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Jessica Lost Her Wobble – a Review

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Jessica Lost Her Wobble – a Review
by Lisa • July 20, 2017 • 1 Comment

Jessica moves from New York to a small island to start her life anew. But all is not as it seems. The cover for Jessica Lost Her Wobble shows a rather peaceful scene. Does it fit the book? Yes, it does, but In no way does it hint at what is going on beneath the surface.

This story takes place in the 50s and 60s. There are cars, buses, and airplanes, but cell phones and the internet haven’t arrived yet.

Jessica is trying to escape her past and the tragedies she has lived through. Stressful things happen to everyone, but her failed marriage, the death of her son, and not having a good relationship with her daughter have all added up to being too much to handle. She must escape them, escape everything that reminds her of them. No one would miss her, and she really must get away.

She moves from New York to a small island community. The majority of its inhabitants are in their fifties and sixties.

I thought the book was very well-written, but it didn’t hold my attention that well until Amy enters the story and makes friends with Jessica. The book then became hard to put down. Amy is much younger, and Jessica’s friendship with Amy makes her take an even harder look at herself and her relationship with her own daughter.

Once Jessica is living on the island, she and her daughter do reconcile. Her daughter buys her a journal, and she decides to write about her life. Romance, memories, and hope for the future fill her life and her journal. Maybe writing about her life will help her to realize who she is.


Jessica Lost Her Wobble does a great job of keeping the twist a secret until the very end. At first, I was mad and tempted to throw my Kindle, but I really didn’t want to risk breaking it. This book turned out to be more of a great psychological story. I didn’t think the twisty ending made any sense when I first read it, but I had forgotten something. “The Prologue” had completely slipped my mind because I had become so involved with what was going on with Jessica and the other characters. That alone should give you a hint as to how real the author developed these characters.

I bought my copy of Jessica Lost Her Wobble from Amazon. If you are a fan of literary fiction, women’s fiction, or stories with a psychological twist, you will love this book. Even if you aren’t fans of those genres, this book should appeal to you. My favorite genres are horror and mystery; a psychological twist is a bonus.

This book about how Jessica lost her wobble is captivating. If you would like your own copy, I’ve provided an Amazon link below.

Amazon Link: Jessica Lost Her Wobble

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Favorite Sentences:
People excused authors for aloofness or detachment from life.

How could she find herself when so many pieces were scattered and just plain missing?

For Aunt Agatha to hold in a thought or opinion would be like every strand of Jessie’s hair to suddenly fall into place.

Their marriage could be defined as a slow, destructive process, suicide in installments.

She wrote about her past, but then, her pen was guided like a planchette across a Ouija board to the present.

Sabarmati-Ashram, wikimedia commons
New Words Learned:
ashram – a secluded building, often the residence of a guru, used for religious retreat or instruction in Hinduism

auspicious – promising success; propitious; opportune; favorable

ubiquitous – existing everywhere or seeming to be found or seen everywhere; constantly or very commonly observed or encountered

About the Author:
J. Schlenker, a late blooming author, lives with her husband out in the splendid center of nowhere in the Kentucky foothills of Appalachia where the only thing to disturb her writing is croaking frogs and the occasional sounds of hay being cut in the fields. Her first novel, Jessica Lost Her Wobble, published in December 2015, was selected as a finalist in the William Faulkner – William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition and was awarded five stars from Readers’ Favorite. One of her short stories, “The Missing Butler,” received honorable mention in the first round of the NYC Competition.

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Indie Publishing New – July 2017

Source: Indie Publishing New – July 2017

Vicki Goodwin, aka Sojourner McConnell, author of The Path of the Child and Who’s That in the Cat Pajamas? (The Dolcey Series 1) is interviewed. She mentions me as one of her favorite authors. I consider this an honor considering the vast plethora of books she reads.

 

Vegetarianism

Vegetarian Reubens

One of my favorites. I tried a vegetarian reuben at Remedy Diner in Raleigh, NC, and I loved it. So, I came up with my own version, which melts in your mouth.

The pictures should explain the ingredients. I cut strips of tempeh (usually four or five fit on a piece of rye bread) and saute them in barbecue sauce. I heap a generous amount of butter onto the skillet and place a slice of rye over it. On top of that I place the sautéed tempeh, followed by Swiss cheese, sauerkraut, Thousand Island dressing and top piece of rye. Cook over medium or low heat, careful not to burn the bread, and flip to brown other side.

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Personal Writing Retreat

We live in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by wooded areas and nature. It is my personal writing retreat. In the summer I usually write out back on our deck. I hear the waterfall and birds as I write. This is our fish pond.

Vegetarianism

Three Dishes

Something a little different than normal. I was inspired by a couple of new restaurants we discovered in Lexington – Corto Lima and Kentucky Native Cafe.

We ate at Corto Lima for our anniversary. Glad we did. Their food was delicious and different from our usual. It’s Latin inspired. And, they certainly don’t skimp on the alcohol in the margaritas. We’ve now eaten there twice. We tried sitting outside for our second visit. The sidewalks of downtown Lexington restaurants are now lined with tables and chairs, somewhat reminiscent of Paris. During Memorial Day Weekend, I tried my own versions of two of the dishes from Corto Lima – Quinoa Chaufa and Mango Con Chili. (Pictured below)

And, inspired by the Kentucky Native Cafe is Roasted Eggplant with Garlic Sauce. The Kentucky Native Cafe is part of a Greenhouse. Tables are beneath trees and lush foliage to the back of the greenhouse area. Also delicious, and even after we ate we lingered at our table. It felt like meditation. Eating in the woods is the way to go.

My own plate of Cous Cous and Roasted Eggplant with Garlic Sauce. Now, too make a CousCous dish.