The Best of Me: A Return to Briarwood Novel

The Best of Me: A Return to Briarwood Novel

by Elisabeth Barrett

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ISBN-13: 9781101883242
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/05/2016
Series: Return to Briarwood , #2
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 309
Sales rank: 190,032
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Elisabeth Barrett lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and spends her days teaching, editing, writing sexy contemporary romance, and enjoying time with her sometimes-bearded husband and three spirited children. She is constantly perfecting her home-work-writing juggling act, but in her free time she loves to hike open-space preserves, grow orchids, bake sweet things her husband won’t eat, and sing in grand choruses. For more about Elisabeth, please visit her website.

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The Best of Me: A Return to Briarwood Novel 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
BuckeyeAngel More than 1 year ago
Jane was working at the Briarwood Golf and Yacht Club as a pastry chef for a couple of weeks. Preston North was one of the three owners of the club. Carolyn was one of Jane’s closest friends and Briarwood’s event planner. Jane was a former Navy Seal and has a son named Andy who was seven and Jane had sole custody of. Jane had an abusive ex husband and moved to start a new life . Preston had been in an alcohol induced cloud for a year but was now working on straightening out his life. Then Preston/Press sees a Jane a strong person but with a kind heart. . Press wants Jane and pursues her but then jane’s ex Dan goes after full custody of Andy again. Press was betrayed by his family so he is a little broken just like Jane. Jane was afraid to do anything that could tarnish her reputation but Press shows her she can have a life her ex cannot control. He takes his time with her to gain first her friendship then…. I really enjoyed this story . I liked the plot and how well it was written. I also liked that Press didn’t try to rush Jane and they learned from each other no matter how opposite their lives were. This book was slow at times even a little boring but I did get through it . One thing that surprised me was there was no big confrontation[ maybe even a little disappointed] . I felt then Dan wouldn’t try to disrupt Jane’s life so much. I did like Jane’s and Press’s characters for the most part and all they went through.
BooksAndSpoons More than 1 year ago
Rather edgy environment, with lots of high emotions, broken people, and one little boy in midst of them. When it comes to the characters, Press was really easy to like. His honest and straightforward attitude is a winner. He gives it to you as it is, he is not perfect by any measure, but he is facing his mistakes and faults, and working on them. You can see his development and growth as a human being through the story. His New York life gives the vibes of Gossip Girl television series from the past, with the richie rich New York young adults living it large. I admire the dedication Press had for his family, his loyal heart, and how he was with Andy. There were several truly heart melting scenes with Press and Andy. His attraction to Jane was immediate, and the heat between them is hot, they set the sheet on fire, for sure. But Jane is also a broken person, her abusive marriage ended badly, her ex is still hunting her, trying to get her where it hurts the most, their son Andy. Jane feels the attraction to Press, even though at first thinking he was like her ex, even though they are the opposites. But Jane is not ready for a relationship, she is scared, and she plays games with Press. Off again on again, they go, as her feelings are on a roll-a-coaster, and every time Press takes her back. That wave went for enough times, I think the story would have benefited from an epilogue, that would have given more faith for Jane not running, again. The story moves on slowly, and is rather predictable, and because of that, it lost some of the intensity of the feelings, and interest in the story. There were times, mostly when Andy was in the scene, that I was able to connect with Jane, and pull for her. But I can't decide if it is three or four spoons, so I go for the compromise ~ Three Spoons with a teaspoon on the side
sbart84 More than 1 year ago
I loved this story of Jane and Press, two wounded individuals finding love once again. Both fighting demons from their past. Jane is raising her son, after leaving an abusive marriage and Press fighting the disease of alcoholism. Jane is so afraid of being hurt again, that she needs to learn to trust again and open her heart. I loved how Press was so patient with Jane, and such a good man to Jane and her son, Andy. Such important message from this book, "I've moved on. We all need to." Great character development. I enjoyed returning to Briarwood. This is the second book in the series, but can be read completely as a stand alone. I recieved this book from netgalley for an honest review.
