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Built To Last (Saltwater Springs)

4.07  ·  Rating Details ·  134 Ratings  ·  56 Reviews
At seventeen, the small town of Saltwater Springs had been everything to Scarlett Devereaux—as had her boyfriend Luke. Never had she imagined she’d have to leave them both behind—until the night that changed everything. A decade after skipping town Scarlett returns to start over in the only place that ever really felt like home. But when nothing goes as planned, she’s forc ...more
Published November 16th 2015
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Jo *Reading Is My Bliss*
'Lettie, I remember everything' - Luke

If you enjoy a second chance romance then this book will hit the mark for you. It is a great weekend read that can be enjoyed in one sitting so that is exactly what I did.

Scarlett left her hometown 10 years ago and thought she would never return. She left her friends, her family home and her heart behind too. Her boyfriend Luke was devastated when she left him behind with no explanation. He thought that all the dreams they had shared about marriage and chi
Dec 01, 2015 Chrissy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015
Built to Last is a powerful second chance romance that is perfect for all lovers of second chances. This is an emotional and beautiful read that was hard to put down!

Luke and Scarlett haven’t seen one another for ten years, when Scarlett broke Luke’s heart and ran off to college and never looked back. When Scarlett shows back up in town, she never expected to run back into Luke. The chemistry between these two is still as strong, if not stronger than it was all those years ago. Both of these cha
Nov 14, 2015 Kim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-stars
Scarlett Deveareux has returned to Saltwater Springs, SC to start her own bakery. She finds herself in need of help and it comes in the unlikely form of her former boyfriend, Luke Garrity, who now owns his own construction firm. Unfortunately, she left him ten years ago with no explanation and broke his heart. And Luke is still harboring some anger, and they both have unresolved feelings and secrets.

They find themselves interacting on a daily basis after a decade apart. Their attraction is still
Jennifer Hanson
Nov 07, 2015 Jennifer Hanson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
**I read Built to Last a few chapters at a time in Elisabeth's newsletter.**

This is the first book I have read by Elisabeth Grace and she has a fan for life now! What an amazing second chance love story!

Luke and Scarlett were high school sweethearts until Scarlett leaves town very unexpectedly. When Scarlett returns to town many years later, she gets more then she bargained for. Will Luke be the one to save her? Will Scarlett finally tell Luke why she left town and never contacted him again? I g
Nov 22, 2015 Maree rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this most beautiful book so much. Such an endearing story of lost love and such true romance between these two characters, Scarlett and Luke.

After coming back to her small home of Saltwater Springs of ten years. After leaving her whole life behind. We can just hope that they both can have the second chance that they both deserve.

Such a amazing book written by Elisabeth Grace. I'm so excited about this book and just can't wait for any more from her too!!
Melanie Cesa
Nov 11, 2015 Melanie Cesa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A beautiful second chance love story that will pull at your heart and keep you anticipating.

Scarlett & Luke have never stopped loving each other. But Scarlett has a secret, a secret that is holding her back and could tear them apart. Through Elisabeth’s touching writing you feel Luke & Scarlett’s apprehensions as well as how deep their love runs. They have such a beautiful bond. This story has many ups & downs and will touch you emotionally.

Another elegantly written story by Elisabe
Nov 11, 2015 Kaitlyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ok who's with me? Because this girl is moving to Saltwater Springs after reading Scarlett and Luke's story! What a whirlwind of a story and roller coaster ride.... But such a fun one at the same time! Scarlett, or Lettie as Luke calls her, (ps I love the name Lettie) go on an adventure that really started 10 years ago. Much has happened but really nothing has changed after 10 years. Luke and Lettie may have grown up but they haven't moved on and Luke sets out to prove that to Lettie. There is lo ...more
Dec 15, 2015 Kassiah rated it it was amazing
4-1/2 stars.

This review also appears on Pretty Sassy Cool.

Ahhh! I loved this book! Second chance romances are some of my favorites. Throw in a sexy Southern guy, and Elisabeth Grace hit it out of the park with this one.

After leaving her high school sweetheart, Luke, ten years ago, Scarlett comes back home. She runs into her former flame when she needs a contractor to finish up the work so her bakery can open on time. Their chemistry is off the charts, right from the beginning, but there's still
Liz ~ Liz's Reading Life
Nov 27, 2015 Liz ~ Liz's Reading Life rated it it was amazing
If you love second chance love stories, then this is the book for you!

