The cul-de-sac war

Melissa Ferguson

Book - 2020

"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 t...heater 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."--Provided by publisher.

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Genres
Christian fiction
Humorous fiction
Romance fiction
Domestic fiction
Published
Nashville, Tennessee : Thomas Nelson [2020]
Language
English
Item Description
Includes discussion questions and excerpt from The dating chronicle.
Physical Description
325 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN
9780785231042
0785231048
Main Author
Melissa Ferguson (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

A wardrobe malfunction provides the meet-cute between actress Bree Leake and builder Chip McBride, but the real fun starts when Bree realizes that Chip is her new neighbor and the jerk who almost ran her off the road. A hilarious war ensues as they try to out-prank each other, but Ferguson's characters are also dealing with some serious issues. Bree has flitted from job to job, and her acting stint at the Barter Theater in Virginia would have been just one more in a long line of temporary engagements had her parents not offered to let her have her grandmother's house if she can hold her job for a year. Chip is also struggling to find himself after breaking away from his father's construction business and starting his own. Ferguson offers an entertaining enemies-to-lovers story for readers who prefer a chaste romance. Imagine one of Sophie Kinsella's rom-coms made into a Hallmark movie. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Ferguson returns to the world of The Dating Charade in this cute but slight rom-com. Actor Bree Leake stumbles into Chip McBride while she's attempting to avoid an embarrassing costume malfunction during a performance at the historic Barter Theater in Abingddon, Va. It's an adorable meet-cute, and both are immediately smitten—despite Chip's girlfriend waiting just inside the theater. But Bree's feelings sour when, after a fellow driver almost runs her off the road on her way home, she realizes that Chip is both the object of her road rage and her new next-door neighbor. After a few more bungled interactions, their good first impression dissolves completely and the pair become locked in a neighborhood prank war. But after a surprisingly compassionate night which seems to hint toward a cease-fire, Bree pulls off a prank that goes too far. Disappointingly, the focus on their feud leaves little time to explore the softer side of Chip and Bree's feelings for each other. Instead, the emotional core of the novel is found in Chip's strained relationship with his father and the touching moments between Bree and her well-intentioned, matchmaking parents. Readers will find plenty here to hold their interest, but long for a more fleshed-out love story. Agent: Kimberly Whalen, the Whalen Agency. (Nov.) Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

"Melissa Ferguson's new novel proves that good fences make good neighbors-and that sometimes love and hate share a backyard"--

Review by Publisher Summary 2

In this charming rom-com, two enemies find something they never expected in one another—taking "all's fair in love and war" to a hilarious and heartwarming new level.Actress Bree Leake doesn't want to be tied down, but just when it's time to move on again, Bree's parents make her an offer; hold steady in Abingdon for one 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 throws her some curve balls.And then there's her new neighbor. Chip McBride.For the first time in her life, she's met the person who could match her free-spirited air—and it's driving her to the ledge of sanity. She would move heaven and earth to have him out of her life, but according to the bargain she's struck, she cannot 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 wee bit competitive, and as Chip registers what Bree's up to, he's more than willing to fight fire with fire. But as their pranks escalate, the line between love and hate starts to blur.Good fences make good neighbors—and sometimes love and hate share a backyard.Sweet, stand-alone romantic comedyBook length: 77,000 wordsIncludes discussion questions for book clubs

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Bestselling author Melissa Ferguson's latest rom-com proves that good fences make good neighbors'and that sometimes love and hate share a backyard. 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 cannot 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. A sweet romantic comedy that can be read as a standalone.Book length: 77,000 words.Includes discussion questions for reading groups. "A book that is filled with both humor and heart.' 'Debbie Macomber, #1 New York Times bestselling author "Ferguson delights with a grand sense of humor and a captivating story to boot!' 'Patti Callahan, New York Times bestselling author of Becoming Mrs. Lewis 'melissa Ferguson's The Cul-de-Sac War is sweet, zany, and surprisingly tender. Bree and Chip will have you laughing and rooting for them until the very end.' 'Denise Hunter, bestselling author of Carolina Breeze 'With her sophomore novel, Melissa Ferguson delivers hilarity and heart in equal measure . . . I was thoroughly charmed from beginning to end.' 'Bethany Turner, award-winning author of The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck "Witty, wise, and with just the right amount of wacky, Melissa's second novel is as charming as her debut. Competition and chemistry battle to win the day in this hilarious rom-com about two people who can't stand to be near each other'or too far apart.' 'Betsy St. Amant, author of The Key to Love

Review by Publisher Summary 4

Melissa Ferguson’s new novel proves that good fences make good neighbors---and that sometimes love and hate share a backyard.