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The Cul-de-Sac War de Melissa Ferguson
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The Cul-de-Sac War (edició 2020)

de Melissa Ferguson (Autor)

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Membre:SimplyKelina
Títol:The Cul-de-Sac War
Autors:Melissa Ferguson (Autor)
Informació:Thomas Nelson (2020), 336 pages
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Enemies to more is one of my favorite tropes, and romantic comedy is a favorite genre, so I was eager to read Melissa Ferguson’s second novel. I had a bit of difficulty getting into the story, but it might have been because I haven’t yet read her first novel yet, and I understand that there are some characters from it in this story. The story picked up for me in the last half when the characters showed some vulnerability and connection. Ferguson has a fun sense of humor, and there were some witty and hilarious moments that made me laugh out loud. I’ll be looking forward to more stories from this author. 3.5 stars

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. ( )
  swissgranny | Jan 6, 2021 |
Bree and Chip might have an adorable meet cute, but that warm fuzzy feeling in Bree’s chest disappears as soon as she arrives at her home. Plus, that drive is one of the funniest scenes in the book (and the ones with the dog).

Misunderstandings ensue culminating in a bunch of juvenile pranks these two neighbors pull on each other. There is a definite slow burn to this romance and if you’re reading just for the pure enjoyment of a romcom, The Cul-de-Sac War might fit the bill.

The description of the book is a little misleading as we’re almost halfway through the book when Bree’s parents make her the offer of the house. I would have appreciated more concentration on the turnaround of enemies to romantic interest, but overall, the story met the criteria of a romcom with a fun, feel-good story with a happy ending.

Disclosure statement: I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book and was not required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own. ( )
  Suzie27 | Nov 26, 2020 |
The Cul-de-Sac War by Melissa Ferguson is a light-hearted, sassy romance. If you enjoy witty banter, laugh-out-loud scenes, and copious amounts of dog slobber, then this story is for you! Bree and her hot mess of a life will catch and hold your attention from the first scene. When her serendipitous meeting with Chip turns into a prank war between unlikely neighbors, things really take a turn for crazy town.
While I enjoyed watching Chip and Bree make each other squirm (especially in front of Bree’s parents--they are hilarious!), some of the pranks were a bit over the top for me (trees) and more mean than funny. But still, I liked getting to know Bree and her restless, wanderer’s heart. And I enjoyed the development of her relationship with Chip from frenemies to friends to more. All the sarcasm and devious plotting faded into a genuine and deep connection--one that will make your heart feel warm and fuzzy!
I also enjoyed Chip’s backstory and his struggles with his family. It ended completely differently than I thought it would, but the conversation between him and his dad at the end brought tears to my eyes. You will appreciate the life lessons as well as the spiritual ones.
Fans of contemporary Christian fiction will enjoy this light-hearted, rom-com-style romance.
I was given a copy of this book by the publisher with no expectations of a positive review. All opinions are my own. ( )
  BlessednBookish | Nov 23, 2020 |
3.5

Bree Leake has always been one to go with the flow. She's held at least half a dozen jobs over the last few years, always happily moving along with they eventually don't work out. She's preparing to do the same thing when it comes down the grapevine that The Barter - the theatre company where she currently holds the role as a background fairy - is cutting back on company members for its Fall show. Except things have been different since her grandmother passed away a few months ago, and when Bree's parents offer her everything she's dreamed of - namely signing over her grandmother's house - Bree wants to make things work. Her parents have given her a year to keep her life and living situation steady. Now, Bree is focused on nothing except acing the upcoming audition. That is, until a new neighbor moves next door.

Chip McBride has finally moved out of his family's shadow by opening his own construction business much to the chagrin of his father and siblings. He's determined to make his business a success and opportunity strikes when word of The Barter renovation gets around. Chip knows it's the perfect project to gain some good attention for his new business. He'll have to dedicate long hours to working up the perfect bid, that is, if he can work around the sounds of tap dancing coming from the neighbors next door.

The blurb really drew me into the story. I liked the idea of these rival neighbors starting out with animosity and and the hijinks that ensue with they keep trying to one-up each other again and again. It made for some pretty laugh-out-loud moments. And I liked how this slowly progresses into something more between Chip and Bree even when they're not ready to admit it yet.

In this regard I felt like the narrator, Kate Rudd, did a great job of pushing that emotion into each character's narration. She did a great job of highlighting the funny parts but really bringing out the heart when the scene called for it. It's a roundabout great narration.

But as I look back upon the book for review, I kind of don't really remember what the end goal of it all was. I think it's because there was too much separation between Bree's goal and Chip's goal. While they do intersect - both dealing in with The Barter - they are very singular. Then you add the neighborly war on top of it all, and I just feel like there was enough cohesion between the two. Now, if Bree and Chip were fighting for the same job, say, and they happened to also be neighbors and this prompted the titular Cul-de-Sac War, I think it would have melded together better.

As it stands, while I enjoyed the story and the characters, as I think upon them more, I don't really feel the turnaround for Bree. I feel like the transition from being a go-with-the-flow to a steadfast type of person just didn't come across very well. Yes, I understand her motivation, but it's almost like she turns on a dime from not really caring if she has to get a new job (even though she's currently living in her grandmother's house so she should care) to suddenly being dedicated to keeping her job. I think it doesn't help the fact that I never felt as though she actually liked her job at all. It would be different if I felt like it was her dream job, but she's kind of meh about the whole thing which gets me to thinking about the person whose dream it is to be apart of The Barter and who might possibly lose out if Bree gets the job.

On the other side of that you have Chip whose dedication and love for his job is palpable throughout. Who is trying to branch out despite how easy it would ultimately have been had he stayed at his family's company. I almost felt like the stakes were higher in Chip's case seeing as how he was literally going up against his father for The Barter job.

Overall, it's a quick, light, fun, and often funny read. Despite not feeling the depth of Bree's commitment to what she wants out of life, I was definitely kept entertained and interested throughout. ( )
  AmyM3317 | Nov 23, 2020 |
The Cul-de-Sac War

I Picked Up This Book Because: Continue the series.

Media Type: Audiobook
Stars: 3.5

The Characters:

Bree Leake:
Chip McBride:
Bree’s roommate, other neighbors

The Story:

Bree has inherited a home from her grandmother, Settled into the town and ready to make a life, everything is running well until Chip and his huge dog move in. BTW I’m a huge fan of the dog being crazy for Bree. This is by first book by Ms Ferguson and while I found it enjoyable I was expecting more from the “war”. Overall it was a respectable enemies to lovers romance.

The Random Thoughts: ( )
  bookjunkie57 | Nov 16, 2020 |
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