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Beneath the Willow

(Jesse & Sarah #2)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  1,278 ratings  ·  107 reviews
Jesse and Sarah's journey continues in Beneath the Willow, the sequel to the heartfelt novel, Across the Creek. For Jesse Malone, an architect in Chicago, life has been anything but easy. After losing the love of his life six years earlier, he is determined not to let love slip through his grasp once again. Sarah Ramsey, a business owner in the Windy City, is struggling to ...more
Kindle Edition, 262 pages
Published September 17th 2012
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Anne OK
Oct 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012-reads
Just as good as the first book in the series . . . maybe a little better! Jeremy Asher is an author I intend to follow.
I could 'cop-out' and simply leave a one star review without commenting, but I think it is only fair to say 'why' I am only giving this a low rating.

I haven't read the earlier book, and as far as I was aware, this was a sequel, not a continuation of the earlier story, so I was expecting to be able to follow it without much difficulty.

However (view spoiler)
Nov 04, 2013 rated it liked it
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May 16, 2015 rated it it was ok
This was a pretty good read, but there were some pretty major glitches in the plot that bothered me. The 5-year old child had math homework and her hardest subject was science? The night after they slept together they were going to meet so she could tell him she was pregnant? Kate wakes up from a coma and has a long detailed and emotional conversation with Jesse immediately. A lot of the action just didn't come across as realistic, and much of the dialogue was stilted. I also remember wrong-case ...more
Jamie W
Oct 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
WOW!!!! Jeremy, I don't know what inspired you to write this story, but it has touched me in an unexplainable way. I laughed, felt the emotions, and cried right along with each person in these two books. This story is truely one of the best I've read in a long while. I can rate you rate you right up there with the likes of Nikolas Sparks. I cant wait to read your next book....
Nov 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Wow! That was an emotional roller coaster. I loved it! Only one left in the series. This is an author that has pleasantly surprised me. Can't wait to finish the series.
Sara Gray
Feb 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Great story

I loved this sequel even more than the first book. What could've been predictable was instead thoughtfully and heartwarmingly refreshing. The main characters all were flawed in their own ways yet strung and interesting. The family dynamic between the brothers Jesse and Robbie was filled with love and selflessness just the way you want your relationship with your siblings to be, and more! I enjoyed the continued love story of Jesse and Sarah. You never know what life has in store for y
Nov 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Losing and Gaining

This second book just completely hit the mark in this series following these two. The author just grabs your hand and you move through so many thoughts and feelings right along with the characters.
Jun 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I finished the second book in this series
In a day! Quick and Gripping read, loved it, can't wait to read the final book of the series :)
Muriel Montgomery
Jun 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another quick read. A little sappy, fluffy, not a great book but a good summer beach book not requiring much thinking.
Feb 27, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2014
Even though I didn't love Across the Creek, the first book in this series, I already had Beneath the Willow on my Kindle so I thought why not give it a go. I didn't hate the first book, I just found in unremarkable. This second book, even though it seemed like it would be the same story as the first but reversed, was much better. I still didn't love it, but it at least seemed to have some substance.

The story starts off with Jesse back in Chicago with his fiancee Kate. They go to get their flowe
Linda Branich
Feb 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Sarah and Jesse meet for the first time when they were in elementary school in Across the Creek, when tragedy strikes both families and they move away from each other. They meet up again 10 years later, but circumstances and people prevent them from being a couple.

In this second book, Beneath the Willow, they have a chance encounter six years later. Both of them have changed during the intervening years. They have concrete goals and are fiercely protective of and devoted to their remaining famil
**✿❀  Maki ❀✿**
I found this book for free on Amazon, but didn't realize until after I'd already gotten it that it was a sequel. It was a little confusing, going through it without knowing what happened in the first book, but there's enough back story given to kind of fill you in on Jesse and Sarah's history.

I was surprised by how much I liked this book - I expected it to be just another romance story, but there was more to it than just the romantic relationships. Each character meant something different to eac
Feb 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Jesse and Sarah’s journey continues in Beneath the Willow, the sequel to the heartfelt novel, Across the Creek.

For Jesse Malone, an architect in Chicago, life has been anything but easy. After losing the love of his life six years earlier, he is determined not to let love slip through his grasp once again.
Sarah Ramsey, a business owner in the Windy City, is struggling to keep everything together through a difficult divorce. Her husband, a once brilliant attorney, is about to lose his career alon
Oct 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Beneath the Willow is Book 2 in this series by Jeremy Asher. This was another free download from Amazon to my Kindle. Thank you, Amazon!!

I had thoroughly enjoyed Book 1, Across the Creek, in this series. I was looking forward to Book 2 and I was not disappointed. The same well-developed characters are in Book 2, but some of them had changed a lot during the 6-year time span between the ending of Book 1 and the beginning of Book 2.

There were lots of emotions running from happy to extremely sad in
Jun 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this two-book series. I was looking to read something a little more mature than the YA stuff I've been reading lately, so this was a refreshing change of pace for me. Both books are really just one long story, so I'm glad I was able to read them both back to back. I loved the characters. All seemed real and believable to me and I felt invested in their lives.

