Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Book Review: Jess Under Pressure by Edy Graziani

Jess Under Pressure
By Edy Graziani
Publisher: Morning Rain Publishing
Published: April 30, 2015

Amazon Synopsis:

Dr. Jessica Britton is on top of the world. Her self-help book empowering women has hit the best-seller’s list, and she’s enjoying the media spotlight while her family supports her growing success. Life can’t get any better for Jess. 

But… hold the applause. 

Everything changes in the blink of an eye. Jess’s ideal life shatters when she discovers her husband’s secret, her daughters’ rebellion, and her agent's deceit. Desperate for healing, she takes a road trip to Gananoque, Ontario, where she meets women who understand the true meaning of empowerment. 

Filled with tears, laughter, and hope, Jess Under Pressure highlights what friendship and family are all about.

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 My Thoughts:

Jess Under Pressure follows the breakdown and healing of psychologist and author Jess Britton after her successful book “Do More, Give More, Be Better” about how women can have it all – careers and family followed by the untimely death of her husband who was discovered to be having an affair with Jess’ agent.

Due to a variety of twists and turns Jess ends up running away from home. She’s no longer confident in who she is as a mother, author or anything else. What she discovers is her own advice.

Jess Under Pressure is about the power of friendship. I loved how welcoming the small group of ladies were to Jess. There is something about experiencing things together that goes a long way to bonding people together and their experience on the lake will be one that will keep them together for a long time.

The snippets of advice at the beginning of each chapter of the book that came from Jess’ book were for the most part insightful. I found it interesting that though Jess wrote the book, she didn’t quite follow her own advice.

It was good to see the changes in Jess from the beginning of the book to the end. Mentally and emotionally she was a wreck at the beginning but such a different person at the end because she followed her own advice on the importance of family and friends.

In my opinion there was a moderate amount of profanity in this novel and if that is something that offends you, I suggest you be aware of that before you pick this novel up.

As I prefer to read books without profanity, I almost  set the book aside as I don’t feel it added anything to the story. Nevertheless, I persisted with the story, which I did enjoy quite a bit. I gave the story 4 stars out of 5.

Thank you to the author for providing a copy of the book. A positive opinion was not required. All thoughts are my own.

About the Author:

E. Graziani resides in Ontario, Canada with her husband and four daughters. She is a teacher and self-proclaimed life-long learner who believes in constantly setting new goals for herself and working hard to achieve them. Ms. Graziani has worked with the Alzheimer Society of Canada to raise awareness and educate people regarding this disease. She also enjoys speaking with secondary school writer’s craft and English classes regarding her writing, inspiration and the publishing process. Other books by E. Graziani – Alice of the Rocks and War in My Town.

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