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What she didn't know is that that caddie from a long ago summer is the new owner, and neither of them have forgotten the stolen moments they spent together. There was quite a bit of emotions in Once and Again, especially for Carolyn, who was going through a hard time, having to reconcile her father with what the newspaper had written about him once money disappeared from the company. When her lawyer turned out to be a sleaze, Jake came to her rescue, but he wasn't sure he wanted to be in her orbit ever again.

They both had regrets, and they weren't sure if they could trust each other again, even if they were on the same team for the time being. I enjoyed the setting of Briarwood, the characters were well fleshed out, and I am already intrigued about Jake's friends who helped with some capital when needed. A contemporary romance with adult characters who know who they are, but not necessarily what they want in life, or exactly the direction they are going, Once and Again was a compelling story that kept my interest.

Definitely looking forward to the next book in this series. Carolyn had segued from her introduction of the event to the logistics, and he forced himself to concentrate. Not on the long line of her neck and throat. Not on that little skirt she wore, fitted in all the right places.

And definitely not on the mouth he used to spend hours devouring. Thinking about her any way but professionally was just trouble. Jun 28, Samantha rated it really liked it. This story wasn't bad but it didn't blow me away. I wanted something from it that I just didn't get but I still enjoyed it. I mean, Carolyn and Jake had this awesome chemistry and a past that wouldn't let them stop reaching for one another.

I liked that they both struggled with how they wanted to deal with each other and eventually realized they couldn't fight their pull. This is one of those storie A 3.

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This is one of those stories that makes you realize how powerful a connection can be that even 15 years doesn't make it go away. If anything, the time apart made it burn brighter once they were near one another again. What lost it for me was kind of the way the story shaped and I needed something more. I need some really heart pulling stuff lately to make me love a book. I do like a good cry. The novel was a relatively easy read and I can't understand how some gave it anything under 3 stars but that is neither here nor there.

I enjoyed it and think it was sweet with the promise of a second chance at what should have been. Apr 13, Beth rated it liked it Shelves: Carolyn was the rich country club girl who lost it all, ending up working at the very country club she use to belong to. Jake was the boy from the wrong side of town, who worked at the country club until Carolyn's father had him arrested and driven away from his daughter. Now he's back, a big wig on the real estate scene, purchasing the country club and becoming Carolyn's boss.

The story had lots of potential with some interesting twists and turns but for the most part I didn't feel any character Carolyn was the rich country club girl who lost it all, ending up working at the very country club she use to belong to. The story had lots of potential with some interesting twists and turns but for the most part I didn't feel any character connection. Carolyn's strength of character was a major plus for the story but that seems to vacillate, which seems totally out of character, when things start to turn around for her.

Once and Again was a story of bitter sweet reunions, second chances and making the most out of what life hands you. Overall, I found I liked it. It was an endearing and a cute contemporary romance. This book is set for publication July 14, Return to Briarwood Sequence in Series: July 14, Rating: Carolyn Rivington was once a member of the Briarwood Golf and Yacht club. With her family ties and reputation, Carolyn has always been someone that held a high place in society but with her family in debt, she is no longer a member at the club, she is now an employee.

Jake Gaffney is a little bit bad boy and a little bit of a big shot. It's a bit slow in places, but has a strong character base and plot. I am interested to see what more this series has to offer. Carolyn Rivington was born with a silver spoon in her mouth, but life has knocked her down. Turns out some bad investments has left them destitute and she seems to be the only family member that cares.

Her father insists on living his life as the imp 3. Her father insists on living his life as the important man he once was leaving Carolyn to humble herself and work at the country club she once graced as a member. Jake Gaffney had a rough start to his life.

It seemed the only bright spot was his secret relationship with Carolyn. She was the debutante and he was the kitchen help at the country club. He believed in their love and believed they had a future. And he was wrong. Now, the tables are turned. Jake has made something of himself and is back at the Briarwood Country Club, but now as an owner. I respect Carolyn in the sense that she didn't whine and cry about the curves thrown at her.

She stepped up and did what she had to do. At first Jake annoyed me when he didn't want to let the past go. But, when he let it go he let it go and did so in a sweet, protective way. The supportive characters were intriguing and strong. I am really interested to read more of this group. This book was provided to me by Netgalley in exchange for my honest review. Apr 03, Irene rated it liked it. I did find it a little wordy and at times it was a little slow. Overall a good read but not one that I would rush to read again.