Overall, a very well-balanced, thought out book. It was clean which I really appreciated. The only complaint I have is th
Aug 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Sequels are usually not as good as the first and in this case, it is true again. I loved the first book and I loved this one, but I always have trouble with "seconds" that have to "re tell" parts of the story in the first and this was no exception. I found some of the things brought up from the first book to be unnecessary and I was disappointed with the storyline of the long lost mother being glossed over and not really reconciled. All that being said, the characters got to me. I related to the ...more
Dec 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely adored Across the Creek and feel in love with Sarah and Jesse…especially Jesse. I admit that I completely forgot to keep my eyes out for the sequel Beneath the Willow…but when I saw it and I got really excited! I loved this book even more than the first! The night that I finished this book I was up pretty late because I just couldn’t find a good enough place to stop. The ending gets pretty intense and emotional. I never cry while reading a book but I couldn’t help it with this one. ...more
Feb 01, 2014 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: based on book 2, no
As I was reading this book, I kept thinking that references to Jesse and Sarah's back story seemed so much more interesting than the story that I was currently reading. Turns out that without realizing it, I was reading the 2nd book in a series, and there is, in fact, a book telling their story. Therefore I don't feel I can give a fair review, except to say that this is not a stellar stand alone book. It is an okay book.. but that doesn't mean that the series isn't exceptional. I can imagine tha ...more
Nov 04, 2016 rated it liked it
Sweet Little Story

After the last freebie I read, this one was such a welcome relief. The story, one of love lost and found, was sweet. A lot of background had to be explained and it was done rather well. Is it an award winning novel? Probably not, but it is one that, if you are a visual reader, you can see. I could see Chicago, offices, flower shops, etc very clearly as I read. Sometimes when I can see a story as a movie, then it becomes more real.....these characters were real; their lives were
Tami Urbanek
Aug 30, 2014 rated it liked it
Is it just me or is Jesse turning into a self righteous pompous JERK!!! I am truly starting to despise this guy.. if I had to read how much he "LOVES" one of them one more time I will seriously PUKE!! its Kate..then sara...then Kate and then Sara...BLAH BLAH....I think he deserve to be ALL ALONE!! LMAO...there I ranted and I feel better now.. but seriously he is rubbing on my nerves..but I am in this now, sooooo Book 3 here I come!! LMAO...What can I say OCD wont allow me to not finish the serie ...more
This book was just much too unbelievable. Way too much happening and the ups and downs were a bit all over the place. I didn't read book #1 - this book came through as a deal and I didn't know it wasn't the first of a series. I found Jesse and Sarah annoying for part of this book, before liking them, before finding them annoying. Frankly I wasn't too invested in their relationship and that's not good either. I'm not saying it was all bad, but my favorite character died so... that could be where ...more
Feb 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is the second book in the Jesse and Sarah series and I loved it. OMG grab the tissues for the last quarter of the book - I was definitely not expecting that to happen! I did get a little annoyed with Jesse with the back and forth between Sarah and Kate as both deserved better than that. Loved how adorable Emma and Madison are, especially when Emma informed Sarah that she should be included in grown-up stuff since she's been five for a while now. How cute! Hope the third book is as great as ...more
Lynn (Ellesea Loves Reading)
Mar 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I downloaded this as soon as I'd finished reading Across the Creek. I was just too curious to find out the fate of Jesse and Sarah to wait! Oh, this was a real roller-coaster of a read. This book made me do, something I've never done before when reading..cry! At times, it was just heartbreaking & so emotional. Thankfully, Jesse and Sarah do get their HEA...but it took sometime to get there:)
Misfits farm
Jan 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
I read this somehow thinking it was set in the 1800's and then realised my mistake through the mention of technology. That said it is a story which could be set in any time frame and has that "real life ups and downs" feel about it and the traits of human nature. Jesse has had a troubled life as has his brother. He crossed paths accidentally with someone from the past an things get even more complicated. An enjoyable , light hearted read with that "feelgood" factor.
Jan 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Oh my gosh! Bring your Kleenex! The first 75% of the book is great. Lots of conflict, things not going the way I wanted them to. You know when you start yelling at the book, LOL! Jessie, Sarah, Robbie, Kate, I loved them all, but I was pulling for Jesse & Sarah. What happens in the last 25% had me in tears. NOT what I expected at all. I am not going to say more, like Across the Creek you will LOVE Beneath the Willow!

Off to download Close to Home and finish this story!
Jan 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Loved this book, this was such a touching story and couldn't put the book down. I surprised myself by reading the first and second book in the same day. Was not disappointed at all. I felt the emotions of the character strongly throughout the story. This book was well written, and it was such a good love story. It's not a typical romance novel this book is so much more and I enjoyed it. Overall I was very pleased with this book and look forward to reading more from this author.
Margaret Klein
Sep 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
A " Willow" tree always reminds me . . .

"Beneath the Willow" is written by Jeremy Asher. The willow tree is called a "weeping willow" for a reason. This story reminds me of those "weeping" leaves, it's pages are filled with such sadness, deaths of ones closes to us, of rejections, lost love in our past and present relationships, spousal abuse, and the list goes on. But the most damaging of all, are secrets that we keep.
Ronda Blanke Geiger
May 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was a complicated story. I would reccommend reading the first story, Under the Willow, before reading this one. I did not and will need to go back and get that one. Mr. Asher has written a very compelling story about second chance love with a lot of twists and turns. Sarah and Jesse's story is heart rending and sweet and everlasting. I did enjoy this story and look forward to reading more.
Apr 02, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle, romance
A little bit better

It's been a while since I read the first book, and after reading the first few chapters of this one, I had to go back and re-read book one. This one doesn't stand alone.

I have the same comments about Beneath the Willow as Across the Creek. Sweet story, not a lot of substance. The gaps where important parts of the story are skipped over to be told as hindsight are annoying and detract. I wanted to knock the characters heads together in frustration.
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