McKenzie Forsberg is headed home. She's quit her big-city job to return to her roots in the small town of Lake Forest. Kenzi hopes to buy her childhood home from her brother, Tom, as a way of revisiting the peace and security she's been missing in her life. But soon she is shocked to discover that the house has a pending sale, and Tom won't budge from the sale—not even for his sister.
Handsome widower Jared Rawlins catches Kenzie's eye until she realizes that he's the one who is buying her house—but he can only close the deal if he sells his own house by Christmas Eve. Jared is more than a little interested in Kenzie but has second thoughts when it seems that she may be sabotaging the sale of his home.
Slippery feelings of animosity and distrust ensue, with both Jared and Kenzie denying the chemistry between them. But then an unexpected discovery about their connected past puts a new twist in the dynamic. Now, can they put their differences aside and come to terms on a relationship that could last forever?
Where to start with this one...It was a promising story line. Girl moves back home, butts heads with a cute guy, ends up falling in love with him. But I just did not like Kenzie. At all. When she found out that cute-guy Jared was the one who was buying her brother's home, she turned into a petulant, spoiled child who wasn't getting her way. It was really hard to hope for a romance to blossom between her and Jared when I was thinking he'd be much better off without her.
Some of the supporting characters helped out the story a little bit. I really liked Mandy. I guess the main reason that I wasn't a fan of this story - aside from not liking the main character - was that one paragraph, Kenzie or Jared would be thinking about how horrible the other one was, and the very next paragraph, they'd be thinking about how attracted to each other they were. I like a little bit of butting heads between my main characters, but this was too much.
Well, to start off with, I will say that this has a beautiful cover. It's one I would pick up and be interested in because it was eye catching. Plus, as a bonus, they got the little details right (with the green laces on his skates).
I wasn't a big fan of either major characters. Especially Kenzie. She didn't get what she wanted to so she tried to make it so someone else couldn't get what they wanted. What?!? That's our heroine? Because of that I had a really hard time getting into this story, and the writing was only so-so.
I will say that I did appreciate the message of forgiveness. It's always a good reminder to forgive and not hold grudges (especially if the person you are holding the grudge against doesn't know why you are mad at them).
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Title: For Sale by Owner
Author: Marlene Bateman
Publisher: Covenant Communications, Inc
Published: October 2016
Source: We received copies of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.