Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Review & Giveaway: House Divided by Jennifer Peel

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  House Divided by Jennifer Peel

My rating: 4 stars / I really liked it



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.

My Review

Wow, there is quite a bit of emotion in this story. The friendship between Ellie and Brady is so sweet, and he is so determined to win her heart again. His relentlessness is my favorite thing about this book. It was refreshing for the hero to know exactly what he wants and goes for it. Of course, this laid the conflict at the feet of Ellie, who repeatedly thought/said how much she wanted him, but it was impossible to be together. Major angst-fest. The prologue was written well about Ellie and Brady's early relationship; it made me invested in them and rooting for them from the beginning to the end. Ellie's Aunt Lu is a fabulous secondary character and helps show Ellie's more compassionate and nurturing side. She has an unwavering devotion to her aunt that tells us how deeply she loves. I couldn't put this book down and had yet another late-night reading hangover :)

(Thank you to Ebooks for Review for providing a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review)

Jennifer Peel HeadshotAuthor 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.
Jennifer Peel

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