- Paperback: 198 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 8, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1490496009
- ISBN-13: 978-1490496009
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,235,888 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Choice Paperback – July 8, 2013
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FIVE STARS! This is an entertaining second chance at love romance with a strong cast sacrificing their well-being for others; even Vivian did what she did out of love for her son though she learns "the road to hell is paved with good intentions." Harriet Klausner
Fantastic Read October 16, 2014 Honestly, I loved this book. Right from the start, the setting and characters grabbed my attention and wouldn't let go. I couldn't read fast enough, as I was caught up in Brenna and Taylor's heartbreak and wanted to know 'what' exactly tore them apart. Once that part became clear, I rooted for these two soul mates to find their way back to each other. Ms. Jernigan has spun a clever, heart-warming tale. She is one author whose books you should be reading. Julie Lence
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TOP 100 - Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award.
Brenna Fox knows she will always love Taylor Rothschild, but she doesn't want to be a black stain on Taylor's promising banking career after the scandal that involved her family. How can she marry him now? Without money, Brenna has little choice, but to make a devil's bargain with Taylor's mother, Vivian Rothschild, who will do anything to keep Brenna from marrying her son. Brenna promises never to return to River Run. She prays Taylor will come after her. Vivian sets up Brenna in a new town and pays for her younger sister's medical expenses as long as Brenna tells Taylor nothing of the agreement. So Brenna starts a new life and keeps her dark secret, but her love for Taylor never fades.
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Brenna walked away from her fiancé Taylor after being blackmailed into it by his evil mother ("no one is good enough for my son!"). She needed the money for her little sister's surgery and needed to get away from her hometown after her parents die. She moves to a small town and buys a B&B.
Taylor searched for Brenna a long time after she left, even though she only moved about two hours away and he's really rich and could easily afforded a private eye, but never found her. Now he's engaged to Carol and (what a coincidence!) they get stuck at Brenna's B&B for a few days.
There's plenty of "I'm still attracted to him/her" and "I hate him/her" (more time spent inside their heads). It's a constant back-and-forth with Taylor and Brenna. I found myself not really caring anymore and just wanting the book to end.
There is also a side story about the death of Brenna's parents that is just too bizarre. I guess it was supposed to shed more light on some of the character's actions, but it was just too weird. I can't recommend this one at all.
*********MINOR SPOILER HERE***********
If cheating bothers you, skip this one. Taylor and Brenna have sex (twice) while he's still engaged to Carol. Major douchebag move and it made me dislike both of them for their selfishness.
Brenna settles down in Hollow Ridge, North Carolina, a small town that caters to skiers. Brenna now owns and operates a B&B. Ten-year-old Lisa helps her keep Sleepy Hollow Inn running smoothly and her beloved cook, Geraldine, is a blessing. The last person she expects to see walking through the door is Taylor. But Taylor is not alone. He has a new fiancée.
***** FIVE STARS! Real heroes are those who put the welfare of others before themselves, even if it means sacrificing their happiness. This is exactly the type of person Brenna is. Author Brenda K. Jernigan has a writing style that made it easy for me to understand and care for the characters. The story hooked me on the very first page and did not let go. And the surprising twist toward the end made my mouth fall open. I never saw it coming. I fell so far into the story that the world seemed to fade away and I lost track of time. But it was well worth losing sleep over. I cannot recommend this story highly enough. *****
Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.
Brenda K. Jernigan
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, Jul 8 2013, $7.99
Three years ago Brenna Fox came home to River Run from college to find her parents dead and her younger sister Lisa shot in her hip as her father apparently lost his mind. Needing money for her sibling's surgery, Brenna accepts Vivian Rothchild's heartbreaking offer of cash if she, accompanied by her sibling, leaves town. Brenna relocates to Hollow Ridge, North Carolina where she opened up the Sleepy Hollow Inn catering to skiers with the help of Geraldine Spencer; and read the news on the rising banking career of Vivian's son, her former fiancé Taylor.
When Taylor's car breaks down in Sleepy Hollow, he and his new fiancée Carol Holland take a room at Brenna's establishment. Whereas Lisa is exuberant that her hero finally came for them, Taylor and Brenna are miserable as he believes she left town with another man and she knows she cannot reveal his mom's duplicity or that will void their deal.
This is an entertaining second chance at love romance with a strong cast sacrificing their well-being for others; even Vivian did what she did out of love for her son though she learns "the road to hell is paved with good intentions." Character-driven, Carol's grandmother explains the plot best with her mantra that "there is a thin line between love and hate."