Thursday, March 26, 2015

Book Review: Jump, Jive, and Wail by Kathryn R. Biel

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3326 KB
  • Print Length: 230 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Kathryn R. Biel (Jan. 29 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English

Kaitlin Reynolds is used to fearlessly flying off mountains. But nearly two years after a devastating injury has ended her ski jumping career, Kaitlin is still struggling to put one foot in front of the other and find her new life. A chance meeting with a handsome stranger begins to put life into perspective. Dashing figure skater, Declan McLoughlin has just returned from the Olympics amid a swirl of publicity and fan fare. Just as Kaitlin begins to have hope again, her charming savior turns out to represent everything she has lost. If Kaitlin can just let go of the past and take a leap of faith, will she find herself soaring into Declan's arms?

About the Author: Kathryn R. Biel

Telling stories of resilient women, Kathryn Biel hails from upstate New York and is a spouse and mother of two wonderful and energetic kids. In between being Chief Home Officer and Director of Child Development of the Biel household, she works as a school-based physical therapist. She attended Boston University and received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from The Sage Colleges. After years of writing countless letters of medical necessity for wheelchairs, finding increasingly creative ways to encourage the government and insurance companies to fund her clients' needs, and writing entertaining annual Christmas letters, she decided to take a shot at writing the kind of novel that she likes to read. Her musings and rants can be found on her personal blog, Biel Blather. She is the author of Good Intentions (2013), Hold Her Down (2014), I'm Still Here (2014), and the short story, Fly Robin Fly (Part of Cupid on the Loose: A Valentine's Anthology 2015).

My Review: I found this book to be thoroughly enjoyable.  I was intrigued by the references to many current events.  This book is a lovely read.  The raw emotions I felt while watching star crossed lovers continue to cross paths, but not quite working out.  I also saw the raw love of a different kind for a friend in true need of help (Nat) and how others can easily misunderstand this for passion.  The story mainly sticks to the two lead characters.  It follows the real-like struggle one athlete who has fallen from her grace and into a pit of despair and shows her slow climb out of this hole into the real world again.  It isn't just a story of a happy ending, but the story of the struggle with ups and downs.  I can easily relate to some of this story.  Kathryn has a nice writing style that is easy to follow.  I give this book a 3 out of 5.

Views expressed are those of Two Children and a Migraine and not influenced in anyway.  A book was supplied for review purposes only and no compensation was received for this post. 

1 comment:

Kathryn said...

Thank you for taking the time to read, review, and share!