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Thursday, June 13, 2013

The Gingerbread House - Nell Carson

Release Date - October 2012

Nell Carson
Montlake Romance

Book Review by Tracy Farnsworth

Greta Kendall, owner of a boutique wedding shop, grew up in her grandparents' home, a Victorian painted to look like a gingerbread house. There's one problem though. A ruthless developer, Stephanie Harwood, has set her sights on the neighborhood and is forcing people out of their homes. Greta isn't about to give up without a fight, and there's a secretive helper out there who keeps arming Greta with historic information that can save her home. Unfortunately, Stephanie is always one step ahead.

Attorney Gray Daniels happens upon Greta's shop. He wants his grandmother's antique wedding dress repaired in time for his wedding to Stephanie. He never expects to feel a strong attraction to Greta. He was certain that Stephanie was his true love.

For Greta, Gray is the enemy. She can't let her growing feelings get in the way of her fight to keep her home. Plus, Greta's past makes her very cautious when it comes to men. Gray's already let her down when he helped Stephanie in court. Why can't her heart listen to her head?

I'm trying to avoid any spoilers, so I can't be too detailed.

The Gingerbread House is a sweet, satisfying romance. There are things I would have done differently. I honestly don't feel that Stephanie had the comeuppance she deserved. That ended up being my biggest pet peeve. Gray treats her too nicely and even after a big revelation, he's still nice to her.

Given that, I have my hopes that the author will return with Stephanie as her heroine and details into how Stephanie did get her just deserts and then show her having to regain her footing in a town that hates her.

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