Leaving Oxford - Southern Hearts Book 1 - Janet Ferguson

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

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About the Book
Escaping home to Oxford, Mississippi, seemed like a good idea. Until it wasn't. A year after a tragic accident in Los Angeles flipped her world upside down, advertising guru Sarah Beth LeClair is still hiding away in her charming hometown of Oxford, Mississippi. And she may well be stuck there forever. Suffering from panic attacks, she prays for healing. Instead, her answer comes in the form of an arrogant football coach and an ugly puppy.

Former celebrity college quarterback Jess McCoy dreamed of playing pro football. One freak hit destroyed his chances. Although he enjoys his work as the university's offensive coordinator, his aspirations have shifted to coaching at the highest level. His plans of moving up are finally coming together--until he falls for a woman who won't leave town.As the deadline for Jess's decision on his dream career looms, the bars around Sarah Beth's heart only grow stronger. But it's time to make a decision about leaving Oxford.

My Thoughts
Leaving Oxford is a book filled with heartache, truth and freedom. Also, water skiing, sour gummy worms and someone who is not allowed to cook, their food is so bad! I admit, I wanted sour gummy worms the whole time. 

I love reading stories about people who are messed up and are in desperate need of Jesus. They remind us that we ALL need Jesus. We all go through things, we all make mistakes...And Jesus still loves us. He is still cheering us on, standing beside us, leading us to victory one step at a time. Janet Ferguson is not shy about her faith, that is very evident in Leaving Oxford, and I commend her for that. Scriptures, worship, and prayer can all be found rooted at the heart of this book.

As we get to know Sarah Beth, we see into her flashbacks of the past, revealing so much of the pain and heartache that she has had to endure. Her growth and encouragement for others is phenomenal! (That is all you get on that note...Don't want any spoilers.) I love seeing the way a community bands together to support each other and I am so excited to continue the series! I really like Jess McCoy too...his citrus scented hair and never ending support and encouragement. Such the perfect hero for this book! 

This book was very encouraging for me. Even though the anxiety that I have dealt with this last year is no where near the same level as Sarah Beth's, it is still very real. Even if you don't relate to the situations that are laid before you in the book, we all need Jesus and we all need his help. Be encouraged by Sarah Beth and Jess and the story they have to share. 

I received a free copy of Leaving Oxford from the author. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.

Published by Southern Sun Press LLC.

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About the Author
Janet W. Ferguson grew up in Mississippi and received a degree in Banking and Finance from the University of Mississippi. She has served her church as a children's minister and a youth volunteer. An avid reader, she worked as a librarian at a large public high school. Janet and her husband have two grown children, one really smart dog, and a few cats that allow them to share the space.

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