Love, Jane

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 25 Nov 2019

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Before there was Medeia, there was Jane.
Jane longed for security, something her childhood never afforded her. She found it and love being Stewart’s wife. When she hired Shana to help him with his stress, though, Jane found out that sometimes inviting a stranger into your home means they never leave.
Tossed out of her home and marriage penniless, while Shana sleeps in her place, Jane’s first experience in the world outside of the safe mansion is a brutal attack from the driver who took her away. With the maniac responsible for the attack still at large, picking new victims while stalking Jane, her new life is about hiding.
Jane takes on a new identity with help from the cop who saved her life, but she’s still not sure she can trust him─ his past tangles with Stewart. While the cops hunt for the attacker, a run-in with Shana exposes a secret of Stewart’s that could bring a new madman on Jane’s tail– Stewart. Danger or not, it’s hard to turn away from someone in need.
Can Jane help the mistress that ruined her marriage? Will her attacker find her before the police find him? Is he closer than everyone thinks?

This is a wonderful thrilling new read!
Wonderful well written plot and story line that had me engaged from the start.
Love the well fleshed out characters and found them believeable.
Great suspense and action with that adds so much to the story.
Such a thrilling read that I couldn't put it down.
Can't wait to read more from this author.
Recommend reading.

I was provided an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher.  This is my own honest voluntary review.
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I never read Dear Anna but now I'm going to check it out thanks to this book. I stumbled across this book randomly and it was a great read. Strong start but I felt frustrated with Jane's decisions.
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I read Dear Anna and LOVED it! This was another good one! Jane is starting over after being kicked out of her home after her abusive husband has an affair with Shana. Jane has a new job and a friend in Billy, a cop who saved her life from a killer the night she was kicked out of her home. When Shana shows up looking for Jane to tell her that the same thing is happening to her, Jane is stuck on what to do. Especially because Shana has something that Jane couldn’t give her ex husband, a baby. But Jane is also scared to help because according to Billy, the man who attacked Jane is still on the loose so Jane needs to lay low. This was an interesting story and kept me interested the whole way through. I love how Jane is a girls girl. She has a conscience despite the pain in her past. But, sometimes that can be a bad thing in Janes case. Can she help Shana without her ex husband finding out? Or is she better off moving on and letting Shana deal with it herself?
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Jane was an abused wife. With the help of others, some good and some bad, she has now put her life back together after her abusive ex-husband Stewart kicked her out to be with his younger, pregnant mistress, Shana.

The book starts off strong as we learn about Jane's new life, her job at a motel, and Ramona and Billy, the woman and policeman who have helped her get through it all. She is now stronger and more confident, enough to even get into a new relationship with Billy, who saves her when someone new tries to kill her..

In the meantime, when Shana confronts Jane asking for help to get away from Stewart and his abusive ways herself, Jane must choose between helping the person who hurt her and doing the right thing for an innocent baby. She must also figure out who is really on her side and who is still on her ex-husband's side..

I found that Jane was a likeable, strong character, but her lack of good decision-making skills at times were frustrating! Overall, this was a good read that keeps you wondering who to trust. I will be reading Dear, Anna soon! 

Thank you to Katie Blanchard, the publisher and #NetGalley for an eARC in exchange for an honest review!
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Jane is an abused wife. She is hit, humiliated and literally thrown out the door. With nothing left but two boxes of personal items, she turns to her cop friend to save her. Also her world starts to crumble around her, Jane has to decide whether to put herself first or dive back into the darkness to help others. 

A heartbreaking, but wonderful book. It does have a trigger warning attached - and while it doesn’t directly talk about abuse, it does reference it on numerous occasions. You will fall in love with the characters, have your heartbroken (more than once) and probably want to scream at some of the other characters. A great psychological thriller!
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Jane longed for security, something her childhood never afforded her. She found it and love being Stewart’s wife. When she hired Shana to help him with his stress, though, Jane found out that sometimes inviting a stranger into your home means they never leave.

This is the second book I have read by Katie Blanchard and love her stories, her writing and look forward to another book by her.  The book covers domestic abuse although not graphic you come to hate Jane's husband, Stewart.  Besides getting away from her husband, forming a relationship with the person helping her, she also comes to feel sorry for her husband's mistress.

It was also not the ending I was expecting either, which makes it all the more a great book.  I am now looking forward to reading another book by Blanchard called Pressing Flowers.
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Love, Jane is a stand alone prequel to Katie Blanchard's first novel Dear, Anna. I had not read Dear, Anna and for any other interested readers it is not necessary to read the first novel that introduced the main characters but you will want to after reading Love, Jane.

