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  • It was Ok

    I haven't read this author before and was looking forward to some romantic comedy. However, I just couldn't get into this book. I guess that's why it took me several days to read it. I usually read a book in 2 days max. I just couldn't get very excited to go back and read it each day. I never connected with the main character, Bree. She seemed immature even though she was older. She could never decide what to do with her life and just kept skipping along from job to job, never really deciding what interested her until her parents put a "condition" on her in order to keep her grandmother's house. Her inner thoughts were all over the place. Then she starts a "war" with her neighbor, Chip, which was very adolescent (he was a willing participant though) and on her side, she was a little more mean, I felt. I just didn't like her. I liked Chip, the other main character better, although he did some childish things too, to get back at Bree. For one thing, he didn't keep his out-of-control dog in check! I've been bitten by a neighbor's dog before so I know how scared Bree was by Chip's overly enthusiastic dog! Both Bree & Chip did things that were a little unrealistic so it was hard for me to find this story even partially believable (Bree be in a drama production that she wasn't qualified for and get a part that she only practiced for a handful of times and Chip think he could compete for a huge remodeling project of a large drama theater when he had a small construction company). Also, how does a small town have this lavish theater and drama production with wealthy donations? The whole book just didn't add up to me and the romance was very rushed at the end so that even wasn't believable!

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  • THE FINE LINE BETWEEN LOVE AND HATE

    Melissa Ferguson has written two of my favorite rom-coms in the last year, The Dating Charade and now the delightful The Cul-de-Sac War. Ferguson’s characters are so relatable that you feel like they have become your close friends by the end of the novel. They are just normal. They are people just going through life, trying to make their way, in spite of some false starts and wrong turns and they make you want to cheer them on to becoming their best! Ferguson introduces us to Bree Leake, a free spirit who has had multiple jobs in attempting to discover her passion. Her latest landing is at The Barter, the nation's oldest live performance theater in Abingdon, Virginia. When that gig is up, her parents make her an offer she thinks she cannot refuse. If she can hold down a job there for a year, she can have her Grandmother’s house! It is a DREAM come true — until it quickly is not. Enter the new neighbor in the cul-de-sac, Chip McBride. Oh, Chip is mighty fine looking. The kind of guy that distracts you and makes you do incredibly stupid things like burn your breakfast while sneaking looks at him out of your windows! He is also very nice. So what is the problem you ask? His D.O.G. Not just any dog mind you, rather a dog the size of a small car! If that is not bad enough, the dog has a Mad Crush on Bree!! His love for Bree is all consuming to the point she cannot even get out of her car in her own driveway! Bree finally gives Chip an ultimatum to install an underground fence. He almost meets the deadline. She is okay with things until someone mentions it is TELEPHONE WIRE in the trench and not Invisible Fence Wire! Let the Games Begin! From this point on, it is all out WAR to best the other in pranks to drive each other CRAZY. The antics are hilarious! And, of course, with each new prank, they become even more devious! While waging the War, Bree and Chip are each fighting for their Big Break in their careers. They finally are forced to take a step back and take a look at how over the top their attacks have become. Upon further reflection, have they become obsessed with the War or with each other?? A truly delightful read! I was provided a complimentary copy of this novel by Thomas Nelson Publishers & NetGalley. The opinions expressed here are completely my own and without influence.

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  • Laugh out loud romatic comedy

    A laugh out loud, romantic comedy. I enjoyed every aspect of the Cul-de-Sac War! The clear attraction from the start, followed by the misunderstandings that lead to all-out war were a perfect balance of tension and sweet fulfillment. There is plenty of backstory to both characters that adds an unexpected depth to the story as well. The supporting characters, especially the dog, add a lot of balance to the gamut of emotions experienced in this book. I found myself genuinely laughing at the antics of Bree and Chip and the cringe-worthy situations they found themselves in. Above all, I loved their ability to rise above it all and find what truly matters most. I received a complimentary copy from the publisher via NetGalley and all opinions expressed are my own, freely given.

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  • Fun!

    Knocked down - dragged out fun! The Cul-de-sac War by Melissa Ferguson was one of the cutest, funniest books I've read in a while. This book was lighthearted and just what I needed right now. Maybe you're looking for something like that right now too. This year has been pretty serious but, this book will make you forget all of that for a while. There is not only humor, a lot of warmth oozes out of the families. They truly care for each other. The war is between a woman named Bree and her neighbor whose name is Chip. They play some pretty good pranks on each other. When push comes to shove, they pull through for each other. I loved these two. The writing flows and I found myself flipping pages to find out what happened next. Then, all of a sudden I found myself at The End! I was sad to come to the conclusion and wanted the book to continue. I wanted more of a good thing! I received a copy of this book from the publisher for a fair and honest review.

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  • Rom-Com at Its Best!

    In this second release from new author, Melissa Ferguson, readers will get a rom-com book at its best! The book description, “All’s fair in love and prank wars” vividly explains the hilarious story between the two main characters of this book. This book focuses on Bree who is a wonderful person, but she just doesn’t want to commit to many things. She has generally gone from one thing to another, never settling down. However, the previous year has shaken her some due to a couple of things. She is currently living in her grandmother’s house with a friend, but trying to decide what she wants to do with herself. After some persuasion from her parents to commit and follow through, she has to discover if she can make some changes to stay in one place for a year. Around the time she learns of new information regarding her job and the conversation with her parents, she gains a new neighbor in her cul-de-sac. Chip has left the family business to venture out on his own, because he has set out to prove himself to his family. Currently over his head, he has bought a house to fix up. Unbeknownst to him, he will be living next door to Bree, a woman he met in a chance encounter. Once they meet again, each has their own agenda of wanting to get rid of the other person. This leads to an all-out cul-de-sac war! This book was absolutely hilarious at times! I highly recommend this book! If you like rom-com’s, then this book is for you! I know you will not be disappointed! ***I was given a free electronic copy of this book from the publisher. This is my honest opinion. Even though I received this copy free, this is my own opinion.

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