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JANA GOES WILD by Farah Heron Kirkus Star


by Farah Heron

Pub Date: May 2nd, 2023
ISBN: 9781538725450
Publisher: Forever

A destination wedding might be just the ticket to reuniting a woman with her ex.

Jana Suleiman was always known as a good girl who followed the rules—until five years ago, when a brief but intense fling with Anil Malek led to a broken heart and life as a single mother. Now, she and Anil both live in Toronto and successfully co-parent their daughter, Imani, but Jana is careful to keep an emotional distance from Anil. He’s a wonderful father to their daughter, but he’s still the man who broke her heart. Jana and her extended family, including her mother and daughter, are traveling to Tanzania for a destination wedding in the Serengeti National Park. Once they arrive, she is appalled to discover that Anil will also be a member of the wedding party. Jana’s plans for a relaxing two-week vacation are ruined by Anil’s presence. Suddenly, her private life is once again under intense scrutiny from her colleagues, friends, and extended family on the trip. Jana is a character who is both fierce and tender, determined to do right by herself and her daughter. With the help of the other bridesmaids, she makes a “letting loose” list to help her escape the rut she’s in, but everything keeps bringing her back to Anil. The challenges facing the couple are complex. Jana is righteously angry at the way society has punished her for being a single mother while simultaneously rewarding Anil for being an attentive father. Anil has steadfastly tried to support Jana and Imani, but he doesn’t know how to earn forgiveness for the mistakes of the past. Heron’s novel is an exemplar of the “second chance” romance trope, with Jana and Anil working through layers of misunderstanding before they can trust each other again.

A beautiful, compelling romance celebrating second chances and forgiveness.