Turbulence: An Extreme Love Story

It's Time to Lose Your Emotional Baggage

Non-Fiction - Relationships
394 Pages
Reviewed on 02/12/2022
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Author Biography

Jordan Alexander is an international best-selling author, speaker and relationship expert, committed to helping others live and love authentically. Now happily married, her past love life was littered with landmines, including a learner driver dating disaster (I Love You, Send Money, Pangaea Press). Jordan has been featured in The Sun UK, NZ Business, Woman’s Day and The Daily Mail, Australia. She founded Love Assist Associates to provide courses and coaching to help genuine love seekers learn how to go online dating and have great relationships. Visit DrJMAlexander.com and let's change how humans date and relate, one heart at a time!

    Book Review

Reviewed by Asher Syed for Readers' Favorite

Turbulence: An Extreme Love Story; It's time to lose your emotional baggage by Jordan M Alexander is the follow-up to the well-received first book, I Love You, Send Money, about the unlucky in love protagonist, Alexis. Like its predecessor, Turbulence is non-fiction that reads in the first person present, giving it all the hallmarks of a novel. Alexis Jordain is back and, despite being fleeced financially, she is dating again. The big fish this time is American pilot Jack Moreau, a 24-hour fling she met in Hawaii while waiting for James, who has resurfaced for more. Alexis is uncertain at first, but she ultimately dives back in—and swims across a shark-infested ocean to try to make the relationship work, even when it feels like she's drowning.

“Most fights are really protests over emotional disconnection. Underneath all the distress, partners are desperate to know: Are you there for me?”

Like she did in book one, Jordan M Alexander delivers with book two, Turbulence. The chapters all begin with mood indicators, charting where she is traveling to (and there's a lot of locations to be had here!), what she's packed, what her look is, and what she's listening to. The narrative, which is deliciously acerbic and positively Alexis, is interspersed with emails, messages, and diary entries. More than just a commercial pilot, Jack definitely takes Alexis on an emotional ride that frequently made me want to shake them both. But Alexis is a grown woman with enough experience to handle some, 'ahem', turbulence, and as she continues to prove in this memoir, she is unshakable, unsinkable, and unstoppable.

Christian Sia

Turbulence: An Extreme Love Story: It's Time to Lose Your Emotional Baggage by Jordan M Alexander is a spellbinding contemporary romance with an international setting against social dynamics that brilliantly capture current social and cultural trends. The sequel to I Love You, Send Money follows Alexis Jordain who is looking forward to enjoying her single status. All she wants is to rebuild her life, and perhaps spend more time with her two children. Then Jack happens and he comes into her life in a way she never expected. The one night meet in Hawaii should have been enough, but then there is a first date that leaves her wondering if there might be a future with Jack.

Spiced with humor and an exploration of the protagonist’s personal life and adventures, Turbulence is an emotionally rich story with strong psychological underpinnings. The writing is stellar and the combination of letters (emails) with engaging conversations and diary entries gives depth to the writing and also helps to deepen character. In this novel, the author explores the themes of family, parenting, romance, and personal development. Alexis is a complex, multi-dimensional character and her struggle to create balance in her life and to remain emotionally healthy runs through the narrative. It is the story of a woman who comes to a critical moment in life when she has to look at herself honestly and the reader hopes she has the courage to face herself unflinchingly. Jordan M Alexander is a wonderful storyteller who grabs and keeps the attention of the reader. Turbulence is real and engaging, and very entertaining.

Ankita Shukla

Even after losing a huge amount of money in an online dating fiasco, Alexis knew that she was not over love. Turbulence: An Extreme Love Story by Jordan M Alexander picks up right where the previous memoir, I Love You, Send Money, had ended. A short rendezvous with a handsome pilot (Jack) that Alexis had considered to be only a one night stand turned out to be her next romantic venture. Regardless of several similarities, Jack and Alexis' relationship had its hardships and issues to address. First and foremost was their geographic situation. With Alexis in New Zealand and Jack in the US, they could not be with each other as much as they wanted. Alexis quit her job and moved to another country to lessen the miles between them; however, these sacrifices did not prove to be fruitful to their relationship. What started as a whirlwind romance soon turned into one of the most melodramatic and nerve-racking experiences in Alexis' life.

