Once and Again (Return to Briarwood #1)
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 o ...more
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Carolyn is a former rich girl currently drowning in bills due to her father's mismanagement of money. Working at a country club that she used to stay at has humbled her and revealed her tougher side. When the country club gets bought by none other than Jake, the boy from the wrong side of the tracks her parents had arrested for making out with ...more
Color me happy when Elisabeth Barrett announced a new series and Once and Again proved to atruegemawardbe an excellent first book and did a fantastic job of setting up this series. Briarwood is a country club that is bleeding money and whose business has been steadily declining and its board of directors had no choice but to look for someone to buy it; little did they know that the new owner was an ex-caddy who was fired one summer after bein ...more
DNF @ 49%
I hate, literally hate writing a DNF sum up for a book by Elizabeth Barrett, her Star Harbor series is one of my all-time favorite reads, and to say I was excited to learn that a new series was coming our way in the form of Return to Briarwood would be an understatement.
This book has all the potential to be a five star read; second chance love - Carolyn and Jake have not seen each other in fifteen years, in that time he has gone from po ...more
Second-chance romances are the absolute best! And Once and Again was both nostalgic, sweet, hot and well done!
Once and Again is filled with nostalgia, but there is also an underlying tension that isn't all positive, especially in the beginning. Carolyn had a pretty easy childhood, her parents were well off, and if she visited the golf club, it was as a guest. One summer, she fell for one of the caddie's and they had a short, but ho ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Hotness Rating 3 out of 5
Once and Again was a solid start to the Return to Briarwood series by Elisabeth Barrett. 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 ...more
It's such a joy when you discover an author that touches a new place in your heart, mind.. When I first read Elisabeth Barrett's Star Harbor Series, I was enchanted. Star Harbor reminded me of a Gilmore Girls world. Small town, New England style. Now, Ms. 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 ...more
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. 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.
I have to be honest and say that this book just wasn't ...more
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 ...more
I reached the half way mark and realized this story wasn't reall ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Carolyn Rivington was a pampered country club princess who had it all until it was all lost. With the load of her father's debts weighing her down, she was forced to get a job at the country club. Now her past has come back in the form of the new owner of the club and her first love, Jake Gaffney.
Fifteen years ago, Jake was the boy from the wrong side of the tracks involved with the society princess, an involvement that ended badly with him being carted away in the back of a police cruiser. Now...more
Like many of you know, second chance romances are my romance drug of choice. As soon as I found out that Once and Again had one, I was beyond excited to read it. Even though I had a few nibbles with Once and Again, for the most part, I thought it was an adorable read and by the end, I was looking forward to being back in Briarwood in the future.
A high school fling between Jake and Carolyn was broken apart when Carolyn's dad has Jake arrested because they come from very different financial backgr ...more
A delightful start to a new series!
Elisabeth Barrett begins her new contemporary romance series with two people deserving their second chance at love. Set in a charming New England town, Once and Again mainly takes place in and around a golf club that has a brand new owner.
As teenagers, Jake and Carolyn only had eyes for each other. He worked at Briarwood Golf Club where Carolyn’s father was one of its wealthiest members. After the blossoming relationship with ...more
This turned out to be differently to what I was expecting. I thought I would’ve liked it more than I did.
We have Carolyn and Jake and their second chance love. Some pretty crappy things happened in the past, things that made Jake really work for what he wanted. For Carolyn things sure looked differently after losing all of her money. She really learned what was important and worked her ass off to save her father.
Man, her father, what an awful, awful man. I’d be suing his ass like nob ...more
I have to be honest here. I had high hopes for this book. When I read the blurb, it sounded very promising. I love second chance romance novels. If you follow my blog or my reviews, you'd know that I've mentioned that fact many times. That's why I really wanted to like this book.
Unfortunately, it didn't work for me. I wish that the story focused on the second chance romance. Instead, it had lots of side stories an ...more
I just had the pleasure of reading the latest contemporary romance novel by Elisabeth Barrett. "Once and Again" is the first in a new series set in Eastbridge, Connecticut. This book is Cinderella and Prince Charming's story but only in reverse!
Carolyn Rivington grew up wealthy, Jacob "Jake" Gaffney, not so much. Fifteen years have passed and now Carolyn is living hand to mouth forced to get a job at her former Country Club, the Briarwood. Jake has just returned ...more
Can individuals from two very different worlds have a happily ever after?
Carolyn has lived a life of privilege. Jake did not live in Carolyn’s world but worked at the private golf club where she socialized. Carolyn’s father ensured their fate and ended their relationship fifteen years earlier.
The reader is drawn into Carolyn’s world fifteen years later as she is now working at the same country club since her father lost ...more