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 with, especially when my own life begins to parallel hers.
Sawyer Gallagher was never on my radar. The moment I met his younger brother, I was taken. Done for. Love-drunk.
But, some things aren't meant to last and at the age of thirty-three, I find myself divorced, penniless and living with my parents. When Sawyer stops by our family’s antique store, asking for a job, I figure: Why the heck not? Life can’t get much worse.
It doesn’t take long to realize just how different the Gallagher brothers are. Sawyer is kind, supportive, and, oh, did I mention sexy as hell?
In a small town like ours, I can’t help but ask myself…
Can I fall for my former brother-in-law?
Or is this just history repeating itself?
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Review: The Affair
The Affair by J. L. Berg is a standalone contemporary romance all about second chances with new loves and rebuilding your life after great loss. Told from Elle's POV, we join her in the middle of her story. With the loss of her father, her divorce, and the changes in her mother, her life has been turned on it's head over the past year. The antique store her family owns is the one constant, but when her ex brother-in-law shows up looking for work, determined to be involved in the store, she ends up going against the safe choice and saying yes. Sawyer is confident without being pushy, his personality soothes the rough and sharp edges Elle has had since her father's death and her divorce, and despite trying not to, she really likes him. When her life starts to resemble the secret life she finds secreted away in her grandmother's journals she starts to question everything.
This story was emotional, a little sad, a whole load of angsty, but so sweet and uplifting in the end. The healing that takes place between Elle and the various characters is a powerful journey that I was glad to be a part of. Enjoy!
Emotional, slow burning and touching story
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 and touching story.