Apr 04, Sheryl rated it really liked it Shelves: Jul 14, Chu rated it really liked it. Carolyn Rivington used to be one of the rich kids who would do everything to please her parents. When her father asked her to break it off with the boy she grew to love from the other side of the tracks, she did. Now, they were bankrupt. And then here comes her past haunting her — because the guy whom heart she broke was now Carolyn Rivington used to be one of the rich kids who would do everything to please her parents.


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And then here comes her past haunting her — because the guy whom heart she broke was now the new owner of the club. Both have worked hard, perhaps in different ways and with different circumstances. Jake Gaffney came from the bottom, and worked his way up to survive and he even surpassed survival — he is now a very rich man. She gathered herself well, swallowed her pride and survived.

She is an epitome of strength and courage. I think this character of hers helped Jake in one way or the other in opening his heart. He saw that Carolyn was not the girl she was back then. Would they have a second chance? Families, enemies, friends have something to contribute to the story that make Once and Again an interesting read.

It may have been about second chances, but I was just glad that it focused more on the present, on the person that they are today. They were so different from who they were back then. Although some of the feelings might have rooted from the past, nevertheless it was still their current needs, wants, and emotions. The story went flawlessly with some unexpected surprises good and bad from different characters. Love is indeed sweeter the second time around. This is a great way to start a series, and I was glad I was given an advance copy of it. Once and Again is a heartwarming story of love, broken hearts, fortitude, survival and second chances.

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Small town, New England style. Barrett brings us a new series, a new small town and a new vision of small town New England in her Return to Briarwood Series. In Book 1 we are introduced to a wonderful cast of c Originally Reviewed For: In Book 1 we are introduced to a wonderful cast of characters a clash of new money meets old. Upper Class, founding fathers types forced to acknowledge that brash, tacky kid from the wrong side of the tracks Carolyn Rivington was the perfect debutante. She wore the right things, said the right things, and dated the right boys.

That is until her 17th summer when she met and fell for bad boy Jake Gaffney. Jake was everything Carolyn wasn't. And he was perfect for her. Only her parents found out, pulled her away and convinced her that she was wrong. From then on she returned to being the perfect drone..

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But the family lost everything and Carolyn is now forced to work just to survive. And having little to no skills she was able to fall back into the world she came from, this time as an employee.. Little by little she is making progress until the new owner shows up. The new owner who just happens to be Jake made good Jake Gaffney, was most decidedly from the wrong side of the tracks.

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But he was smart and he managed to make something of himself. Now he just wants to prove that he is no longer the son of the town drunk. He's the man who bought the Briarwood Country Club! And who's the first person he meets when he goes on site? Carolyn Rivington, the woman who broke his heart and his pride all in one fell swoop. This could have been a stereotypical book, class structures, new money vs old money.

The have's and have nots.. Barrett turns it into so much more.

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A passion for life that drives this book. Sure Jake has a serious chip on his shoulder and Carolyn is a little unaware.. They have depth of personality and the secondary characters? They are a joy. This is going to be a wonderful series for many reasons. But mostly because Ms. Barrett has created such a beautiful setting. You WANT to read more about this town. I felt almost compelled.. Just now we have to wait.. Wait we must for any more books in this series, but people Once and Again is just beautiful..

May 27, Sue Galuska rated it really liked it. This book is a new series for Elisabeth Barrett. Carolyn Rivington came from a very wealthy family. After her mother dies, her life begins to spiral downward. Her father invested their money with a man who stole it and ran. The only thing she has going for her is that her mom left her the house. Carolyn decides to get a job at the Briarwood Golf and Yacht Club. A place that she loved as a teenager. A place where she met her first love, Jake, the boy from the wrong side of the tracks, who worked This book is a new series for Elisabeth Barrett.

A place where she met her first love, Jake, the boy from the wrong side of the tracks, who worked at the club, the same boy she would have lost her virginity to hadn't the cops showed up when her father called them! Now ten years later she is the Director of Events and really enjoying what she does. Carolyn and the rest of the workers of the club are all nervous because someone new has bought the club and they are to meet the new owner that day.

A tall, dark haired, all tatted up man in sun glasses walks into the club. The front desk tells the man that it is a private club, but the man isn't moving. Carolyn gets pulled into the situation and explains this to the man. He just stares at her. Eventually Carolyn's boss shows up and Carolyn leaves for the meeting with the new owner.


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Imagine Carolyn's surprise when her boss walks in with Mr. Tall, Dark, Tatted and Handsome! She in for even a bigger surprise when she realizes this man is Jake! It was fun the way these two were with each other. Nervous, yet still had feelings, hurt but still wanting each other.

