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.
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."
My review: Wow, I really loved this book! I loved both the young Ellie Eaton and the grown up one. Her romance with Brady Jackson, the forbidden young man, was both sweet and fairy-tale like. Even though both her aunt who had raised her as her own child and his parents were not happy about the young couple, but they didn't care. Until his father gets sick and Jackson bows to the will of his family. I loved that they were given a second chance years later when they had both graduated from their respective colleges. Life had changed things for both of them, Ellie, now Elle, is a successful author who refuses to set foot in their little town even to visit her aunt. Brady, whose NFL aspirations were killed with one wild hit in his final game for Alabama, now is working in his family's bank.
I loved the characters in this book, Ellie or Elle is just trying to do her best and not get sucked back into Brady's life only to be kicked out again. Brady is doing his best to show her that there is no way that that will ever happen, but she just can't trust that. I loved the plot, I loved that there were secrets in this book that I didn't find out until the very end. It certainly kept me guessing. The ending was cute and sweet and left me wishing that it didn't have to end. Jennifer Peel is a master at writing clean romance, I'm definitely going to have to be looking for more books by Jennifer Peel to read really soon!
I was sent an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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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