tsmb02 More than 1 year ago
This is the second book in the Return to Briarwood series. This story was about Jane Pringle, a single mom trying to make ends meet and keep custody of her son. Jane works at Briarwood as a pastry chef. Jane tries to live a simple life, staying away from any drama so her ex-husband doesn't have any ammunition to take Andy away from her. Her abusive ex has money and tries to make Jane's life miserable. One night after work, Jane wanted to take a peek at The Great Gatsby party going on to admire her work. Of course she was drawn to Preston North, one of the club owners and the sexiest man she has ever seen. Just as she looked at him, he turned and looked directly at her causing Jane to leave in a hurry. The way they met in the parking after this was awesome! You can't come up with something much funnier! :) After this "introduction", Preston was smitten and starts to pursue Jane. Jane thought Preston was a rich jerk, just like her ex and wanted nothing to do with him. In reality, Preston was a really great guy. I just adored the way he slowly worked himself into Jane's life. It was sweet and perfect. I also really enjoyed learning about his past and realizing that what you see on the outside isn't always what's in the inside. It was great seeing Jane opening up and learning that it is okay to rely on other people. I just adored Andy. He was a really great kid. I loved the way he interacted with everyone he was around. I really loved the happy ending. Jane and Preston were perfect for each other. Overall I really liked this book.
Shanrock19 More than 1 year ago
I liked the first book in the series, but I felt the book spent a bit too much time on other things besides the building of the relationship between the main characters, so I didn't love it. This book had a similar problem, but the author did a better job of focusing on the main characters, so I enjoyed this one a bit more, but there was still a bit too much side stories going on. This book features Jane Pringle, who had some of her own chapters in the first book, which was also another thing I felt was out of place in that book because I felt the book should of only had chapters in the perspective of the main characters, so I was glad to see the author only had chapter perspectives from the main characters in this book. Jane is a single mother, who was in an abusive marriage, and who is doing her best for her son; even if that means putting any thoughts for her own happiness out of the question. Jane works at Briarwood Country Club as a pastry chef, and there she meets one of the owners, Preston, aka Press. I liked that Press didn't play games, and that he could be vulnerable. Press is a sweetheart, and even though his clothing is a bit too preppy for my liking, I think I can get past it because he is adorable. Press is dealing with some difficult stuff from his past, and with his family, and I think he handled all of it beautifully. I liked Jane too, but I did get frustrated with her sometimes. She is strong, but she doesn't think some things through, so she ends up make more problems because she is too scared, and she also has a problem accepting help from others, but I understand that it can be difficult to trust in other people's intentions, so I won't hold that against her. Press and Jane had some very sweet moments, and their sex scenes were great; I liked that Press liked to savor the moment. I am interested to see where this series goes, and who the next book will feature. Barrett did a better job in this book than the first with balancing the romance and the other aspects of the story, so in the end I'm glad I decided to read this book!
CCarroll More than 1 year ago
Crafting a story around a single mom and a love interest has to be a bit difficult. After all, the author is creating a character that needs love and acceptance; help and strength from someone else; and the ability to say it is okay to focus on your needs too, all without feeling like she cannot do it alone. This author created that delicate balance in Jane. Then she turned around and created the perfect guy in Preston. I fell for Press myself. A sweet guy with plenty of of his own issues and vulnerabilities. But he recognized the feelings he had for Jane and now it was convincing her that she can trust and live a little too. The author took the time to develop the story and the characters with plenty of interest, lots of emotion, and some heat to keep the reader entertained. I did not have the pleasure of reading the first in the series but this was a stand alone that was highly entertaining and an enjoyable read throughout. I love when a writer becomes so ingrained in her characters that they become them and you as a reader can tell. The highs and lows of emotion, fear, heartbreak, and pleasure are brought out this this wonderfully crafted read. Elisabeth Barrett is an author that will be producing wonderful reads for a long time to come!
Anlenhart1 More than 1 year ago
Jane has had a hard several years, she married the wrong man and had a child. They divorced and she is making a new beginning as a pastry chef at Briarwood Golf Course and Yacht Club. Jane is focused on caring for her son and mother and isn't looking for romance. She meets Preston North, when he invests in the club. Press is on the outs with his family and is trying to find success in his newest investment. When they meet they are instantly smitten with each other. Their relationship starts as friendship but becomes more. I always love a Elisabeth Barrett book because she has a knack for writing realistic characters, well paced stories and leaves me wishing I knew more about the setting. I look forward to more book from her in the future. I was given a free copy for an honest review by netgalley.com
disneytothemax More than 1 year ago
Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for a copy of this book! I read A LOT off books and had forgotten that I've read Once and Again, so I was excited once I remembered. This book is just as good as Once and Again! I think this could be a standalone. Jane is divorced with a son. She accepts a job as a pastry chef in an area that has a good school district. Her boss, however, threw her for a loop! He's handsome and rich, to boot!! She's been hurt in the past and so has he. So, can they make this work or are they both too damaged? This was a good book and enjoyed everything about it....the story line, the characters and the way it was written.
