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Jessie Belle

(The Women of Merryton #1)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  618 ratings  ·  112 reviews
Nestled in the picturesque Rocky Mountains, lies the quaint town of Merryton, Colorado. You will never find finer people or better friends. But try keeping a secret in Merryton and you will soon find that the good townspeople are better than any private investigator or undercover journalist. The men and women of Merryton are like living barometers, and when a storm is brew ...more
Kindle Edition, 290 pages
Published September 8th 2015 by Jennifer Peel
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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Another Kindle freebie romance (now 99c). The plot of this one is pretty unique: Jessie and Blake have been married for 13 years, trying unsuccessfully to have children the entire time, which has put a major strain on their marriage. Worse, they had a stillborn baby several months before the story starts, and now Jessie definitely can't have children. As the story begins, Blake drops a bombshell on Jessie:


He had a one night stand with Jessie's old roommate right before he married Jessie, during
Katie W
Aug 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Married life hasn't exactly turned out the way that Jessica and Blake would've liked. In their perfect world, they'd be happy together, have babies together, and deal with life as it comes. After 13 years with no babies, miscarriage, and drifting apart, they're ready to call it quits. Until a teenager suddenly enters their lives. Blake never knew he had a daughter, but now that he does, he's determined to be the best dad he can be and Maddie may be exactly what this couple needs.

Teenagers have a
Kathy * Bookworm Nation

I am a huge fan of Jennifer Peel. Her books have a way of sucking me in and I don't want to put them down. I think what I liked about Jessie Belle is that our main couple is already married, they've been together for thirteen (I think) years, they've drifted apart and their marriage is really put to the test when Blake has to tell Jessica that he has a teenage daughter he never knew about.

I really liked Jessica's character and the growth she goes through. I really felt her pain and loved he
Sep 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2015
Really enjoyed this one. Made me laugh and cry.

Content: mild language, implied intimacy between a married couple, no details
Kathy Jo
May 2017:

*dreamy sigh* 3rd time around and I still totally LOVE Jessie Belle! The Women of Merryton series is definitely a MUST read! <3

January 2016:

5 Beautiful Stars!

I have read this book twice now and I love it just as much the second time around! It is seriously AMAZING! Even if you have read my review before... keep reading! I have decided to add a couple of fun things to it! ;)

Jessie and Blake have been put through the ringer over and over again. But instead of them growing closer togeth
Rachel K
Apr 22, 2016 rated it did not like it
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Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
The dynamics of the relationships in this angsty emotion-filled story are fascinating! The author really has a way of bringing the characters to life and sucking me right in. I loved the romance and the way Jessie and Blake grow closer and stronger through their struggles. A solid first book in the Women of Merryton series that also introduces us to the characters that will star in the other books in the series.
Jessica and Blake are married and are having some issues. Right at the beginning, Blake drops a bomb on her: He has recently heard from her former roommate, Sabrina, who is dying and has just informed him that he has a thirteen-year-old daughter, Madeline. This is devastating news to her, but even more so since they have not been able to have children of their own.

Needless to say, the tension between them escalates as Jessica tries to come to terms with this news and what it will mean for them.
Sep 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I really loved this book!! (And the cover... Totally gives a perfect picture of part of Merryton)... I love that Ms Peel's stories are definitely romance, but there’s so much more to them (i.e.: Maddie, other issues Jessie has in the book). This one started out feeling more like Women’s fiction…probably because the first half dealt with more of women’s fiction type issues, and the second half was more romance with Blake coming around (and realizing he was an idiot that needed to win back his wif ...more
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
Jessie is put in a situation not of her making. She is unable to have children. She is trying to emotionally deal with the loss of a premature baby and infertility when she finds out that her husband fathered a child before they were married. It is a fact that had been kept hidden from both of them. Their marriage was in trouble before the news and this doesn't help it at all.

Jessie goes through several emotions. I liked that she was shaken up enough by the news to start making positive changes
Aug 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Jessie and Blake have been married for 13 years. They have yearned for children, and been through a lot as a couple as their desires have not been fulfilled. Lately they've grown apart, living two separate lives. Then Blake finds out he has a teenage daughter, Maddie. He knows this will hurt Jessie, but Maddie needs them. Will her presence drive them further apart or bring them closer together?

I normally love my clean romances with only a little drama. I like them happy, without divorce or lasti
Sep 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2015
Blake and Jessie have been married for 13 years, but they have become distant over the years. Unable to have children, Jessie finds herself mad at God, mad at the world, and mad at the unfairness of life. At first I didn't get how they stayed together for 13 years because they seemed so different and they never talked. But we get flashbacks to when Jessie fell in love with Blake and why.

There were times I wanted to shake Blake for not understanding her, and there were times I wanted to shake Jes
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)

It's always a happy day when I get a book from Jennifer Peel. I've been looking forward to this book and this series and I'm glad I finally got to read it. Jennifer Peel has a gift for writing characters that feel real and bring out real emotions in me.

This book is honestly like a real life drama playing out before your eyes. Told in first person from Jessica's point of view, you really get an up close and personal look at her life and her heartache. You also get to know all the people Jessie lo
thao vi
Nov 06, 2015 rated it it was ok
2 stars.

What can I say about this book....It was well written but the characters weren't my cup of tea.
The heroine has suffered miscarriages over the years and ultimately can't have children. Her husband is someone whom is a bit of a douche canoe and to me, Unlikeable.

He seems to have taken the heroine for granted throughout their marriage, from keeping their finances separate to not eating what she makes for dinner, lunch or breakfast.

