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Second-Hand Jane by [Vernal, Michelle]
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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: 1465 KB
  • Print Length: 306 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Michelle Vernal Publishing Limited (February 24, 2014)
  • Publication Date: February 24, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00INCPYEO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #441,441 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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Nothing in the limited vocabulary of humanity would adequately describe the pleasure this book brings to its readers. Funny, heartwarming, tear-invoking and full of emotions that any and every woman can and does feel in a lifetime, is tucked between these pages. The story moves at varying and appropriate paces as it draws the reader in and through the main characters' lives with believable dialogue and events. I could not put it down and was left wanting more ... exactly what one should expect from a story worth telling. Bravo to Michelle Vernal!!
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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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I think I love NZ authors, and I've found a new one and have already ordered her other two books. Second-Hand Jane was a name given to Jess by her two best friends in Ireland for all things vintage and well loved. A journalist, the purchase of a children's book inspired her to want to write a story based on the life of the recipient of the book given to her on her sixth birthday. The story she discovered and the changes it made in her life was not anything like she expected. This book brought laughs and tears and unexpected joy. I loved every minute of it.
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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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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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I didn't care for this one. Since I did not finish the book don't judge it on my review. it is just that I was reading along and I found Jane to be a bit boring. I kept thinking it was just background and we would eventually get to some interesting stuff but it didn't happen for me. I finally just gave up and quit.

Jane seemed to be a bit quirky! That appeals to some people, not others. She is single and this seems to be a problem for everyone but Jane. It seems her mother would rather see her married to a slug than single. I never have got that but whatever. She still seems to let it dominate her every thought. and on and on...just didn't get there for me. But, different strokes for different folks, so read and decide for yourself.
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