Review of The Boys Upstairs by Jane Lebak

I “met” Jane over a year ago through the forum at She always gave direct and succinct feedback, with a healthy dose of much needed humor on the side. Along the way, she offered me sound advice on my technique and I have to say it has stuck with me these many months.

So, when I had the oppotunity to read her novella, The Boys Upstairs, I could barely keep my curiosity and excitement at bay. And, true to her word, Jane delivered. Not only is this novella a poignant and pertinent example of today’s “issues” (not only on a societal level, but a religious and even personal one), it’s a LOVELY story! Jane’s writing style is clear and descriptive at the same time, so much so that I felt drawn into each scene. I couldn’t help but feel for the characters. Bravo, Jane!

I’d recommend this novella to anyone searching for a redeeming holiday story encased in the grit of a contemporary world. 

Here’s a link to the publisher’s site: Museit Up Publishing (The link offers a product description and an excerpt of Jane’s novella!)

Here’s a link to Jane’s website:

Here’s a link to Jane’ blog: Philangelus (Seven angels, four kids, one family)

Jane is also the author of Seven Archangels: Annihilation and has written several short stories (details are available on her website)!

Be sure to check out the QueryTracker blog as well where Jane contributes posts frequently!


It’s Wednesday! That means Lydia has posted her response about social media confessions. Check it out!

Sisterhood of the Traveling Blog Chain 

9 comments on “Review of The Boys Upstairs by Jane Lebak

  1. That sounds wonderful! Thank you for sharing.

  2. Ciara Knight says:

    I love holiday stories! I’m gonna check this out. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Thank you for sharing. You have piqued my interest. Blessings to you…

  4. Kerri says:

    I love finding new books to read! Thanks Laura!

  5. Jackee says:

    This sounds like a great one. Thanks for sharing!

    Have a lovely day!

  6. Sounds interesting. Thanks for sharing.

  7. The Boys Upstairs sounds inspiring. Good to have uplifting stories once in a while! Best of luck to Jane.

    Laura, I posted over at Natasha’s blog–good interview!
    If you want to visit mine, it’s
    I usually talk about writing and books, but my latest post talks about gift ideas for writers!

  8. The Boys Upstairs is a brilliant novella! It made me laugh and cry – not because I was sad, but because the story is so powerful. Highly recommended!

  9. Lydia K says:

    A lovely, well written novella, just in time for the holidays. Great job, Jane!

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