amalie jahn 400"Masterful character development and story lines woven with the common threads of human experience make Amalie's novels relatable to both young and old alike. Her ideas are born from the passions of her own heart which she uses to share her vision of the world with her readers."

Amalie Jahn is the recipient of the Literary Classics Seal of Approval and the Readers' Favorite Gold Medal for her debut novel, The Clay Lion. She is a contributing blogger with the Huffington Post and Southern Writers Magazine, as well as a finalist in the 2015 Kindle Book Awards. She is a TED speaker, human rights advocate, and active promoter of kindness. She lives in the United States with her husband, two children, and three extremely overfed cats.

When she's not at the computer coaxing characters into submission, you can find Amalie swimming laps, cycling, or running on the treadmill, probably training for her next triathlon. She hates pairing socks and loves avocados. She is also very happy time travel does not yet exist. Stalk her right here in the present day at www.amaliejahn.com.


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"The Next to Last Mistake is a poignant and sweet story of love, loss, discovery, and the enduring bonds of friendship."
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NextToLastMistake Cover400Tess Goodwin’s life in rural Iowa is sheltered and uncomplicated. Although she chooses to spend most of her free time playing chess with her best friend Zander, the farm-boy from next door, her skills as a bovine midwife and tractor mechanic ensure that she fits in with the other kids at West Hancock High. But when her veteran father reenlists in the Army, moving her family halfway across the country to North Carolina, Tess is forced out of her comfort zone into a world she knows nothing about.

When Leonetta Jackson is assigned as her mentor, she becomes Tess’s unexpected guide through the winding labyrinth of cultural disparities between them, sparking a tentative friendship and challenging Tess to confront her reluctant nature. As the pieces move across the board of her upended life, will Tess find the acceptance she so desperately desires?

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Benjamin Franklin Gold Winner

"A heartwarming story about the power of female friendships to see us through life's joys and heartbreaks." – Shannon Hitchcock, author of The Ballad of Jessie PearlRuby Lee & Me, and One True Way

"Told with humor and heart, The Next to Last Mistake celebrates the power of female friendship and community to overcome anything life throws your way." – Joanne O'Sullivan, author of Between Two Skies

“Amalie Jahn will break your heart and heal it again with her book, The Next to Last Mistake. Jahn’s stunning writing and brilliant characters will have you needing to turn the next page.” – Ann Rose, author of Breakout