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Second-Hand Jane [Kindle Edition]

Michelle Vernal , Fiona Bretherton
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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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.

Product Details

  • File Size: 584 KB
  • Print Length: 302 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1495218414
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Michelle Vernal Publishing Limited (February 24, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00INCPYEO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #488,053 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By Sanda
Format:Kindle Edition
When I first started reading this book my first thought revolved around the fact that for some reason most of the chick lit I read takes place either in the US or the UK and how refreshing it is to read about the adventures of a New Zealander living in Ireland.

The book's heroine Jessica (nicknamed Second Hand Jane because of her love of things vintage and used) is at once quirky and deep, and this duality reflects the overall tone of the book as well. Characters that appear in supporting roles are just as entertaining and interesting - her friends Brianna and Nora helping her create a home away from home in Ireland; her mom Marian, whose motherly meddling ways and persistent interest in Jessica's love life (in the hopes of seeing her daughter married off) will have you laughing out loud; Jessica's potential love suitors and finally one adorable piggy (yes, you did read that right!).

Though the story has all the elements of an easy breezy, beach style read, the subplot of Amy's story (the story which becomes a part of Jessica's column) leads both the heroine and the reader into the land of deeper introspection.

After reading this book I felt like I just took a quick and very much fun trip to Ireland, I thought quite a bit about my own relationship with my mother and I got to immerse myself into (mis)adventures of an interesting character - what's not to love. I recommend this to all chick lit lovers but especially the ones looking for a pleasant departure from the usual chick lit fare.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Unique and Amazing lovestory! June 13, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I was given a copy in exchange for an honest review.

Oh what a unique and amazing love story this one turned out to be! I am seriously in love with the whole story! I love that Jessica has such a unique quality about her. In a world where everyone competes to be the same, we all need someone like her! And I identify with her love for gently used old things!

This book not only tells an amazing love story, but also the story of a tragedy that lives on in those left behind. But not only that the author is amazing with her humor and writes that side very well!

I love all the characters in this book and think that they were all developed very well. I also enjoy the time during which her Mum visits and that they both had a chance to grow and change their relationship.

And who could not fall in love with dear Wilbur! What a fantastic story this turned out to be! I highly recommend this one!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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The author's style of writing is quite good but the plot, or should I say plots, were weak with a lot of description of food and clothes The ending was a bit obvious! Read it if you like to hear about Ireland.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A nice little romance August 26, 2014
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We have a woman who loves to shop at thrift stores, hence the title of the book. It pretty much follows the standard romance novel, with some nice humor thrown in as well. It's not a particularly profound book, but it is quite enjoyable, perfect for a rainy afternoon or a visit to renew your driver's license.

I particularly like that we don't have the hideous cliche of a villainous ex running about causing havoc (so tired of that). The main character does that just fine on her own. I also like how the main love interest talks to her. Like a grown up. They set themselves up to having an actual adult relationship. Very nice.
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3.0 out of 5 stars It was a bore for me. July 28, 2014
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I rarely come across a book that is so boring to me. This started out by grabbing my attention but it then proceeded to just ramble on too much for my liking, from a first person point of view. I've nothing against first person POV at all; it's just the particular character telling this story, Jess, is a horrible bore.

Wanting to give it a chance and fully expecting it to shape up given the description, I kept going waiting for something to happen/ things to pick up.
Nothing to speak of did, for me anyway - of course we all have different tastes. I found this to be 100% predictable, but to be fair I do tend to predict everything.

This was fairly well-spoken, I might still like to check out other works by this author. Her characters are likable, just not super exciting by my standards.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Glad August 15, 2014
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that I didn't let the first book I read by this author put me off reading another one. Although it was predictable, the characters were fleshed out and believable, which kept me interested anyway. Having had a similar relationship with my own mother, I appreciated the explanation that was given for Marian's attitude, and it actually helped give me a glimpse into what may have been my own mother's motivations for her attitude. Overall enjoyable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed this book September 14, 2014
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I really enjoyed this book. I loved the characters, the setting, the storyline, the treasure hunts in second-hand shops and the fact that someone else wonders about the names of previous owners written in second-hand books. A goog feel-good story with an elelment of seriousness which describes the life-long impact that the unexpected loss of a loved-one may have on a family.
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5.0 out of 5 stars absolutely delightful July 5, 2014
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This was a delightful read. The friendships, the character descriptions, the mother who sounds like all our mothers - all made for a fun read. The history lesson around Amy was also done very nicely. Definitely recommend this book.
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More About the Author

Michelle Vernal is the author of three novels. She is a forty-something writer who lives with her husband and two sons in the gorgeous wee town of Oxford in New Zealand's South Island. It's a place where the cheese scones are superb and there is always loads more going on than meets the eye. When her boys are at school and she is not not lamenting life with her walking buddies or if it is that time of the month, hibernating while she snaffles the aforementioned cheese scones she writes.
Writing was something she came to later in life when her oldest son was a baby and she happily penned PC opinion style pieces for various NZ parenting magazines but when her second son was born she set herself the challenge of writing a book.
The joy of writing her first novel was the freedom to be oh so un-PC hence the title The Brazilian Job which was inspired by a sign twirling on the breeze outside a Beauticians.
The idea for her second novel, Second-hand Jane came from an inscription in a much loved children's book. She has just finished writing her third novel, Finding Yanni which is set in both New Zealand and Crete and hopes to release it in July 2014.
Michelle has a passion for travel and for the city of Dublin which features heavily in her first two novels. It holds a special place in her heart because it's where her husband proposed - okay so he was a tad tiddly at the time but they did make it to the altar, eventually.

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