The Grass is Always Greener by Brindle Chase

The Grass is Always Greener by Brindle Chase
* I received a copy of this book from Breathless Press in exchange for an honest review*

Susan’s next-door neighbor, Jim, is Mr. Perfect. Environmentally conscious, tall, strong, and healthy—a good-guy all the way around. Susan should know; she’s been watching him from her side of the fence for months. She’s done with bad boys, and it’s been a year since her divorce and Jim’s wife’s death. Today, she’s decided to do something about the loneliness plaguing them both. It’s time to risk their friendship on the chance they can love again.

The Grass is Always Greener is a story about neighbors that share a bond of loneliness.  It’s short, to the point but with plenty of character development.

Susan has been divorced for a year and is tired of being alone.  She is attracted to her neighbor Jim but he is the total opposite from the guys she has been dating.  She is ready to move forward with her life and hopes that Jim is too.

Jim is an environmentalist that bikes to work and has solar panels in his yard.  He spends a lot of time working in his yard.  It’s been a year since he lost his wife in an accident; he wants to move forward but doesn’t know if he can.

Susan is tired of just watching Jim from her side of the fence and is determined to do something about it.  He comes over to help her get started with solar panels but gets a surprise.  She is offering him a chance at happiness again. 

Both characters are well developed, we find out a lot about them and their history.  There is adequate build up to the ultimate reward without the story just being about their encounter.  The author did an excellent job telling this story with just the right amount of detail.  I enjoyed this short story a lot.  I give The Grass is Always Greener 3½ Flaming Hearts.

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