House Divided by Jennifer Peel
Publisher: Independent Self Publishing
Publication Date: January 29, 2015
Format: eBook - 245 pages
Kindle - 1229 KB
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by I Am A Reader Blog Tours.
There is a law irrevocably decreed in the state of Alabama that you must choose a team. You're either an Auburn fan or an Alabama Fan. There is no fence sitting or waffling. It’s one or the other. However, it doesn't mean that you can’t fall in love with someone from the opposing side. They even have a name for it ... House Divided.
Ellie Eaton and Brady Jackson were just such a couple, but unfortunately they were separated by more than just their loyalty to a university. Against the odds and against the rules, Ellie and Brady dove right into the forbidden current of friendship and then love. Their sweet, innocent romance was one for the storybooks, but old rules and family prejudices ultimately tore them apart, just as they were each ready to depart to their beloved universities, Ellie to Auburn and Brady to Alabama. But years later, when near tragedy strikes, they're brought together again and given a second chance at love, this time with help from some very unlikely sources.
House Divided is a sweet romance filled with southern charm, a dash of humor and, for good measure, a pinch of lies and intrigue.
"House Divided was one of those books that made me want to ignore my children, my to-do list, my need for food, and pretty much anything else that would keep me from reading. Jennifer Peel has a real gift for depicting first love, heartbreak, and hope."
"A tender, soft, story that truly is a gem to read."
"Ms. Peel has created a story that stands as a tribute to true southern gentility, it's foibles and strengths. Truly a beautiful read that gives heart and meaning to true devotion. She truly knows how to weave a story that has beauty and true southern charm."
My Book Review:
House Divided is a wonderful southern romance story of first love and second chances. Author Jennifer Peel weaves a beautiful tale that follows the love story of Ellie Eaton and Brady Jackson. The reader is easily drawn into Ellie and Brady's story from their teenage years to adulthood, their story is interwoven with family rivalries, forbidden first love, heartbreak, hardships, and a redemptive second chance that will tug at the reader's heartstrings and stir their soul.
Anyone who follows college football knows about the famous Alabama / Auburn rivalry, and the author provides the reader with a rich description of the way of life in Alabama, with a mixture of sassy humor, wit, and good old southern charm.
Every now and then I love to read a clean romance story that simply takes me away, and in House Divided, you can't help but enjoy following Ellie and Brady's story. The love that they had for each other was emotional and full of angst, I was completely hooked and found myself hoping that they would find a way back into each other's lives. I would be remiss if I didn't mention that I loved Ellie's Aunt Lu, she is a spunky lady with a sassy personality who embodies everything that a true southern woman is all about.
If you are looking for an enjoyable southern romance story filled with family drama; a southern way of life, beliefs, traditions, and rivalries; and a forbidden first love that gets a sweet second chance, then House Divided is a must read!
RATING: 5 STARS
About The Author
Author Jennifer Peel I'm a Colorado native who currently calls Alabama home. I'm the mother of three amazing children who have grown up way too fast. I enjoy the mountains, vacations at the beach, date night with my husband, late night talks with my kiddos, touring model homes, and pink bubblegum ice cream.
I grew up on the Western Slope in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. I learned to love the beauty of the outdoors, but not camping--unless staying overnight at the Marriott counts. I met my husband while living in Denver and then several years later we traded the beauty and majesty of the Colorado Rocky Mountains for the art and culture of Chicago, Illinois. My family and I enjoyed living near this world class city, despite the crazy cold winters, but new adventures awaited in Northern Alabama--just six hours away from Orange Beach, Alabama. These three magical places (the Colorado Rocky Mountains, Chicago, and Orange Beach) are the inspired locations used in several of my books.
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