Miralee Ferrell’s debut novel The Other Daughter was one of the first books I received for review. I had been reading her blog for quite a while and was very excited to have the chance to review her first book. I was very excited recently to receive my copy of Finding Jeena, the long-awaited sequel to The Other Daughter.
I received this book for review courtesy of the author; all opinions expressed are my own. This post contains affiliate links.
Finding Jeena Plot Summary
Finding Jeena tells the story of Jeena Gregory, a minor character in The Other Daughter. She’s dating an awesome guy, has a wonderful new job, and is about to move into a new townhouse. Then things start going downhill.
Her boyfriend dumps her for a new girl and a new job overseas. Suspicious things start happening at work until they explode in a court case and Jeena loses her job. Unable to find more work, she spirals into alcoholism and depression. When she loses her car and then her townhouse, she ends up at the last place she thought she’d ever be: a local women’s shelter.
At first, I found it hard to relate to Jeena. She’s a hard-working, arrogant career-driven woman who’s a little bit blind to what’s going on around her. She’s also very shallow.
As the novel progressed and Jeena had to deal with the consequences of her choices, I began to feel sorry for her and then to like her pluck and determination. Miralee shows us both the best and the worst of a character; things that make Jeena lovable and things that made her less likeable.
As I got closer to the end of the book, I found myself reading faster, wanting to know not only what happens to Jeena but also what happens to the friends that she makes at the shelter.
The ending was slightly disappointing. I found Jeena’s unexpected inheritance a bit implausible, a bit too convenient. Just because she has become a Christian and regained some of her money doesn’t mean everything needs to be handed to her on a silver platter.
Overall, however, Miralee has spun another good story. Fans of The Other Daughter will be excited to find out more about Jeena. Perhaps the next book Miralee writes can tell us more about Jeena’s friend Tammy and her story.
Finding Jeena is available on Amazon and in your favourite bookstores.
About Miralee Ferrell
Miralee and her husband Allen have been married over 40 yrs. They live on 11 acres in the beautiful Columbia River Gorge in southern Washington State, where they love to garden, play with their dogs, take walks, and go sailing. Miralee also rides her horse on the wooded trails near their home with her grown daughter who lives nearby.
To find out more about Miralee Ferrell and her books, drop by her website. You can find Miralee on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. You can also read my interview with Miralee about how she started writing.