The best thing between Oliver Barrett and Mackenzie Williams is a fence. Ever since Oliver’s new-neighbor gestures were met with unfriendly responses, he’s decided to keep his distance. After all, he’s in this seaside town to get his life on track again. That doesn’t include working hard to get on Mackenzie’s good side – no matter how intriguing she may be.
His intentions are put to the test, however, when his dog becomes infatuated with hers. The two crafty canines do their best to break down the barriers between the properties. And where the dogs go…well, the humans must follow! It doesn’t take long for a powerful attraction to build between Oliver and Mackenzie. They soon discover that the worst of first impressions can lead to the best possible outcome…
Note: this review was previously posted on my Goodreads page.
To be honest, if Sarah Mayberry wrote the phone book, I’d read it. She is definitely an auto-buy author for me.
However, I don’t like this book simply because she wrote it, I love this book because it is just plain good!
The hero and heroine aren’t made out to be superhuman, just two regular people going through some heavy-duty issues. Mackenzie is recovering from a horrific and life-threatening accident, and trying to overcome the physical effect of that. Oliver has been betrayed in the worst way by his wife and is dealing with the resultant destruction of his trust in people. It’s refreshing to see characters that are in their late thirties and full of the experiences that life has presented them with.
I also liked that the dogs in this story, Strudel and Mr Smith (fantastic names, by the way) weren’t there simply to advance the plot. They were a proper part of the action.
Like Ms Mayberry’s other books, The Other Side of Us has smart and funny dialogue. Being Australian, it is always nice to see our often unique sayings being bandied about without it sounding like a bad 70s tourist ad. My personal favourite: “Everyone’s got their own sh!t to shovel”.
If you haven’t yet discovered Sarah Mayberry, do yourself a favour and get reading. You won’t be disappointed.
My rating: 5 out of 5
Release Date: 1 January 2013