Monday, October 2, 2017

REVIEW - The Choices I've Made - J.L. Berg

TITLE - The Choices I've Made
AUTHOR - J.L. Berg


Death is easy.
Surviving it? That’s the hard part. 

Dr. Jake Jameson knows this all too well. Losing his mother at the age of eighteen, he walks away from his small hometown and the painful memories it holds, vowing to never return again.

Twelve years later, he finds himself driving back down the coast of North Carolina. When his father leaves him a small medical practice, he has no choice but to heed the call until he can find someone else to take it off his hands. 

But coming back home means facing everything he left behind, including the one woman who might make it impossible to leave again.

Molly McIntyre has spent her entire life in one town. Taking over her parents’ small inn, she’s settled into a quiet, happy life. But all of that comes to an abrupt halt when Jake shows up at her door in need of a place to stay.

Molly loathes everything about this man, but she can’t find it in her heart to refuse his request. 

After over a decade, these former lovers quickly discover what once burned brightly between them has only grown in their time apart. Soon they must decide if the choices they’ve made have led them back to each other for a second chance or one final goodbye.

Johnaka's Review:

“Not a simple love story, 5 stars”

I read and review a lot. Usually it’s a pretty simple time line; boy and girl meet, fall in love, have some sort of blow out, get back together and live happily ever after. Then there are some love stories that just take more time, and even at 80% into it you don’t know if the characters are going to get with the program and find solid footing with each other. The Choices I’ve Made is one of those stories.

Jake has always loved Molly and vice versa. They were more than high school sweethearts. But one tragic event sent Jakes life spiralling causing him to leave behind the girl he loved and all the plans they had made. When he comes back home for unfortunate circumstances he’s hit with another blow and when he sees Molly again Jake’s basically at his lowest. The heart knows what it wants and Jake’s has always pointed to Molly, but sometimes you aren’t ready for life and love.

If you ask some Molly has always been waiting for Jake to come home even if she adamantly tells you otherwise. She never expected to run into Jake the first time in years the way she did and she definitely didn’t foresee him showing up drunk begging for a place to stay. Once both their walls come down she’s sure this is the beginning of forever for them. Only it’s not.

Sometimes you have to take the long way home. Sometimes you have to leave home, find yourself, and then return. Both of these descriptions happen in The Choices I’ve Made. Will Molly and Jake get the forever they have always longed more with each other or are they once again passing ships?
I loved these two and yet I wanted to smack them upside the heads. I wanted them to pull their heads out of the sand and honestly didn’t know if it would happen. The secondary characters we met are amazing as well in their own ways. Take a chance on the Choices I’ve Made and see for yourself if these two make it to the finish line.

Star Ratings:
Plot- 5/5
Characters- 5/5
Heat- 5/5
Writing style- 5/5
Overall- 5/5

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