Scarlett Devereaux found the love of her life when she was teen, but life threw her a couple of curve balls. Life changing curve balls. So she took off without notice, leaving behind a lot of unanswered questions.

Luke Garrity has been trying to forget the woman that broke his heart so many years ago. He's made a name for himself, so much different than what people expected. Things over the years haven't always been easy, but h
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review

I just loved this sweet and emotional second chance romance set in a small town. Small town contemporary romances are some of my favorite types of books to read. Right from the beginning I felt like was reading a Jill Shalvis novel! The town of Saltwater springs feels charming, cozy, warm, and inviting. I want to runaway and live there!

We first meet Scarlett when she has moved back to her hometown to settle her parents financial affairs and star
Nov 18, 2015 Rachel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015
Scarlett and Luke had plans for a family, plans for their future, and plans for happiness. Scarlett was the daughter of a respected judge, living a life of privilege. Luke was the son of the town drunk and a waitress, but found peace in his relationship with Scarlett. They were the centers of each other’s worlds, until the night Scarlett had to leave it all behind.

A decade later, Scarlett returns to town with plans to open a bakery. What she doesn’t plan on is running into Luke so soon. Or havin
Nov 17, 2015 EscapeNBooks rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Built to Last is a new, standalone contemporary romance by Author Elisabeth Grace. It is sweet goodness in the form of second chance love.

"He was a steak and she hadn't eaten for a week."

Scarlett Deveareux has had a run of bad luck recently. Dealing with family issues and trying to bring balance to her life is proving to be a hard task. Luke has his own set of reality to handle. He certainly isn't prepared for Scarlett's return, and neither of them are prepared for the impact they will have on
Ashley Jasper
Nov 15, 2015 Ashley Jasper rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lately I've been on a kick of highly emotional reads and Built to last is the change of pace that I've been needing. Elisabeth Grace perfectly captured the charm of a small town in this romance. It was stocked full of humor and heart. And some good ol' southern sayings that took me back to the summers I spent there as a child.

I was hooked from the beginning and found myself rooting for Scarlett to succeed. This woman is equal parts brave, strong, sultry and sensitive. She has returned home after
Apr 13, 2016 Casey rated it really liked it
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Built to Last is a sweet contemporary standalone from Elisabeth Grace. This book was charming and I really enjoyed the second chance at love for Scarlett and Luke. I loved the characters here and the town of Saltwater Springs was adorable. If you are a fan of small town contemporary romance stories and second chances, this is one you are going to want to check out!

Scarlett Devereaux and Luke Garrity were in love as teenagers and planned their
Kimberly (Kimmy Loves to Read)
People who were/are able to buy this book as a whole story are lucky. I read this through Elisabeth's newsletter, so it took ten months to get all of Luke and Scarlett's story. TEN. MONTHS. I fell in love with them pretty much instantly, so it was a long ten months.

Scarlett and Luke were very much in love when they were younger. They even went as far as to talk about their future, but then tragedy struck and Scarlett left town. Now it is years later and Scarlett has returned to open a bakery. A
jennifer kaminski
Nov 17, 2015 jennifer kaminski rated it it was amazing
Worth the wait

