Thursday, March 26, 2015

I Am A Reader Blog Tour, Review, & Giveaway: House Divided (Jennifer Peel)

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House Divided 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."   

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  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.

House Divided is a story about first loves, heartbreak, and second chances at first love. House Divided is set in Kaysville, Alabama where traditions and family beliefs run deep. The town is divided by football teams...Auburn or Alabama. This is even truer for two specific families in the town. The Eatons have been raised as devout fans of Auburn while the Jacksons are devout fans of Alabama. The two families do not associate and have a rivalry between them that has lasted over 40 years. 

Ella Eaton and Brady Jackson have been raised their entire lives to stay far away from each other and to not have any type of contact.....well ....this of course is exactly what draws them to each other. From the first day they meet they become best friends which then turns into a secret, star-crossed romance. 

During their Senior year in high school, on Christmas Day, Brady is forced to break up with Ella because of his family. The break up literally tears both of them apart and Ella moves away. Ten years pass and Ella is forced to come back home because her Aunt has become very sick and had a heart attack. 

"I was speechless. I loved him. I had broken my aunt’s rules and heart for him. And he, he was the one who pursued me and who had to shout it to the world that we were together. How could he just end it like that? I didn’t understand. The tears began to flow. He tried to wipe them away, but I wouldn’t let him. I didn’t want him to touch me."

Brady has never stopped loving Ella and sees this opportunity as a second chance to win back her love. He is determined to show her how big of a mistake he made and how much he truly loves her. 

House Divided is full of deep family issues, Southern beliefs and traditions, loss and hope, and forbidden love. Being from Alabama...this story really touched home for me. I have been an Auburn fan since the day I was born and have experienced first hand how Auburn/Alabama rivalry really can come between people. 

I would recommend House Divided to anyone who is looking for a good, clean romance with plenty of humor and wit intertwined into the story. 


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