Jane had been thrown out of her house by her abusive former husband Stewart-as he moved on to wife number three who just happens to be the yoga instructor, Shana, Jane hired to help Stewart manage his heart condition. Jane escaped Stewart's abuse because he traded her in and started a new life with the help of a caring older woman, Ramona, who takes "strays" in and has them stay the motel she runs. 

When Jane runs into Shana at the grocery store Shana pleads with her for help as Stewart has started abusing her too and she is worried he will move on to their new baby. Jane reluctantly becomes involved-all the while on the lookout for a man that nearly killed her the night Stewart threw her out. 

There is suspense and mystery in Love, Jane and I found it a little hard to like Jane at first as she continued to make really questionable decisions however by the end I found myself really rooting for her. 

Thank you to NetGalley, the publisher and author for this ARC in exchange for my honest feedback.
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A well written book.  Jane, an abused wife of a rich powerful man, is kicked out of her home so he can move his latest, much younger model in.  He's all heart though and orders her a taxi this is just the beginning of her nightmare.   Perhaps being beaten by your husband  is not so bad ....... The author pulls you in with her descriptions of all the characters, done in such a way that I could picture each one and recognise some traits of people I know. The ending wasn't. What I expected.

Thank you Netgalley,the author and publisher for providing me with an arc ,
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This was a good suspense book but I did have trouble reading it. There were some mistakes that I had to re-read in order to understand it. One where Jane describes the baby while she is sleeping but then tells the color of the babies eyes. Some parts had a word or two left out of a sentence as if maybe it was written in a hurry. Overall I did like the book. Thank you for giving me the chance to read it?
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Very well written. The storyline was perfect. I could not out it down. Read the book in one day. The author sucks you in to the plot.
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Terrific! I thought it was well-written and very suspenseful. I connected with the main character even though I couldn’t directly relate to her circumstances which is a sign of good writing. I didn’t think it was an incredibly original story, but I still enjoyed reading it.
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This is my second book that I have read by this author. Again, this author delivers another fantastic book. In Love, Jane, we find a woman named Jane who is married to a very wealthy lawyer who constantly beats her up and than blames it on his stress in life, blah, blah blah. She land up being beat up to a point where she can no longer have children. She highers this woman who says she can help with his stress and before Jane can blink an eye she is thrown out of her house, replaced by the woman she brought in to help her husband with his stress. This woman marries him and his is child. Jane finds Ramona, a wonderful woman who helps Jane get back on on feet. I do not want to go ahead with my review because I do not want to give away any spoilers. I received this book from net galley as an ARC for a honest review. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves psychological thrillers with a twist ending I never saw coming. BRAVO to this author for another fantastic book. I received this book on the 12th of this month.
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Jane was an abused wife. She's been hit, humiliated, and thrown out the door .. literally. With no  money and only two boxes of personal items, she turns to her cop friend to help her find a place to stay and change her identity.  She knows too much about her well known attorney husband and he 'will' try to kill her.  

 Within a couple of hours, he's moved a younger woman into his home.

Eventually she runs into her ex-husband's mistress and  her infant at a sleazy little grocery store where the mistress begs for help.  She is carrying the same bruises that Jane once carried.

Abuser or not .. Jane finds it difficult to turn away from the woman that ruined her marriage.

But what happens when Jane's ex-husband finds not only his present wife planning on leaving ... but also learns that Jane is the person helping her?  And ultimately, who can she trust?

WARNING :   Although there is a lot of conversation about domestic abuse ..  there are no graphic scenes.  However, it may still be a trigger for some.

The story told is credible with characters that won't be forgotten easily.   This story of a woman trying to build a new life is gripping.  There's lots of action with a few unexpected twists.

Many thanks to the author / Netgalley for the digital copy of this riveting psychological thriller.  Read and reviewed voluntarily, opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.
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I enjoyed this book immensely!  It was full of suspense and was a great follow up to Dear, Anna.  I highly recommend it!
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Love, Jane by Katie Blanchard is a story about a woman rebuilding her life after being abused by her wealthy ex-husband, Stewart. Jane has started a new life as a single and almost broke woman since she was thrown out of her abuser's home. Ironically, Jane hired a young yoga instructor, Shana, to help her ex with his cardiac issues. Eventually, Jane was tossed aside in favor of Shana. Upon leaving her home, Jane is brutally attacked but is saved with the help of police officer Billy, who becomes one of the few Jane now trusts.

Jane is living in a motel, soon to be her own apartment, when Shana approaches her showing bruises. Jane has little sorrow at first, but then realizes that Shana also has a child with Stewart that she must protect. Jane must decide if and how she will take down Stewart, without putting herself in peril.

