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Second-Hand Jane [Kindle Edition]

Michelle Vernal
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  • Length: 206 pages
  • Word Wise: Enabled
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Book Description

When footloose and fancy-free Jessica, a thirty-something writer, decides to follow her journalistic instincts and trace the story of a young girl for her weekly column in a Dublin newspaper, she unwittingly embarks on a journey into Northern Ireland’s tragic past.
With her love of all things vintage, Jessica Jane Baré is known as Second-hand Jane to her friends. Hailing from New Zealand, these days she’s finding the grass is greener in Dublin and not just because of all the rain. In fact, life would be sweet if it weren’t for the reason she left home in the first place–her meddling mother. Marian views Jess’s life in Dublin as nothing more than a stop-gap until she meets Mr Right and he’s taking his time. Things look set to change, however, when Jess meets the delectable Nick, who ticks all of Marian’s boxes.
In the meantime, Jess’s latest second-hand collectible–a children’s book—gives her an idea for her column. Deciding to track down the girl whose name is scribbled inside the cover of that book, she uncovers more than she ever expected. “Amy was in the wrong place at the wrong time,” the girl’s taciturn brother, Owen, informs her. Intrigued, Jess travels to the family pig farm in County Down and listens to Amy’s poignant tale unfold through Owen. With a little help from a rather cute runt of the litter she names Wilbur, Jess is about to help put the past to rest and learn that appearances can be deceptive.
Then Marian announces she is coming to Dublin to sort her daughter’s increasingly tangled love life out and Jess’s chance of a happy ending like those in the story books she collects looks about as likely as Wilbur flying.

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About the Author

Hi, my name's Michelle Vernal. I'm a 42 year old, married Mum of two boys who lives in the pretty little town of Oxford located in New Zealand's South Island. Writing is something I have always used as a way of expressing myself and my first foray into the romantic and humorous world of chick lit is recorded in my thirteen year old self's compulsory school journal. In it, much to the delight of my English teacher, I described in minutiae the heartbreak of being dumped after my first school disco. It was a scene I re-wrote into The Brazilian Job my first novel. After my first son was born I attended a creative writing course and the first piece I ever penned was published by a New Zealand parenting magazine. I went on to write humorous, opinion styled pieces of my take on parenting but when the necessity for being politically correct got too much I set myself the challenge of writing a novel. The result was The Brazilian Job. The story opens in Dublin where my now hubby and I based ourselves back in the Millennium when the Celtic Tiger was roaring. My second novel Second-hand Jane is also set in Dublin because it provides such a character filled backdrop. We have a love of travel and starting our family in 2004 hasn't changed that. In 2008 we crossed Argentina, Chile and Uruguay by bus with backpacks and our two boys plonked in strollers - it was fantastic. Last year we visited LA, the Greek Islands, France and Hong Kong with our boys and that has only managed to scratch the tip of the wish list. It has also given me loads of ideas for future stories.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1275 KB
  • Print Length: 206 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Michelle Vernal Publishing Limited (24 Feb. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00INCPYEO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #258,990 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars With her love of all things vintage 5 July 2015
Format:Kindle Edition
I recieved this as an arc in exchange for an honest review.
When foot loose and fancy free jessica, a thirty-something writer, decides to follow her journalistic instincts and trace the story of a young girl for her weekly column in a dublin newspaper, she unwittingly embarks on a journey into Northern ireland's tragic past.

With her love of all things vintage, jessica jane bare is known as second-hand jane to her friends. Hailing from New zealand, these days she's finding the grass is greener in dublin and not just because of all the rain. In fact, life would be sweet if it weren,t for the reason she left home in the first place-her meddling mother. Marion views jess's life in dublin as nothing more than a stop-gap until she meets mr right and he's taking his time. Things looks set to change, however, when jess meets the delectible Nick, who ticks all of marions boxes.

In the meantime, jess's latest second-hand collectible-a children's book-gives her an idea for her column. Deciding to track down the girl whose name is scribbled inside the cover of that book, she uncovers more than ever expected. "Amy was in the wrong place at the wrong time" the girl's taciturn brother, Owen, informs her. Intrigued, Jess travel's to the family pig farm in county down and listen's to Amy's poignant tale unfold through Owen. With a little help from a rather cute runt of the litter she names wilbur, jess is about to help put the past to rest and learn that appearances can be deceptive. Then marion announces she's coming to dublin to sort her daughter's increasinglingly tangled love life out and jess's chance of a happy ending like those in the story books she collects looks about as likely as wilbur flying.

Wow. Fantastic read Michelle.
i loved this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A really enjoyable read x 8 July 2015
By Dee-Cee
Format:Kindle Edition
First off I'd like to say a huge thank you to TBC on FB for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Second Hand Jane is a wonderful book, It's easy to read and so easy to get lost in. Jess the main character is a very likeable character, she's quirky and her love of second hand things is really nice. Especially the books, I love buying second hand books and often when I find a name inside I find myself wondering who the person is etc. Jess's two best friends are fab too in the story, Nora and Brianna are two very different characters but all three are fab together.

Marian, Jess's mum is quite funny and it was nice to see the relationship between her and her daughter and you could also feel the dread Jess felt when her mum announced she was coming to Dublin. I was reading and cringing at the thought.

I really enjoyed this book, the writing is lovely and the description through out made me want to jump on a ferry and go and visit Northern Ireland and find out more about the sad history of The Troubles. Also I have fallen head over heels in love with Wilbur the little piglet, I live on a farm so really a little piglet would just fit in ha ha.

A really enjoyable read and I highly recommend this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read. 5 July 2015
Format:Kindle Edition
I received a free copy of this book from the facebook book club THE Book Club in exchange for an honest review.
It is the story of Jessica Jane who loves all things vintage hence the nickname Second Hand Jane. She is a thirty something New Zealand journalist living in Dublin who begins to investigate the life of Amy, the original owner of one of her preowned vintage children's ladybird books. In doing so she uncovers a tragic life story of Amy and her family who were affected by the Troubles in Northern Ireland in the 1970s/80s. Whilst carrying out this investigation, she is trying to start a relationship with the 'too smooth' Nick, however, Amy's brother Owen could be another contender for her affections.
I enjoyed this book, it was an easy and enjoyable read, however, one that I found slightly predictable. You could see how the relationships with Nick and Owen were going to pan out way before Jess did. Her mother Marian coming to visit and the relationships with her friends were great, adding humour to the story and the backstory of the Troubles gave the book some depth.
Would certainly recommend this book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed the style of this book 5 July 2015
Format:Kindle Edition
I was sent this book by THE Book Club on Facebook in return for an honest review. I really enjoyed the style of this book, very easy reading and a book you can escape into. Very easy to pick up and put down without feeling you've forgotten the plot. A lovely love story which should give hope to every single girl of a certain age. The characters were believable and likeable and the story did have some very funny parts to it, particularly where the mother is involved! A great read which I would recommend for anyone looking for a great but easy read
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4.0 out of 5 stars Engaging read. 8 July 2014
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A lovely warm read with rounded characters. Just the ticket for an evening on the couch with the rain lashing outside!
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5.0 out of 5 stars very good 7 July 2014
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well written , interesting read with good 'real people' in it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Northern Irish love story 26 May 2015
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Not a bad wee read but, being Northern Irish, I was a bit annoyed with some of the incorrect facts. (The accent description was wring, as were the character and place names). However, the Dublin parts of the story were good and I liked the whole Nick storyline.
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