Uh-oh, it looks like your Internet Explorer is out of date.

For a better shopping experience, please upgrade now.

Life by Design

Life by Design

4.7 13
by Elizabeth A. James

See All Formats & Editions

Jane Carter's life has never been easy. Leaving her parents behind only to be abandoned pregnant by the one man she thought she could depend on. She had a sense that things just weren't going to be easy for her or her precious daughter Jolene. She's so skeptical about life that she thinks she's dreaming when she catches the eye of handsome, successful architect, Jay


Jane Carter's life has never been easy. Leaving her parents behind only to be abandoned pregnant by the one man she thought she could depend on. She had a sense that things just weren't going to be easy for her or her precious daughter Jolene. She's so skeptical about life that she thinks she's dreaming when she catches the eye of handsome, successful architect, Jay Anderson. Will Jay be willing to accept her and her child or will she be forced to return to a past that just won't go away. Falling in love is easy. Life is hard. Has life finally designed the happy ending she's always dreamed of?

Product Details

Elizabeth James
Publication date:
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.46(d)

Meet the Author

Elizabeth James is the author of the Design Series. She writes contemporary romance set in her native North Carolina. A life-long reader, she began writing a novel at age fifteen, put it away with no hopes of publication, but now has realized her dream as an adult.

Inspired by several bestselling authors she began working as a beta reader and her passion for writing once again surfaced. She embarked on a journey to see if she could compete a novel and Love by Design was born. With warm reception to her first novel she is now making this crazy world a part of her life.
Elizabeth believes you're never too late in life to realize your dreams and this has opened up a new world of adventures and meeting new people which she loves to do.
Elizabeth lives in North Carolina with her husband and their dogs. She enjoys traveling, exploring North Carolina, and spending time with her friends.

