Friday, 17 November 2017

Book Review: The Roommate "dis"Agreement by Leddy Harper

About the Book

Item One: Divorced man seeks female roommate for companionship. Cash Nicholson isn’t looking for a girlfriend, but he wants to come home to someone after a bad day at work. 

Item Two: Single mother needs apartment. Jade Robertson is desperate, and her best friend’s couch just isn’t going to cut it anymore. 

Item Three: No surprises. Romance. Work. Pasts. Agreements aren’t promises…



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My Thoughts

 It didn’t matter if you knew someone for an hour, a day, a year, or ten years, you never truly knew who they were in their heart until they were ready to show you

You’ll have to forgive me for thinking I had picked up a rom-com book. I thought hijinks and shenanigans were set to abound. Instead, what I found myself reading was a thoughtful and emotional story about two people who found each other in a most unusual way.

Cash Nicholson has taken the highly unusual step in seeking a female roommate for purely platonic reasons. According to him, he “missed the conversations, the companionship only a woman can offer.” He is lonely, and it takes fortitude to admit that. I found that admirable.

Jade Robertson is stuck. She is jobless, effectively homeless – a friend’s couch is not home – and has no familial support. Jade also has a young daughter, Aria, which makes digging herself out of current situation difficult. Jade herself is also lonely. She’s currently defined as a mother to a toddler and an unwelcome house guest.

Jade contacts Cash about his proposal more out of curiosity than intent, and so starts a tentative friendship between the two. Since romantic entanglements are off the table, it allows Jade and Cash to learn about each other without the pressure of romance. Yet, as often as they both bandy about the need for honesty, they are both hiding secrets.

When these secrets are exposed, they are significant enough to derail this budding romance. As the story progresses, we see the effort they each put into trying to understand each other. And that effort is rewarded. From initially being keepers of secrets, they become honest communicators. And how does their relationship flourish when everything is out in the open!

The heavy topics in the book are well-balanced with light-hearted moments, especially those related to the roommate agreement. Or rather, disagreement. I can easily imagine their written rules on paper, stuck on the fridge, with copious amendments as they bicker about each rule.

Aria, Jade’s daughter, also adds to the comedic factor, in addition to providing a level of cuteness that only young kids do. Cash is smitten by Aria and his ‘tyke’ quickly has him wrapped around her little finger.

There is a sincerity in Cash and Jade’s story that makes it a pleasure to read. I highly recommend it.

About the Author

Leddy Harper had to use her imagination often as a child. She grew up the only girl in a house full of boys. At the age of fourteen, she decided to use that imagination and wrote her first book, and never stopped.

She often calls writing her therapy, using it as a way to deal with issues through the eyes of her characters.

She is now a mother of three girls, leaving her husband as the only man in a house full of females.

The decision to publish her first book was made as a way of showing her children to go after whatever it is they want to. Love what you do and do it well. Most importantly Leddy wanted to teach them what it means to overcome their fears.

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