Sometimes, even a person who reads as much as I do can't find exactly the right thing. That's an unsettling feeling until I can find a book that catches me up again, and I'm able to sink it another world. Holly Jacobs' Just One Thing is a story that urges the reader on, demanding attention so we can find out just one more thing about Lexie McCain. And, Lexie's story might break your heart, but it's also encouraging at the same time.
Every Monday night, Lexie McCain leaves her artist's studio behind and walks to The Corner Bar. Only on Monday night. It's her one excuse to see people instead of isolating herself as she works on a tapestry. And, she orders a Killian's. And, Sam the bartender says to her, "Just one thing." Lexie was coming to the bar for four months before he said that. She told him simple things about herself; her name, that she liked crafts. And, then she told him she married her husband when she was twenty.
As Sam's question forces Lexie to reveal her story, it forces her to confront her own feelings, her anger, her sense of loss, her lack of hope. "God and I weren't on speaking terms" because of the tragedies in her life. But, there was joy in her life as well, and, sometimes "Just one thing" brought recognition. Why did she have an Irish wolfhound? "There were a lot of empty spaces in my life and I figured it took a very large dog to start to fill all those voids." And, one day, Lexie turned it around, and said to Sam, "Just one thing."
I'm not going to tell you the stories Lexie and Sam told. Holly Jacobs peels by the layers of their stories and their lives one question at a time. But, each question and each answer reveals more as they tell of their tragedies, and ultimately, of their resolve to set one foot ahead of each other, and move on. Read the author's note at the end of the book. It's a little about writing, and a lot about messages.
I'd recommend Holly Jacobs' Just One Thing to Nicholas Sparks fans. It's about loss and tragedy and anger. But, it's also a story of deep love, and trust, memories, a romance, and a story of family. It's charming and bittersweet. It's a story of the courage sometimes needed just to move on with life, to keep going. Sometimes, it takes just one person, one memory, or Just One Thing.
Holly Jacobs' website is www.hollyjacobs.com
Just One Things by Holly Jacobs. Montlake. 2014. ISBN 9781477820070 (paperback), 182p.
FTC Full Disclosure - The author sent me a copy of the book, hoping I would review it.