Jane of the Jungle

Fiction - General
248 Pages
Reviewed on 04/02/2012
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Author Biography

JANE BASKIN leads a double life. By day, she is a clinical social worker, wandering the minds of the mad, the bad, and the totally unbelievable. At all other times, she writes wildly imaginative stories, no doubt fueled by her day job experiences.

Formerly a features writer for The Boston Tab in its early years, she now lives in northern New Mexico with her husband and their small herd of dogs and cats.

This is her first novel. With delight, she just found out that it is a finalist in the Foreword Book Of The Year Awards.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Molly Edwards for Readers' Favorite

Jane Baskin is a highly talented author. I'm not quite sure what I was expecting from this novel, but I got some good laughs and really had the wild ride-of-my-life with this interesting story. Ms. Baskin has done a wonderful job at creating a complex yet intriguing heroine with Jane and opens the story with a fun plot line. Jane is a character to be reckoned with. She is a widow, and has some rather unique talents. She talks to animals. Well so do I - just ask my adorable Cocker Spaniels - but she can ACTUALLY talk to the animals. It is kind of like a Doctor Doolittle-ette. And, did I mention that Jane can make buses fly? Well, she does. It is absolutely a fantastic part of the story, giving it a whirlwind action feel. On top of the flying buses and the animal talking, you get an adventurous comedy ride with mobsters and love, giving this book the perfect amount of everything: laughs, love, suspense. You name it, it is all incorporated into one heck of a great read.

Now, I'll be honest and say that if I had seen this on Amazon, or in a book store, I would not have picked it up on my own. I just wouldn't normally go for this book. But, in all honesty, I would have been missing out. The action, the writing style, the characters, all of it absolutely gripped me and didn't let me go. Jane is a character who will settle in my heart to stay, and I will cheer for awesomeness all the way.

I can definitely recommend this book with high flying 5 stars. It is a book that will keep you hooked and have you wanting to come back for more. Great job, Ms. Baskin!