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Jayne's Endeavour (Joy, #1)

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Life in 19th century Australia overflows with hardship . . . Will Jayne have the courage to hold onto her parents’ legacy?

Mysterious strangers, a Scripture verse, and a threat.

“Reids never give up.” The words once held so much truth. But at eighteen, Jayne Reid is beginning to wonder if she can live up to that standard.

When puzzling strangers appear and odd things start to
Paperback, 276 pages
Published June 1st 2020 by Long Gully Press
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Hannah Foster
Feb 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
I knew I would enjoy this book, but I was not expecting to love it as much as I did. I knew before getting into it that it wasn’t going to have any romance and my heart was a tiny bit sad because of that. Did I ever mention that I like romance in books even if it’s just a splash or a hint?

This book turned out to be super enjoyable to read. I wouldn’t say that the writing style was anything profoundly amazing, but it was also certainly not simplistic or amateur. This was a well thought out and ed
Angie Thompson
I'm not entirely sure how to describe this story--on the one hand, it was a sweet story about family life and growing up and moving on after loss, but on the other hand, there was some serious tension involved as the mystery thickened, and I found myself questioning whether I really knew who to trust...

I really loved the three sisters and definitely sympathized with Jayne as the eldest, feeling the responsibility for taking care of the younger two and hesitating over decisions because she knew t
5 stars & 5/10 hearts. The first time I heard of this book, it was unfinished. But I immediately wanted to read it. (Australia?? Sign me up. And also, just LOOK at that gorgeous cover!!!). I was so excited to get an ARC of this book. I wasn’t sure what to expect, besides that it would be squeaky clean. I was delighted! This book was indeed perfectly and refreshingly clean. I loved the message, all about trusting God and finding joy—it’s one I relate to a lot. I loved the girls’ names, too, and w ...more
Rebekah Morris
May 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

I almost never read books set in Australia because I can’t find any. When I learned about this book, I was excited to read it. It did not disappoint. Filled with faith, some excitement, and wonderful characters, this story helped bring the earlier days of Australia to life. I really liked the setting with mentions of kangaroos and birds I’d never heard of. The use of Australian turns for things gave the story a unique and special feel. I really appreciate the way the author wove in the
Mar 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
Lauren Compton's debut novel brings a taste of home in Australia, not just in the kangaroos, cockatoos, and the round sinkers that I now need to find a recipe for, but also in the friendships and the hardships the characters face.
It was such a journey coming with Jayne as she learned to trust God, to grieve and move forward, to care for those who were more difficult to reach, and to invest in others.
Her heart is shown in the kindness and the willingness to make sacrifices and put herself in un
Erika Mathews
May 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Jayne’s Endeavour is a sweet story of joy, trust, hope, and family. I enjoyed reading the 19-century tale of Australian farm life.

Initially, I was drawn to this book by the series title: The JOY Series. While this book didn’t fit that in quite the way I expected, it fit it in an even deeper way. The struggles of the girls, their dependence on God, and the bits of mystery and danger throughout the book wove together into an encouraging and inspiring story. I can’t wait to read how some of the add
Ellen Senechal
I'm done! Review/rating to come. =) ...more
Jan 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This book was amazing. I fell in love with all the characters, with the exception of one or two at the most (No spoilers here).

Jayne and her sisters have a strong, loving bond. I love that they each have a love for Jesus and a love for helping other people. This was evident throughout the whole story.

I appreciated the gentle suspense in this book. I couldn't stop reading it because I had to know what was going to happen next. A plus? I was not able to guess ahead of time what was going to take
Amanda Tero
Jun 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Reading a story about Australian pioneering was fascinating to this American girl. I enjoyed the rich Irish-Australian heritage pictured in these pages.

The Christian element is strong and woven steadily throughout the pages. Jayne and her sisters rely heavily on God for direction and guidance. I was a little sad that most of the adults in Jayne’s life were busybodies and gossips and discouraging rather than encouraging. Toward the end, she did seem to have more solid people to turn to.

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Jun 07, 2020 rated it liked it
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Jane’s Endeavour is author Lauren Compton’s debut novel. It is a sweet story about a young woman and her sisters. It focuses on a strong bond of family and hope for the future, especially in the legacy of their family’s farm and keeping it intact. The story is a little slow to get into, as well as no romance in the story, which is a bit different. This is a light and fairly quick read that readers will enjoy.

Series: The JOY Series
Genre: mystery, fiction
Publisher: Long Gully Press
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M.L. Milligan
Nov 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Lauren Compton transported me to 19th century Australia in a well told story of strength and trust in God. Young Irish woman Jayne Reid is determined to support and protect her sisters as well as juggle a farm, a new hand, and an obnoxious stranger who waltzes in and threatens them. Compton kept me guessing till the very end and left me eagerly awaiting the next book in the Joy series.
Kaitlyn S.
Guys, I was thrilled to be asked to read and review this book! And this book . . . this book is really, really good! Three sisters, depending on each other, and working on the farm, and loving each other, and working together . . . it was such a sweet testimony of a strong family bond. They have faced so much in their young lives, and they still trust in the Lord to work all things together for good. They encourage each other when they see one of them is struggling, and they freely give out hugs ...more
Esther Filbrun
This is a good story! I really enjoyed getting to learn a bit of Australian history in here—and though it didn’t have quite as much history in it as I was hoping, I feel like I still learned a lot. I loved the sisters in the story, and how they all worked to help each other. I’d love to think that if anything like that happened with my family, we’d be able to do the same.

The Christian element in the story was very good. For the most part, it didn’t feel like it was put on the characters—and I lo
Michaela Bush
Jun 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Jayne's Endeavour was a quick read for me.  While the first couple of chapters were a bit slower in pace, the plot picked up nicely and presented several realistic challenges that Jayne and her sisters, Olivia and Yvonne, had to face on the Australian ranch land that their parents left them.  One character in particular left me guessing up to the last second when his true identity was revealed, and suffice it to say, my guesses were wrong and I was very pleasantly surprised!  Compton does an exc ...more
Becky Dempsey
May 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
As far as I can remember, I have never read a book set in Australia, so that was intriguing to me. I liked the information about the Land Act. I liked Jayne and her sisters and how they were each unique individuals. I liked the biblical spiritual thread through the story and how their names had special meanings. I expected a romance so was a little disappointed that there wasn't any. I'm not sure what genre this book would fit in, though. I suppose there was a little bit of mystery surrounding M ...more
Emma Filbrun
Jul 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
For a debut novel, I found this book very good. I enjoyed reading about early settlers in Australia—you don't find many books set there! There were a couple of mysteries woven through the plot, which kept my interest; one of them has not been revealed yet, which makes me want to read the next book! I appreciated a very cleanYoung Adult book with no romance in it!
I received a free copy of this book from the author, and these are my honest thoughts about it.
Tara Savanna
Jun 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
I love Historical Fiction. There's just something about going back to a simpler time without all the hustle and bustle we have today. Jayne's Endeavor takes you back there and, for me, to a new place entirely. Lauren paints the Australian landscape vividly, even for this American, so that you almost feel as if you were there.

I felt for Jayne and her sisters as they struggled and they wondered how they would ever make it through. I loved how they leaned on God through the process even as nearly e
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