Once and Again
Return to Briarwood # 1
By: Elisabeth Barrett
Releasing July 14, 2015
For readers of Shannon Stacey and Susan Mallery, the heartfelt new Briarwood series begins with a tale of forbidden love, broken promises, and second chances.
Growing up in Eastbridge, Connecticut, Carolyn Rivington was a young debutante who did whatever her parents asked. So when her father demanded that she break things off with the boy from the wrong side of the tracks or else, she did. Now Carolyn’s family is deep in debt. She’s no longer a member of the Briarwood Golf and Yacht Club, she’s an employee. And the tanned, tattooed, dangerously handsome stranger who saunters into her lobby isn’t just her new boss . . . he’s also her first love.
The last time he saw Carolyn, Jake Gaffney was in the back of a police cruiser, handcuffed and humiliated. But seeing her again stirs other memories: a blanket on the beach, the moon above their heads, and the most expensive bottle of wine he could afford. Now the tables have turned. As a real-estate magnate and Briarwood’s new owner, Jake doesn’t have to answer to anyone. But now that he’s back home, he’s finding it hard to live down his old reputation.
Before they can move forward, Jake and Carolyn must face their pasts. But it’ll take more than sizzling chemistry for them to heal old wounds and return to the love they once shared.
A heartwarming story about second chances, new beginnings, youthful romance rekindled, and life at the Briarwood country club.
Jake and Carolyn have history, the best, and the worst kind. And as the path of their lives run together again, after 15 years apart, there's electricity, and animosity, between them.
As they work together, rebuilding the country club, they are also rebuilding the relationship between them. Long talks, helping each other, listening to each other, slowly they are building trust, friendship, and more, between them. The story shows clearly, how they grow, chance, and find their feet on the new ground, both as individuals and as a couple.
But the book does not concentrate only on Jake and Carolyn, it gives insight into the lives of the other employees and owners as well. As a book one in a new series, it builds a solid foundation for the series, introducing lot of the staff, their family and life situations, and how they found their way to Briarwood.
There are some surprises in the plot, unexpected turns of events, great friends, troublesome families, hard work, passion, and love
~ Four Spoons
Elisabeth Barrett lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and spends her days teaching, editing, writing sexy contemporary romance, and enjoying time with her sometimes-bearded husband and three spirited children. She is constantly perfecting her home-work-writing juggling act, but in her free time she loves to hike open-space preserves, grow orchids, bake sweet things her husband won’t eat, and sing in grand choruses. For more about Elisabeth, please visit her website.
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