Beautiful Ruins (Prebound)
Jess has done it again! This new literary cruise through time and space will fill you with laughter, then remind you that some things in life are worth pursuing with all your heart. With a penchant for characters who are slightly off, and an understanding of how to weave in and out of people's lives, this latest delight takes us to Italy during the filming of Cleopatra, then to Hollywood where "reality" shows are "pitched" alongside actual film scripts. I cared so much about these characters and what had already befallen them, as well as what was going to happen to them in the future, that I began to feel I had actually met them somewhere before; that perhaps one or two of them were real-life friends. If you like humor running through your hopeful tales, this is the one for your summer!
— Linda Bond
July 2012 Indie Next List
“In 1962, a young Italian innkeeper unwittingly ends up taking part in the Hollywood 'clean up' of a love affair on the set for the film Cleopatra. Fast forward to present day Los Angeles; Pasquale Tursi shows up at the studio of a legendary Hollywood producer to find out the fate of the actress he met so briefly, so long ago. The 'beautiful ruins' refer not only to the stunning descriptions of the Italian coastline, but also to the winding path a life can take and the sweet middle ground that we sometimes discover when our dreams don't pan out.”
— Sarah Harvey, Tattered Cover Book Store, Denver, CO