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House Divided

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  697 ratings  ·  140 reviews
There is a law irrevocably decreed in the state of Alabama that you must choose a team. You're either an Auburn fan or an Alabama Fan. There is no fence sitting or waffling. It’s one or the other. However, it doesn't mean that you can’t fall in love with someone from the opposing side. They even have a name for it ... House Divided.

Ellie Eaton and Brady Jackson were just
Kindle Edition, 224 pages
Published January 30th 2015 by Jennifer Peel
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Jacob Proffitt
Sep 15, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: romance, chaste
Well, the happy streak with Peel's books is over with this one. I kind of hated it really, which makes it a little surprising I finished it so fast. Sure, it's a quick read, but not that quick.

The problem is that it thinks it's a second chance story. But it really isn't. I mean, both main characters are in love with each other from the beginning and neither really bothers to deny it much. Indeed, they're positively yearning for each other in an almost desperate, Shakespearean way and all that st
Kathy * Bookworm Nation
I liked this one. I'm always drawn to second-chance stories. Ella and Brady came from rival families, but couldn't help the attraction they felt for each other. I liked how the book started, seeing them fall in love as teenagers and how they were broken up. The majority of the book takes place ten years later when Ella has to return to her small hometown to help take care of her sick aunt.

Ella has made a success of her life, but has never gotten over her love for Brady. When she returns home sh
Beth  (YA Books Central)
Mar 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, arc-review

House Divided is a story about first loves, heartbreak, and second chances at first love. House Divided is set in Kaysville, Alabama where traditions and family beliefs run deep. The town is divided by football teams...Auburn or Alabama. This is even truer for two specific families in the town. The Eatons have been raised as devout fans of Auburn while the Jacksons are devout fans of Alabama. The two families do not associate and have a rivalry between them that has lasted over 40 years.

Ella Ea
May 04, 2015 rated it liked it
I loved the flashback story at the beginning of this book. It was so sweet to watch these two youngsters fall in love! The story however like a flower started to wilt for me. I felt like there were no consequences to Brady's actions. I love my husband more then breathing but for the last quarter of the book the dialogue was mainly "I love you's". The story started out so promising and then flat lined for me. There should of been more build up. More discussion. A little more resolution of feeling ...more
Katie W
Jan 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Ellie and Brady are from feuding families. Not only do their families cheer for opposing football teams, which is huge in this small Alabama town, but the town is divided into sides because of something that happened years ago. You're either on the Eaton side or the Jackson side and there's no middle ground. Forbidden to be friends, in the same school classes, or even to talk to each other, these two find themselves secretly falling in love during high school, until family duty tears them apart. ...more
Jan 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2015

Kathy Jo
May 2017:

Oh my gosh! I forgot how much I LOVED this book! It's still amazing! The feels are still definitely real! And Brady is still absolutely swoony! Oh how I love him! *dreamy sigh* Have I mentioned how much I am loving rereading all of Jennifer's books?! They are ones that can be enjoyed over and over and over again! <3

July 2015:

The small town of Kaysville, AL has 2 sides... the Jackson side and the Eaton side. You had to chose one or the other... you could not be Switzerland.

Anne OK
Jan 09, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016-reads
It’s a little like the Hatfield and McCoy feuds! Only the family names are different and this time around it’s The Eatons vs. The Jacksons. I’ll admit that the Alabama/Auburn football rivalry drew my attention and dragged me in. It seemed a good time to pay homage to the Alabama Tide that is getting ready to play in the bid for a National Championship this week. There really wasn't much of the actual sport of football weaved into the story and that was a little disappointing. I’m also a sucker f ...more
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
Feb 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
I am a sucker for second chance at first love books. I can't help it. This is one of those kind of books. Ellie and Brady are drawn to each other early on. They hide their relationship because Eatons and Jacksons do not mix and they definitely do not date. But Ellie and Brady stand against the dumb rules and decided to pursue a relationship. Until Brady breaks things off and Ellie is left heartbroken.

