Sunday, April 10, 2016

Title: Confessions of a Failed Environmentalist
Author: Jennifer Ellis
Publisher: Moonbird Press
Published Date: 16th August 2015
Rating: 5 Stars

SynopsisAlana Matheson always tries to do the right thing for the environment, even when it means boycotting school meatball day, forgoing the use of makeup, or getting entangled in a bet with her non-chicken-loving ex-husband over which of them can be the most environmentally conscious.

So when a mining company proposes developing a mine right in the middle of the community watershed, well, of course Alana is going to be on the front lines opposing the development.

Except she isn’t. To her own shock and dismay, she finds herself taking a job… with the mining company. Worse, she finds herself drawn to her attractive and mysterious boss, Nate: a capitalist mining executive. The enemy.

Alana struggles to do right by the community, deal with her feelings for Nate, and maintain her own environmental morals. But as the conflict over the mine heats up, it gets increasingly difficult to be on the “wrong side,” and both Nate and Alana are cracking under the pressure.

Part satire, part serious, Confessions of a Failed Environmentalist is about the cast of characters who seem to pop up in all environmental disputes, and how all of us fail sometimes to do the right thing for the environment, in both big and small ways.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this ebook from the author in exchange for an honest review. 

This book-wow(page turner, jaw-dropper)-it went higher than my expectations are first glance. When I picked up this book, looking at the cover and title, I didn't expect a drama-packed, "take it slow" romance, slight humour, and mild mystery all jampacked inside. But that's exactly what Ellis carefully crafted as subplots and sub genres, combining them effortlessly.

The main character, Alana is one of the most relatable humans with struggles of self-doubt and self-deprivation that most of us go through. The amazing thing is that we watch her grow up as a person & environmentalist, from the beginning to the end. If you enjoy characters that you can deeply root for, than you will fall in love with Alana's character; this book is yours to read!

Alana gets mixed up in a very controversial mining project, one that she's unwilling pulled into. There's no way to stay neutral, and all of her fellow colleagues think that she's entered the "dark side". So will this project essential go against her belief system? How will she be able to guide her own moral compass in the face of falling in love with the "enemy"? Not only that is going on, but she has to juggle a developing farmstead, taking care of her kids as a single mom, and working a part-time, and then full-time job. Find out how she struggles and falls flat on her face, but then how she can manage to get up and overcome.

This is unlike any book that I've read, in a positive light. Even if you are not an environmentalist, I still highly recommend reading this!