"The Next to Last Mistake is a poignant and sweet story of love, loss, discovery, and the enduring bonds of friendship."
– Foreword Reviews
Tess 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?
Awards, Reviews, and Coverage
"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 Pearl, Ruby 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