Jelly Jars Is Worth Your Reading Time

The daily newsletter for a prominent east coast newspaper just requested nominations for its 2020 book list. They want only happy, life-affirming books that made you laugh with no tears and tragedy along the way, so I had to forego nominating Jelly Jars by S.J. Varengo, but in spite of a couple of the most heartrending backstories you could ever want to find, Jelly Jars is one of the happiest, most life affirming stories I have read in a very long time.
In its simplest form, this is a love story – college girl meets rich man, whirl-wind romance, happily ever after, but it’s so much more than that. It’s about loneliness and family and searching for a forever home. It’s also about America. From Berkley to Baltimore the story literally spans the continental United States.
It also runs the gamut of emotions. There were moments when I ugly cried along with the characters but, like I said, it’s one of the most life affirming stories I’ve seen in quite a while. I chuckled at the silliness and sometimes I laughed out loud. I fell in love with jazz music and Middle Eastern food in New Orleans and I celebrated redemption and life and hope for a brighter future with characters we all wish we could meet.
I loved Jelly Jars, and I think you will too.

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