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Jesse and Sarah's journey continues in Beneath the Willow, the sequel to the heartfelt novel, Across the Creek. For Jesse Malone, an architect in Chicago, life has been anything but easy. After losing the love of his life six years earlier, he is determined not to let love slip through his grasp once again. Sarah Ramsey, a business owner in the Windy City, is struggling toJesse and Sarah's journey continues in Beneath the Willow, the sequel to the heartfelt novel, Across the Creek. For Jesse Malone, an architect in Chicago, life has been anything but easy. After losing the love of his life six years earlier, he is determined not to let love slip through his grasp once again. Sarah Ramsey, a business owner in the Windy City, is struggling to keep everything together through a difficult divorce. Her husband, a once brilliant attorney, is about to lose his career along with his marriage and is set on making Sarah's life just as miserable as his. When Jesse and his fiancee, Kate, walk into a local floral shop to pick out the flowers for their upcoming wedding, Jesse runs into the only other woman he has ever loved, Sarah. Their brief encounter sets off a series of catastrophic events as Sarah reveals a secret that will test the foundations of their lives, leaving them with one certainty...life will never be the same for either of them."...

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ISBN : 16033765
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Number of Pages : 262 Pages
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beneath the willow Reviews

  • Anne OK
    2018-10-02 04:00

    Just as good as the first book in the series . . . maybe a little better! Jeremy Asher is an author I intend to follow.

  • Joan
    2018-10-16 02:17

    I could 'cop-out' and simply leave a one star review without commenting, but I think it is only fair to say 'why' I am only giving this a low rating.I haven't read the earlier book, and as far as I was aware, this was a sequel, not a continuation of the earlier story, so I was expecting to be able to follow it without much difficulty.However (view spoiler)[, in the prologue, Jesse is horrified to discover that Kate (the woman he secretly loves) is engaged. And THEN, Chapter 1 starts some three years later, with the same Jesse, going to a florists with a woman called Kate to order the flowers for their wedding.err... umm...I re-read several times. Kate. The 'same' Kate? A 'different' Kate? I was utterly confused. Not a good start to a story. It was not until I reached page 91 that it was finally explained, but that was 91 pages of wondering what the heck was going on.There were other 'niggles' as well:Page 52: 'When Sarah showed up at the pizzeria, she looked for a hostess when someone caught her eye. A handsome man wearing a suit and tie sat in a booth next to the window. Jesse Malone. A million memories and feelings came rushing back like a wave of heat. He looked the same and yet so different.' That implies that she had not seen him for years, and yet he had been in her shop (And she knew what he looked like!) only a few days ago. Sloppy. And irritating. (and the grammar was not brilliant either!!)My real gripe though, is the way Emma's abduction was treated. This is a child, taken from school by her father without the mother's permission. And the police don't seem to be taking it seriously??? WTF!!!! Is that for REAL?? And the mother is chatting away as if nothing has happened. She calmly pulls out a pen and something to write on.. and then makes a list of places where the father and child might have gone. No. Sorry. It doesn't happen like that. Believe me. In a situation like that you don't function: your hands don't work, your mind is blank, you can't punch the numbers on a phone, or open your purse, or unlock a door, or think coherently. It's a miracle if you can actually say what clothes a child was wearing earlier. You go to pieces. Utterly and absolutely.And the whole wedding 'On/Off/On/Off' scenario was, quite frankly, ludicrous. (hide spoiler)]The double-spaced formatting doesn't help with reading either.

