About the Book
Book: Fleeing Egypt
Author: Jaycee Pierce
Genre: Women’s Fiction (Christian)
Release date: October 24, 2022
When Jennifer (Jen) Hoyt leaves for college, the word ecstatic feels like an understatement for how she feels. She can finally move away from the dysfunctional family who neglected and abused her to make a better life on her own. After being an overachieving outcast in school, Jen is confident of academic success, but what she wants most is to be a part of a loving family.
During her first year of college, Kyle, a friend of a friend, captures her heart, but her attempts to “make him love her back” have dire consequences. When Jen finds out she is pregnant, she knows one thing: she wants to keep her baby. Will Kyle decide to form the family she so desperately wants? If he doesn’t, how will Jen keep her baby safe from those who hurt her? Jen doesn’t know the Lord yet, but He’s already making a way for her.
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About the Author
No one is more surprised than I am to read the word author and know it applies to me. I had different dreams as a child, and this was not remotely on my radar. At three, I wanted to be an Olympic swimmer. When I was eight, I “ran for president,” telling people to vote for me in the election year when I would finally be thirty-five (I had calculated it precisely). In my teens, I had lowered the barand just wanted to be a lawyer. While those doors never opened, God has faithfully led me on a winding path to get me where I am today.
I have held a variety of jobs: customer service representative, loan processor, professional video game player, city councilwoman, church secretary, math teacher, and most importantly, mother. While I was training to be a teacher, God inspired me to write a yet-to-be-published children’s book. Not long after, I began this novel. I wrote a week each summer between school years while my son and his father were camping without me. Depending on how you want to count time, it either took me five weeks (of actual time in front of a computer screen) or three years (looking at a calendar) to finish. Then I spent several years editing and finding a publisher. I hope that you find as much pleasure from reading it as I got from writing it.
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God works in mysterious ways. I honestly never intended to be a writer, and this entire endeavor started in a way that seemed almost accidental at the time. I had just finished my first year of teaching mathematics. That summer, the members of my immediate family went on a five-day “male bonding” camping trip.
Left home alone, I called friends and family members to reconnect and fill my need for social interaction. One conversation in particular left me with a lot of “what if” questions about how life would have been different for me without God in the picture. I wrestled with different scenarios and then decided I needed to organize my thoughts.
I started writing and thirteen hours later ended up with about 40 pages of text. I sent those to my cousin, Jill, who wanted to know what happened next. Her encouragement kept me writing until this novel was completed, two summer camping trips later.
I enjoyed following Jen on her journey as she tries to do the right thing for herself and her unborn baby. Finding out that she is pregnant was not met with excitement from her boyfriend. His immediate idea was to get rid of it. Oh how I dislike when someone calls a baby, “it.” Kyle is less than helpful and I wanted him out of Jen’s life. What really bothered me the most was Jen’s mother. She is abusive and tries to still run Jen’s life. I’m not sure that Jen’s decision to leave and take a job as a caretaker is a good idea. We all have made hasty decisions so maybe Jen will find out that God has a plan for her in this remote area of Nebraska.
Stuart is unsure about hiring Jen to be his parents caregivers. She is pregnant, not really trained as a nurse and a complete stranger. Taking a chance he hires her and decides to see how things go. I liked how they became friends and started opening up to each other. Jen’s life has not been filled with love so her choices are not always good when dating someone. Stuart gives her great advice about making better choices. I love how he tells her that she is worth loving. I don’t think she has ever heard that in her life. In that moment a seed is planted and I’m hoping that Jen will start to have confidence in herself.
The story moves at a very quick pace and before I knew it we see Jen and Stuart start to become serious about each other. I won’t ruin the surprises in the story. I do like how the author illustrates that we are all worthy and that God has a plan for each of us. The author left me with several questions so I’m hoping for a follow up to this story.
I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.
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Thank you for sharing your review of Fleeing Egypt, this sounds like a story that many young women can relate to and I am looking forward to reading it myselfReplyDelete
Great review, thank you for sharing.ReplyDelete
Congratulations on your recent release of Fleeing Egypt, Jaycee, your book sounds like a heart tugging read for me! Good luck with your book and the tour! Thanks for sharing it with me!ReplyDelete
Thanks, Texas Book-aholic, for sharing your review!
Have a fantastic day!
Thank You for the review.ReplyDelete
wow, i would have no idea what to do in a situation like this!ReplyDelete
Jen's story sounds very true to life, and I'm interested in seeing how she changes after getting to know Stuart,ReplyDelete
Deana, Thank you for sharing your thoughts. Jaycee Pierce is a new author for me.ReplyDelete