I love Elisabeth Barrett! I’ve read her Star Harbor series innumerable times and have enjoyed that many times. Yet “The Best Of Me” fell short of my best expectations. But it can definitely be read once. I just can’t re-visit like I do with the Star Harbor Series.

Jane Pringle is trying to make a life for herself and her young son, far away from a past that threatens to impact her future. Working as a pastry chef fulfills her professional passion, and her boss seems to fill her heart. Hardworking and independent, she’s learned not to rely on others except herself.


Preston North comes from a lineage of powerful business family in New York, yet he could not escape the insecurities and betrayal of his family, and almost gives into alcohol. But sheer determination brings him from the gallows of despair to making a name for himself as a reputable and powerful businessman

Falling in love was never a part of a plan for Jane and Press, yet fate throws them together. But with so many uncertainties and insecurities riding high, they have an uphill battle to reach their happy ending.

As much as the story is captivating, I missed the chemistry between Jane and Press. Somehow they didn’t make a place in my heart, and I couldn’t relate to them as I did with Elisabeth’s other characters.

All in all, I wouldn’t miss reading Elisabeth Barrett. She is a great writer and I can’t wait to read her more

Received an ARC from Random House Publishing Group – Loveswept via Net Galley for an honest review.