Jane of the Jungle
Jane is a respected trauma nurse specialist, who suddenly finds herself broke and out of a job after her husbands death from a lingering illness. Fold?...Or play? Armed only with a facelift and a nine millimeter, she defies her situation and hits the road in a converted tour bus that runs on manure. With nothing left to lose, she encounters a sudden flood of adventure, crime, unexplainable events, new friends, new enemies, and of course, true love.
Can a telepathic tiger be a guide? Can a talking fox predict the future? Can a bunch of misfit bikers make a new town? Can a reluctant mobster make a new life?
Most of all, can we get second chances in life, if we are smart enough to cheat death, shrewd enough to evade our enemies, and brave enough to believe that 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!