family emergency brings her home to Ivey, Texas.
Successful cinematographer Maggie Montgomery has to learn to face her fears when she is called back to her dreaded hometown for a family crisis.

I'm still a little torn about Christian fiction and this one was a bit cheesy for me. Prayer and testimony are such personal, sacred things that reading a fictional account of it makes me squirm a little.

Just Between You and Me is a predictable, been-done-before plot that I still enjoyed reading.

Kathleen Fuller
Ever since I read So Not Happening I've been a Jenny B. Jones fan. While I've enjoyed all her YA books I was excited to find out she'd written an adult novel. Just Between You and Me has the perfect blend of humor, romance, poignancy, and faith, all intertwined into a touching story that stays with you long after you close the cover. Her best book so far (and I've read every one of them). Don't miss this wonderful story. You'll fall in love with it just as I did.
Wonderful book about testing your faith and leaving the restraints of self-imposed boundaries. Maggie is an interesting character to get to know, and more importantly, to cheer on. Loved how her faith was portrayed as an ongoing struggle that she didn't give up on.
"Just between You and Me" is what fiction of faith is supposed to be--moving, meaningful, real, and funny.
Jenny B. Jones weaves a poignant tale full of delectable dialogue, and believable situations.
The Good:
Clichés are kept to a minimum One of the main reasons I do not read Christian fiction is because they feel predictable and un-relatiable. Even though this book has a "big city heroine returns to small town" plot, there's a believable reason for the return. Maggie's family truly does face a
It wasn't so much about loosing the fear, more the fact that you can discover happiness while having the courage to face the fears in your life, when you have the knowledge that you are loved by God. The circumstances of our lives are different for all of us, and I can bet we all at some point feel cheated of something. For me that's often been the fact my parents both died far too soon, and have left me with a void impossible to fill, no matter how I try. But running, or escaping or trying to b ...more
Cathy Daniel
Read this in one day! Serious issues combined with humor. It's something only a talented author could pull off and she does and well!
This book was so heart warming! I loved how she finally let God take her life
Jun 09, 2015 Halee rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Ages 13 and Up
~The only thing scarier than living on the edge is stepping off it.

Maggie Montgomery lives a life of adventure. Her job as a cinematographer takes her from one exotic locale to the next. When Maggie's not working, she loves to rappel off cliffs or go skydiving. Nothing frightens her.

Nothing, that is, except Ivy, Texas, where a family emergency pulls her back home to a town full of bad memories, painful secrets, and people Maggie left far behind . . . for a reason.

Forced to stay longer than she i
I really like Jenny B. Jones and this is probably the third book of hers I've read...but definitely not my favorite. I feel like it was written very differently from the others stand-alone books. It felt too stereotypical Christian Fiction. Until now, her appeal as an author was that she offered Christian Fiction that was so unlike the other popularly recommend books on Goodreads.

The setting is Texas, in a "city" that feels overwhelmingly small town in it's characteristics, but still offers mos
Maggie Montgomery is a cinematographer for a travel show. She has traveled from Paris to Cambodia and her travel show became number one Travel TV. When she unexpectedly received a call from her Father asking her to come home, he is in desperate need of her help, she realized it was not skydiving that she feared, it was going back home.

Ivy, Texas was a place she left as soon as she could and she never looked back. It held many painful memories since her Mom's death when she was in 11th grade. Mag
Jenny, Jenny who can I turn to
You give me something I can hold on to
Okay, aside from the fact that those 2 lines are a mini tribute to Tommy Tutone and a famous phone number, they are true. I look forward to every book Jenny B. Jones writes and she has yet to let me down. First off a great YA series, the Katie Parker series, and then she follows that up with So Not Happening the first of The Charmed Life series. Admittedly they are both considered YA series (but come on, she's a high school teac
I could *not* put this book down. It was filled with every I want in a novel: a sassy and funny heroine, a hot and studly hero, and conflicts and issues that cut straight to my core.

Maggie Montgomery is a woman who wants to make a difference. She works as an executive for a travel show and travels to exotic locations on a regular basis. But while her show is showcasing the beauty of the places, she is finding the real stories: of children who are scavenging for food, hungry and broken. Of child
Coming off of two amazing Jones books, I was very disappointed in Just Between You and Me. It got three stars only because her trademark wit and talent for not veering into the cliche was still present here. Here's a list of my problems.