Enter years of misunderstanding and two not so happy people.

Then circumstance bring them back to
Sweet Contemporary Romance

I thoroughly enjoyed this sweet, southern, contemporary romance. House Divided was a story full of feuding families, long lost love, laughter, and forgiveness.
Because of past "hurts" and "choices", the town of Kaysville is split between two families. The Jacksons and the Eatens. Unfortunately for Brady and Ellie, they are among the two, and were supposed to be sworn enemies from birth. The story immediately sweeps you off your feet into their sweet forbidden teenage ro
Apr 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
4.5--Loved this one!! It was so hard to put down! Hence why I'm up finishing it. ;)
It drew me in from the very beginning!
Ellie and Brady are from feuding families...and when I say feuding I mean like serious feuding. They despise each other. One of their family rules is that no Eaton can ever date a Jackson. And vice versa. So, of course that sets up our two main characters for a perfect forbidden love story. :) I loved the prologue and reading how their story began in high sweet!!
Ellie Eaton and Brady Jackson live in a divided town due to something that happened years ago. They each have rules to live by and one of the biggest was that Eaton's and Jackson's were never to date each other. Ellie and Brady broke that rule in high school and things were going well until Brady broke Ellie's heart and she left town shortly after that. She came back ten years later and that's when most of the story takes place. Ellie works hard to avoid Brady but he's everywhere and is determin ...more
Jan 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A House Divided was one of those books that made me want to ignore my children, my to-do list, my need for food, and pretty much anything else that would keep me from reading. Jennifer Peel has a real gift for depicting first love, heartbreak, and hope.

Ella Eaton and Brady Jackson have grown up in Kaysville, Alabama where the town is divided between Eatons and Jacksons, Auburn fans and Alabama fans. After years of separate classes, and sticking to the rules, Ella and Brady both become curious ab
Jan 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2015
Eatons like Auburn and sit on the right side of the church. Jacksons like Alabama and sit on the left side of the church. And Eatons and Jacksons do not like each other. Ever. Until Ella Eaton and Brady Jackson fell in love when they were in high school. On Christmas day of their Senior year, Brady did the unthinkable and broke up with Ella because his dad was really sick and his family was being torn apart.

Ten years later… Aunt Lu, who raised Ella and was the only family she had, had a heart at
Jun 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Many things unresolved
Apr 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
Really, really enjoyed this one. I had a hard time putting it down to get anything done. Fun chemistry, love the long lost love stories. Brady's mother of course was (view spoiler)
Moral Note: A few hecks and dangs, of which I am sad to admit to anyone that I laughed at a few of I will go and repent.
Apr 30, 2017 added it
Shelves: dnf
DNF @ 28%. Bor-ing. And one of those 1st person books where every other sentence starts with I. I I I I I aye yi yi. And also, I am starting to despise books where the h keeps thinking "I should stay away from him" and then repeatedly agrees to whatever the H asks, instantaneously. Pet peeve big time.
Mar 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wow, I really loved this book! I loved both the young Ellie Eaton and the grown up one. Her romance with Brady Jackson, the forbidden young man, was both sweet and fairy-tale like. Even though both her aunt who had raised her as her own child and his parents were not happy about the young couple, but they didn't care. Until his father gets sick and Jackson bows to the will of his family. I loved that they were given a second chance years later when they had both graduated from their respective c ...more
Mar 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
I stayed up soooo late reading this book just to see how it ended.

We first meet Ella when she's describing the rules that rule her life and her town. You have to be an Auburn fan or an Alabama fan, you don't ever wear a crown, and you don't associate with the Jackson family. Ella breaks the biggest of those rules when she falls in love with Brady Jackson.