I was waiting for this book to come out. It was well worth the wait. Letti s struggle with past event and where it leads her today is sad and shows her strength. Luke never understood why let ti left all those years ago. At times I crewed with letti. Read how these two healed and moved forward after all the hurt and sadness. Don't pass this book up.
Jun 08, 2016 Sarah rated it it was amazing
This a definite love story about second chances. I love love stories of characters being able to re connect and work through tragedies. There were some moments were i was crying but for the most part it was a light-hearted HEA story.
Nov 16, 2015 Lindsay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can't even say how much I love this story! Luke and Scarlett were together as teenagers and never really stopped loving each other, Scarlett left and comes back 10 years later. They of course can only be friends for so long before rekindling their romance, I just love second chance romance!! Elisabeth wrote it so well!!
Nov 17, 2015 Vicki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love a second chance romance with a happy ending and this story is no exception. Luke and Lettie had the young love of a lifetime until Lettie left town without a second thought or explanation to anyone as to why. Then 10 years later she returns home to open a bakery. She has some complications with her construction and unknowing calls Luke's company to help her reach her opening deadline. Sparks fly, but Lettie struggles to let Luke back in romantically because her reason for leaving SaltWate ...more
Nov 17, 2015 Jules rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story had a bit of everything that a second chance should with a bit of humor, angst, sorrow and love that stands the test of time. The story was fast paced and oh so enjoyable to read. Well-done Elisabeth Grace!
Nov 14, 2015 Jasminn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book gave me all the feels!
I loved it!
I was wondering what was going to happen to Scarlett & Luke with all the twists and turns this relationship took! So so good!
Trudy Dowling
Mar 10, 2016 Trudy Dowling rated it it was amazing
Elisabeth Grace, You have a fan in me. Built To Last is one of the most beautiful Second Chance Romances that I have ever read. To have two people find each other again and accept everything in the past had my eyes filling with tears. Too be honest there were numerous occasions I needed tissues.
Poor Scarlett has been through so much. She has had to silently mourn. She has felt the pressure of her socialite parents, and forced to move away. Ten years have passed. Now she must face her decision
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Dec 31, 2015 Home. Love. Books. rated it really liked it
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Hooray for second chances! I have read Elisabeth Grace before, so I knew going into this book I would probably enjoy it. Another thing that worked for me in this book was that it was a REAL small town romance, where everyone knows everything and good luck keeping any kind of secrets. I don't know why but I really like small town romances, I think it might have something to do with how it hypes up the drama when eve
Jan 19, 2016 Janet rated it it was amazing
This is my first book to have read by Elisabeth Grace and I have found a new favorite author. I am not the greatest fan of reading stories told in the third person but Mrs. Grace has such a way with her writing that it was not an issue. She had me hooked right from the start and it is such a wonderful second chance love story.
Scarlett, aka Lettie as Luke calls her, kept the secret to herself as to why she left town so suddenly 10 years ago. That secret has caused her to not believe in ever havi
Nov 26, 2015 Tina rated it really liked it
This was a great second chance story. Scarlett and Luke had a whirlwind romance and suddenly Scarlett takes off with no explanation.

Ten years pass by. After Scarlett's parents die, she returns to saltwater springs looking to start a bakery. She is finally living for herself. When her first contractor steals her money and does no work, Scarlett is left desperate to find someone to help fix her bakery. She takes a chance on a flyer but never expected Luke to be the one she called.

They work togethe
Jaime Fiction Fangirls Book Reviews
This was my first time reading a book by Elisabeth Grace, despite the urging of my blog partner to read her books. I'm an idiot and should have listened because I really enjoyed this one and if that's any indication of what to expect of her other books, I've been missing out.

A sweet second chance romance set in the charming small town of Saltwater Springs, this story had me smiling and swooning the whole way through.

I enjoy when an author just dives right into the story, keying us into the cou
Pretty Sassy Cool
This review is also posted on Pretty Sassy Cool.

Ahhh! I loved this book! Second chance romances are some of my favorites. Throw in a sexy Southern guy, and Elisabeth Grace hit it out of the park with this one.

After leaving her high school sweetheart, Luke, ten years ago, Scarlett comes back home. She runs into her former flame when she needs a contractor to finish up the work so her bakery can open on time. Their chemistry is off the charts, right from the beginning, but there's still a lot of h
Dec 15, 2015 Junis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars. Enjoyable small town, second-chance romance with all the feels.
Nancy Stopper
Nov 18, 2015 Nancy Stopper rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Built to Last is a sweet "second chance" romance. This is the first book I've read by this author - the cover drew me in! Scarlett and Luke were both great characters. Luke is very strong and sensitive and I liked how he made no apologies for how he felt about Scarlett and was quick to acknowledge that his feelings hadn't waned. Scarlett is a bit of a hot mess, but I think that makes her the perfect heroine for Luke. He's a helper and she needs help, which puts them on a collision course for rom ...more
Jenn Wood
Dec 09, 2015 Jenn Wood rated it it was amazing
What a beautiful second chance romance! I have always been drawn to these types of romances - it reminds me that there is always hope for true love to shine through. The characters were together when they were younger, and then Scarlett picks up and leaves town without so much as a simple explanation. After a decade, she is independent, taking care of herself on her own, and she comes back to town looking to plant roots and stick around. She gets completely screwed over, and who should come to h ...more
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