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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Review: THE GUY NEXT DOOR by Kate Palmer

Have I ever mentioned how cool it is when authors ask me to review their books? It's SO fun. Reviewing THE GUY NEXT DOOR by Kate Palmer was no exception.

Cover photo provided by Kate Palmer
Blurb: (Provided by Kate Palmer) 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 fiancĂ©’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 fiancĂ© and the increasingly mysterious Peter, Eva is unprepared for the consequences—and peril—that come with her decision.

Audience: Adult
The Rating: **** (Really liked it)
The Good: THE GUY NEXT DOOR has a really great mix of romance and thrill with a generous dosing of real-life. I loved that it wasn't just your run-of-the-mill boy-meets-girl with some adventure and twists and turns thrown in. Eva has to deal with tragic circumstances (curse you Kate for making me cry!). I became very involved in the story, sharing in Eva's frustrations, triumphs, and especially the things she learns.
The Bad: I guessed a few things about Peter well before Eva suspected anything, which made me wonder why Eva wasn't seeing what I saw. But, in all honesty, it didn't bother me that much.
The Recommendation: I've heard many people saying lately that LDS romance has moved way beyond fluff literature and this book exemplifies that statement. It's a great read if you love romance, and as I mentioned above, it's got a good dose of depth and thrill too.
Disclaimer: Clean, LDS Romance, Mildly intense moments.

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Photo provided by Kate Palmer
About Kate:Kate began her career as an elementary school teacher, but was soon promoted to full-time mom. She is the mother of six living in the country. Her husband is trying to teach her to be a farm girl. She can’t saddle a horse, but she knows how to butcher a chicken. After a day of chasing children, cooking meals, and folding laundry, she likes to escape into a good book.
You can read the first chapter at Covenant.
Watch the book trailer on YouTube or at Kate's website.
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  1. Thanks for posting your review and giving me something to improve for my next book!

  2. Thanks so much for being part of the tour!

  3. I have to confess that I had given up on modern day romances because they were either too cliche and predictable, or I was skipping way too much of the book to keep my moral sensibilities calm! I read the first chapter on-line because of my personal friendship with Kate, but sought out and purchased the book at my first available moment because I liked what I read. I too, cried, laughed (Well, more like a chuckle) and was so caught up in the story that I could not put it down after I started. I had to force myself to sleep after Chapter 15 only because I absolutely had to. I too guessed some of the plot points before Eva, but was not annoyed by it. I LOVED this book and I am already looking forward to the next things that Kate produces!

  4. I just went through this post and I really found it to be amazing. I like the whole idea. Very well done!


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I've been writing since I was old enough to grasp a crayon--my grandma even has an early copy of a "book" I made her. I have a bachelor's degree in history from the University of Wyoming and will (hopefully) soon be starting a graduate program in English. When I'm not breaking up impromptu UFC fights in the living room or losing miserably to my boys at Uno, I'm ... well, writing or editing, of course! I'm married to my best friend, and we have three rambunctious but simply amazing little boys.


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