Jake was back at the club with something to prove. He was now very successful and wanted to prove to the club members that they were wrong about him. What he didn't expect was that the members would be prejudice towards him because of how he looked. Realizing he needed Carolyn's help with dealing with the conservative members, they start spending more and more time together. I really enjoyed how their relationship evolved. It was sweet and sexy at the same time. I really liked Carolyn's friends that she made, Jane and Grace.

I wish that they were eased into the story a little better. I was reading and then all of a sudden out of no where these girls show up and seem like big characters. I liked the characters and the story once you found out who they were. Overall, this was an enjoyable easy read and I would recommend it. Apr 10, Paige rated it it was ok Shelves: Fifteen years later Jake and Carolyn have reversed roles. Jake has made a name and money for himself in real estate while Carolyn's family's status has come crashing down. Jake is also now Carolyn's new boss at the country club where they first met.

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I have to be honest and say that this book just wasn't 2 "Second Chance" Stars Once and Again was the story of Jake, the poor, down on his luck boy and Carolyn, the rich, high society girl that spend one summer together before everything falls apart. I have to be honest and say that this book just wasn't for me. There were so many secondary plots that I was left confused and a little bored. The story alternated between being woman's lit during the secondary storylines and romance during the Jake and Carolyn storyline. In addition it was difficult to feel much of a connection between Jake and Carolyn in the past and even in the present at first.

Then Carolyn, out of the blue, becomes super wishy washy when her luck changes after being the martyr for the first half of the book. My head was spinning with the back and forth. Jake had so much potential but his character was kind of flat. He didn't really do anything to add to the storyline other than be the character that Carolyn agonized over. I did love the ending because I could actually feel some chemistry between Jake and Carolyn. There relationship also started to feel real. In the end I think I would have loved a story just dedicated to Jake and Carolyn because the premise of the story was a good one.

Arc provided by publisher via Netgalley for honest review. Jun 11, Jennifer Schultheis rated it it was amazing Shelves: Boy from the wrong side of the tracks falls for the girl with everything. Boy grows up to make something of himself and the girl…. Jake and Carolyn share a history. They used to be together, but something happened which caused them to go their separate ways. Fifteen years later, their lives seem to have switched. Carolyn is working at the country club, and Jake turns up as the new owner. You can feel the animosity through the pages, but one thing is for sure Boy from the wrong side of the tracks falls for the girl with everything.

You can feel the animosity through the pages, but one thing is for sure, they both need each other. The old feelings they felt for one another come crashing back and they are powerless to stop it. I really enjoyed reading Once and Again and I think anyone who loves a good second chance romance should give this book a chance. Elisabeth Barrett did a great job at keeping my attention and making me care for her characters.

Apr 06, Katie babs added it Shelves: Starts out interesting as a former poor boy from the small town who treated him with indifference becomes rich and buys the failing country club he worked at as a teenager. His former flame, a former rich girl whose father loses everything, works there now and barely keeping her head above water.

Their romance rekindles even though they have many past issues to work through. The main couple are likable but their story is very stale. I reached the half way mark and realized this story wasn't reall Starts out interesting as a former poor boy from the small town who treated him with indifference becomes rich and buys the failing country club he worked at as a teenager.

I reached the half way mark and realized this story wasn't really going anywhere. Characters pop in for a chapter and then disappear, specifically a single mother baker who I thought would have a secondary story or possible romance that would lead into a sequel of sorts, but her story doesn't go anywhere. There's not much here regarding a plot that wants to keep reading. Mar 30, Bette Hansen rated it really liked it.

This one is about Jake Gaffney and Carolyn Rivington being reunited after years of pain, anger, and hurt. Roles are reversed now though.

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He is rich and powerful and she is down on her luck. When Jake buys the country club she is currently working at, they both know that it is time to deal with their past and let things go. If only it was that easy! I've been looking forward to this new series from Elisabeth Barrett and after reading this book I am NOT disappointed! I can't wait to see how some of This one is about Jake Gaffney and Carolyn Rivington being reunited after years of pain, anger, and hurt.

I can't wait to see how some of the secondary characters are developed and what their stories are. While parts of this seemed a little drawn out I think it was necessary to introduce all the characters and their roles. Can't wait for more! I definitely recommend this one!

Jun 30, FicCentral rated it liked it Shelves: Once upon a time, Carolyn was the beautiful debutante who fell in love with the boy from the wrong side of the tracks, but their Romeo and Juliet romance came to an end when her father had him arrested. But times have changed, and all the money that placed Carolyn's family on a golden pedestal has been squandered, leaving her in a mountain of her father's debt and working her fingers to the bone to keep them fed and clothed.

