The Affair by J.L. Berg
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?
3.5 Heart Review by Ashley
Confession time: I haven't read a book by J.L. Berg in well over a year. I saw the cover for The Affair and I didn't even read what it was about I just went for it. I got swept away in this emotional second-chance story that spanned a few generations.
Mini spoiler alert...this isn't a typical romance. Elle and Sawyer's journey was full of pain and missed chances, half truths and bold moves. I liked that Sawyer put himself out there. He didn't back down from what he wanted and went for it. Even when Elle was less than enthused with his presence and cheer, there was something about him that she just wanted to be near.
And at the center of this budding friendship, and possibly something more, is a mystery that is slowly unfolding with the words of an old journal. Elle is trying to reconcile what she's reading with the woman she knew. And how similar it is to her situation...Cue the turmoil and second guessing.
Emotionally charged from the start, The Affair is a realistic look at grief, sacrifice, forgiveness and trust. Not just trusting others, but yourself as well. Trusting that you're worth it. That love is worth it. And while Elle and Sawyer learned that lesson the hard way, learning it together only made their bond that much stronger.
About the Author
J.L. Berg is the USA Today bestselling author of the Ready series, the Walls series, the Lost & Found series and more. She is a California native living in the beautiful state of historic Virginia. Married to her high school sweetheart, they have two beautiful girls and two pups. When she's not writing, you will find her cuddled up, watching a movie with her family, obsessing over fandoms or devouring anything chocolate! J.L. Berg is represented by Jill Marsal of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency, LLC.
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