Mini Review: The Cul-de-Sac War by Melissa Ferguson

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Bree Leake doesn’t want to be tied down. She’s had more jobs than she can count, and she plans to move as soon as the curtains fall on her less-than-minor stage role at The Barter—the oldest live performance theater in the US. But just when it’s time to move on again, Bree’s parents make her an offer: hold steady for a full year, and they will give her the one thing she’s always wanted—her grandmother’s house. Her dreams are coming true . . . until life at the theater throws her some curve balls. 

And then there’s Chip McBride—her handsome and infuriating next-door neighbor. 

Chip just might be the only person whose stubborn streak can match Bree’s. She would move heaven and earth to have him off her cul-de-sac and out of her life, but according to the bargain she’s struck, she can’t move out of her house and away from the man who’s making her life miserable. So begins Bree’s obsessive new mission: to drive Chip out of the neighborhood—and fast. 

Bree isn’t the only one who’s a tad competitive, and Chip is more than willing to fight fire with fire. But as their pranks escalate, the line between love and hate starts to blur—and their heated rivalry threatens to take a hilarious, heartwarming, and romantic new turn.

Source: NetGalley and Thomas Nelson Rating: 3/5 stars

The Bottom Line:  For once, I seem to be in line with the Goodreads star rating for a book.  I have to say, I struggled with this book and it is all because of Bree.  I found Bree to be a thoroughly disagreeable character with little to nothing about her to like or even care about.  In fact, like Bree’s best friend, I found Bree to be childish, petty, and spoiled.  Her actions at nearly every turn are ridiculous and, at times, have serious consequences for her neighbor.  Even in the end, when Bree works out her issues, I found it to be too little too late to be happy for her and satisfied with her ending.  The two redeeming qualities/characters in this read are Chip and Russell.  Chip gets sucked into Bree’s crazy and while he certainly participates in the war, he never crosses a line that will well and truly negatively impact Bree and her future.  In fact, it’s Chip and Russell who bring the sense and the reason to this read and I liked their story immensely, even if it did ultimately include Bree.

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