DNF: The Stranger Next Door

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Title: The Stranger Next Door
Author: Miranda Barnes
Series: – –
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: Novella
Available: Now


You never know where you’ll find love…

Anna Thompson, a 30-something widow and a mother of two, lives in the quiet village of Branton in Northumberland and leads a safe, simple life with her children.

She is relieved when Moorside, the empty house next door is finally bought and looks forward to meeting her new neighbours, but rumours soon spread about the mysterious and solitary new resident.

Anna receives her first dose of his strangeness when she hears him out in his garden with a chainsaw in the middle of the night.

Who is this man? What is he doing in his garden? And who is the mysterious woman that rolls up in her car and let’s herself into his house the very next day?

Source: Review copy from Endeavour Press via NetGalley

This book and I just did not click. Mostly because I don’t have the patience to read about a timid heroine who cannot do anything without a man’s help, even though she’s been widowed for three years and is raising two young children without any help!

Besides that, there was nothing else that made me want to keep reading. Normally with a novella I’d push on regardless because it’s short and quick to get through, but this just failed to grab me and I simply had no interest in finding out what happened next. The blurb seems to tell me most of it anyway (I’ve only posted part of it above).

Sadly, this one was not for me.

The Stranger Next Door is Out Now.


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