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The Trouble With Bree

(The Spotlight #1.5)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  18 ratings  ·  10 reviews
The trouble with Bree is…

Bree Farrell is ready to turn her life around. A twenty-one-year-old mother of two, she’s not sure where to start. She could use a little help, but her string of horrible ex-boyfriends keep setting her back. First step: she’s swearing off men forever. Or at least until she gets back on her feet.

Josh Maxwell got a second chance at life, and now he
Published January 19th 2015
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Candice Montgomery
Dec 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I've never been a big fan of novellas. I never feel like they leave me with a good understanding of who the characters are or how the love came to be.

HOWEVER--you haven't read a good novella until you've read a K. Strass novella. The power of this book lies in the pacing. It's paced so perfectly that you get to know the new characters (*cough*JOSH*cough*swoon*) and the love reads SO well on the page and it's believable and you just root for it from the moment they introduce themselves to each ot
Michelle (Adventure in Bookland)
I loved so many things about The Trouble with Bree, which doesn’t surprise me since I love Kristen’s writing.

This was a very sweet story about a girl who always falls in love easy and always picks the wrong guy. That is until she meets the director at her son’s new preschool. How can you not fall in love with a man that will be there for not only you, but for your children as well? I know I fell in love with Josh by reading his interactions with Bree’s children!

One thing that I did not like abo
Jan 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bree Farrell is hell bent on making her childrens' lives and her own better. With a string of bad ex-boyfriends behind her, her first step is to swear off men. Second, is to enroll in online college courses. Well, she get's the second step down, but the first runs into a little trouble when she meets the damn near irresistible Josh Maxwell.

Josh has just gotten a new job as the coordinator of a preschool for underprivileged kids. The school took a chance on him, hiring him without really any exp
Cassandra Lawson
Jan 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
I first met Bree in Secondhand Heart and was looking forward to getting more of her story. The first quarter of this book was mostly a retelling of the end of Secondhand Heart from Bree’s perspective. There were very few actual details about Bree’s life, and it felt like her story was being overshadowed by Daisy’s. Going into this book, I already knew it overlapped with Secondhand Heart so I was not completely surprised. Still, this made it hard for me to get into the story at first because I al ...more
Shannon Daniel
Feb 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Trouble with Bree by Kristen Strassel

4 stars

We first met Bree in Secondhand Heart. She was Daisy's best friend, mother of 2 boys, and a little on the wild side. After swearing off men Bree decided she wanted to sign up for classes. One was online school classes and the other was pole dancing classes. She wanted to learn how to do it classy and it was good exercise, too. So she signed up for both, signed her oldest up for Head Start so he could start pre-school, and met the man of her dreams
Jan 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Bree Farrell is in love with being in love. She has tried and failed miserably to find her Prince Charming hence the reason she is a single mother to 2 year old Lucas and 4 year old Landon. Landon's father left her shortly after he found out she was pregnant and went to college leaving her and the baby behind without even a second glance. Lucas' father had to be forced away with a restraining order after trying to hurt Bree. Regardless of her crappy love life Bree is an amazing mother and friend ...more
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Bree, 21 yr old mother of two. Josh, 26 yr old school administrator.

There is a rehashing of the ending of Secondhand Heart told in Bree's POV.

We get a look inside Bree's world. Her struggles to better herself and her situation while caring for two rambunctious toddlers.

Josh enters her life and there is instant attraction. They begin to secretly date and he shows her how she should be treated. A couple of ugly incidents occured and they worked together to get a positive outcome, so in the end Bre
Dec 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
I'm such a fan of Kristen's writing, and Bree's story did not disappoint. The hardships, love, and ultimate triumph was genuine and a pleasure to "watch" unfold. There were so many real moments in this book, that I feel like Josh and Bree could live right down the street. A true couple, with true problems, and true love. Loved it all!
❤️Melanie G.
Jan 05, 2015 rated it liked it
This was a super short and sweet story. Hard for me to get into but since it was short, was able to finish it.
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Kristen Strassel is far cooler than she’ll make herself sound in this bio. She enjoys spending time with the voices in her head—nudging the characters toward those bad decisions and a happily ever after. When she’s not writing, she’s often still in the land of make-believe—doing makeup for film and television. And when she’s not doing any of that, she enjoys making her house look like a Pinterest ...more

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The Spotlight (2 books)
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  • Too Many Reasons (The Spotlight, #2)