1. I didn't see how it was fair for Maggie's dad to just call her up out of the blue and demand she come take care of his niece. If they don't get along, Maggie could've just said, "Forget about it." Worse off, he constantly tries to guilt her into staying like
Shelby  Lauren
I had no doubt in my mind that I would enjoy this book. After reading Jenny’s YA novel, There You’ll Find Me, I knew I was lethally hooked. Her use of humor to offset the heavy issues she deals with delights me beyond words, but at the same time touches our souls with heart-felt stories of renewal and grace. I just can’t get enough of it!

Maggie likes to think she escaped Ivy, Texas. She likes to think she loves her job, and that she’s not avoiding her father or her deranged sister. She likes to
Clockstein Lockstein
Just Between You and Me by Jenny B. Jones is a powerful novel about living without fear and learning to trust God. Maggie Montgomery has made a career of running away. As a cinematographer she also views the world at a safe remove without having to actually interact with it. Twelve years after she left her hometown of Ivy, Texas, her father calls demanding she return to help out with her niece, Riley. Maggie has spent years avoiding returning to Ivy and all that it holds for her: her father's co ...more
Pamela Hubbard
Maggie Montgomery is known to be fearless and wild, but what many don't know about her is that she acts tough and crazy but is really plagued by demons of the past and lives in constant fear, running away from anything and anyone who could hurt her. She hides behind this persona, traveling the world for her job, but denying that anything affects her deeply. When a family crisis forces her to go home to Ivy, Texas, and face her demons, Maggie simultaneously crumbles and finds a new strength and h ...more
Julia Curtis
A story about letting God take control.
It's a hard lesson to learn, and I think Jones did a good job at showing this through Maggie's life.

It was a tale that was much appreciated. Most Christian lives are seen as easy, and do not leave room for problems. Maggie has a closet full of ghosts, and portrays what the life of a true woman of God is like. A chaotic family, the inability to trust God, and the feat of finding someone who actually cares about you. Though some parts were a bit too perfect
Tressa (Wishful Endings)
Maggie has had a huge wake-up call. The family she has been somewhat estranged from needs her help and it is in the form of her 10-year-old niece whose chemically imbalanced mother is no where to be seen. It requires her to go back home where she will be forced to face her high school reputation, the father who has never noticed her except to yell at her, and the death of her mother. There she runs into Connor. She doesn't remember him from high school, but he does and he doesn't like her very m ...more
Allen Grace
I admit I read this book earlier than I expected. I had expected it would be cheezy and boring as hell and eventually put me to sleep so I geared up my speakers volume as if battling for stereo love just in case I feel a bit woozy and prided myself on a cup of coffee.

My verdict: I fell in love with the book. *sigh*

Like I said it was love at first page, you guys. It was a refreshing read that I came to love the characters as well. I loved Maggie and Connor to bits! Also, I love how Jones writes
Just - The romance reader
I hate that for some reason I'm just now getting around to doing this review, yet I read the book 2 months ago. Now, 2 months later the details have faded for me quite a bit, but I loved the book.

I utterly, truly, thoroughly enjoyed Just Between You and Me. Everything about the book is great, right down to the cover. And let me tell you, the cover image is spot on to the image the author has created of Maggie Montgomery.

Maggie is the epitome of adventure. She lives a fast paced life, that many
This story grabbed from the very beginning. Jenny has a fantastic ability with creating detail and depth of character for all of the main characters, as well as many of the side characters. I couldn't put this down, minus needing to sleep...but immediately started reading again after waking.

The main character, Maggie, has a plan in life. She is executing that plan, and yet something is missing. An unexpected trip home, with lots of circumstances beyond her control....all continue to push her to
I just finished this book. I read it in a day and half because I couldn't hardly put it down. I absolutly love this book. I did have some concerns with a few things however. First, I was just noticing the main character Maggie and her new found faith. She had accepted Christ a year before her present situation, so she is a baby christian, but I found that her only attempts at hearing God are when she is in a crisis and needs his help. When he doesnt respond in an audible voice, she seems bitter. ...more
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“Because you will never, ever have the life God’s planned for you as long as you’re holding on to that fear. You can’t swim to shore if you never let go of that life preserver.” 14 likes
“What’s hard is not having that hope. I can’t imagine going through bad times without that peace. Without that surrender, life just eats you up. Spits you out. Wears you down to nothing.” 7 likes
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