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There are some paths in your life you’re never meant to take.
Yet, by some twist of fate, you find yourself on the forbidden road all the same.


Those are the words I stumble upon when I unearth a hidden journal that once belonged to my grandmother.

A hidden journal that details a heartbreaking affair with her husband’s brother. It’s a family secret I’m unprepared to deal
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Published February 13th 2020 by JL Berg, LLC
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'THE AFFAIR' Is a full length romance novel by J.L. Berg.

Thirty-three year old Elle’s life recently has been like riding a rollercoaster leaving her at odds in life, from her divorce, to her father's passing, her mother moving, her becoming the new owner of their families antique store 'Timeless Treasures', to being gifted her childhood home, and through it all she connects with a man who was always in the background, life has been moving at a rapid pace for someone who doesn't take kindly
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The Affair is a love story with a timeless undertone of being wrapped up in love, the forbidden, and having to succumb to making certain sacrifices. This was a well written complicated story that span generations and gave the present dilemma, insight to family secrets.

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After going through a rough divorce, Eloise now has to deal with the death of her father and taking over the family business. Trying to keep things on track as much as possible, Ella knows that she’s going to need some help. But
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Miftahul
Feb 05, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
THE BLURB LOOKS TO INTERESTING BUT THE BOOK IS NOT...2.5 star .....

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When I first read the blurb, it was so interesting and it looked suspenseful but the book is the total opposite. It started off great where we get to see Elle's dad died and her mom leaves her to live with her brother. She is recently divorced because her ex cheated on her, so her life goes on where she runs an antique shop and one day her ex
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Carvanz
This is one of the most beautiful, emotional books I’ve read in a long while. The Affair captivated me from the first page and kept me enthralled until the very end.


’But life changes. Priorities change. People change.’


Elle’s life has had a lot of changes in it lately. Changes she’s not in control of. And Elle doesn’t do change well. At all. But when her ex’s brother shows up with a proposition, she starts down a path she never expected to take.


’And I dreamed of love - the messy kind that sent
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Release Date: February 13, 2020
Actual Rating: 3.75-4 stars

Forbidden Romance | Complete Standalone
I have to admit, when I first started reading this, I thought it would specifically revolve around an affair. Cheating and love triangles danced in my head and I was excited for all the angst and drama. However, that is NOT this book. This is a story about a woman’s journey who is dealing with the loss of her marriage and father. This is a story about a woman finding herself and reconnecting
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Hanne
Feb 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
J.L. Berg delivers with The Affair an emotional and beautiful love story. It made me smile and brought tear to my eyes. I couldn’t wait to start this story after reading the blurb. I was curious about the letters and how Elle and Sawyer’s relationship would develop. The Affair was everything I hoped it would be and more. Another awesome book by the author. The Affair isn’t about an affair of one of the main characters, but the title still fits the story.

Elle moved home after her divorce. She has
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Vanessa (nessreads)
The Affair is a story of heartbreak and healing. It’s a woman’s journey of finding herself and learning to trust again. It’s about finding happiness, grasping it and letting it in.

Elle is going through a lot. Not only is she recently divorced, but she’s also dealing with a family tragedy. She has a lot on her plate, one of those things being trying to keep her family’s antique shop afloat. And she never would’ve thought that Sawyer, he ex husbands brother would be asking her for a job, and that
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Flo Grugel
Feb 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved Sawyer, he spent all those years just waiting in the wings. His character was perfect.
Good, solid second chance romance!
Dayang
Feb 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5

This book tore my heart, in all JL Berg fashion. It hit close to home—except the brothers thing, but losing a loved-one, the fear of losing another, the not knowing your place in the world, floundering on how to start over... those hit close to home. It's like some of the words where taken from my mind and my heart and put it into words.

It's not an easy read for it deals with a cheating spouse, a parent's death and loss of your sense of self.

