The Next Door Boys
Author: Jolene B. Perry
Publisher: Cedar Fort
Published: October 2011
Softcover: 272 pages
FTC FYI: I received a PDF from the publisher which did not affect my review
Reviewed by Mindy
Goodreads summary: With her body still recovering from last year’s cancer treatments, Leigh Tressman is determined to be independent. Despite the interference from her overprotective brother, the ever-expanding line of young men ready to fall in love with her–not to mention the physical frustrations and spiritual dilemmas Leigh discovers what it actually means to stand on her own and learns that love can be found in unexpected but comfortable places.
We meet Leigh and Jaron Tressman on their way to BYU for the start of school. Leigh is very anxious to get there, mostly to start living her life away from her mother’s worried eyes. Leigh’s cancer is in remission, and everyone is still worried for her. At home Leigh is known as: “Jaron’s little sister” or “the girl who sews” and “the girl who sings” so she is excited to start fresh. The only way she could go to school this semester was with the stipulation that her brother Jaron would be next door to keep an eye on her. Brian lives with Jaron even though he is a few years older. We also meet Stuart and his wife Julie. Stuart served with Brian in Iraq, and they are all very close. Luckily Leigh’s roomates Megan and Kim are easy to get along with too. Soon they all become fast friends. Although, Leigh is leery of Brian with his tattoos and late hours, she starts to develop a friendship with him. A friendship that she starts to need.
I instantly loved Brian. As soon as he ran up to Leigh and Jaron’s car to welcome them, he did so into my heart. As Leigh’s story is told, I loved it when Brain would stop by. Truly a great character with heart, brains, and good looks. I loved the relationship between Leigh and Jaron. They have many traditions: always stopping in Cedar City for pizza, walking arm in arm, and going to the temple together. Their family has had some struggles, but they’ve always had each other.
The Next Door Boys is very enjoyable! Leigh is a great character, but she has many things to work out for herself. She has an incredible support system with her family, roommates and especially Jaron. I was happy when she finally realized it.
4 out of 5 stars. Thank you Jolene for asking me to review your great book, and to Laura at Cedar Fort for the PDF.
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