* Review * THE MESSY LIFE OF JANE TANNER by Brenda Novak

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* Review * THE MESSY LIFE OF JANE TANNER by Brenda NovakThe Messy Life of Jane Tanner by Brenda Novak
Series: Coyote Canyon #3
Published by MIRA on February 20, 2024
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When your life is chaotic, what’s one more complication?

Jane Tanner’s friends are settling down, while she’s been settling for less. She longs for adventure and the big city, but caring for her ailing grandfather means she's shackled to her small town. She’s excited her vintage gift shop is finally up and running, but it’s not enough.

Longing to fulfill at least one dream—to become a mother before her biological clock ticks out—Jane drunkenly propositions the worst possible candidate for Dad. Kurt Elway is off-limits with a capital O. He’s a good friend, but he's too young, too busy running his family’s ranch. Plus, he and Jane’s sister, Kate, used to date. That kind of off-limits.

Unbeknownst to Jane, Kurt’s pining for her. When he’s fully on board to father her baby, she sees him in a new light. Then lingering baggage between Kate and Kurt suddenly surfaces and Jane is reminded of just how messy life is. But…so is parenting. Maybe it’s time to embrace the mess?


Drama and love go hand-in-hand in the third installment of Brenda Novak’s Coyote Canyon series! I love this group of strong natured women who have forged a caring friendship as life delivers happiness to all in this small Montana town. It’s nice to see the couple’s from the past two books playing a strong part in carrying on the set up of the town. I felt like the development of Jane and Kurt’s relationship lacked development once they truly decided to be together, but I enjoyed them as a whole throughout the story. I’m hoping to see more in the series down the road, because we all know redeeming Averil and Charlie for a couple more books could add some true challenge and drama into the mix.

I recommend this book as well as the rest of the series to anyone who enjoys a small town romance filled with a strong support system of family and friends as drama surrounds the current couple trying to weave their way towards a satisfying happily ever after.


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