There are parts where I got frustrated... the push
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Michelle
Feb 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5-4 Stars

If there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that love is a messy sort of thing. There’s no one clear-cut path, and perhaps I took the wrong one. But I chose. And this is the story.

For me this book took off from the very first page. We don’t have to wait long to find out how Elle found out about her husband Reed’s affair.

The timing of this affair couldn’t have come at a worse time. Elle just found out her father was sick. So... Elle had so much on her plate to deal with. I felt so bad
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1-Click Addict Support Group
First- that cover is gorgeous. Second- I've been patiently waiting for this story since I read the blurb and J.L. Berg did not disappoint in giving us an emotionally beautiful story.

Elle thought she had it all, marrying her childhood sweetheart, running the family business and having her family close by. But when she is betrayed by the one that is supposed to be faithful, love and protect her, well it dims her light to almost darkness. Then her father passes away and I can only imagine what she
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Shelly | The Mockingbird Reads
So this was my first J. L. Berg book and I wanted to FLOVE it but in the end I simply liked it.

First, let's talk about the STUNNING cover....drool-worthy for sure. Second, I was anticipating a bit more...angst? drama? steam? But this left me lukewarm at best.

Keep in mind the current story line was to mirror that of a story from the past, and while it did to a degree, the chemistry was not palpable between the two main characters. I needed more from them. I needed more from the h - I felt she was
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Katy
Jan 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An absolutely beautiful story of heartbreak, healing and second chances. This book has ALL the feels... they fairly jump off the page and wrap you up so you feel a part of the story. Sawyer *swoon* is such a... can’t even think of the word. He’s amazing. Elle has been through hell, but with Sawyers help, learns to live again. The two complement each other so well and make a fabulous couple.
I loved every second of this book, start to finish.
Liz
Feb 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
As soon as I read the blurb for The Affair by J.L. Berg I knew I wanted to read it and I was not disappointed. A story about second chances, loss, grief and fresh starts. Elle is starting over after a difficult divorce, the loss of a parent and taking over the family business. She seemed to be a bit lost and struggling. Sawyer just stole my heart. He was caring and sweet and just what she needed. But will their history always be between them? The Affair by J.L. Berg was emotional, slow burning ...more
Anne Milne
When I read the blurb for this book it sounded like my kind of book and the cover is adorable. I was expecting it to have a steamy forbidden feel to it but for me that wasn't the case. The pace of the story felt quite slow and disjointed at times with some characters difficult to know. The book delves into the past when an affair is unexpectedly revealed and the obvious parallels to the present. I would have liked if the relationship between Elle and Sawyer had been explored more. There wasn't ...more
Jennifer D.
Feb 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was not what I was expecting at all! It was so much more and I loved it! It is an emotionally, heartbreaking story of second chances. I can't even imagine going through everything Elle does and still be able to get up everyday. I truly believe that people come into our lives right when they are needed. That is Sawyer for Elle. I heart him so hard! These characters will stay with you long after the end.
Elly
Feb 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jennifer
* A review copy was provided by the author *

~ 4 Things Change Stars ~

I am having trouble writing this review because my feelings are all jumbled up. On one hand I really enjoyed this story and the characters, but on the other hand it didn’t WOW me like I was hoping it would after reading the blurb.

This is a book I would definitely recommend to all romance readers. No don’t panic….there is NO cheating in this book. This is an emotional slow burn love story. But it is also a story of forgiveness
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Amy  Crull
Feb 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Judging by the blurb I had an idea of how this book was gonna go and I was so completely wrong.. This book is about heartbreak and moving on from past. This book will pull at your heartstrings and make some tears run down your face. You have a family who had their world rocked. Elle is hurt from past mistakes and needs to move on but she hasn't yet. She is heartbroken and trying to make sense of her life right now. She was busy taking care of everyone but herself. When she is thrown into her ...more
Melena Torretta
Feb 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs, 2020
An emotional story about Elle who had her heart broken by her ex-husband's infidelity and her chance to move forward and find love and happiness again. Things are complicated by the fact that the man who has come into her life and business is her ex-husband's brother Sawyer.

