Jane of the Jungle (Google eBook)
A WIDOW HITS THE ROAD TO OUTRUN HER BILLS AND AIDED BY A MOBSTER AND A TIGER, FINDS THE ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME.
At fifty-eight, Jane wins a facelift and a gym membership in a radio contest. With a tight face that matches her tight body, she is looking forward to many lively years to come. Two years later, she is widowed, broke, and ready to trade her old life as a trauma nurse for a converted tour bus and life on the road. Unbeknownst to Jane, she is about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime.
Jane soon meets a couple in an RV park who, after learning she is a licensed pilot, approach her with a tempting offer. Three days later, she is headed into Mexico to do a plane pickup worth thirty thousand dollars. But then she meets her escort, a mobster who hates his job, and everything changes.
Together they are cast into a series of incidents that convince Jane that more than one person wants her dead.
In this zany dark comedy of adventure and strange events, the runaway widow and the unfulfilled gangster must battle dangerous criminals and weird predicaments in order to win a second chance at life-which will only happen if magic is real.
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Reviewed by Molly E. for Readers Favorite
Jane Baskin is a highly talented author. I'm not quite sure what I was expecting from this novel, but I got some good laughs and really had the wild ride-of-my-life with this interesting story. Ms. Baskin has done a wonderful job at creating a complex yet intriguing heroine with Jane and opens the story with a fun plot line. Jane is a character to be reckoned with. She is a widow, and has some rather unique talents. She talks to animals. Well so do I - just ask my adorable Cocker Spaniels - but she can ACTUALLY talk to the animals. It is kind of like a Doctor Doolittle-ette. And, did I mention that Jane can make buses fly? Well, she does. It is absolutely a fantastic part of the story, giving it a whirlwind action feel. On top of the flying buses and the animal talking, you get an adventurous comedy ride with mobsters and love, giving this book the perfect amount of everything: laughs, love, suspense. You name it, it is all incorporated into one heck of a great read.
Now, I'll be honest and say that if I had seen this on Amazon, or in a book store, I would not have picked it up on my own. I just wouldn't normally go for this book. But, in all honesty, I would have been missing out. The action, the writing style, the characters, all of it absolutely gripped me and didn't let me go. Jane is a character who will settle in my heart to stay, and I will cheer for awesomeness all the way.
I can definitely recommend this book with high flying 5 stars. It is a book that will keep you hooked and have you wanting to come back for more. Great job, Ms. Baskin!
Review: Jane of the JungleUser Review - Lynn - Goodreads
I love this sweet, whimsical book - with its good share of humor and irony, and all the other things that make life worth living. It has thoughtful moments as well as gut-busting-laugh-out-loud passages. Couldn't put it down! Read full review