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  • Posted October 19, 2013

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    3.5 stars. An enjoyable sweet young romance. Grace Sullivan wro

    3.5 stars. An enjoyable sweet young romance.

    Grace Sullivan wrote to a deployed young marine for four years as part of a high school project. They became friends and she fell in love with him through their letters. Then the letters stopped after the last one put her in “the friend zone”. She was devastated and promised herself no man would hurt her again and now shy about taking chances on anything.

    Noah Jackson didn’t have family to speak of except those he made in the marines. He enjoyed the letters he shared with Grace and fell in love with her too but the service does things to a man and he needed to get himself together before he could feel himself worthy of someone like Grace.  And being determined he did just that and then set out to find Grace, apologize, and become a part of her life. 

    They meet when Grace is in college. Noah knowing where she would be from their letters followed Grace and enrolled at the same school. The years have not changed how Grace felt about Noah and she was thrown by his presence and at first avoids him, protecting her heart, but some things are just inevitable.

    This book had a very interesting premise, a little reminiscent of the Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks though quite different. This was a sweet romance that I enjoyed. Each chapter opened with the letters they shared which gave us an insight into the friendship and caring that developed through their words.  The alternating points of view let us know what each was thinking as their relationship came into being and grew.  Noah is a few years older than Grace and she was the one who matured from the beginning of the book. She became a more confident woman not just in terms of a relationship but in herself and what she wanted out of life. I liked how this couple tackled the issues they were faced with and that they each had good supporting friends and I look forward to seeing some of those friends get their own stories.

    The writing could have been smoother, was a little slow in spots but not enough to make me drop the book.  The author had me invested in the characters. I wanted to see them get their HEA. The writing could have used a professional editor as I did find 10 instances of missing words and incorrect word usage.

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  • Posted September 22, 2013

    This is a tricky review for me to do because I seriously was stu

    This is a tricky review for me to do because I seriously was stuck to this book and swooning like crazy over Noah and Grace. I love how Jen Frederick would start each chapter with a note from Noah, one from when he was deployed, it gave us an idea of what it was like for him and where he was with Grace. The way he signed his letters was an indication that she was starting to mean more to him. After 4 years of writing and Grace being the only good thing in his life while deployed in Afghanistan, the two of them create a special bond.

    At least, that is what Grace thought, then all of a sudden the letters stop and when he comes home Noah acts as though Grace doesn't exist. Plans of meeting and finally seeing each other face to face go unfulfilled and leave Grace feeling abandoned.

    Grace pinned hard over Noah, and understandably so. You get to know someone pretty well after 4 years of letters, at least Grace thought she did, now she's not so sure and when Noah walks back into her life she has feelings of happiness and anger all at once. Does she grab him and never let go, indulge herself in feeling him in her arms like she imagined so many times when they were writing or does she leave him at arms length and make sure that she never gives him the power to hurt her again?

    What got me hooked on this book the most was how hard Noah starts to fight for Grace and prove to her she is the one for him. He has his reasons for staying away for the last two years. He knows that she will 'test' him and he is ready and willing to do whatever it takes to get her to see just how much she means to him. I loved it, I love Noah, and Grace is a girl I could see myself being friends with.

    Now, this is the tricky part for me because while this book took off wonderfully, had me hooked on the characters and story, and was on it's way to a least a 4 heart rating. Then, it started to come apart a little. I feel like Noah changed, once him and Grace were together he seemed to stop really trying. He didn't get to good for her or anything, really it's the opposite, he feels like he will never be good enough for her. It was more like, he accomplished winning her over so he didn't do anything extra to keep her. Not that he had to, because Grace was stuck on Noah long ago but I could feel a shift in his attitude towards her and it wasn't one that I didn't embraced. It's also not one I noticed right away either, slowly I started to feel less connected to the characters and the story, I felt like it was drifting away a bit.

    With that being said, the story still had a hold on me, just not nearly as much as it did in the beginning. Most of the time, the books that I love super hard grip me and then have a death hold by the end. I honestly thought that's where I would end with this book, but I didn't. That's not to say this is a good book because it is and I am still going to suggest that you give it a read. Especially if you like yourself some soldier and fighter in your alpha-male.

    This is book 1 in the Woodlands series and book 2 of the series, Unspoken, is Noah's best-friend and Marine buddy, Bo's story. We get to see Bo quite a bit in Undeclared so I have a bit of a soft spot for him and I am looking forward to reading his story. I hope we get to see a bit of Grace and Noah as well. I love it when there are companion books and we get to say hi to characters from books past.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2013


    It was good, but she was stubborn.

