The House Sitter
His house. Her rules. But who’s in charge?
Pippa Munro had everything planned for her perfect wedding. What she did not have planned, was for her boyfriend to break up with her. Or sell her beloved farm. So instead of being blissfully engaged, Pippa finds herself jobless, homeless and loveless. Things couldn’t be going better…
Wolfie Squires needs someone to look after his family’s ancient house. He’s too busy with his hot shot city job to deal with a country manor several hundred miles away.
The perfect solution? Find someone to house sit. The less-than-perfect candidate? Pippa Munro.
Pippa is more comfortable working on a farm than dusting a chandelier, and definitely not the ideal choice for the job.
As tempers fray, ideas clash, and secrets are spilled, Pippa and Wolfie might realize they have the same ambitions for the house, if only they could stop arguing long enough to find out…
Hello Book friends!
Today I’m reviewing The House Sitter by Elizabeth Drummond. In this grumpy + sunshine, an almost thirty year old desperate for a job, decides to apply for the caretaker opening for the rich and elusive owner of a generations old manor in the countryside of the UK.
Now, let’s chat about the book itself.
This one wasn’t for me book friends. 😔
The House Sitter‘s premise is a great one, but the excitation of the story and certain romance tropes was a struggle.
I love a good enemies to lovers, where characters who despise each other, or don’t necessarily get along at first, find over time, that they can see past their animosity, and have a chance at happiness. But Wolfie and Pippa didn’t quite live up to the Pantheon of romance characters who turn enemies to lovers. I didn’t even think they really were enemies to begin with, it’s more like a workplace romance trope.
Further, I grappled with the romantic relationship between Wolfie and Pippa. I always swoon over a grumpy + sunshine, or opposites attract, but I felt that the interactions between these two didn’t have that initial spark that leads to the inferno that is their romance. Where you as the reader are smiling ear to ear, toes curling, and that Taylor Swift love song about finding true love blaring in the background because of the banter, the clear chemistry, and the graceful fluidity of two opposites coming together like the finishing pieces to a perfect puzzle. That never happened in this one.😭
Even though this one didn’t work for me, romance readers who enjoy tropes like opposites attract and sunny + grump, then consider giving The House Sitter a read.
Happy Reading ~ Cece
RATING: – Adequately Inked
About the Author
Elizabeth Drummond grew up and studied in Yorkshire, attaining a degree in English Literature from Sheffield University before moving to New York for a year post-graduation. It was in New York she learned she was nothing like Carrie Bradshaw so upon her return to England she moved to London where she forged a successful career as a film distribution executive. Elizabeth lives in Essex with her husband and two daughters.
|Source & Format
|Review Posted Online
|One More Chapter
|NetGalley, Digital ARC
|January 8, 2024
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