  • Jen
    2018-10-08 03:00

    I read this series mostly because I absolutely love this trope. Of second chances and enduring love stories over time. And I love to support and read new works from new authors. The writing is flawless in these books. No grammatical errors, no choppy dialogue. Chapters flowed well. This author writes very well.As a romance story I found it a little hard to follow. While we have Jesse's POV - I never felt like I really knew how he felt about Sarah until the end. I felt like his thoughts were always about Kate. Coming into the book I had this preconceived notion that he would have seen Sarah and there would have been more of an inner struggle of feelings for him. I mean it's their story. But, I didn't get that at all. Felt like he really loved Kate and had moved on. We read so much about how he spent months searching for the ring, how he proposed, the accident and how he cries at her bedside. For a while there I thought he was not even going to end up with Sarah. But, I knew he was since it is a 3 book series. Jesse and Kate get so close to getting married and it's Kate that calls it off at the very very last minute - like at the wedding. That was completely out of the blue. Her whole speech about Sarah being his one. I thought the timing was so poor. And it made Kate look like a complete martyr and somewhat idiotic that she chose that time to end it. Plus how much could Jesse have loved Sarah that he would have married her.There was no resolution either really because in the next chapter drama happens. The next time the almost wedding is addressed - Jesse is looking at photos thinking about how Kate was right and he didnt love her the way she needed. Then 6 months go by and Rachael tries to tell Jesse to stop wasting time and go after Sarah. Then 3 months go by and he proposes to Sarah with the most heartfelt dialogue that was missing the entire book. It didn't even seem sincere. It almost seemed like Sarah was second best because Jesse wasn't the one that ended it with Kate. It's a very clean book - there isn't much affection and no sex. For a romance book I feel like without those physical elements that dialogue and actions have to pretty strong to properly convey what the H and h are feeling and thinking. And I just don't think for me, it did all that.

  • Joan
    2018-10-18 02:24

    This was a pretty good read, but there were some pretty major glitches in the plot that bothered me. The 5-year old child had math homework and her hardest subject was science? The night after they slept together they were going to meet so she could tell him she was pregnant? Kate wakes up from a coma and has a long detailed and emotional conversation with Jesse immediately. A lot of the action just didn't come across as realistic, and much of the dialogue was stilted. I also remember wrong-case pronoun usage and other editorial issues.

  • Jamie W
    2018-10-11 23:19

    WOW!!!! Jeremy, I don't know what inspired you to write this story, but it has touched me in an unexplainable way. I laughed, felt the emotions, and cried right along with each person in these two books. This story is truely one of the best I've read in a long while. I can rate you rate you right up there with the likes of Nikolas Sparks. I cant wait to read your next book....

  • Angela
    2018-09-30 02:57

    Wow! That was an emotional roller coaster. I loved it! Only one left in the series. This is an author that has pleasantly surprised me. Can't wait to finish the series.

  • Cara
    2018-09-24 06:15

    Losing and GainingThis second book just completely hit the mark in this series following these two. The author just grabs your hand and you move through so many thoughts and feelings right along with the characters.

  • Lisa
    2018-09-23 04:04

    I finished the second book in this seriesIn a day! Quick and Gripping read, loved it, can't wait to read the final book of the series :)

  • Jennifer
    2018-10-13 23:01

    Even though I didn't love Across the Creek, the first book in this series, I already had Beneath the Willow on my Kindle so I thought why not give it a go. I didn't hate the first book, I just found in unremarkable. This second book, even though it seemed like it would be the same story as the first but reversed, was much better. I still didn't love it, but it at least seemed to have some substance. The story starts off with Jesse back in Chicago with his fiancee Kate. They go to get their flowers for the upcoming wedding and who do they run into? Sarah. Unlike Sarah, Jesse is committed to Kate, at least he is trying to be. Yes he has an almost mess up, but he pulls it together. He is not just going to ditch Kate now that he has found Sarah again, and not married/going through a divorce. Much better than Sarah making out with Jesse when she was engaged in the first book. I liked Kate, though I didn't understand all of her ups and downs. At first I got it, but how everything was resolved, what she did I was just like really? So you did all of this last minute work and now you are just going to have your say and be done with this? Really? It didn't make any sense to me. It is pretty obvious what the secret Sarah has is. I mean I guessed what it was based just on the cover, not even reading the synopsis. Sarah was a bit...I didn't really like her in this book. She had a lot of lame excuses for why she didn't tell Jesse sooner. Really would she have ever tried to find him if he hadn't stumbled into her store? And the whole not telling her then husband the truth as well...I just did not like her. She was so weak and lame. Sarah's ex lent some drama to the story, but he was crazy. Not in a really believable way for me either. The end where he is super crazy was just a bit much for me. What happens I was just like come on. Do we really need to do this? Why can't we just leave these characters be and have everything be okay. Then the very end, Jesse's heartfelt speech under the willow tree...it was just like wait a minute. It has been almost a year and now suddenly you are in love with her again? What took you so long? I just didn't see it. I didn't see the two of them ending up together. I would have believed Jesse marrying Kate and being a friend to Sarah. Sarah can find her own other match and it would have been more believable for me. Also posted to Jen in Bookland