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Post to your social network


Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews

Life by Design 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely LOVED this book. In the first book of the Design series we were introduced to Jay and Jane and it was just enough to make me want to know them more. Elizabeth James did not disappoint in the second book. I am impressed with how Jane has raised her daughter on her own. I am in complete awe of the man that Jay is. And little Jolene is just the sweetest, cutest little thing! I cannot wait to read the next book in the series!
JenConn More than 1 year ago
It was such torture to wait for the second installment of the Design Series, but it was well worth the wait. In the first book, you only got a glimpse inside Jane's life, but it was enough for you to want to know her. Jay was let down in the first book and I felt so bad for him. Then his eye's fell on Jane at the most perfect time. The second book picks up right where the first left off, but from Jane's point of view, not Callie's. I loved getting to know Jane, Jolene, and Jay so much. I was crying happy tears before I was even half way through because of Jay and Jolene dancing at the wedding. The connection between Jay and Jolene is so sweet and real. I loved all of the ups and downs in the book. I cried, laughed, and was entertained the entire time I was reading. Just like the first book, the romantic scenes in this one were not over done or raunchy, but instead beautiful and tastefully done which makes for a great read. It flowed so easily and you felt like you were reading someone's life story, not just a book. I also LOVE that Ashley gets her you know what handed to her in the meeting lol. The only issue I have with Life by Design is that is WAS NOT LONG ENOUGH!! lol I wanted so much more. I cannot wait for the third installment!! Keep up the great work Elizabeth! This book and the previous, Love by Design, ARE A MUST READ!!
Kassie_B More than 1 year ago
Ok, so for starters Life by Design is book 2 in the Design series. The first one was Love by Design and I really enjoyed it. That was Elizabeth's first book and you could tell she was trying to get a feel of what the readers would like while staying true to how she wanted the book to be. With that said, OMG, Life by Design is amazing and I loved it. You could tell the author really felt comfortable with her characters and herself. We met Jay and Jane in the first book and you could tell they would have great chemistry, but WOW!!! Jane is a strong women doing the best she can by her daughter Jolene (who is just precious and hilarious). Jay is sensative and sweet but also very much an alpha male. Callie and Justin are still in this book so the readers get to continue in their story as well. For those who love romance without the R rated details you will enjoy this. There are love scenes between the characters but they are very tasteful and they aren't overly detailed. Overall, this book is sweet and sexy without being raunchy.
romancejunkieSR More than 1 year ago
Love the book. Cant wait until the next book comes out. 
JDannyC More than 1 year ago
I fell in love with Elizabeth’s first book Love by Design, so I was patiently waiting the release of this one. I love her writing because it so realistic. This book was filled with a lot of unpredictable events that had me so deeply engaged, that this became a very quick read for me. I have to admit that there were several times that had me frustrated that I wanted to shake some sense into some of the characters. The funny and romantic parts made up for the frustration and Mrs. Callahan, Callie’s neighbor, has you laughing out loud! The story continues exactly where it left off, however, the focal point this time is Jane. Jane is a very strong and independent, somewhat shy woman. She’s used living life on her own, caring for herself and raising her child Jolene on her own. He’s super-hot, he’s successful, he’s very romantic and has a very good heart. He is Jay Anderson. Raised by a single mother himself, he has an idea of how strong of a person Jane really is. He likes what he sees. Neither Jay nor Jane are looking for a relationship, but Jolene has captured a piece of Jay’s heart and begins to see him as a father figure. He is the father that she has never had. Jay will do absolutely anything for Jane and Jolene. The three of them fall into a routine. Crazy exes from both of their pasts come back and try to get back a piece of what they once had before. Scary situations start to occur. At first, Jane and Jay have trouble being honest with each other. Not only about their feelings for one another, but also the situations they are both faced with. Once they both realize how much they truly want and love each other, honesty becomes very important. This is very true in any relationship of any kind. Without open and honest communication, you basically have no base to any kind of relationship. Communication is the key to any relationship. Jane has decisions to make. What should she do next? What will be best for Jolene? Will Jane decide to go back to what seems familiar or will they stay with what feels right? Is the past worth risking the future? Great job once again Elizabeth! You have completely surpassed the expectations I had of this book! I absolutely cannot wait for the next! Get to writing! If you haven’t read this book yet, I suggest that you do!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i loved this book. james is my new favorite author. i am looking forward to reading more form her
SexyMia125 More than 1 year ago
I don't know where to start my review!  The second installment of the Design series continues where the first left off.    Jay and Jane's story is passionate and romantic.  Elizabeth James knows how to tell a story and she keeps it simple.  You will be wrapped up  in the romance and will crave to meet your own Jay in real life. Life by Design stands out in the crowd, so pick up a copy and get to reading!  
Pinkim_TrulySimplyPink More than 1 year ago
Let me just say that this is a sweet story...Just like it's predecessor, Love by Design...Oh and we do get to revisit Callie and Justin in this one so that was fun:) Jay and Jane's story moves along and it is so much fun to see the way that Jolene fits into it and the sweet way that Jay looks out for both of them. I couldn't have been happier with that part. I am a sucker for a happy story. I do have to say though, that I have one big problem with the whole thing...the ending...I do not like cliffhangers...and there is a big one here. I like my stories to be tied up with a big bow:) Now I have to wait for Forever by Design for the rest of the story...not fair...
ClumsyLumsy More than 1 year ago
Really loved Life By Design. Highly recommend this book to everyone this is the 2nd book in the design series book No1 is Love by design Life by Design is amazing and I loved it. I think I already said that but hey I LOVED IT. Elizabeth's writing style is really good and you can tell she really gets to know her own characters.  it was lovely to get to know Janes story more following on from the first book and of course SEXY Jay who is just of course SWOON worthy and I want him to be the Tarzan to my Jane .  Please read this book you wont be disappointed in this at all you will LOVE it as much as I did I know :-) Oh and the Love scenes in this book are just beautiful.
emilyk52281 More than 1 year ago
'Life by Design' Book 2 in the Design series by Elizabeth James is a wonderful story! I adore the characters in this series! If you haven't picked up this series yet you need too! Great read! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I truely enjoyed this book! Well written and kepts you updatec on all characters!
Jtyler2009 More than 1 year ago
Love this book! I hated waiting for! Elizabeth is an amazing author. The story lines in the books are great and they get you emotionally involved with the characters. The chemistry between the characters are amazing and just so real. Jolene is amazing and i want to punch Tyler in the face! Cant wait for the third book to get here! Just days maybe hours now!
candlecrazy More than 1 year ago
I love these books! You really fall in love with the characters. I did not want to put it down and I would have loved for it to be longer. I can not wait for the next book.