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Summary: The best thing between Oliver Barrett and Mackenzie Williams is a fence. Ever since Oliver’s new-neighbor gestures were met with unfriendly responses, he’s decided to keep his distance. After all, he’s in this seaside town to get his life on track again. That doesn’t include working hard to get on Mackenzie’s good side—no matter how intriguing she may be. His intentions are put to the test, however, when his dog becomes infatuated with hers. The two crafty canines do their best to break down the barriers between the properties. And where the dogs go , well, the humans must follow! It doesn’t take long for a powerful attraction to build between Oliver and Mackenzie. They soon discover that the worst of first impressions can lead to the best possible outcomes .
What Rhea thought: I’ve never read Sarah Mayberry before. And with The Other Side of Us, I can assure you that I’ll be reading a lot more of her.
Oliver has just discovered that his wife of six years, Edie, had been cheating on him for the entire course of their marriage with her ex-boyfriend. Shocked and heart-broken, Oliver moves away from the city and goes to his Aunt Marion;s house, volunteering to prep his dead aunt’s house for sale. With him is his adorable little dog, Strudel.
Mackenzie had an accident a year ago. One that changed her entire life and she very well knows two things:
A) Life isn’t ever going to be the same again and
B) She may or may not lose the job that she has toiled her entire adult life for.
Of course, she’s worked at the production house for only three years, but if not for them, sh wouldn’t ever have had the accident. And accompanying Mackenzie is her horny mutt Mr. Smith.
The flow of the entire story is pretty damn amazing. The dogs are besotted with each other and then follow their owners. Both Mackenzie and Oliver have a lot of self-discovery to do, but time, they say, is the best healer. And this story shows that.
There are times you feel bad for Oliver and want to throw a shoe at Patrick (Mackenzie’s ex-husband) but I think that’s what makes this book so good. You can relate to the characters at so many points in the story that you find yourself wanting to know more and more about them, which results in you not wanting to keep your kindle down for a second, which leads to unfinished homework and a Mt. Vesuvius of dirty laundry.
There is a Happily Ever After and I love them. The couple(s) have to face insecurity and the pain of separation but after everything happens, love conquers all. And even though Mackenzie might never be up for some crazy sex positions in bed, and Strudel gave birth to a pup that Mr. Smith hadn’t fathered, you know in a story like this, with a couple like this, it’s all going to be alright.
About the Author:
Sarah Mayberry was born in Melbourne, Australia, and is the middle of three children. From the time that she first “stole” paper from kindergarten and stapled it together to make “books,” Sarah has always wanted to be a writer. In line with this ambition, on graduation from high school she completed a bachelor of arts degree majoring in professional writing, then sat down to write a book. When inspiration didn’t strike, she began to wonder if, perhaps, she needed to live some life first before writing about it.
Sarah is revoltingly happy with her partner of twelve years, Chris, who is a talented scriptwriter. Not only does he offer fantastic advice and solutions to writing problems, but he’s also handsome, funny and sexy. When she’s not gushing over him, she loves to read romance and fantasy novels, go to the movies, sew and cook for her friends. She has also become a recent convert to Pilates, which she knows she should do more often.
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