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"This Provincial Life" is a modern-day spin of "Beauty and The Beast". Belle, or B. as she likes people to call her, has lived a life that has let her wanting more. The good girl complex bestowed upon her in the small town she grew up in, now seems ill-fitting for the woman she has become, or at the very least, the woman she wants to be. And while fear has been holding her back from the life she has been craving; fear is no match for Adam, who is determined to show her the excitement her life has been missing.
Born and raised in a small town in Michigan, Jennifer married her high school sweetheart. She got a job, which she left college for, and over the course of a few years, she had two beautiful sons.
In December 2019, Jennifer found herself staring down the big 3-0. Having accomplished so much and at the same time, so little, she looked at the life she had made and knew something was missing.
When picking up a pen and putting it to paper, after an almost ten-year hiatus, she quickly fell back in love with the world of writing.
She made a pact with herself to do better with self-care and putting as much effort into her own happiness that she had put into the happiness of others. Doing so gave her space and energy to create and soon share, the characters that had only existed in her mind.
As our world continues to fight the stigma around mental health issues, Jennifer’s book series, Versions of Me, gives a glimpse into the mind of Harper Jones. In book one, The Vice, Harper—a twenty-eight-year-old woman—is struggling to cope with her past. As the life she has been living starts to crumble around her, she finds herself fighting not only external battles but internal ones as well. The battles that she faces drive her motivation behind everything she does. They drive her need to drink, her need to be loved—her need to be the woman she once was.
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Harper’s unhealthy coping mechanisms of meaningless sex and excessive drinking is starting to catch up to her—as is her avoidance of the past.
At 28, she has found herself stuck in a cycle of perpetual anger, unrelenting loneliness, and constant self-loathing—something she isn’t positive she can come back from.
Her mirror reflects a girl that she no longer recognizes, and she has done everything she can to push away the ones she loves.
But a sudden chain of events leads her to face the traumas she has been trying to keep buried with the vice that has kept her numb.
And although the nagging voice in her head continues to poke at her insecurities and drag her down, Harper sees that there might be a light at the end of the tunnel—an end to the chaos in her life that she is desperate to reach.
“Every secret of a writer’s soul, every experience of his life, every quality of his mind, is written large in his works”