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Rachel Laine (The Women of Merryton #3)

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Rachel Whitney’s life changed forever when Drew, the son of her twin sister, Sydney, was placed in her arms—and there he stayed. At twenty-two, she had no idea what she was doing, but in that moment, she knew that raising Drew was what she was meant to do with her life.

Fiercely independent, Rachel makes her own way managing her family's insurance agency. Decidedly agains
Kindle Edition, 343 pages
Published July 11th 2016 (first published July 2016)
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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Kindle freebie romance time again! (sorry, that sale has now sailed) Jennifer Peel's clean contemporary romances have been popping up as freebies lately,* and I've been popping them down like so much Christmas chocolate. Of which, BTW, there is still way too much around our house. Anyway. This is probably my favorite of the Jennifer Peel romances I've read.

Rachel Laine Whitney is the adoptive mother of 8 year old Drew, the son of her twin sister, Sydney, who died in childbirth. He's a great kid
Kathy * Bookworm Nation

This was a fun read. I really enjoyed it, kept me up way too late reading. Which is always a good thing.

This definitely has a complicated plot. Rachel Laine adopted her twin sisters son after she died in childbirth, raising him as her own. For the past eight years Rachel Laine has done everything for her son, they are extremely close. Her world is turned upside down when Drew's father, the famous baseball star Andrew Turner, suddenly shows up. Andrew is wanting to kick off his political ca
Jacob Proffitt
Aug 11, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: chaste, romance
While an adequate romance with an interesting premise, there's nothing really to set this apart. The worst aspect is that it's the third in a series and that shows with characters showing up as idealized couples and obviously happy relationships I'm obviously supposed to care about. I never came across the first book, but I dnf'd the second when I just couldn't take the setup (I may get around to ranting on that one later, but no promises). So I can't really recommend starting here and I'd sugge ...more
Kathy Jo
May 2017:

*dreamy sigh* I absolutely LOVE Rachel Laine! It's still absolutely amazing! As of right now it's my favorite book in the Merryton series! But we still have Cheyenne's book so it may or may not change... ;) Hehe.

July 2016:

5+ Stars!

Rachel Laine became a mom at the age of 22 when her identical twin sister passed away during childbirth. From the moment little Drew was placed in her arms, she knew that being his mom was what she was meant to do with her life. She knew that she would do anyt
Jun 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2016
Thoroughly enjoyed!! I love this series. Seriously one of my favorites!

Content: Clean (mild innuendo)
Source: ARC ebook
Katie W
I think I keep saying this, but this one has got to be my favorite book of Ms. Peel's so far! Rachel's twin sister died in childbirth, leaving her to raise her son, Drew. Her plan to raise him without a man in her life is derailed when the birth father shows up--Andrew, a former MLB player.

Rachel is independent, snarky, and blunt. She says it like it is and almost seems to thrive on putting Andrew in his place. This amusing banter kept a smile on my face and Andrew's reactions to Rachel complete
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
I'm pretty sure that the word love is going to be severely overused in this review. I sincerely apologize ahead of time.

Happy Release Day to Rachel Laine!!!

LOVE! :)

Here's my LOVE list.

1. Jennifer Peel- seriously one of my favorite authors. I met Jennifer a couple months ago where I scored a stack of her books, all autographed because she is generously awesome that way. I haven't met a Jennifer Peel book I haven't loved. Now they are gracing my bookshelf in full glory. I LOVE that. If you haven'
Jun 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2016
I fall more in love with these Merryton women with each book I read in this series! While this book could be a standalone, you will want to read the other books in this series to get the back stories of some of the people in town!

Rachel Laine lives a nice quiet life in Merryton with her adopted son, Drew. But her life is about to get turned upside down by Andrew Turner. THE Andrew Turner -- the retired all-star pitcher who has been named Denver's most eligible bachelor a few times. Their first m
Jul 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
My Favorite Book this Summer

After her sister Sydney dies in childbirth, Rachel adopts and raises her baby boy, Drew. She's never known anything about Drew's father, but several years later, Andrew Turner walks through her door, asking for her sister, and she knows.

I can't say enough good things about this book! First, Jennifer Peel is amazing at writing real characters, who you feel like you know, and are friends with. I loved the town of Merryton. They might be a gossipy bunch, but they also ha
Jun 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
Jun 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, kindle, reviewed
This story had all the things I love about a Jennifer Peel novel- great characters, plenty of emotion and angst, and a strong sense of community and friendship. The story starts with Andrew's arrival into Rachel and Drew's life, and while the situation of a dad suddenly invading a single mom's realm is one I've read in several books, the twist of Rachel being the twin sister and aunt-turned-mom increased the tension and complications. The author really delves into the myriad of emotions that Rac ...more
Feb 13, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 I'm going against the grain with all my other goodreads friends. This wasn't my favorite Peel book.

Mild spoilers: I guess I couldn't get past the fact that he had been involved with her sister, well, a one night stand pretty much, that would be a deal breaker for me I think. Even if Andrew is so charming. After the initial distaste wore off it didn't seem to bother Rachel at all. Andrew was quite the character - barging in where he wasn't wanted. Getting on her nerves and getting into her h
Valerie Waters
Jul 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What a good cute clean amazing book!!!! I haven't neglected everything for an amazing book in a long time!!! This one totally did it for me!! Andrew was awesome!!! Such a cute book!!! I loved that she didn't just throw herself at him in the beginning. I like that it was a process to get to w relationship. Cute book.
Aug 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
I have such mixed feelings about this book.