They are cruelly torn apart as teens and then the book fast forwards to ten years later. Ella has come home to take care of a family situation
Super fun book that I spent all Sunday reading. Set in Alabama, this story delves into the rivalry between Auburn and Alabama universities. Life for Ella has several set rules she must never break. When she falls for Brady Jackson in high school, she breaks the number one rule…because the town has been divided not only between Auburn/Alabama lines, but Eaton/Jackson lines as well, and their ‘Romeo and Juliet’ story is bound to fail with that much force against it. This romance takes star-crossed ...more
Vee Paige
Mar 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a sweet clean romance. I really loved the characters Elle and Brady. Brady was so sweet, and really determined to win Elle back. There were some phrases that sounded charming at first, but was repeated too much they irritated me. That said, I could hear their dialogue in my head and it reminded me of the movie "Sweet Home Alabama." Elle's Aunt Lu was a great secondary character and I was really sad with what happened to her which eventually divided the town.
Apr 06, 2015 rated it liked it
I liked this book and its a very sweet story. That said - the lead female character irritated me with her indecisiveness and lack of back bone at pretty important parts of the book. But I did enjoy it and it was actually quite nice to read a book where love was the biggest theme with no random side plots sneaking in out of no where.
Barbara S. Lukat
May 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Lovely romance with a mystery

Love the mystery and romance to the end. I loved the main character being a author o f2f children's books.
Jul 19, 2017 rated it it was ok
The story didn't have anything. Second chance romance( after 10 years )works only if there is real conflict and some angst to build upon which this story lacks.

There is no story building with interesting conversation or funny events. There is no big betrayal to overcome or obstacle to fight through. There really isn't much to go on after prologue. So generous 2 stars for the attempt.
Ella Drayton
Apr 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book automatically appealed to me as soon as I saw the title and synopsis. As a born-and-raised Alabama woman who lives less than an hour away from the University of Alabama's campus, I understand the term "House Divided" very well!

Alabama and Auburn's football rivalry is as much a part of Alabama history as Hank Williams and Helen Keller. People have been fighting over which team is better for as long as anyone can remember. This rivalry has truly divided houses just as the title suggests
Mar 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
House Divided is a wonderful southern romance story of first love and second chances. Author Jennifer Peel weaves a beautiful tale that follows the love story of Ellie Eaton and Brady Jackson. The reader is easily drawn into Ellie and Brady's story from their teenage years to adulthood, their story is interwoven with family rivalries, forbidden first love, heartbreak, hardships, and a redemptive second chance that will tug at the reader's heartstrings and stir their soul.

Anyone who follows colle
Apr 06, 2015 rated it liked it
Note: I received a copy of this book in exchange for a review. Here is my honest review.

I am rating this book at 3 stars because I adore second chance at love stories and the premise of this book was fun although the execution and characters make me want to give two. I do not want bash this book but I do want to be honest about my reaction to reading it. The author I'm sure has poured much of herself into the writing of it and I recognize that. There are several bloggers that I follow and find t
Jun 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
"There is a law irrevocably decreed in the state of Alabama that you must choose a team. You're either an Auburn fan or an Alabama Fan. There is no fence sitting or waffling. It’s one or the other. However, it doesn't mean that you can’t fall in love with someone from the opposing side. They even have a name for it ... House Divided.

Ellie Eaton and Brady Jackson were just such a couple, but unfortunately they were separated by more than just their loyalty to a university. Against the odds and a
Susan K
Feb 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Clean romance, some church/religious elements, but not the focus of the novel.
A 4 is a very good review for me. I would reread this sweet southern romance again.
Ellie and Brady's story is full of family complications, history, southern charm, and conflict. Ellie's love of her Aunt, her deep devotion and care for her heritage and concern for those around her is a beautiful story. The story of her innocent and deep love for
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Jennifer Peel is the mother of three amazing kiddos. Wife to her one and only for the past twenty-two years. Lover of late night talks, beach vacations, the mountains, pink bubble gum ice cream, tours of model homes, and southern living. She can frequently be found with her laptop on, fingers typing away, indulging in chocolate milk, and writing out the stories that are constantly swirling through ...more
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