“If weakness is just a wound that no one wants to speak of, then cool is just how far we have to fall.”
“I’m Not Alright”, Sanctus Real
There is so much I could say about Jenny B Jones’ latest book, there you’ll find me but I need to start with this. It is completely not what I expected and completely and magnificently what I needed.
Finley, a young girl starting her senior year accepts a foreign exchange program placement to Abbyglen, Ireland. The exact same country and town as her late brother, Will had visitied during his senior year. So Finley sets out, armed with bravado, wit and a journal marking every location that Will ever set foot near during his time there. Only the journal he wrote speaks not just of landmarks, cuisine and culture of this Irish treasure; it is riddled with his personal and poignant journey with his Saviour. How he met God in a very real sense during his time in Ireland. How Will saw, heard and felt the hand of God as he walked through the beauty of a nation dressed in green. Aching inside, Finley hopes to recapture the same love her brother Will felt from Jesus, and let it seep into her doubts, fears and gaping holes of loneliness.
I wasn’t prepared for many things about this new novel.