Elle's struggles with trust, loss, and sadness felt authentic. In a short time she lost her marriage and her father passed away. Elle's journey was both sad and uplifting and I thought the author did a great job with her
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Karin
Feb 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was so incredibly good that you can't help but get emotional and fall in love with the H & h. Very few books I still think about after they end, this one is still in my head. Elle’s life has been turned inside out on every level imaginable and she is still dealing with the tremendous hurt and aftershocks and on top of all that she’s now taking the family business and is beyond overwhelmed until her ex brother in law, Sawyer, makes her a proposition she can’t refuse. These two are ...more
Maria
Feb 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed the simplicity of this book. Please don’t let the title push you away because it is not what you expect. I really enjoyed the pace of the story telling even though at times it was a little slow. The story of a woman picking herself back up after a terrible marriage and the uprooting of her life and finding love in the most unexpected places is something that gets me every single time. If you’re looking for something that’s not too heavy and makes you love new beginnings, the ...more
Michell Hall casper
I was excited to get my hands on this book. I was intrigued by the blurb and I loved the cover. So it saddens me that I am only going to give it a 3.5 star.

I enjoyed the plot and I loved Sawyer the main male character. But I was a little confused about how the story changed up a couple of times throughout the book. I felt like things were skipped over a little.
Trudy Dowling
Feb 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is The Affair I will forever remember. My heart is full. My emotions have been challenged and I loved every minute of it. I have found true bliss after a journey through tragedy, lies, secrets and a true love.

The Affair took me on a journey of a lifetime. An affair and her father's death crushed Elle. Her mom leaving and moving in with her brother took her purpose. She was alone in a small town where everyone knows your business. She was missing her other half, the puzzle piece the would
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Danielle
Feb 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am so happy that JL is writing again! I have missed her books so much, and The Affair did not disappoint. I loved the characters and how they grew. Great book.
Kim Whitehead
Feb 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very soft book. Sweet and had a lot of thoughtful moments.
Jackie  Kiwibooknerd
I enjoyed this second chance romance. Sawyer really made the book for me. Problem with this author's books though are you always wish they wouldn't end....and this was definitely the case with this one. It had been a while since we had a J.L.Berg fix, so I really hope the next book is just around the corner!!
Michelle McLellan
Feb 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a very emotional read, definitely had all the feels. Sawyer and Elle’s story was not an easy one, but that’s what love is. And this was a true example of what it takes to make a relationship work. I had a love/hate relationship with the heroine at times. I love J.l. Berg’s writing style and am so happy she’s writing again. Overall I enjoyed this book and would recommend it.

Rebecca
Feb 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Every J.L. Berg romance I’ve read has been an emotional journey - one that doesn’t offer many clear answers about the characters’ lives and their choices until they struggle through their bad decisions, their complicated past and the mistakes that were made due to fear or misjudgments.

In her newest release, The Affair, Berg fuses the past and the present together, weaving the journal entries of the heroine’s grandmother with what she herself is facing as she tries to move on from her father’s
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Naadira  Moodley (BookedMercy)
The Affair is beautiful book for an equally beautiful cover! It is a sweet romance that had me instantly falling in love with the hero. He is one of the sweetest heroes I have had the pleasure of reading about.

Eloise Woods has recently lost her father and has gone through a humiliating divorce. Her life is not at a point she thought it would be at. She is also not the sole owner of her family's antique shop–courtesy of her mother–which she has been working at from the time full time from the
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J.L. Berg is the USA Today bestselling author of the Ready series, the Walls duet and the Lost & Found series. She is a California native living in the beautiful state of historic Virginia. Married to her high school sweetheart, they have two beautiful girls that drive them batty on a daily basis. When she's not writing, you will find her cuddled up, watching a movie with her family, obsessing ...more
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