Title: The Gingerbread House
Author: Nell Carson
Published: April 2012 by Avalon Books
Genre: Contemporary Romance
After a tumultuous past, Greta Kendall has focused mainly on her bridal shop, located on the first floor of her beloved Queen Anne Victorian near Aspen. For two years she's fought to save her house from Stephanie Harwood of Harwood Development, who is intent on razing her home to build a new mall. But now Greta's running out of time. The town council is about to approve the final plans for the mall.
When Gray Daniels walks into her shop, Greta is immediately attracted to his rugged good looks and midnight blue eyes, until she learns he's Stephanie Harwood's fiance. She's furious to find they've tricked her into a publicity stunt aimed at garnering support for the mall. So now her little war has a new front: Gray Daniels. If only she could also fight her growing attraction to him.
A knock on the door brings a return of an old danger, and Greta must now put aside her anguish over the house to discover if she's at last capable of looking the past in the eye and overcoming it--and if she's finally free to love again.
Alright, I'm gonna start off with what most people's reactions probably are: Awwwwww.....this story was so sweet! So we have Greta Kendall, a damaged woman with an abusive ex husband (now in jail). She's running a bridal shop with her mother, who is showing early signs of Alzheimer's disease. She's been fighting legal battles for two years, trying to prevent businesswoman Stephanie Harwood from demolishing her "Gingerbread House" to make way for Winter's Haven, a new mall.
Then one day a good-looking, attractive man named Gray walks into her bridal shop (hilariously embarrassed at being surrounded by bridal lingerie), and Boom! Pow! Wham! Zing! The sparks are flying between Greta and Gray. It's obvious they have amazing chemistry and are attracted to each other. If only he wasn't engaged to Stephanie Harwood.
I'm surprised to find that I enjoyed this story. Normally I don't go for romance, but, as I've already stated, The Gingerbread House was just sooo sweet:D
To be fair, the story included somewhat high school dynamics. You've got Stephanie cast as the queen bee, Greta as the poor bullied loner, and Gray as the misinformed nice guy caught in between, with the town serving as the background student population. And, fittingly, the characters were a little immature in my opinion.
Even so though, it still didn't hinder my overall enjoyment of the cute storyline. It's a light read, and I'd recommend to anyone looking for just that. Nell Carson managed to take a few romance cliches and use them to make her characters sweet and endearing. Sweeter than Greta's fairy tale gingerbread house even:)
Thank you very much Nell for giving me a copy to read and review!