Friday, December 18, 2015

ARC Review: The Best of Me by Elisabeth Barrett

Title: The Best of Me

Author: Elisabeth Barrett


In the follow-up to Once and Again—hailed by bestselling author Claudia Connor as “a beautiful second-chance love story”—Elisabeth Barrett returns to the Briarwood, an unforgettable place where legacy and longing make dreams come true.

Jane Pringle never meant to fall for her boss. After landing a job as a pastry chef at the exclusive Briarwood Golf and Yacht Club in Eastbridge, Connecticut, she just wants to keep her son in a good school district and find some peace and quiet, far away from her manipulative ex-husband. But when Briarwood’s charismatic co-owner takes an interest in her, Jane’s best-laid plans go awry . . . in the sweetest way possible.

Rich and handsome, the grandson of one of the most powerful men in New York City, Preston North hasn’t lived quite the charmed life everyone believes. His family taught him everything he needs to know about betrayal—and Press wants no more of it. What he wants is Jane. The gorgeous single mom is selfless and kind, plus she’s got a backbone. To win her trust, Press just needs to shake off his playboy reputation.

They’ve each been burned in the past. But now Press and Jane will have to choose between letting their fears get the best of them . . . or breaking free and following their hearts.


I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

4 out of 5 stars

The Best of Me, the second book in Elisabeth Barrett's Return to Briarwood series was a pretty solid romance. It was the first book by this author that I have read and it really got my attention. Jane and Press's story was a nice and sweet romance that really tugs at my heartstrings.

I really loved the characters in this one and I really loved how they interacted with each other. Press was so much different that I expected him to be given his background. He handled is struggle with alcoholism really well and he was so good and patient with Jane as their romance developed and I just loved him because of it. And as for Jane I loved hardworking and independent she was. I especially loved how good a mother she was to her son Andy. Everything she did was to make sure her son Andy was safe and had a god life and I admired that, but at the same time it really bothered me that she never really did anything for her own wellbeing and I loved that Press got her to start doing stuff that not only benefited her son but made her happy.

Overall, I really liked this book. The romance as well as the overall plot was really interesting and made me feel a wide-range of emotions as I read, which is just how I love my romances. Now I'm really looking forward to reading Barrett's other books.

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