August 7, 2017


After James Cole’s wife walked out on him, he put his dreams aside to raise his daughter. But now she’s grown and he’s ready for more.
When the opportunity arises to own a restaurant, his life-long dream, he can’t deny that it’s meant to be. And for more reasons than one.
He’s kept his heart closed off since the day his wife walked away. He’s never found someone who he thought was worth opening himself up to. But one look at her, and he knew she was everything.
Carly Hanson has a secret. A secret only she and her teenage son, Jack, know about. She’s built a new life but kept herself carefully guarded.
The day Carly stumbled, literally, into James, her world was turned upside down. She tries to keep him strictly as a friend, but he’s relentless in his pursuit. Can he break down the walls she’s so firmly built? Can he get her to join him in… A Better Place?

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Kara's Review

A Better Place is my first book my Jennifer Van Wyk and she’s made me a forever fan! It’s one of my favorites of the year! It’s so refreshing to read a new author and just love their words. Her writing is fresh and witty and I was laughing out loud and smiling most of the time. These characters are well developed, intelligent, funny and have strong chemistry. James has been living his life, raising his daughter by himself. It’s time for him to do something for himself now. He hasn’t met a woman who interested him until he sets eyes on Carly. There’s something different about her. The way they meet is EPIC! I was dying! Carly hasn’t looked at a man with interest in a very long time. But she can’t keep her eyes off the sexy, tattooed man who walked into the room. She’s having inappropriate thoughts about him in her classroom and it’s hilarious!

James has to know everything about her and he’s going to use his niece to get his intel. Once James finally spends time with her, that’s it. He’s a goner. But Carly isn’t going to make it easy on him, but that’s ok. He’s relentless. In a good way. Can James show Carly how to live again? Will Carly trust in James and his big heart? I loved watching this story unfold! James is swoonworthy with his sexiness and his sense of humor! I love the dork in him! Carly is one strong leading lady! Overall, I loved every second of it and couldn’t wait to see what James was going to say next! I want more from James and Carly. You hear me, Jennifer? Novella. Something? 🙂



“Yeah. Why? I mean, I’m nothing…”

“You’re everything.”

“You don’t even know me.”

“And yet I already know that you’re everything.”



“Never be sorry for sitting on me, or lying on me, basically touching me in any way.”

“You’re kind of wonderful, you know that?” I tell him.

“Nah, it’s pretty simple when I’m with you.”

From the Ground Up was Jennifer’s first published novel and now that she was bitten by the writing bug, has no intention of ever stopping. Jennifer makes her home in small town Iowa with her high school sweetheart, three beautiful, hilarious and amazing kids, one crazy Jack Russell terrier. This is where her love for all things reading, baking, and cooking happen. Jennifer’s family enjoys camping, boating, and spending time outside as much as possible. You’ll be her best friend if you can make her laugh and follow up with asking her what to read next. When she’s not writing, you can find her cheering the loudest at her kids’ sporting events (read as: embarrassing them), sipping coffee or iced tea out of a mason jar with her Kindle in her lap or binging on Netflix.

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