Her father's recent heart attack hasn't made things any easier, but she Once upon a time, Carolyn was the beautiful debutante who fell in love with the boy from the wrong side of the tracks, but their Romeo and Juliet romance came to an end when her father had him arrested. Her father's recent heart attack hasn't made things any easier, but she's excelling in her work at the country club where she once danced the night away.

But the past has come back to haunt her in the worst way now that the boy she once loved has returned as the club's new owner, intent on making big changes to keep things profitable. Overall, the story was great and not nearly as predictable as one might expect. However, there was an additional point of view thrown in, presumably to introduce us more fully to a character who will be focused on in a subsequent book, and from a reader's perspective, it just didn't fit. The chapters that told things from Jane's point of view had little to do with rekindling things between Carolyn and Jake, and rather than add to the story, they detracted from it.

While I liked Jane's character, her story should have been held aside for another book, and any important pieces could easily have been revealed in her interactions with Carolyn rather than detouring readers from the main plot for entire chapters. I have no idea what took place during editing, but it seems saving these chapters for later would have been a no-brainer. It's been fifteen years since Carolyn and Jake last saw each other, and what a difference those years have made.

Carolyn's mother has passed away, and her father's health is in jeopardy, while she works long hours at the only job that will have her. Once a member of the exclusive country club, she now referees employee spats and plans parties and events there, a far cry from the privileged life she once enjoyed. Her family's wealth disappeared with her father's financial advisor, and Carolyn is for the most part completely on her own with no one else on whom to lean when things go wrong — which they've been doing for years now.

Jake's arrest back in the day didn't ruin his life, but it certainly gave him a new perspective. Realizing he would never be good enough for the upper crust, he spent the years getting an education and working his way up in the business world. Now a success, he's returned to Briarwood to prove his worth, and while he may never truly fit into the old money world, he's no one to be looked down upon anymore.

I loved the initial reunion between Carolyn and Jake, proof that the years had changed them both and a reminder of the different worlds that pulled them apart. But what surprised me most was Jake's reaction to Carolyn. While he certainly still harbored some anger over the way things went down, he didn't hold it all against her, and he was quick to realize the financial predicament she was in.

He could have lorded his success over her and made her feel like a lesser person now that she was struggling just to keep the refrigerator filled, but instead he saw how hard she worked and didn't do anything to make things more difficult for her. Their relationship, once it was rekindled, was piping hot and filled with uncertainties, mostly because neither really seemed to know how to bridge the past and move fully into the present. Carolyn had too much on her plate to become involved with her new boss, and Jake had plenty of resentment to overcome.

But rather than play completely into the romance novel cliches one might expect, Jake and Carolyn handled things a bit differently on their way to a new happily ever after, and that's what made it such an interesting read. While the additional chapters from another character's point of view got it the way too often, the root of the story was a great one. Second chance romances are always fun, given the established history between characters, and Once and Again did that well.

I suspect that the next book in the series will be all about Jane, and I'm definitely interested in finding out what's next in her story. Jul 09, Catherine The Sassy Bookster rated it really liked it. Now Carolyn Rivington was a pampered country club princess who had it all until it was all lost. Apr 28, Grace Neumann rated it really liked it. This is the story of tables turned.

Jake Gaffney is the boy from the wrong side of the tracks who made something more of himself. Despite their undeniable chemistry, there is so much baggage and pain from This is the story of tables turned. Despite their undeniable chemistry, there is so much baggage and pain from the past that the two immediately clash. I think this is mainly due to the fact that Jack and Carolyn or rather Caro , were enjoyable characters.

Jack and Caro were both. That, combined with the fact that they never actually got closure the first time around, is what ultimately brings them together the second time. What also helps is that each undergoes a type of character development. Caro transitions from pampered princess to hard working kick ass woman who can fend for herself. These developments turn a relationship that relied simply on teenage hormones into a truly powerful relationship.

This creates the basis for a strong relationship that is easy and nice to read. I admired Caro a lot. Many girls in her situation would have given up and tried to live off of the charity of others while maintaining the luxurious lifestyle she was accustomed to. However, she makes a new life for herself, and her resilience is admirable.

Jane showed a lot of resilience as well, and I enjoyed the dynamic of the friendship between Caro, Jane, and Grace. Jake was an enjoyable love interest, and while he did show a lot of bitterness, it was understandable. What makes him admirable is that he swallows his pride and bitterness, and supports Caro when he realizes how badly she needs it.

They are also brought together through issues with their fathers. It adds an interesting complexity to their storylines, while intertwining them at the same time. I really enjoyed this story, and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a second chance story. Jun 27, nick rated it liked it Shelves: Customer reviews There are no customer reviews yet. Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a customer review. Feedback If you need help or have a question for Customer Service, contact us.

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