Book Review: Confessions of a Failed Environmentalist by Jennifer Ellis

dfw-je-coafe-cover-largeTitle: Confessions of a Failed Environmentalist

Author: Jennifer Ellis

Genre: Romantic Comedy / Women’s Fiction

Age Group: Adult

Rating: 4 stars

Purchase: Amazon

Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

Alana 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.

I was in the mood for some light reading when I picked up Confessions of a Failed Environmentalist from my to be read pile, and boy, was I in for a surprise. This book made me laugh out loud a few times, and despite being a light comedy, it also made me care for the characters, in particular Alana.

Alana Matheson cares about the environment, and has always tried to stand up for what she believes in. But when a mining company develops a mine in the middle of the community watershed, Alana finds herself doing the unthinkable. Not only does she accept a job within the mining company, she’s also drawn to her boss, Nate, a mysterious, handsome man who also happens to be the enemy.

Alana’s moral compass is in serious need of help when she has to figure out a way to fall for Nate and not lose herself and her own morals, especially those related to the environment. For that, I already felt connected to her. Most of us do want to help the environment, but it’s harder than it sounds, and when Alana has to choose between love and her own morals, things become increasingly difficult. Alana is witty, smart, and an overall enjoyable character to read about.

Once I started reading, I couldn’t stop. The book has a mix of romance, mystery, humor, but the balance between those is spot on. If you’re in the mood for some light reading , then I would definitely recommend this book.


  1. Ooh, un-put-down-able?! THAT IS SO AWESOME! I love books like that, and I adore being totally sucked into a world. And this sounds kind of unique! I don’t even think I’ve ever read a book where the characters cared about the environment. :O
    Thanks for stopping by @ Paper Fury!

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