This book was gripping and suspenseful. I appreciated the warning about the mention of domestic abuse, as this can be difficult for some women. However, I do think a little more detail into the abuse would have added to Jane's character to show her resilience (even though she is incredibly resilient). I have not read Dear, Anna, and I do think this would have added to the context and character depiction of Jane. It was a bit hard in the first few chapters to figure out who was who. Overall, I recommend.

Thank you to NetGalley for giving the opportunity to read and review!
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Those who follow my blog will remember a while back I posted a review on a book called Dear, Anna which I loved and reminded me of the TV show How to Get Away with Murder. Well in Dear, Anna - Medeia meets a kindred soul at the gym who helps her get to the point she needs to be at. That person was Jane and we catch glimpses of Jane's past in Dear, Anna. Now Katie has decided to write Jane's story leading up to the first meeting of Medeia in the gym and how Jane became Jane Voss. As readers of the first book will remember that Jane was once like Medeia in a wealthy relationship with an abusive husband who was controlling. Jane's story starts with her hiring a Yoga instructor for her husband and finding herself replaced as the wife of the household and kicked to the curb. Not before being almost killed. Jane finds herself at a motel that has been set up as a refuge for women who have nowhere to go and are ready to escape terrible life situations. The woman leading it becomes a close friend of Jane's and then later in the book Jane crosses paths with Shana - Stewart's new wife and baby Deliah. Shana is now experiencing the same abuse Jane did, but what's worse and makes Jane care more is that there is a baby in the mix - Delilah. A child that she will never ever get to have because of Stewart's abuse.  What will happen though when Stewart catches wind of Jane's plan for Shana and Delilah and starts to close in on Jane's world - killing all those close to her and trying to make Jane's own death look like Wife Number #1. However there is one thing Stewart didn't count on - unlike Wife Number #1 and Wife Number #3 - Jane has an internal strength and desire for revenge and won't stop till she has succeeded at this time Jane now has nothing to lose.  Love, Jane was another wonderful mystery and romantic suspense that can show readers what lengths someone can go too if they are pushed especially when they have nothing else to live for or if a baby is involved - that mother nurturing nature kicking in.
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I admired Jane from when I was first introduced to her in Dear Anna. So to say I was excited when I saw we were going to know her story was an understatement. You definitely need to read Dear Anna first to experience the air of mystery surrounding Jane. In Dear Anna, Jane is so intriguing and in the end you want to know more about her because throughout the book she drops little breadcrumbs of her past. Love, Jane gives you all the answers we were hoping for. I could not put it down. This was a story of how Jane had to start over with a threat hanging over her. She could not fully live her life after escaping the clutches of her horrible ex-husband who wants to do nothing but destroy her very existence. Then the unexpected happens and she develops a friendship with the very woman who stole her ex from her.  This catapults Jane into action, she is fed up and ready to take down her ex husband all in the name of saving someone who did her wrong. The whole time I was on the edge to see what was going to happen. Jane's is outstanding, this book was outstanding! 

Arc provided by publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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I was given this book by NetGalley for an honest review - 
Jane marries a rich man who she loves but it doesn't take long before she finds herself abused.  All the time of course it is her fault he says...
Then he throws her to the curb for a younger woman.
Jane finds herself almost killed and being followed.    Did he put a hit out on her?
Then Shana the new wife begins to suffer the same abuse.  As they have a daughter together she fears to leave as he could take the daughter or kill them both.,  She asks Jane for help in running away.
Can Jane help them and herself before its too late.
Can anyone win in this situation?
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Our protagonist is Jane and we quickly learn that she was forced out of her marital home (which was in fact a mansion) when Stewart her husband has formed a relationship with Shana, the woman Jane hired to teach him yoga to relieve his stress.  Not only has he gone for the younger model who he has impregnated but he has thrown Jane out on the street with nothing, and he has left her defenceless against the driver who wants to kill her.  It is only down to Billy a policeman that she survives.

She finds help in the form of a job at a motel and a grumpy woman who teaches her all about survival – after all Jane survived Stewart’s physical and emotional violence.  When Shana reaches out to Jane to help her and her baby to escape Stewart she is forced to confront the situation and evaluate who is helping her and who wants to harm her.

I found Jane an odd character: likeable yes, but too trusting, perhaps?  Repeated instructions to lie low – and then she goes running!  There are no great shocks in the plot, nor any stunning revelations.  I don’t think it lived up to my expectations.  I didn’t want a sensational depiction of the violence both women experienced, but in avoiding that I think it watered down the impact.  That said, the book did engage me right until the end, although I don’t think I am ready to delve into the next foray into Jane’s life with Anna’s story.

Thank you to the author, publishers and NetGalley for providing an ARC via my Kindle in return for an honest review.
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