Welcome to Day 5, our last day of the Amazing Jennifer Peel Book Giveaway! I hope you have enjoyed the books so far, and are sharing and commenting (DON’T FORGET TO COMMENT ON THE FACEBOOK POSTS!!!). In case you missed the last review, be sure to check it out here.
I’m so excited to talk to you about Other Side of the Wall. If you want to win an e-copy of this book (or any of Jennifer’s books), be sure to enter the book competition by liking Jennifer’s Facebook page and My Facebook page, sharing this post, and then commenting on why this review sparked your interest. The most intiruiging, alluring comment will win an e-copy of choice. So yes, you can enter every day, and then have the hard task of picking which book you want.
Also each share will enter you into the $25.00 Amazon gift card draw. The lucky winner of that competition will be announced in a video post end of this week. So be sure to like and share!!!
Other Side of the Wall
There once were two couples, neighbors in fact, but like most neighbors today, hardly a word was spoken in passing. What they knew of each other mostly consisted of what was inadvertently heard through the wall that divided their townhomes.
The Langstons and the Russos had more in common than they both knew. Both couples were newly married and terribly unhappy, each for different reasons of course. Scott and Jenna Langston were facing an incurable disease and Ava and Peter Russo were plagued with heartache and betrayal.
Too often, Scott could hear Ava crying through the wall. He wondered what would make such a beautiful woman so sad, but he had enough of his own problems, he couldn’t worry about what was happening on the other side of the wall. On occasion, Ava could hear Scott’s pleas for his wife to be well. She wanted to offer help and comfort, but she was too physically and emotionally exhausted to reach out across the wall.
Eventually, Ava’s crying ceased and her name changed. Scott’s pleas went quiet as they went unanswered. Now, instead of two couples, there were two very lonely heartbroken individuals divided by a wall, each trying to deal with the hand they had been dealt.
Ava and Scott are both married and living next to each other. Ava’s husband is a real piece of work (UGH!!), and they end up getting a divorce. Scott’s wife Jenna is very ill, and dies.
A while after Jenna dies, Ava works up the courage to take over a meal to Scott. She really feels she should have gone over much sooner, but she has had her own issues dealing with her divorce. Scott invites her to share the meal together, and a wonderful evening follows. The connection is definitely there, you can feel the electricity between them building. Scott moves in for a kiss, and soon gets caught up in the whole of it. When realization of what he is doing hits, the guilt sets in, and the evening comes to an abrupt end.
Over time Scott and Ava develop a great friendship, with the possibility of maybe something more. If only Scott would be willing to let go of the past, and see what is right in front of him. It seems like he is forever trying to keep Ava on the other side of the wall.
I loved Ava, she is such a strong female lead. She knows what she wants, has the patience to invest in it, yet she knows her limits, and knows to stand up for herself when necessary! I was rooting for her throughout the whole read!
I had a hard time with Scott. I felt for him losing his wife, that is the worst, whatever the condition of your relationship. So I understand his holding back and hesitating to move forward. I even have complete compassion for the whole back and forth, because I feel for him wanting to move forward, yet feeling guilty. Yet I found myself at times rolling my eyes at his stupidity, feeling the urge to smack him about, and thinking this is it! Sometimes men are so dense, or at least men like Scott in this case. He really needed to get his act together and move forward.
I loved the supporting cast in this book immensely. Scott’s family, especially his mum are the best. The way they embrace Ava, and make her a part of the family is heartwarming! Ava’s family are also incredible, just imagine having a brother like Ava! I found myself in tears during the tough moments saying goodbye to some of these characters (Sorry if this is giving too much away of the story 🙁 ) These people add such richness to this great story, it’s like an amazing chocolate cake with a delectable icing smothered all over it. It adds an extra dimension to the whole experience, you feel so content eating (reading) it, and can look back utterly satisfied!
So if this is the kind of book for you, be sure to like both pages, and share 🙂 !
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Jennifer is a fifth generation Colorado native who currently calls Alabama home.She is the mother of three amazing children who have grown up way too fast. Jennifer enjoys the mountains, vacations at the beach, date night with her husband, late night talks with her kiddos, touring model homes, and pink bubblegum ice cream.
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