Turbulence is far from just another love story. This is the story of finding your true desire and loving yourself before loving anybody else. Alexis, a die-hard romantic, could do anything in love, but, when she felt unheard, she began losing herself. Instead of succumbing to the pain, she focused on self-love. She decided to take charge and put herself first. Jordan M Alexander converses with readers. Her story is filled with wit and metaphors. Her extraordinary knowledge database is evident in the relevant excerpts from several books and many fun (or interesting) facts on just about anything. Reading Turbulence, I connected with the author and her story. I cried with her, laughed at her funny stories, and prayed for her well-being. She has a way of making a strong emotional connection with her readers. Undoubtedly, her journey of paving her own path of happiness will act as a guide to many lost and tired souls. I can't wait for Alexis to find her true love and well-deserved happiness. Fingers crossed and looking out for her next memoir!

Ruffina Oserio

Turbulence: An Extreme Love Story by Jordan M Alexander offers a lot to ponder and great entertainment. “Once upon a time, a guy asked a girl, will you marry me? The girl said no, and the girl lived happily ever after and went shopping, dancing, camping, drank martinis, always had a clean house, never had to cook, had sex with whomever she pleased …” This is a thought that Alexis Jordain has often entertained, and what she is deeply considering when she meets Jack Moreau. A one night meet in Hawaii doesn’t have to get them emotionally attached. But things are getting beyond what Alexis imagined. After James, she only wants to make the adjustments needed to her lifestyle, a woman who is used to spending a thousand dollars on a whim on a helicopter ride for her friends, buying any beautiful gemstone in any random holiday spot. She wants to focus on her emotional growth. Is Jack about to disrupt these plans?

This is an endearing love story that explores the theme of love at different levels. Readers encounter a well-rounded character who loves to fly, is extravagant, and who is in the process of rebuilding her sense of self-care. She also has two kids, ten-year-old Bella and thirteen-year-old Paige. The writing is as gorgeous as the story, which is told from the first-person point of view, pulling readers into the perspective of the protagonist. I enjoyed the creativity of this author, who uses diary entries, the epistolary style, and journal entries to tell a beautiful and engaging story. While the female protagonist strives for success and struggles to get a grip on her emotional side, she suffers from loneliness and her journey towards self-care is filled with powerful lessons for readers. I wanted to see how the relationship between Jack and Alexis develops and the author handles it extremely well, infusing it with realism and humanity. Turbulence: An Extreme Love Story is an entertaining love story that is written into the very heart of contemporary reality, a page-turner.

Rabia Tanveer

Turbulence: An Extreme Love Story - It's Time to Lose Your Emotional Baggage by Jordan M Alexander is yet another gem. After the fiasco of her previous relationship, Alexis decides that she needs to put the brakes on her dating life and focus more on her personal growth. Her last relationship took a toll on her mind and soul. Meanwhile, she never imagined the one-night fling with handsome and considerate Jack would leave fireworks smoldering long after her vacation. Trying to maintain a long-distance relationship is not easy. Soon things are getting a little difficult for her, her insecurities are rearing their ugly heads, and she is looking for some answers that will help her move forward. She realizes that she cannot move forward unless she learns to embrace her past, make peace with it. Life is hard, but she never knew it was going to be this hard.

Jordan M Alexander is a maestro when it comes to humor and using words that leave an impact on the minds of readers. I love the way she tells the story, it is almost magical. Just like before, the story is filled with little nuggets that make you contemplate everything from start to finish. There is humor, there is romance, there is self-reflection and there is self-love. I don’t how she does it, but she always does justice to every element she introduces in her stories. Alexis is a real human, she has emotions that she has a hard time dealing with, but that does not stop her from trying again and again. I enjoyed how she powers through the hardships, keeps her head held high and tackles everything with her witty sense of humor. This book is perfect in every sense of the word.