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  • Posted July 7, 2013

    3.5/5 stars I was really glad that Jen sent me a review request

    3.5/5 stars

    I was really glad that Jen sent me a review request for this one. I liked the synopsis- especially since I've known so many people who were in the military- either Marines or Army. This was definitely an enjoyable read. I felt the pacing went well, and I liked the characters well enough. I do wish we had had a bit more development on Grace and Noah's past relationship. I love that Jen started most of the chapters with a letter from Noah to Grace when he was deployed, because it gave us some insight into Noah's character, but I also would have liked to see some of Grace's letters to him, as well. I also would have liked to have seen a glimpse of what Grace was feeling after Noah had written that Dear John letter to her.

    Grace, one of our main characters, wrote to Noah Jackson while she was in HS for a class assignment. After exchanging letters for four years, at the end of his deployment he sent her a Dear John letter, stating how he saw her as a little sister and was glad they were friends, which of course shattered Grace, who had come to feel very deeply for Noah. Now, Grace is off to school, but still thinks of the Marine that got away. I felt bad for Grace's character. She has some serious insecurities and is inexperienced when it comes to dating. I felt like it was a bit hard to connect with Grace's character. She really was almost just existing. She wasn't living life and just seemed to float through. Noah showing up certainly changes that.

    Now, I did like Noah's character. I like a guy who knows what he wants and will stop at nothing to get it. And he wants Grace. Grace is all he's ever wanted, but never truly felt like he was good enough for her. After writing a letter that changed everything, he now is determined to win her heart back once again. I am glad Grace guarded her heart though. His letter left her heartbroken and she knows she doesn't want to travel that road again. She certainly doesn't make it easy for Noah. She is set on them being friends and he agrees, but he knows better.

    I liked Noah's best friend Bo and I'm glad Jen's next book will be about him. He is a good friend to Noah- after fighting in the Marines together, Bo followed Noah to doing MMA and then to school at Central. The two really are more like brothers than best friends, and I like that Bo watched out for Noah- not wanting him to get hurt. Lana, Grace's cousin, is another character I enjoyed. She is encouraging and wants her cousin to break out of her shell.

    I think Noah's reappearance in Grace's life was the confidence booster she needed. The guy she has been in love with, comes to her school to be with her and convinces her that she can aspire to so much more. In turn, Grace shows Noah that he is just what she's been needing and that he is good enough to be with her.

    Overall, this was a cute read- I would have liked a little more depth to the characters and a few of the subplots expanded on, but I'm glad I was able to read and review this one.

    *Received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review*

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2013

    Good book, but not great!

    I liked the book, but it lacked a complete ending. I guess I wanted more out of it. Good read though!

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  • Posted May 8, 2013

    Undeclared had everything an amazing storyline, two incredibly w

    Undeclared had everything an amazing storyline, two incredibly wonderful character, and the attraction to set the roof on fire. Although, I must admit that while it seemed to have everything it was still lacking the extra umph that would have made it spectacular. Noah and Grace meet years prior when her freshman year English class’s project was to write Marines in Iraq or Afghanistan. Little did Grace know that her pen pal would be one of the many Marines that had no family or friends to give him that amazing experience of belonging. So, Grace became is one constant, and as the years passed the feelings between both of these character grew and transformed into something so much deeper. When Noah returns home, and feels as though he doesn’t belong he walks away from his constant forgetting what was truly important. This is where are story beginning. The delivery of the story mixes past and present in a very unique and creative way. Their story is told alternating characters of Noah and Grace with a few segways of letters in between. So after a long absence they are reunited, but unlike every before. Since these characters had never met face to face they are still having to process through the getting to know one another phase. When this happening readers will get to experience these segways that shed like to there past and the building of this relationship over the four years as well as now. This story carried SO MUCH POTENTIAL. I hate to say that I found it lacking and I want so much to over look it completely, but I have to be honest so there it is. I read that book two with book Noah’s friends, and let me just tell you that I am so excited about this. Even with the flaws this is one of those books that will have you hooked. You will read book two, and hope with everything in you that this was just the first book jitters and book two will ROCK YOUR WORLD. I am on the cliff hanging on by one finger waiting to continue this story. ~BookWhisperer Reviewer Jo~

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