First time to read a book with “middle aged?” characters in it. But, it was well worth it. I very much enjoyed the unsociable Mr. Crotchety and Overly Happy Sally.
The story behind Roger, aka Mr. Crotchety, is his wife died of cancer and he never really got over it. He because the Grinch year around. A recluse that sold shoes in his store. When a party animal decided to buy a house next door and turn it into party central, he has to move. No way will he’s sacred quiet place be disturbed. So, he marches himself to the real estate office. But, not one of the agents he can stand. Not even Ms. Quirky Sally.
Sally is a workaholic. So bad that her marriage was ruined because of it. She is also a cancer survivor. So her happy, chipper self is warranted. When she finds out Mr. Crotchety is selling his house and he has refuses all the other agents she makes her move. He rejects it. But, Sally needs this commission. Really bad. So, she makes him take her as his agent.
Roger finally caves. His nephew is down to visit him and help him with his store like all the previous summers. And the moment he sees Sally come in he sees a connection between the two. But Roger being Mr. Crotchety and all demises the though. Plus, Sally is hiding a secret that is bad. And Roger hates lies with a passion.
I have to say. Once I started this book it was an act of congress to put it down. It was quirky.