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Once and Again

(Return to Briarwood #1)

3.60  ·  Rating details ·  345 ratings  ·  115 reviews
For readers of Shannon Stacey and Susan Mallery, the heartfelt new Briarwood series begins with a tale of forbidden love, broken promises, and second chances.

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
ebook, 302 pages
Published July 14th 2015 by Loveswept
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Apr 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Carolyn Rivington, the once privileged and wealthy debutante, is now working for the country club where her family were once members. Crippled with debt and a financial scandal, Carolyn is making the best of the circumstances without the aid of long gone friends or family. Things get turned upside down, though, when the new owner of the Briarwood Golf and Yacht Club turns out to be Jake Gaffney, the boy (now man) who was her first and only love who her family (and she) ended up rejecting.

This wa
Apr 03, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: contemporary, series
****Full Review****

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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
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Slick's review posted at Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

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
Claire Robinson
Oct 27, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf, love-swept
1 - "You can't change what you can't change." Star.

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
Jul 01, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, 2nd-chance
I like the idea behind this book, young lovers separated over 15 years and a second chance at romance. Carolyn was the perfect little rich girl with the perfect life and Jake was the guy from the wrong side of the tracks. When Carolyn's dad gets Jake arrested, Carolyn has no contact with him for 15 years. She loved him but chose to follow her father's wishes instead. Fast forward 15 years and Carolyn's family is in a bad place. Her dad lost all their money, she's alone and poor working at the sa ...more
Linda (un)Conventional Bookworms
This review was originally posted on (un)Conventional Bookviews
Second-chance romances are the absolute best! And Once and Again was both nostalgic, sweet, hot and well done!

Review - (un)Conventional Bookviews

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
Jun 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
A 3.75 second chance at the ultimate happiness stars goes to Once and Again by Elisabeth Barrett. 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
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
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)

Elisabeth Barrett kicks off a new series called Return to Briarwood with ONCE AND AGAIN. If you’re looking for a sweet, second chance love story, this one is for you.

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. This doesn’t really faze her very much though because it see
Tina "IRead2Escape"
3.5 Stars

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
Apr 03, 2015 rated it liked it
3 stars

Once and Again was a good read.

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.

Thank you Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept via Netgalley for the advance copy.
Sheryl C. Nash
*ARC courtesy of Netgalley and Random House Publishing*
Jul 14, 2015 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. Her father accumulated debt she was making ends met by working in the Briarwood Golf and Yacht Club where her family were used to be members, she’s now one of the employees. And then here comes her past haunting her – because the guy whom heart she broke was now ...more
Originally Reviewed For: Bodice Rippers, Femme Fatales and Fantasy

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
Sue Galuska
May 27, 2015 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 ...more
Jennifer Schultheis
Jun 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
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….well, she’s in debt up to her eyeballs.

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
Apr 06, 2015 added it
Shelves: dnf-award
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
Jun 30, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series-romance

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
Catherine (The Sassy Bookster)
Jul 09, 2015 rated it really liked it

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

Grace Neumann
Apr 28, 2015 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. Carolyn Rivington is the girl who had it all, until she didn’t. They were ripped apart one night, and didn’t speak again for seven years. Then out of the blue, Jake walks back into Carolyn’s life, buying the country club she was once a member of, but now serves as staff to keep herself afloat. Despite their undeniable chemistry, there is so much baggage and pain from ...more
Jun 27, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc

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
Apr 03, 2015 rated it liked it
2.5-3 stars.

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
Christina Montminy
I received this ARC as a read for review from Net Galley and it was a wonderful read. I've enjoyed everything I've read by Elisabeth Barrett and this is no exception. The rekindled love of Jake and Carolyn is excellent. They had a great chemistry but also a fire that got them to be the people they were. They have both grown from the young adults that they were when they last saw each other. Jake is harboring ill feelings toward Carolyn because she didn't fight for him when her father and the pol ...more
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I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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
A Klue
May 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
An enjoyable but mostly predictable country club setting romance featuring a formerly wealthy heroine, Carolyn, who finds herself working for her first true love, Jake, after he buys the aging establishment. Jake returned to their hometown not only to buy the club as an investment but also to a large degree prove how successful he had become. He was employed there as a caddy when he was a teenager. Carolyn, who had no other option but work as the club’s event planner after her father’s legal/inv ...more
Once and Again by Elisabeth Barrett was a delightful read. I loved the riches to rags and rags to riches story line. Carolyn used to be a member of the Briarwood Country Club. Jake was a caddy. Dating was a not acceptable, but they did and suffice to say it did not end well. Time moved on and Carolyn’s family has lost all their money and she is working for Briarwood with scheduling and running events. The Country Club has been sold to a tattooed, jean wearing, rugged man – Jake. So the story unf ...more
Rhonda Mackay
Jun 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
It feels like Christmas in July!

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
Keep Calm Novel On
Apr 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of the ARC from NetGalley In exchange for an honest review.

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
I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. At first I thought our heroine Caroline was a little stiff but then I realized it fit her character. Caroline was a former rich society girl whose family lost all their money. Our hero Jack was the boy from the wrong side of the tracks that had had a summer relationship with Caroline many years prior. This book shows the couple meeting again after 15 years when Jack returns to town, very wealthy and a prominent businessman to ...more
Bette Hansen
Mar 30, 2015 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. 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
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Elisabeth Barrett lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and spends her days teaching, editing, writing sexy contemporary romance, and enjoying time with her sometimes-bearded husband and three spirited children. She is constantly perfecting her home-work-writing juggling act, but in her free time she loves to hike open space preserves, grow orchids, bake sweet things her husband won’t eat, and sing ...more

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