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

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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, 320 pages
Published August 31st 2009 by Thomas Nelson (first published August 2009)
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Rachelle Cobb
Jun 25, 2013 Rachelle Cobb rated it it was amazing
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
Sally Lindsay-briggs
May 03, 2016 Sally Lindsay-briggs rated it really liked it
Just Between You and Me possessed the elements of an engaging, spirit-filled story. Maggie leaves her cinematography job to care for her young, troubled niece (along with her father). Connor, the great looking vet, comes along to save the day, more than once, and an interesting love story erupts. Our heroine also confronts her fears and we see how God works in her life. This is a really enjoyable book for many.
Carol Nicolas
Apr 28, 2014 Carol Nicolas rated it really liked it
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
Jul 06, 2016 Anna rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned-books
I really enjoyed this book. From Maggie's adventurous heart, and her addiction to sweet treats, to letting fear overcome the desire to do things, and the other characters that make the compelling plotline even more engaging.

The beginning of the story starts out with a fiery red-headed girl from a small town in Texas, named Maggie.
She gets an unexpected call from her father who beckons her home in need of some help. As Maggie returns home, all the things she ran away from in the past greet her
Jan 17, 2012 Morgan rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars

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
Aug 21, 2009 Evangeline rated it it was amazing
Shelves: blogreads
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
Aug 21, 2009 Carla Stewart rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 09, 2015 Nora St Laurent rated it it was amazing
“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.
Apr 18, 2016 Laura rated it it was amazing
Jenny B. Jones has such a great writing voice. Strong and unique.
And she creates amazing characters.
And she tackles serious issues (dysfunctional family in this book) in a humorous way.
This book is no exception.
Fantastic book.
Feb 05, 2010 Shanda rated it liked it
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
Aug 17, 2009 Kathleen Fuller rated it it was amazing
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.
Sep 28, 2009 Megan rated it really liked it
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.
Nov 20, 2014 Amy rated it really liked it
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
Mar 17, 2016 Noura rated it liked it
Shelves: chick-lit
I LOVE Jenny B. Jones. She's a safe author, never disappoints me. I always feel related to her writings, and that happened here again. But I was really frustrated more than once in this book, and that never happened before.

When you've been let down by people more than once, you start depending on yourself, you'd be your own hero, your only hope. We trust people who could easily let us down, and forget that the only one who we should really trust is GOD. Because by trusting him, HE will guide us,
Cathy Daniel
May 14, 2013 Cathy Daniel rated it it was amazing
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!
I expected this to be humorous (the back claimed it was witty) but it wasn't. I was super annoyed at the beginning--she was so whiny! And I found it ridiculous that the principal (and everyone in the town) was angry with her from stuff she did in high school. Who cares? (view spoiler) There were a lot of one-liner Christian things t ...more
Dec 07, 2012 Anna rated it it was amazing
This book was so heart warming! I loved how she finally let God take her life
Jun 09, 2015 Halee rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 17, 2009 Lori rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 12, 2009 Janna rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 21, 2011 Stephany rated it really liked it
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
"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
May 08, 2016 Lola rated it liked it
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  Swing
May 26, 2012 Shelby Swing rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 10, 2009 Clockstein Lockstein rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 21, 2013 Julia Curtis rated it really liked it
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
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Four-time Carol Award winner Jenny B. Jones writes contemporary romance with wit, sass, and Southern charm. Since writing for both women and teens leaves her with very little free time, she believes in spending her spare hours in meaningful, intellectual pursuits, such as watching E!, going to the movies and inhaling large buckets of popcorn, and writing her name in the dust on her furniture. www. ...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.” 15 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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