  • Linda Branich
    2018-09-21 06:15

    Sarah and Jesse meet for the first time when they were in elementary school in Across the Creek, when tragedy strikes both families and they move away from each other. They meet up again 10 years later, but circumstances and people prevent them from being a couple.In this second book, Beneath the Willow, they have a chance encounter six years later. Both of them have changed during the intervening years. They have concrete goals and are fiercely protective of and devoted to their remaining family members, but they have not quite met their full maturity andare influenced by their pasts. The characters who were so well-developed and endearing become even more so in this second book, as impossible as that might seem. The strong sense of family grows in this book, as well as the author's clever way of showing that most "bad" people have a spark of good in them, and that even the most "perfect" people can, when pushed too far or their family is threatened, succomb to an inner beast of anger. The theme thread of self sacrifice for another person is once again present.I read each of these books in a little less than a day. Asher was a new author for me and I have already started the third book. They are lovely little romances with a lot of meat in them-- real characters, dealing with real issues that are becoming more common today. Sarah and Jesse's creek and willow tree are as magical as ever and I do highly recommend that this series.

  • **✿❀ Maki ❀✿**
    2018-09-28 06:17

    I found this book for free on Amazon, but didn't realize until after I'd already gotten it that it was a sequel. It was a little confusing, going through it without knowing what happened in the first book, but there's enough back story given to kind of fill you in on Jesse and Sarah's history.I was surprised by how much I liked this book - I expected it to be just another romance story, but there was more to it than just the romantic relationships. Each character meant something different to each other, and each one was an important part of the story. While the book followed the perspective of three different characters (Jesse, Sarah, and Robbie), each change contributed something towards the final outcome.The ending caught me completely off-guard. There's sort of a fake-out in the middle of the book, where you think that the story could go ahead and end, but two chapters later it's basically right back where it left off. And then it continues to a point of absolute insanity and despair. And then it gets better.Having read this one, I can only imagine how frustrating the ending of the first book must have been!

  • Sue
    2018-10-12 23:07

    Jesse and Sarah’s journey continues in Beneath the Willow, the sequel to the heartfelt novel, Across the Creek.For Jesse Malone, an architect in Chicago, life has been anything but easy. After losing the love of his life six years earlier, he is determined not to let love slip through his grasp once again.Sarah Ramsey, a business owner in the Windy City, is struggling to keep everything together through a difficult divorce. Her husband, a once brilliant attorney, is about to lose his career along with his marriage and is set on making Sarah’s life just as miserable as his.When Jesse and his fiancée, Kate, walk into a local floral shop to pick out the flowers for their upcoming wedding, Jesse runs into the only other woman he has ever loved, Sarah. Their brief encounter sets off a series of catastrophic events as Sarah reveals a secret that will test the foundations of their lives, leaving them with one certainty…life will never be the same for either of them.

  • Peg
    2018-10-06 22:58

    Beneath the Willow is Book 2 in this series by Jeremy Asher. This was another free download from Amazon to my Kindle. Thank you, Amazon!!I had thoroughly enjoyed Book 1, Across the Creek, in this series. I was looking forward to Book 2 and I was not disappointed. The same well-developed characters are in Book 2, but some of them had changed a lot during the 6-year time span between the ending of Book 1 and the beginning of Book 2.There were lots of emotions running from happy to extremely sad involving the lovers, Sarah and Jesse. They had been through so much but somehow always manage to get back together.The author does a great job of keeping the story moving along with twists and turns I didn't see coming. He also managed to tell a wonderful story without using bad language which is very refreshing to me. I am looking forward to Book 3, Close to Home.

