2015, 245p, Clean Contemporary Romance
My Rating=5 Stars
Source: Received a copy for an honest review
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.
I've heard quite a bit about this author lately so I was excited to read one of her books and have to say that I absolutely loved this one!! It had been a while since I read the summary so I just jumped right in and got pulled into Ellie and Brady's story from the first page.
Ellie Eaton and Brady Jackson live in a divided town due to something that happened years ago. They each have rules to live by and one of the biggest was that Eaton's and Jackson's were never to date each other. Ellie and Brady broke that rule in high school and things were going well until Brady broke Ellie's heart and she left town shortly after that. She came back ten years later and that's when most of the story takes place. Ellie works hard to avoid Brady but he's everywhere and is determined to make up for what he did all those years ago.
I loved both Ellie and Brady! They had great chemistry. Ellie was so conflicted and it made me laugh at times. Her head would say one thing while her heart would contradict it at the end. She was angry and hurt and not ready to simply fall into Brady's arms. Brady was charming and swoon-worthy. It was hard to be mad at him even when he gave in to his family's wishes. He easily won me over and I was cheering for him to find a way back into Ellie's heart.
I loved how the story unfolded. There were funny, tender and heartbreaking moments. There was also the big secret to how the feud started which was slowly revealed. There were some other great characters I came to love, too, like Aunt Lu and Caroline.
I love a great story about second chances and this one delivered!! I was glad I started reading it on a day when I wasn't too busy because I couldn't put it down. This is definitely a book I will read again and I'm looking forward to reading more books by this author!
"Can we please talk?"
"I don’t think there’s anything else left to say, Brady."
"Ok, Ellie, but if you think I’m going to let you walk out of my life again without a fight, then you have another thing coming, so saddle up, Ella Lu Eaton."
"Goodnight, Ellie." And just like that he hung up.
He was on my ever living last nerve tonight. Well, you have another thing coming, Brady Jackson. "And by the way, I didn’t walk out of your life in the first place. You pushed me!" I don’t know why I said that out loud, it wasn’t like he could hear me.
I stomped up the stairs and took a long, hot bath. As I lay there soaking, I tried not to think of that fool. Who did he think he was, telling me to saddle up? Well, cowboy, you better hold on to your hat because I have no intention of losing this rodeo.
Praise for the Book
“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.”
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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