My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

This is the first book I have read by Huntley Fitzpatrick – and I loved it!  Definitely a 5 star read.

Samantha lives with her single mother and sister – but spies longingly from afar on the huge family of ten next door!  Her mother, Grace, is a public figure in politics, and all about ‘keeping-up-appearances,’ yet despite her apparently ‘family friendly’ manifesto she looks down on what she sees as the loud, vulgar and untidy Garretts next door.

Unbeknown to her mother, one evening Samantha strikes up a conversation with Jase Garrett, who it turns out, has also been watching her from afar.  And so begins a lovely romance between the two, beautifully written, tenderly developed and as full of love, friendship and trust as you would wish.

Suddenly, out-of-the-blue disaster strikes the Garretts at the very heart of their family, and Samantha suddenly finds herself torn between loyalty to family or her love for Jase; the need to do what’s right and blood ties.  Samantha, always the obedient daughter, the hard worker, is faced with the most important decision she has ever had to make so far.  What will she do?

This wonderful story is full of paradox, and I think that’s what makes is so absorbing.  Samamtha the beautiful rich girl versus Jase and his huge family; Grace, the perfect ‘family friendly’ Senator who falls far short of a moral challenge;  Nell, the scholarly best friend with a bright future who cheats to get the required grades for acceptance at the college of her choice; Tim, the drunk, drugged wild boy with the heart of gold.

‘My Life Next Door’ is a great story filled with great characters.

I give this book five out of five stars.

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