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Title: From the Ground Up

Author: Jennifer Van Wyk

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Small Town Romance


Cover Design: Jersey Girl Design



I fell in love with Tess when I was a teenager.
Being in love has never been the problem.

Time together, on the other hand, is.
Life has caught up with us and we’ve lost focus on each other.

Date night is a laughable concept. And sex? Well, it’s been months.

It’s time to take matters into my own hands and kidnap my wife for a week alone.

The only problem? How do I convince Tess to fall back in love with me when she never fell out of love in the first place?
How do we re-build, from the ground up?

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From the Ground Up
1. Barrett and Tess are married and… *gasp* STILL in love!
2. This IS a love story about falling in love. Promise. 🙂
3. If you love reading about families and friendships, this one is for you.
4. Both main characters are over 40.
5. Hilarious texting blunders.

NICUnurse’s Review of From the Ground Up by Jennifer Van Wyk

I stumbled across Jennifer Van Wyk through another author a couple of years ago. Somehow I won a paperback book and some swag but didn’t think much of it at the time. (Sorry Jennifer!!) I didn’t read the book at the time because my eyes are old and ebooks that I can increase the font size are easier to read, and I didn’t think to pick up an ebook copy then, either. I honestly can’t remember why (most days I can’t remember why I even just walked into a certain room in my house!). Eventually, I did pick up Feels Like Home, her third book, and from the moment I started it, I was totally hooked on Jennifer Van Wyk’s words! So when I had to opportunity to pick up the newly re-covered ebook of From the Ground Up, I jumped at the chance this time, and you’d better believe I’m absolutely kicking myself for missing out on the greatness that is From the Ground Up for so long!

OK, enough gushing. On with the review… 

Barrett and Tess were high school sweethearts that met, fell in love, and married young. They have a good life with four kids, however, their kids and life in general have begun to move them farther apart. They both realize their marriage is quickly approaching a crossroads and they have two options: work to fix it or divorce. Since they still love each other, their kids, and the life they have built together, Barrett takes it into his own hands to figure out a way to rebuild their relationship.

What I loved about this book:

Barrett and Tess: I’m close in age to these two crazy kids so it was easy to connect with these characters. I also have 3 kids, a husband, and a crazy life. And all marriages have ups and downs and times where you don’t feel like you’re as close as you once were. I’ve now read all of Jennifer’s books and I can honestly say that Tess and Barrett are my absolute favorite couple so far.

Texting Blunders! Really…you just have to read these! I made the mistake of reading most of this book while my husband was trying to sleep and it was SO hard not to literally laugh out loud at these! 

Great support from family and friends. This couple is truly blessed with friends and family that love and adore them and would do anything to help them fix, well, THEM and make their marriage even better. Deeper. Stronger.

NICUnurse’s Rating: Honestly, I could go on and on about what I loved about this book. For a first book, this is the best debut novel I may have ever read. It’s now on my list of books that I’ll reread many, many times because I loved it that much. I’m wishing I had read it a couple of years ago, but so glad I DID finally read it. 

I give From the Ground Up by Jennifer Van Wyk an absolute 5 out of 5 propellers!



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From the Ground Up is Jennifer’s first published novel, with the hopes of many more to come. Jennifer makes her home in rural Iowa with her high school sweetheart, three beautiful and amazing kids, one crazy Jack Russell terrier. This is where her love for all things reading, baking, and cooking happen. Jennifer’s family enjoys camping, boating, and spending time outside as much as possible. When she’s not writing or editing/proofreading manuscripts for the many talented authors she’s come to love, she’s sipping coffee or iced tea with her kindle in her lap or binging on Netflix.

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