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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Nook Blast & Review- House Divided by Jennifer Peel


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.
EXCERPT
Wait, Ellie."
"What, Brady?"
"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."
"Brady!"
"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.
House Divided is a sweet romance filled with southern charm, a dash of humor and, for good measure, a pinch of lies and intrigue.

When I got the chance to read this, I jumped at it. Being from North Carolina you either pull for the Tarheels or the Blue Devils. If you aren't from NC that means University of NC or Duke. Well, we are one of the few exceptions. We are NC State WOLFPACK all the way.
GO PACK!!  And even though we did get beat by Duke in the ACC tourney, we did manage to beat BOTH the Tarheels and the Blue Devils during regular season, something unheard of.
Usually we beat one or the other on a good day but seldom both so we'll see what happens come March Madness which is going on right now. We've won one and are ahead of Villanova, a #1, as I write this. OMG!  GO PACK! We've beat  #1 Villanova to go to the Sweet Sixteen!   WOOHOO!!!
 We only watch Tarheel or Duke basketball/football  so we can pull for the other team. In other words, I could relate to this book, so as I said I jumped at the chance to read it.
It had one of my favorite story-lines, a second chance at love. Ellie and Brady didn't manage to make it to the chapel, though they had been secretly in love during most of their high school lives. Outside interference and a family feud worthy of the Hatfields/McCoys ended their relationship 10 years ago and now Ellie/Elle is back in their smalltown to be with her beloved aunt, while she goes through a medical procedure.
Brady, bless his soul, has never gotten over Ellie and proceeds to court her despite his family and Elle's family interference.  While I could have done with a few less "country boy smile" references, on the whole, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I did read it in a PDF form on my brand new Kindle Fire, which was a little distracting as I was constantly turning a page while not meaning to ( seems to be a problem with the Fire but I'm sure I'll adjust)  and as it was PDF not a Mobi file, the formatting was distracting too. This was a clean fun read and I highly recommend it.
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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Tour Schedule
March 23rd
I Am A Reader – Guest Post
My Book A Day – Review
A Writer’s Life – Spotlight
Kindle and Me – Spotlight
We’re Jumpin’ Books – Spotlight
Enter Here Canada – Spotlight
Julie Antonovich Reece – Spotlight
Lori’s Reading Corner – Spotlight
Sheila’s Blog – Spotlight
Romantic Chanteuse – Spotlight
Fiction Dreams – Spotlight
Tifferz and Her Sisterz Book Reviewz – Spotlight
Fae Books – Spotlight
March 24th
Amethyst Daydreams – Review
Heidi Reads… – Review
Love. Without You – Spotlight
Highlighted Author – Spotlight
LeahSay’s Views – Spotlight
Cassandra M’s Place – Spotlight
March 25th
Lisa’s Loves (Books of Course) – Review
Cici’s Theories – Spotlight
3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too! – Spotlight
Fire and Ice – Spotlight
Cafe Hall – Spotlight
March 26th
Literary Time Out – Review
For the Art of It – Review
Curling Up With A Good Book – Review
I Love to Read and Review Books :) – Spotlight
Sarah Aisling – Spotlight
Author Tianna Holley – Spotlight
March 27th
Min Reads and Reviews – Review
Just Jeanae – Review
Hearts & Scribbles – Spotlight
Jael’s Reviews – Spotlight
Jean BookNerd – Spotlight
Bookworm Lisa – Spotlight
March 30th
Jersey Girl Book Reviews – Review
Julie Coulter Bellon – Review
Katie’s Clean Book Collection – Review
Book Reviews from a Christian Gal – Spotlight
BookHounds – Spotlight
March 31st
Joy in the Moments – Review
Romorror Fan Girl – Review
Desafío In The City – Spotlight
FLY HIGH! – Spotlight
deal sharing aunt – Spotlight
April 1st
Mel’s Shelves – Review
My Life. One Story at a Time. – Review
Red Headed Patti – Spotlight
Mythical Books – Spotlight
Sassy Book Lovers – Review
April 2nd
Writer In Progress – Review
Wishful Endings – Review
Sultry, Steamy Reading – Review
StoreyBook Reviews – Spotlight
April 3rd
Lindsey’s Library – Review
My Creatively Random Life – Review
Shelf Full of Books – Spotlight
Susan Heim on Writing – Spotlight

1 comment:

Jennifer Peel said...

Thank you for the terrific review and for being part of the tour!