LoriP123 More than 1 year ago
I loved this story! It had what is needed to make a perfect story! Love and romance that makes you laugh and cry. Two wounded people finding that they still have enough love to love and support another person in spite of their past. I will definitely be looking forward to reading more books by Elisabeth Barrett in future. I was given an ARC for honest review. All conclusions are mine and mine alone.
ljtljtljt More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars! The Best of Me by Elisabeth Barrett is a well-written book about an unlikely couple that find love, after helping each other deal with their respective pasts. This story flows effortlessly from beginning to end, as the author perfectly combines lust, sexy times and plot. This is the second book from Ms. Barrett's Return to Briarwood series and it can be enjoyed as a standalone. Jane Pringle is finally on her own, after a messy marriage and divorce from her abusive and controlling husband. She has sole custody of their seven-year-old son Andy, and they live in a small cottage along with Jane's mother. Jane is a pastry chef and loves her job at the Briarwood resort, which is where she meets Preston North, one of the resort's co-owners. At first Jane is leery about getting to know Press, because she believes he is just like her ex, however, she is pleasantly surprised about how down-to-earth and genuine he truly is. Preston is a good-looking and successful businessman. About a year ago he hit a rough patch and pulled himself together through recreational boxing. Being rich has its advantages, but it also is a means to cover up the past. Finding Jane is the icing on the cake, as long as they can be open and honest with each other. Their sexy times are hot and sensual, as they explore each other from head to toe. This book is filled with raw emotions from both main characters. When Jane finally bares her soul, my heart was breaking for her. When Press speaks about his past, my eyes teared. This story is a wonderful combination of romance, heat, and forgiveness. I immediately connected with Jane, Press and Andy, and there was never a moment that I did not want them to somehow form a family. Overall, this is a solid read that should be added to your TBR list. Complimentary copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley.
Rhondaz More than 1 year ago
The Best of Me by Elisabeth Barratt is a wonderful book that pulls on your heartstrings. I love how Elisabeth is this great storyteller with these perfect characters that are likable. Jane is a beautiful strong single mom, divorced from an abusive man and Preston a handsome strong rich guy who had issue while growing up. Can these two complete opposites get through their issues and make this work? Elisabeth Barrett is one of the best authors, making you feel what the characters are going through, she is amazing at storytelling. I highly recommend this book and the series, or any other book she has written. I was given an ARC of this book by publisher via NetGalley, for my honest review.
booknerd81 More than 1 year ago
Beautiful, Heartwarming, Perfect! Jane is a single mom who knows one thing for sure in life, don’t rely on anyone but yourself. Jane was burned very badly by her ex-husband and has been fighting her way back ever since her divorce. Preston is a man who from the outside seems to not have a care in the world but inside is dealing with some serious issues and conquering them one day at a time. I loved reading Jane and Preston’s love story. I found Jane to be a beautifully complex character who will have you rooting for her even when you are shaking your head at her decisions. Preston was also a joy to read it was inspiring to watch him overcome some large obstacles in life and become a better person because of them. I love this book and I love this series. I think that this is a must read for anyone who is looking for a romance novel with great depth and emotion. If you haven’t please read the pervious book Once and Again you will be glad you did.
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
A wonderfully crafted story of a single mother trying to rebuild a life for herself and her son. After getting out of an abusive marriage, getting involved with another powerful man just isn't something Jayne wants anything to do with. Press is determined though. After the rough time he's been through the last few years, Jayne is the first woman to catch his attention in a long time. Convincing her to give them a chance won't be easy though!! This is a great read with wonderful characters and definitely one I would recommend to everyone.
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
Elisabeth Barrett has found her niche in writing stories that are well crafted, inspiring and poignant. With her latest work The Best of Me, she created two characters that had every reason to be wary and slowly built their relationship from casual acquaintances, to friends and finally to soul mates. Complicated pasts along with heartbreaking betrayals shaped these two wounded hearts but the ability to break away from the ugliness and have faith in yourself is the message of this story. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.