Monday, December 23, 2013

Jumping Ship by Janice G. Ross

Let me first say that I liked this book. Janice G Ross did a superb job on conveying one of the most universal themes of 'love and sacrifice'.

One of the main characters, Petrina, deals with emotional and physical abuse from her husband, Roger, whom she has been married to for seven years. Being an arranged marriage, she never knew what love was until she met Michael and they both knew it was true the first time they touched.

One day Michael and Petrina set off leaving her home and family behind hoping her husband was not aware of their plans. Pregnant and scared, they seek a new life together but somewhere along their travels they disappear soon after Sakkara is born.

Edward and Pearl Riley adopted and cared for Sakkara for she was a blessing in their eyes. Even though she was well cared for by Edward and Pearl Riley, Sakkara was determined to find out what happened to her biological parents.

Janice G Ross does an amazing job with a compelling story line in providing such a descriptive insight as to what the characters are feeling, I the reader, could empathize.  I especially empathized with Petrina, which at times that was troubling for me since she was a married woman having an affair, but for the first time in her life, Petrina finally did something for herself.

I highly recommend this book for a good story read.
4.5 Stars

Jumping Ship excerpt…
Sakkara couldn’t let fear control her life. Too often, she would look at herself in the mirror, imaging what features she’d inherited from her mother. She wondered if her tan complexion was a key to anything. She tried to imagine what her real parents looked like as the plane set for take off. And wondered if her blue-gray eyes were a combination of theirs. She’d reach up and caress the thin bridge of her nose, imaging the same on her mother or father. Even allow her middle finger to trace over the outline of her mouth.
Where did it all come from? She constantly wondered.
Thoughts of abandonment and emptiness flooded her mind. By the time the plane reached full altitude, Sakkara was in tears. She’d gone from imagining the greatness of her parents to despising them. For the first time in her life she wondered if they really had let her go. Wondered if they didn’t want to be found. Who does that to a baby?
Who leaves a baby in a pile of trash?
Who abandons a child in a disgusting alleyway?
Who walks away from a crying infant?

As anxiety filled her insides and escaped through her pores, she took deep gushes of metallic breezes from the vents and willed peace to control her mind. I need to know the truth; she stated aloud, and wiped away unruly tears. Facing bright clouds and skies, Sakkara got lost in the emptiness. A peaceful sleep claimed her mind, and she drew closer to truth.

Author Bio
Janice was born in Guyana, South America and migrated to the USA in 1980. Although her citizenship certificate now reads the United States of America, she considers herself a citizen of the world. Sure she has not physically been around the world and back, but she’s traveled in her mind and dream.

Janice is also a devout supporter and promoter of other authors through social media. She hosts a weekly show,Cultural Cocktails, on the largest social radio network, Blog Talk Radio.

You can reach Janice G. Ross at

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  1. Thanks for featuring Jumping Ship, Dormaine! You are awesome!


  2. Janice is an awesome author! I'm looking forward to more amazing novels from her...

  3. Thanks Tina! :-)


  4. You are welcome, Janice, and I agree, Tina. I am looking forward to reading more books from the both of you.


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