He doesn't seem to appreciate her and she seems more invest
The first book in The Women of Merryton series, Jessie Belle, is a simple delight. From page one readers will fall in love with the wonderful characters and invigorating and charming story. This story will truly inspire readers to better understand and work on personal relationships they have with others. Strong themes in this story include struggles, misunderstandings, hope, faith, family, relationships and love. This story will greatly be anticipated by any reader that enjoys contemporary, ins ...more
Sep 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I love this different take on romance, that starts off with a married couple struggling with their relationship. It sheds a lot of light and hope on a situation that most people would walk away from. I like that Jennifer Peel has a unique voice and something different to bring to the table. The story line is intriguing and will keep you reading to find out what will happen next.

I cried with the characters and laughed with them. I enjoyed each of their unique personalities and really related who
Apr 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved it! As usual Jennifer Peel sucks me right into the story and I hated to put it down to do other things. I really felt for Jessica who had suffered several miscarriages, and just a few months earlier had gone into early labor and given birth to a stillborn son. Her marriage to Blake is limping along when he finds out he has an almost teenage daughter from a drunken one-night stand before their marriage. All of this takes place in a small town in Colorado where everyone seems to know everyth ...more
Nov 06, 2015 rated it it was ok
The Levels of Insecurity This Woman Had

I couldn't like this story because of either of the leads. Jessie's insecurities allowed her to become the biggest doormat I have read in a while. And it's all her fault. Throughout the story it talked about why she fell in love with her husband or better yet the confusion around why. They didn't, and I as the reader, didn't understand that one. When he asked her why she fell in love, the 2 reasons were pretty lame. They had no connection or chemistry in th
Sep 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Loved it!

I am not one who usually reads a romance about a married couple, especially one where trouble is brewing in the marriage. I'm glad I made an exception. First of all, I love Jennifer Peel's writing style. Her characters are always very believably written and well developed. She even breathes life into minor characters. Her plot pacing is also good...she doesn't drag things to the point if frustration or ridiculousness like so many authors do. I always feel like her pacing is realistic.
Sep 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Very poignant story of a married couple in trouble. The author did a fabulous job of creating a romance between two troubled souls who should be one…but are contemplating calling it quits on their marriage of 13 years. The tension was perfect. The scenario was believable and riveting. From page one when Jessica receives a bouquet of roses from her husband, as well as a crushing revelation, I was hooked. This story deals with marital struggles involved with baby loss, miscarriage, and being a ste ...more
Sep 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-stars, romance
There are a handful of books I've read that I want to re-read immediately after I have finished so I can savor every word again. And that I think about for days after I've finished it. Jessie Belle was most certainly one of those books. I will read and reread it over the years.

Jessie Belle is an emotionally charged book that touched my heart deeply. Not only does Jessica have to endure the pain of finding out her husband has a daughter with a woman she despises, she herself has been unable to c
Aug 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I just re read this book!! I LOVED it!!

Jennifer Peel is one of my favorite authors! I stalk her on Amazon and facebook watching for another new book. I loved Jessie Belle! The story is one that got a hold of my heart from the very beginning. A couple whose marriage has some bumps in it, faces not just one devastation, but several right in a row. Then Jessie's husband Blake, delivers the biggest devastation of all and Jessie doesn't know if she can get past this one. I felt for Jessie Belle and t
Sep 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to beta read this book. Jennifer has a real gift for writing true to life stories that make you care immensely about the characters. I loved Jessie and Blake's story about learning to love again. I can't wait for the next book in the series!
Sep 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Jennifer has an amazing talent for telling stories. They draw you in and you become emotionally involved. They are real. They are powerful. They make you think and her books always leave you uplifted. I have loved each and every book I have read of hers and Jessie Belle is no exception!
Nov 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wow, I think I have found a new favorite sweet romance author! This is the first book I have read of Ms. Peel's and I am incredibly impressed! The story has depth and heart to spare. It deals real problems with real truth and compassion. This is definitely an author to follow!
Sep 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful story about the need to communicate and work through life's troubles as a couple.
Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
Jessie Belle is one of those books that tears at your heart. Jessie and Blake have been married for 13 years and somewhere along the way – after miscarriages and the loss of a son – they’ve turned into roommates more than husband and wife. Just when Jessie thinks their marriage may be over, Blake receives some news that further threatens the tenuous hold they have on their relationship. Now, with separate rooms & separate bank accounts & separate lives, Jessie and Blake must try to navig ...more
Sep 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Jessica and Blake have been married for 13 years, and their romance is well...stagnant at best. They've had some devastating miscarriages and their one child who was even close to being born died as well. Instead of grieving together they each grieved on their own, making their marriage more about parallel lives than being a happy couple. Which is really bad news when Blake finds out that through a one night stand, with Jessica's former roommate no less, he has a daughter. And she's going to be ...more
Please Pass the Books
Oct 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Jessie Belle: The Women of Merryton by Jennifer Peel takes us into the lives of Jessica and Blake Summers, a husband and wife duo experiencing a mundane turn in their thirteen-year marriage. Instead of a seven year itch, the Summers' are at a make-or-break point. As if growing apart wasn't enough of a challenge, a wrench is thrown into the spokes of their relationship when Blake drops a bomb in Jessica's lap: he has a daughter neither knew existed—and a nearly thirteen year old Maddie enters the ...more
Mylissa Demeyere
Sep 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book is a rollercoaster of a tale. Jessie and Blake have been married for thirteen years, and have had quite a few challenges along the way. Yet their marriage is about to hit a new low when Jessie finds out Blake has a daughter .
Now Jessie has a stepdaughter living with them while trying to figure out if her marriage is still worth hanging on to.
Will Jessie and Blake find their way back to each other? Will Maddie help them be a family?
I loved this book. The main cast is amazing. Jessie is
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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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