Mini-Book Review: The Forgotten Life of Evelyn Lewis

26 Dec

Her past refuses to be silenced.

In a desperate attempt to save her company from bankruptcy, designer Evelyn Lewis decides to sell the only memento from her past worth anything — the family farmland. Determined to get in and get out of the abandoned property, she finds the valuable land tangled in a trust, and wonders who she can really trust, Not the property manager and affable southern gentleman, Taylor Simpson.

Caught up in the mechanics of a farm, a legal document she can’t break, and pressure from her company for money, Evelyn turns to her own wiles and willpower . . . but can she resist the South’s wooing?


Jane Rubietta — A writer who speaks, a speaker who writes, and a coach who helps people turn wishes into dreams into action. For two decades, Jane Rubietta has helped people rock out of their past and live with purpose into their passion. She’s funny, vulnerable, deep, and practical. Her award-winning books and her depth and vulnerability as an author and speaker have led people to say, “Have you been reading my emails?” “If you ever need another job, you could do stand-up comedy.” She doubts that — she would be terrified if she had to be strictly funny — but she loves to be part of the lives of her audiences, both in person as a speaker and in print as a writer.

With training in theater, a production assistant for dozens of musicals, and a brief stint as a runway model (don’t get excited, you didn’t see her in magazine ads), Jane has published millions of words, written 21 books, hundreds of articles, and contributed to a bunch of other books. She’s assistant director of Write-to-Publish Writers Conference, where she’s Exhibit A for “it works if you work it.”

Thanks to all those published words, Jane keynotes on platforms worldwide, inspiring thousands to maximize their potential & impact, learn tools for Worry Less Live More lives, and shake free of their past.

She co-founded Life Launch Me, an organization that moves people from dreaming to doing, from wishing to actually creating.

As a Master Instructor, Jane has helped hundreds of people launch their writing, speaking, personal, and professional dreams. She is a book and platform coach in addition to offering life-coaching.

In spite of her B.S. in Business from Indiana University (Marketing and Management), post-grad studies in Germany (no, she doesn’t speak or understand German but can pronounce it pretty well), and working on her Master’s degree at Trinity Divinity School, Jane’s hilarious and helpful with a whole lot of heart.

She’s passionate about empowering people to live their best life ever.

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My Impressions:

Big city girl forced to live in a small farm community — that is the premise of The Forgotten Life of Evelyn Lewis. But this is not a modern take on Green Acres. Evelyn Evie Lewis feels the lure and allure of the small town of Walker, Tennessee as she learns about her shadowy past, the family she has forgotten, and the community that takes her into their heart. There is a very cute 8-year old, a hunky (although slightly dense) cotton farmer, a wayward rooster, and a needy kitten along for the ride too. If you like chick lit, small town stories, and the message of God’s faithfulness, then this book is for you. I had a slow start with this book — its choppy prose took some getting used to — but its wonderful characters, interesting subject and setting, and the growth of main character Evie soon had me hooked. I look forward to more from debut author Jane Rubietta.


Audience: adults.

(Thanks to the publisher for a complimentary copy. All opinion expressed are mine alone.)