The Choices I've Made

By The Bay

Book 1
J.L. Berg
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Twelve years ago, he drove away with my heart in his hands.

I’ve moved on since then.

Or so I thought.


Growing up in a small town, there weren’t too many options when it came to friends. But, even in a sea of a million, I’d always choose Jake Jameson.


I felt safe with him. Safe with my secrets, my dreams and eventually — my heart. I thought we’d have forever together.


That was a long time ago.


I thought I’d forgotten those piercing blue eyes and the sound of his laugh. I tried to obliterate the memory of his touch from my mind.


But, one single glance, as he stands at my door, twelve years later, and I’m suddenly transported back to a simpler time when love was easy, and my heart was whole.


The problem?


I’m marrying his best friend.

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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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Publisher
J.L. Berg
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Published on
Oct 1, 2017
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Pages
304
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ISBN
9780998391236
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Coming of Age
Fiction / Contemporary Women
Fiction / Family Life
Fiction / General
Fiction / Romance / Contemporary
Fiction / Romance / General
Fiction / Romance / New Adult
Fiction / Small Town & Rural
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The Very Thought of You

If I Can’t Have You

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Someone to Watch Over Me

Till There Was You

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Then Came You

Taking a Chance on Love

All I Want Is You

My One and Only

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