[Book Review] Julie Ryan – Jenna’s JourneyJenna's Journey by Julie Ryan
Series: A Greek Island Mystery #1
Published by Booktrope Edition on September 8th 2015
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Pages: 290

Leaving town, heading to the Greek Isles without telling husband or friends, is heady medicine for a failing marriage. Seduced by Grecian sun and sky, Jenna innocently buys a bewitching urn that tangles her into the web of a criminal world more sinister than she ever imagined. Romance is always afoot in the Greek Isles and Jenna gets a large helping with the seductive Nikos. Family is important in Greece, and Nikos helps Jenna learn all the richness it brings, and pass it on to the next generation.
Twenty-five years later, Allie takes this same journey, and a little time travel, a big “what if” dream, a fated meeting with a taxi driver and a sprinkle of paranormal intrigue intertwine in a story that spans the lives of a mother and daughter. Twisty as the streets in a Greek island village, full of unexpected characters found on a faraway vacation and frightening in the threats that nasty villains throw out, Jenna’s Journey will keep you turning pages far into the night.

Working out a lifetime of secrets, imagining what might have been, eluding nasty antiquities thieves, exploring a new love—how would you have gotten yourself through? Grab the sunny blue thread of Jenna’s adventure and see how she changed her life in one journey!

I think this is the first review that I’ve struggled with writing in a less than gushing way and it almost hurts. While the idea behind JENNA’S JOURNEY is creative, there were several small story lines happening before, at the same time as, and after the main story, and although the author was able to intertwine them, they were a bit difficult to follow. If you are a slower reader and take a week or more to read one book, this would be a tough one for you. I read it in two evenings and had to reread some parts to be able to remember who or what was being mentioned. I’m not one for spoilers and this is probably walking the line, but…there is an alternate ending (part 3). Definitely clever, but it didn’t…fit…and left a ton of questions running through my head. There are other reviewers who have written similar to what I have so I won’t repeat them. I will say that my mom read this also and enjoyed it enough that she bought the rest of Ms. Ryan’s books and had positive things to say about those as well.