Contemporary Fiction, Review

Leaving Oxford by Janet W. Ferguson

I love meeting new-to-me authors and Leaving Oxford by Janet W. Ferguson looks to be the beginning of a beautiful bookish friendship!

About the Book

Escaping home to Oxford, Mississippi, seemed like a good idea. Until it wasn’t.

A year after a tragic accident in Los Angeles flipped her world upside down, advertising guru Sarah Beth LeClair is still hiding away in her charming hometown of Oxford, Mississippi. And she may well be stuck there forever. Suffering from panic attacks, she prays for healing. Instead, her answer comes in the form of an arrogant football coach and an ugly puppy.

Former celebrity college quarterback Jess McCoy dreamed of playing pro football. One freak hit destroyed his chances. Although he enjoys his work as the university’s offensive coordinator, his aspirations have shifted to coaching at the highest level. His plans of moving up are finally coming together—until he falls for a woman who won’t leave town.

As the deadline for Jess’s decision on his dream career looms, the bars around Sarah Beth’s heart only grow stronger. But it’s time to make a decision about leaving Oxford.

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My Thoughts

There are few books I fall in love with from the first page and this is one of those books! I was head over heels fully committed to this book by page 2, y’all!

Despite the air conditioning blowing from the ceiling, heat crept up Sarah Beth’s neck into her cheeks. “Oh, my stars.” (pg. 2)

Sarah Beth LeClair has returned to her hometown to find healing after a traumatic accident. Even though Sarah Beth has had more than her fair share of heartache, she doesn’t give up and I just have to love her for that. I also love her for her quirky awkwardness and zany creativity.

Jess McCoy may have missed his shot at going pro as a player but he has embraced coaching college football and aims to secure a coaching position at the professional level. With his good looks, charm, and athleticism, Jess has earned his reputation of being a bit of a ladies man.

I really enjoyed all the fun at the lake and humorous moments but the depth of character and their stories is what I appreciate most about this story. Both Sarah Beth and Jess look back on and share about their pasts and that in itself can be so healing. Wonderful book, I highly recommend it!

I requested the opportunity to read and review this title through the author. The opinions expressed are my own.


About the Author

Janet W. FergusonJanet W. Ferguson grew up in Mississippi and received a degree in Banking and Finance from the University of Mississippi. She has served her church as a children’s minister and a youth volunteer.

An avid reader, she worked as a librarian at a large public high school. Janet and her husband have two grown children, one really smart dog, and a few cats that allow them to share the space.

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9 thoughts on “Leaving Oxford by Janet W. Ferguson”

  1. Thank you so much, Beth, for the wonderful review! I can’t tell you how thrilled I am that you liked my little story! I just returned home from a book signing, and sometimes I feel awkward selling books. it’s so nice to be encouraged that the novel is worthwhile. To God the glory 🙂


  2. By the way, my friends say I have a lot of the Sarah Beth goofiness myself. Maybe we’ll meet at the readers’ retreat next year, and it will be confirmed, ha!


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