Neighbors And Favors by Kate Davis
My rating: 4 of 5 stars.
Christian prodigal daughter story and romance!
I don’t generally like Christian based books and movies. Mostly because they are a bit too preachy and also they always have some moral and many even have some sort of miracle occur. I suppose that isn’t any more far-fetched than your standard romance where a plain jane or curvy girl ends up with a smart, awesome looking billionaire with tight abs and huge hands.
This book did have all of the above but what I had the most problem with was the fact that I didn’t know it was going to be so much about Church, God, Jesus, Praying, and all the Christian talk until I began reading it. I would have liked to know that going in so I wasn’t surprised. I had a feeling there wasn’t going to be a lot of hot steamy intimacy because of the cover, since it is a rom-com cover and they can go either way with the steamy scenes. So it didn’t bother me that it was a romance without any heat. There was still attraction and growing feelings.
I have to say, I really did end up enjoying this book quite a bit. The author did a great job with the world building and the character development and I was laughing out loud through quite a few parts. Especially scenes with the main character Samantha (a.k.a. Sam) and her mother, and Sam and her dog Sammy.
“That’s the problem with my parents. They’re so sweet you can’t help but trust them with your most private stuff, including your social security number and the state of your dating life. And before you know it, they’ll have you registered on Tinder and Jake from the market booth down the street will be offering you free eggplant in exchange for going out with you. Never mind that Jake’s barely eighteen and his idea of a dinner invitation is splitting the bill at McDonald’s.”
The story centered around Samantha and her dog Sammy. Sam needed some independence from her overly loving Christian parents and got an apartment in New York City. Sam had lost her way and wasn’t sure she believed in God anymore. The apartment is small and the walls are very thin and she was told the building was very quiet. However, her neighbor was always making a lot of noise which sounded like he and a girl were having a good time over and over for long periods.
Sam confronts the neighbor and they end up getting to know each other a bit. His name is Shane and he keeps turning up wherever Sam is, or coming over and doing things for her. Sam is a writer and has been procrastinating on her novel for which she got an advance. Shane offers to take Sammy for walks and give her time to write. Shane does some things that seem sketchy and won’t always answer Sam’s questions so she doesn’t know what to make of him and why he is always around.
I won’t go into more detail because I don’t want to give away any more of the story than the blurb. However, I did enjoy the story overall. It was unpredictable in parts, and I didn’t guess what was going on with Shane until it was revealed, so that is always a plus in my book. The mother was hilarious, especially in text messages. So I would give this a solid 4 stars.
I probably would have given it more if I had known what I was getting into before starting the book. However, then I most likely wouldn’t have read it, because I know what my relationship with God is and I don’t like to hear about christianity outside of church. Though that is just me.
I voluntarily read & reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts & opinions are my own.