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Apr 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Dreamy sigh...followed by another.

Loved this book in The Women of Merryton series! Rachel Laine is such a great heroine, and don’t get me started on Andrew. I absolutely loved seeing him learn to be a father and the way he took care of both Rachel and Drew.

I loved how real this book felt. There was a great love story to be sure, but it came with highs and lows; mistakes and forgiveness. Happily ever after can happen, but it doesn’t come easy and it’s something that requires work and sacrifice.
Julia Lance
Apr 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Why did I wait so long to get this one to the top of my list it was! Rachel is such a strong woman to take on her Sisters baby from day one with no help would have been so hard. Being a single parent is so difficult. Then to be approached years later by the Father and have the fear of losing everything is unthinkable. I love Rachel's spunk and how she stood up to Andrew and kept him on his toes. She was willing to fight for her child no matter what as every mother should. The chemistry ...more
Mylissa Demeyere
Jul 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Rachel Laine is the third book in the Women of Merryton series, and it is probably my favorite.
I have beta-read all of the books in this series, so I feel a strong connection to the women in this series. Rachel Laine especially holds a special space in my heart.
Rachel become a mother to her somewhat unruly sister’s son at a very young age, sacrificing a lot to provide for Drew. Her life was put on the backburner and she took her calling of mother wholeheartedly. She may not be Drew’s biological
Jul 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I have loved all the Women of Merryton books that Jennifer Peel has written. Each has been incredible, but there was extra chemistry or magic mojo with this one that made me really connect with Rachel and Andrew. Rachel was a minor side character in the other books; but I could tell she was special and was excited when she became the heroine in this newest one. Rachel’s wild twin sister, Sydney, died in childbirth at age 21 and Rachel stepped in to raise her child as her own. For eight years, sh ...more
Jun 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
When Rachel meets Andrew you just know there have to be sparks buzzing in the room and so begins the theme for this whole book. I really loved diving into this book. I loved how charming and real Andrew was. His relationship with Drew was so amazing and I loved how they were just two big kids together.
Rachel and Andrew were great together. I loved how he was so sweet on here from the very beginning he seemed to want to be glued to his side from the moment they met. Of course he drove me crazy w
Susan K
Romance, clean
This was a cute read. There are references to other novels in the series, but can be read as a stand-alone read in the series. More of a 3.5 for me as a reader. I waffle sometimes between rounding up or down, but for me, knowing I wouldn't re-read, I rounded down. Anything I would re-read I would round up for.
Told definitely from one perspective, the h. Still fun, just not the perfect fit for me as a reader.
Jun 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
4+ Stars
Aug 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Rachel Laine is raising her dead twin's son, Drew, when suddenly, after eight years, his father, ex-Baseball star Andrew Turner, turns up on her doorstep to get to know his son, and get involved in his life. However, Andrew is running for a government post and doesn't want his past - indiscretion - to ruin his campaign. Rachel, fiercely protective of her nephew, doesn't want Andrew in their lives, but tries to do what is best for her adopted son.
Likeable characters, a mostly good plot, and a ver
Rachael Dorronsoro
Feb 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love this author! This was my favorite book in this series, I loved the sparring between the main characters, I loved the setting, I loved how real she kept the story and the emotions each of them would face with a scenario, like this.

Rachel Laine has raised her twin sister’s little boy from infancy, after her sister died in childbirth. Her sister never told her who the father of this child was and Rachel has no way of knowing who it could be. One day a man walks into Rachel’s life, claiming
Kay Defreese
Jun 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
I have enjoyed all the books in The Women of Merryton series but I think this one has to be my favorite so far. Andrew and Rachel had great chemistry. He was a superstar athlete but she wasn't in awe of him like most women. I love the banter back and forth between them. I loved the way Andrew was a good father to his son that he just recently learned about. I adored his mother. She was just the sweetest thing, elegant but not snobby one bit. I got frustrated at Andrew for putting his political c ...more
Apr 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This one is SO good! I loved the dynamic between the main characters. And I loved that it wasn't just about the love interest between Andrew and Rachel. A lot of it was dynamics between Andrew and Drew (the son). Now I am delving into the next one! What am I going to do when it ends?! It really was great! It got a tiny bit over the top romance (no guy is THAT romantic and thoughtful all the time!) But it was really well written and I thoroughly enjoyed it! That is why the over the top didn't det ...more
Dec 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Delightful story of how a twin sister raises her deceased sister's illegitimate son, now knowing who the father was and not really caring. Her main objective was to do the best job that she could, although realizing at some point how she might want a family and how Drew might want a father. A surprise visit gets the story going when the birth father comes searching for his Ex-girlfriend and finds he does in fact have a son. A cute story of love and morality, character growth and forgiveness.
Joyce Jones
Aug 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Laugher and tears

I have thoroughly enjoyed this series. I have laughed and cried through each book. Thank you for realistic believable characters and wonderful story lines. I will be reading this series again.
Margaret A Register
Dec 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Good read

The story is well-written and well-edited. Although I enjoyed reading it, the book seemed to drag and bog down in the middle. Take out about a third of the repetitious middle and it would be 5 star.
Jun 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Nice story

I enjoyed this second book in the series. I do thin it can stand alone, but I like that the author includes some info that men's more if you have read the previous book. Good clean romance.
Renee Lockett
May 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Good read

A bit predictable but well fleshed our characters
Will read the first two books in the series to catch up
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