  • Leah
    2018-09-27 22:14

    I really enjoyed this two-book series. I was looking to read something a little more mature than the YA stuff I've been reading lately, so this was a refreshing change of pace for me. Both books are really just one long story, so I'm glad I was able to read them both back to back. I loved the characters. All seemed real and believable to me and I felt invested in their lives. Overall, a very well-balanced, thought out book. It was clean which I really appreciated. The only complaint I have is that I wish the end had been a bit longer. We wait through 2 novels to see Jesse and Sarah FINALLY get together, and when they do, we only get a handful of pages. Still, it was a great story, and I'm glad I read it!

  • Michelle
    2018-10-07 06:26

    Sequels are usually not as good as the first and in this case, it is true again. I loved the first book and I loved this one, but I always have trouble with "seconds" that have to "re tell" parts of the story in the first and this was no exception. I found some of the things brought up from the first book to be unnecessary and I was disappointed with the storyline of the long lost mother being glossed over and not really reconciled. All that being said, the characters got to me. I related to them all. I felt the anger, the love and the sadness. Damn book got me crying again!! The author did his job by telling a story and wrapping the reader up in it. Will definitely read from this author again.

  • Pamela
    2018-10-16 00:22

    I absolutely adored Across the Creek and feel in love with Sarah and Jesse…especially Jesse. I admit that I completely forgot to keep my eyes out for the sequel Beneath the Willow…but when I saw it and I got really excited! I loved this book even more than the first! The night that I finished this book I was up pretty late because I just couldn’t find a good enough place to stop. The ending gets pretty intense and emotional. I never cry while reading a book but I couldn’t help it with this one. I hate to admit it but if it weren’t for my husband and dogs asleep next to me I probably would have been balling. This is a must read!

  • Tammy
    2018-09-25 23:20

    As I was reading this book, I kept thinking that references to Jesse and Sarah's back story seemed so much more interesting than the story that I was currently reading. Turns out that without realizing it, I was reading the 2nd book in a series, and there is, in fact, a book telling their story. Therefore I don't feel I can give a fair review, except to say that this is not a stellar stand alone book. It is an okay book.. but that doesn't mean that the series isn't exceptional. I can imagine that if I had read the first book and had gotten to enjoy some of the plot twists in the second, I might have a much different impression.

  • Debbie
    2018-10-11 23:15

    Sweet Little StoryAfter the last freebie I read, this one was such a welcome relief. The story, one of love lost and found, was sweet. A lot of background had to be explained and it was done rather well. Is it an award winning novel? Probably not, but it is one that, if you are a visual reader, you can see. I could see Chicago, offices, flower shops, etc very clearly as I read. Sometimes when I can see a story as a movie, then it becomes more real.....these characters were real; their lives were real.

  • Tami Urbanek
    2018-10-02 06:27

    Is it just me or is Jesse turning into a self righteous pompous JERK!!! I am truly starting to despise this guy.. if I had to read how much he "LOVES" one of them one more time I will seriously PUKE!! its Kate..then sara...then Kate and then Sara...BLAH BLAH....I think he deserve to be ALL ALONE!! LMAO...there I ranted and I feel better now.. but seriously he is rubbing on my nerves..but I am in this now, sooooo Book 3 here I come!! LMAO...What can I say OCD wont allow me to not finish the series LMAO

  • Sarah
    2018-10-05 01:19

    This book was just much too unbelievable. Way too much happening and the ups and downs were a bit all over the place. I didn't read book #1 - this book came through as a deal and I didn't know it wasn't the first of a series. I found Jesse and Sarah annoying for part of this book, before liking them, before finding them annoying. Frankly I wasn't too invested in their relationship and that's not good either. I'm not saying it was all bad, but my favorite character died so... that could be where my issue lies.

