Published by Jennifer Peel on January 30th 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Clean
I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Goodreads
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 the 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.
In an Oyster Shell – A very strong romance with a southern flair, one I could read again and again.
The Pearls – It is interesting to read this book after having watch the musical South Pacific for the first time. There are some prejudice sub-plots in that movie and there was in this book as well but not the same. I was really moved how the prejudice in this book came by what your last name was. It was so ridiculous, but I think that it really happens. Even sadder still, the divide caused by true love that could never be. It’s so sad… but there are some happy endings too. Again, it reminded me that prejudice happens often only because of what our families tell us. It comes in many ways and is not just restricted to color of skin or culture.
I thought the setting of this book was really nice. It was small. southern town, I love small town stories.
I really liked that Ellie was a famous children’s author. I always think it is fun when author depict characters as authors. You can’t get closer to the source than that! I really liked Brady I tend to like all of Peel’s male characters. They tend to be strong and masculine without being chauvinistic. They are usually madly in love with somebody. It makes me all warm and fuzzy! I could read Jennifer Peel’s stories all day long!
As is typical with Peel’s stories she had a strong cast of supporting characters. The aunt was just a hoot! Stubborn but wise. That cute little niece of Brady’s and her parents. It was just so much fun. I really felt the characters were warm and inviting (except Brady’s mom) and it pulled me right into the story.
The Sand – There was nothing wrong with the book, I was just overwhelmed a little bit by the culture shock of the strong southern setting. It made it only slightly less the perfect for me.
I give this 4.5 Pearls