The Cul-de-Sac WarThe Cul-de-Sac War by Melissa Ferguson, Kate Rudd (Narrator)

Published November 10th 2020 by Thomas Nelson, Brilliance Audio

4 Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

I think throughout our lifetime, everyone has that neighbour. You know, the one whose dog barks all day, or doesn’t rake his leaves, or plays music really loud or maybe places his fence on your side of the property line. Well, in this story, Bree Leake ends up with a neighbour that seems to cause her a lot of grief. Chip McBride lives next door and is a thorn in Bree’s side. If she wants to become the owner of her grandmother’s cottage, she has to stay put in Abingdon for one year. Her plan is to drive Chip out of the neighbourhood, instead of her leaving, thus begins the pranks, or the Cul-de-sac war.

This is a lighthearted, entertaining and clean romcom. Both Bree and Chip were likable characters and I found myself laughing out loud several times throughout the story. It is hard to dislike a guy that your parents love, especially when they talk to one another on the phone, or get advice about different things. You’ve got to love a dog that goes crazy for Slim Jims. The scene where Bree and Russell meet for the first time is hilarious. Bree and Chip had some good chemistry, even though they spent a lot of time fighting against it. With the right mix of humour and warmth, this novel was enjoyable, funny and sweet. I will warn you, it does start slow, but keep with it, as the pranks alone are worth it. If you are shying away because this is labeled as Christian Fiction, don’t worry. It is a clean romance and there is mention of attending church, but that is about it.

I listened to the audiobook narrated by Kate Rudd. She did a great job using her expression and tone to give each character their own voice. I enjoyed listening to this one and will not hesitate to listen to other books performed by this talented voice actress. I was gifted a copy of this book upon request. The rating and opinions shared are my own.

The Cul-de-Sac WarAbout the Book (From Goodreads): Melissa Ferguson’s new novel proves that good fences make good neighbors—and that sometimes love and hate share a backyard.

Free-spirited Bree Leake doesn’t want to be tied down. She’s had more jobs than she can count—and the next stop on her journey is the nation’s oldest live performance theater in Abingdon, Virginia. Just when it’s time to move on again, Bree’s parents make her an offer: hold steady in Abingdon for one full year, and they will give her the one thing she’s always wanted—her grandmother’s cabin. She feels like her dreams are coming true.

But life at the theater throws her some curveballs.

And then there’s her new neighbor—Chip McBride.

Chip is the man everyone in town seems to love, yet he’s nothing but a thorn in Bree’s side. She would move heaven and earth to have him out of her life, but according to the bargain she’s struck, she cannot move out of her house. So begins Bree’s obsessive new mission: to drive Chip out of the neighborhood—and fast.

Bree isn’t the only one who’s a wee bit competitive, and as Chip registers what Bree’s up to, he’s more than willing to fight fire with fire. But as their pranks escalate, both of their fragile job ambitions start to wobble. And it doesn’t help that the line between love and hate is starting to blur.

In Melissa Ferguson’s latest rom-com, two enemies find something they never expected in one another—taking “all’s fair in love and war” to a hilarious and heartwarming new level.