Author: Kate Palmer
Published: September 2012
Paperback: 235 pages
FTC FYI: I received a paperback copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
Reviewed by Mindy
On the surface, Eva Black’s life seems practically perfect. The small-town kindergarten teacher is set to wed ambitious lawyer Sean Langley, and their plans for a dream wedding are well underway. Eva accepts that she will soon live life in the spotlight as a member of the prestigious Langley family, but can she overlook her fiancé’s tendency to dominate the details of her life and push the limits of her standards?
Mere weeks before the wedding, Eva is thrown into a traumatic, life-changing event that changes her view of family commitment and creates a sharp contrast between her ideals and Sean’s. With her engagement to Sean in jeopardy, Eva finds herself relying on the support and encouragement of Peter, her kind and attentive next-door neighbor. Faced with a choice between her penitent fiancé and the increasingly mysterious Peter, Eva is unprepared for the consequences—and peril—that come with her decision.
My Review — Possible Spoiler
I really enjoyed this book. I would say my one complaint was Sean. He was such a jerk. Some very tragic events occur in Eva’s life, and what she has to cope with is big and life changing. Sean treats her poorly, and she doesn’t see it as first. Only when Peter comes into her life, is when things start to change with their relationship. However, Peter has some secrets of his own. Although I didn’t like that one character, I really liked Eva, Peter, and the other supporting characters. Through the time when Peter and Eva were getting to know each other, while he was away for work, Peter would send Eva notes. I really liked how he saw her and the way their relationship developed. Eva goes through a lot in the book, and I really enjoyed what she learned about herself, too.
3 1/2 stars. I was on the edge of my seat at times, wondering what would happen to these characters. The Guy Next Door is well written and an enjoyable, fast read.