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The Farm on Nieuw Land Road (The Jenna Kroon Series) (Volume 2) Paperback – September 19, 2016
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This is the second book in the Jenna Kroon series and another home run for Warren. After witnessing multiple tragedies in the first book, The Cottage on The Border, Jenna is back with her eyes open to her past and a focus on her future.
She is across the pond now, in New York, dancing with a large dance company. Jenna is surpassing her previous dance experience in Europe. She has begun to make a dramatic entrance in the American dance realm. With her hours of dedication and practice, success is inevitable. As she is preparing to complete an entrance examination to a highly coveted choreography course, she stumbles across a glimmer of friendship and struggles to open herself up to the notion that she can be likeable and, in turn, friendly to others. Jenna, as all beings are, is complex and her complexity is what makes her interesting. Grappling with the level of friendship plus her intense dedication to dance lands Jenna where she seems to consistently land, in the hospital.
Upon her discharge, Jenna decides that she is going to heal her head wound at home, at the cottage she was in during book one. This doesn’t last long and she ends up staying with the at Nieuw farm, which proves to be as adventurous.
At Nieuw Farm, Jenna discovers more about herself than her past and unearths her potential while healing, again, from an apparent eating disorder.
Like a shot of whiskey, Warren’s writing and storyline looks great in the light, goes down smoothly and sends heat through the body. The second book of the trilogy hits hard. We go deeper into Jenna’s vulnerability, exposing her humanity to the cold air of reality and connection. Personally, I am perched with anticipation for the third novel in this series. Jenna is an enjoyable character and I will relish the third installation in this series.
Finally, I would like to comment on the cover art for the novel. The artwork captures the intensity of Jenna’s personality, the focal point for the book. The setting is the secondary influence to the reader’s eye. Readers will also notice that Jenna’s character is, rightfully, placed above all else.
Another solid five stars!
After reading the first book in the series -which turned out to be a pleasant surprise- I had a better idea of what to expect from this installment. Still, it had unexpected elements. It was definitely not as dark as the first one; this one had a more hopeful tone to the story overall. Honestly, I did miss that somber feeling that Book 1 gave me as I read it, but enjoyed it nonetheless.
I was happy to return to Jenna Kroon's life. Even as she still struggles with her personal ghosts, there is a notorious growth in the character, without losing what makes her interesting. A whole new set of characters are introduced and this really caught my attention. It was like reading an entirely new standalone book, but with a sense of familiarity.
The writing was just as good as I remembered, and it transported me to different time and space settings. This was what hooked me before and I was pleased to see I could count on it still.
Once again, characters were deep, well-developed and intriguing. The reader can easily connect with their stories, and know that there is always more to them than it seems at first sight. However, for some reason this book seemed more slow-paced and not as action-packed as the first one. I felt it was more focused on Jenna's introspective reflection of where her life had taken her.
The very last chapters had an interesting turn of events that I enjoyed and felt brought further intrigue and complexity into the plot. I hope to see more of this as the story continues.
Hannah Warren's stories are meant to be told through a perfect interweave of past and present, knitting meticulous connections between facts and people, and she is very good at it. She has a unique technique that entertains me and keeps me wondering, turning page after page. I look forward to the next book in the series.
I loved this! It is an emotional journey, but one well worth undertaking. Well done, Hannah! Highly recommended and deserves five stars indeed.