Other Side of the Wall by Jennifer Peel
Kindle edition, 248 pages
Published September 14, 2014 by Jennifer Peel
There once were two couples, neighbors in fact, but like most neighbors today, hardly a word was spoken in passing. What they knew of each other mostly consisted of what was inadvertently heard through the wall that divided their townhomes.
The Langstons and the Russos had more in common than they both knew. Both couples were newly married and terribly unhappy, each for different reasons of course. Scott and Jenna Langston were facing an incurable disease and Ava and Peter Russo were plagued with heartache and betrayal.
Too often, Scott could hear Ava crying through the wall. He wondered what would make such a beautiful woman so sad, but he had enough of his own problems, he couldn’t worry about what was happening on the other side of the wall. On occasion, Ava could hear Scott’s pleas for his wife to be well. She wanted to offer help and comfort, but she was too physically and emotionally exhausted to reach out across the wall.
Eventually, Ava’s crying ceased and her name changed. Scott’s pleas went quiet as they went unanswered. Now, instead of two couples, there were two very lonely heartbroken individuals divided by a wall, each trying to deal with the hand they had been dealt.
My Review: 5 Stars
This book scared me a little because I thought it was going to be way too depressing and serious. But hello? I've read Peel's books before and that should've been a big clue that I would love it. Although there are a few serious issues touched on, it's mostly a very sweet story about a couple's journey to finding love again and moving on from situations that they never expected to find themselves in.
I can't imagine finding myself alone again, as either a widow or a divorcee, and I'm sure letting go of the past is scary. It seems that grief goes in cycles and I've heard that you need to experience the year of firsts to truly be ready to move on. I don't know if that's true or not, but it sure worked for Scott and Ava.
It's much easier to take the easy route through life, but it's not as fulfilling to do so. Watching Scott stop and start, as he stumbles through life was aggravating at times because I wanted him to just get over it and move on already, but the process also had some very tender moments. Building and rebuilding relationships takes time and work and I loved watching his familial relationships settle. Ava seems much more ready to move on and holy cow, she is one strong lady! I do have one burning question though--HOW could Scott have ended up married to Jenna in the first place?!
I love the swoony romance and the way these characters interact with their families and with each other. There's something to be said for those bonds and it gives the whole story a rooted feeling. Even being treated like teenagers again, in some ways, is so hilarious and sweet.
If you love a good women's fiction with some angst, love, and growth, check this one out.
Content: implied affair, some innuendo, mild and swoony romance;
About the Author:
Jennifer Peel is the mother of three amazing kiddos. Wife to her one and only for the past twenty-one years. Lover of late night talks, beach vacations, the mountains, pink bubble gum ice cream, tours of model homes, and southern living. She can frequently be found with her laptop on, fingers typing away, indulging in chocolate milk, and writing out the stories that are constantly swirling through her head.