Jenny James Is Not a Disaster

A Novel

by Debbie Johnson

On Sale: 2024-07-09

Price: $17.99

Book Summary

There’s having a bad day . . . and then there’s having a Very Bad Day.

About the Book

There's having a bad day . . . and then there's having a Very Bad Day.

Thirty-something single mum Jenny James is used to the typical run-in-your-tights, milk-turned-sour, break-a-nail bad kind of day. Attitude from her teenage son? Count on it. Car problems? To be expected. Never quite enough money for monthly expenses? Guaranteed.

And then arrives the Very Bad Day--when Jenny finds out her dull but reliable office job is in jeopardy, her car totally and completely breaks down, and she arrives home (on foot) just in time to see her modest-but-cozy cottage sliding off a cliff into the sea. Jenny's life--not to mention her home--has reached its ultimate low point.

Estranged from her parents since she became pregnant at age eighteen and set out on her own, Jenny has nowhere to turn when she and her son, Charlie, find themselves without a place to live. Her neighbor, the reclusive but attractive Luke who lives alone with his dog in a surprisingly homey RV, opens up his camper--and his vagabond lifestyle--to Jenny and her son.

As the unlikely threesome--four including the dog--hit the road, Jenny finds herself experiencing a new sense of freedom as she reflects on who she was, who she is, and who she could become. Maybe when you fall, you actually find the best way to move forward.


'Debbie Johnson writes stories that make your heart happy. Her words are wise, funny and honest: an arm-around-the-shoulders, a smile through tears and a gentle companion to make sense of life. I adore her books, packed with hope and heart.'

'Jenny James is not a disaster, she is an inspiration. This book is a love letter to those who have been kicked in the teeth by life but picked themselves up and became better and happier versions of themselves. Life is truly what you make it.'

'Jenny James' midlife road trip with a reclusive stranger gave me all sorts of ideas . . . Warm, witty, relatable, poignant--Jenny is a delight!'

'Romantic, heartbreaking and packed with Debbie's trademark warmth and wisdom.'

'This sweet novel serves as a good reminder that sometimes the worst days can kick-start positive changes.'

'Uplifting, poignant and very funny.'

'What if your worst imaginable day turned out to be the accidental catalyst for some of your very best? Debbie Johnson explores this question in her fun--and frequently funny--look at what happens when a series of terrible events lead one down-on-her-luck woman to embark on an unexpected journey and straight into a whole new life. JENNY JAMES IS NOT A DISASTER is a breezy, entertaining, and insightful 'when life gives you lemons' story about second chances and starting over that brims with both humor and heart. Readers will fall for Jenny James's honest and hilarious voice in this winning narrative that explores the themes of love, friendship, and forgiveness. I thoroughly enjoyed this heartwarming and uplifting book and found myself rooting for Jenny from the very first page!'

'Emotional, beautiful, wonderful. Debbie Johnson at her finest.'

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9781400247868
  • ISBN 10: 1400247861
  • Imprint: Harper Muse
  • On Sale: 2024-07-09
  • Pages: 320
  • List Price: $17.99
  • Publisher: Harper Muse
  • Publication Date: 2024-07-09
  • Category 1 : FICTION / Contemporary Women
  • Category 2 : FICTION / Humorous
  • Category 3 : FICTION / Disaster