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The Neighbor Renovation by Grace Worthington

About the Book

Book: The Neighbor Renovation

Author: Grace Worthington

Genre: Sweet Romantic Comedy

Release date: March 30, 2023

My perfect summer just got ruined by a brunette in a tool belt.

This was my summer to get away from it all. Live like a hermit. Fix up my family’s vacation home.

Until Ella arrived.

My infuriating neighbor has returned for beach season.

Ever since our families bought summer homes next to each other, that was the beginning of our neighbor war.

Now I have to see her every. single. day.

When I let it slip that I’m making a few home improvements, she jumps at the chance to help. She’s an interior designer who needs work. I’m a man who loathes shopping. Any mention of the words color palette makes me want to break out in hives.

We’re the dynamic duo for this fixer upper.

There’s only one problem: the more time we spend together, the more attracted I am to her. Now our on-the-job flirting is veering into dangerous territory.

Because if there’s one thing I know, Ella and I are not meant to be together.

I’m emotionally unavailable. She’s sworn off relationships. And our families hate each other.

I know my future is at stake. But I can’t seem to tear myself away from this project…or her.

So I tell myself:

I most definitely will not fall for my neighbor. 

But you know what they say about promises you can’t keep? Don’t make them.

Like most home projects, I’m learning that nothing ever goes according to plan.

Especially when it comes to love

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About the Author

Grace Worthington is the author of sweet romance and sweet romcom novels. She loves quaint small towns and the beach is her happy place, which is why you’ll find both in her books. She’s obsessed with chocolate, romcom movies from the 80’s & 90’s, and goldendoodles. Get a free book sweet romcom at

More from Grace

I love home renovation shows, because they make it look so easy to magically turn your home into something amazing in only a half-hour. (If only that worked in real life.)

But what if two people who were enemies worked on renovating a home together? Would they survive the renovation? Could it even bring them together?

I love all the tropes, but enemies to lovers is one of the most satisfying for me, especially in romantic comedy. The huge payoff is seeing two very opposite people come together quite magically. In the end, I’m always rooting for the couple who overcomes the odds.

It’s also been my experience that no matter how much you prepare for a home project, it never goes according to plan. This sets the stage for lots of hilarious scenarios as things go wrong and the couple learns to navigate these unexpected detours together.

But in The Neighbor Renovation, it’s not just about the physical home. There is a deeper metaphor of what happens in their lives as they learn to overcome past wounds and take a chance on love. Just like the home renovation shows, the renovation that happens in their hearts is almost miraculous.

So if you like HGTV, sweet romantic comedies,  grumpy sunshine couples, and second chance love stories, then you’re going to enjoy The Neighbor Renovation: A sweet romantic comedy.

–Grace Worthington

My Impressions

“It all started with an argument over a fence.”

What do you get when you mix a modern-day Romeo and Juliet with a home improvement show and turn it into a sweet rom-com? Neighbor Renovation by Grace Worthington, of course. Ella and Grant take turns narrating chapters. This novel employs the enemies-to-lovers trope, and is so full of humor, I laughed my way from beginning to end. I was so happy, as many so-called rom-coms don’t emphasize the comedy as much as I would like. But when you have

a huge out-of-control dog named Harold, gutsy friends willing to cheer one on, and a sad sack vs a perpetually smiling force of nature, well…

Trying to break into a field she feels is populated only by those from moneyed backgrounds, with impeccable family histories to match, Ella is petrified someone will discover her poor, shameful background. “… the waves soothe the voices in my head. The ones telling me I’m not enough. I’ll never be enough.”

Grant may be a Brad Pitt look-alike, but he has his own issues to overcome. He’s at his grandma’s beach house to be alone after a disastrous relationship. Will he ever be able to let go of the past and move on, or will Ella have to move on without him, carrying her broken heart with her?

I received a copy of the book from Celebrate Lit. No positive review was required, and all opinions are my own.

Notable Quotables:

“But when you’re swimming in money, when life is humming along smoothly, it’s hard not to connect all your success to your choices, because then you can hold on to the dangerous lie that you’re actually in control.”

…all our experiences, good and bad, make us into who we are and who we’re meant to be. It gives us a chance to remake ourselves and discover we’re stronger because we survived.

“showing up authentically means you might get rejected.”

My Rating


Magnificent! A true rom-com, I laughed all the way through.

Blog Stops

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, April 5

Texas Book-aholic, April 6

She Lives To Read, April 7

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, April 8

A Reader’s Brain, April 9 (Author Interview)

Christina’s Corner, April 9

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, April 10

Babbling Becky L’s Book Impressions, April 11

Locks, Hooks and Books, April 12

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, April 13

Cover Lover Book Review, April 14

For Him and My Family, April 15

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, April 16

Pause for Tales, April 17

Book Looks by Lisa, April 17

Holly’s Book Corner, April 18


To celebrate her tour, Grace is giving away the grand prize package of a $50 Amazon gift card and copy of the book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

4 thoughts on “The Neighbor Renovation by Grace Worthington”

  1. I, too, thought of a modern Romeo and Juliet story when I read the book blurb. I am glad to know this book is a definite comedy, not just a romance with humor. Some days a story like this is just what I need.

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  2. Thank you for sharing your impressions of The Neighbor Renovation, this sounds like a fun story and I am looking forward to reading it myself

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