Friday, April 26, 2013

The Girl Next Door by Elizabeth Noble

Publisher: Touchstone 
Pages: 352
Format: book 
Buy the Book: Amazon 

Goodreads:  What makes a house a home? 

For Eve Gallagher, home is miles away in England since she and her husband relocated to an apartment building on New York's Upper East Side. And life isn't coming up roses.

What makes a neighbor a friend? 

Violet has lived in the building for decades, but she's always kept herself apart, until Eve's loneliness touches her heart.

What makes a wife a lover? 

Jason Kramer in apartment 6A is no longer sure he loves his wife, but he's head over heels for Rachel Schulman in 6B.

What makes the girl next door the woman of your dreams? 

Meeting Emily Mikanowski from 3A turns Trip Grayling's world upside down. It's love at first sight, but he needs help from Charlotte, the shy romance novel addict in 2A, if he's going to get his girl.

What they all have in common is an address, but it is also a home where their lives and secrets intertwine. Come in and enjoy this bittersweet story of friendship and love.


Kritters Thoughts:  Everyone has neighbors, no matter where they live, you could have many or a few; they could be very close or far away, but this fictional book dives into the relationships we can have with our neighbors and how if we were to just get to know them a little, the impact they could have on our lives.  Taking place in a co-op apartment building in New York City, there are quiet a few residents and some have a lot in common and they don't even know it.  

Eve is the most central character of them all and her and her husband have just moved into this apartment building from England for his job and she has left everything behind to accompany him to the States.  The thing I loved about their storyline is hearing their mix ups with American words because that is always my difficulty in reading books that are based in England, is the somewhat slang that is different between the two countries.

The one thing that saved me a lot of headache and I applaud the author for putting it in the beginning was the list of the cast of characters.  I flipped back to these pages often to make sure I knew their quick facts and then kept reading - lifesaver!  

I loved this character heavy book with their interactions in the building and outside of the building.  Although I am in a condo right now and am headed into a house where my neighbors will be a bit further away, it made me appreciate some of my neighbors that I interact with on a daily basis.

Rating: absolutely loved and want a sequel 
                 (I heard there was one coming, is this true?)

Off the Shelf 2013 Challenge: 4 out of 30


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