  • Brenda Benoit
    2018-09-26 04:01

    This is the second book in the Jesse and Sarah series and I loved it. OMG grab the tissues for the last quarter of the book - I was definitely not expecting that to happen! I did get a little annoyed with Jesse with the back and forth between Sarah and Kate as both deserved better than that. Loved how adorable Emma and Madison are, especially when Emma informed Sarah that she should be included in grown-up stuff since she's been five for a while now. How cute! Hope the third book is as great as the first two are.

  • Lynn (Ellesea Loves Reading)
    2018-10-11 01:27

    I downloaded this as soon as I'd finished reading Across the Creek. I was just too curious to find out the fate of Jesse and Sarah to wait! Oh, this was a real roller-coaster of a read. This book made me do, something I've never done before when reading..cry! At times, it was just heartbreaking & so emotional. Thankfully, Jesse and Sarah do get their HEA...but it took sometime to get there:)

  • Misfits farm
    2018-10-12 02:12

    I read this somehow thinking it was set in the 1800's and then realised my mistake through the mention of technology. That said it is a story which could be set in any time frame and has that "real life ups and downs" feel about it and the traits of human nature. Jesse has had a troubled life as has his brother. He crossed paths accidentally with someone from the past an things get even more complicated. An enjoyable , light hearted read with that "feelgood" factor.

  • Missy
    2018-10-13 03:24

    Oh my gosh! Bring your Kleenex! The first 75% of the book is great. Lots of conflict, things not going the way I wanted them to. You know when you start yelling at the book, LOL! Jessie, Sarah, Robbie, Kate, I loved them all, but I was pulling for Jesse & Sarah. What happens in the last 25% had me in tears. NOT what I expected at all. I am not going to say more, like Across the Creek you will LOVE Beneath the Willow!Off to download Close to Home and finish this story!

  • Vianey
    2018-10-14 22:21

    Loved this book, this was such a touching story and couldn't put the book down. I surprised myself by reading the first and second book in the same day. Was not disappointed at all. I felt the emotions of the character strongly throughout the story. This book was well written, and it was such a good love story. It's not a typical romance novel this book is so much more and I enjoyed it. Overall I was very pleased with this book and look forward to reading more from this author.

  • Margaret Klein
    2018-10-14 22:08

    A " Willow" tree always reminds me . . ."Beneath the Willow" is written by Jeremy Asher. The willow tree is called a "weeping willow" for a reason. This story reminds me of those "weeping" leaves, it's pages are filled with such sadness, deaths of ones closes to us, of rejections, lost love in our past and present relationships, spousal abuse, and the list goes on. But the most damaging of all, are secrets that we keep.

  • Ronda Blanke Geiger
    2018-09-20 03:25

    This was a complicated story. I would reccommend reading the first story, Under the Willow, before reading this one. I did not and will need to go back and get that one. Mr. Asher has written a very compelling story about second chance love with a lot of twists and turns. Sarah and Jesse's story is heart rending and sweet and everlasting. I did enjoy this story and look forward to reading more.

  • Kathi
    2018-10-04 06:11

    A little bit betterIt's been a while since I read the first book, and after reading the first few chapters of this one, I had to go back and re-read book one. This one doesn't stand alone. I have the same comments about Beneath the Willow as Across the Creek. Sweet story, not a lot of substance. The gaps where important parts of the story are skipped over to be told as hindsight are annoying and detract. I wanted to knock the characters heads together in frustration.

  • Rachel Lynn Sterling
    2018-09-26 04:15

    Jeremy Asher did a wonderful job on the second book in the Jesse & Sarah series! It drew me in and didn’t let go. I couldn’t put it down! It made me smile, cry, angry, but most of all it made me feel. I read the first book, Across the Creek, and immediately bought this one. I read in every spare minute I could find and finished each in a day.

  • Faye
    2018-09-29 23:58

    This is a sad and happy story of the love between Jesse and Sarah. It started when they were twelve. Many things happened in their lives. They met again six years later. Life gave them many bumps, but eventually they reunited. It was a very pleasant read. I was drawn into wanting life to turn out great for every one in the story.A very good free Kindle.