by Joan Dayton from the February 10, 2014 issue
Tagline: Julie and Ken both understood that homes are like hearts--they require tender loving care to flourish...
In a Nutshell: Julie is a real estate agent trying to sell a house owned by the Gradys. Ken restores houses for a living. He used to do odd jobs for the Gradys when he was younger and even though it has a petunia pink kitchen, he wants to buy the house himself.
Observations: This story did not stand out for me. There was only one moment that resonated and that was:
In the kitchen, his gaze swept the room. "Yep. petunia pink." Seeing her puzzled look, he said, "I did yard work as a kid and the Gradys were customers. After I cut the lawn, Mrs. Grady would invite me in for lemonade. I never knew my own grandparents, so they sort of filled that spot for me."
This part made me smile. I could totally picture a young boy being coddled by them, especially Mrs. Grady, in that pink kitchen.
Otherwise, the story didn't evoke any particular emotions in me. As usual, my usual disclaimer says your mileage may vary. Johnene thought it was good enough to pay $800 for and somewhere an author is taking that to the bank!
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