To get to the other side by Kelly Ohlert

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To Get to the Other Side Book Cover To Get to the Other Side
Kelly Ohlert
Alcove Press
December 6, 2022

Trixie isn’t exactly sure what she was thinking when she stopped her car in the middle of downtown Chicago, scooped up a chicken struggling to cross the road, and drove off… but she does know that she has to find a new home for herself and her new feathered friend. The landlord at her apartment doesn’t allow pets and has caught Trixie in one too many pet-smuggling attempts in the past.

Bear likes his quiet life with his close-knit family, who own a flower business, but he’s in for a rude awakening when his meddlesome sisters post an ad to rent the spare room in his simple home, without asking his permission. Still, when Trixie responds to the ad, he agrees to let her move in, despite immediate worries about keeping things platonic.

Determined to keep her new room, befriend Bear, and give her rescue chicken the care she deserves, Trixie fights to keep her walls up and resist her romantic feelings for Bear. However, it’s not long before the pair’s proximity and chicken parenting ignite flames that have Trixie and Bear testing the boundaries of their platonic ground rules. They have to figure out how to save a family business, pay for mounting vet bills, and navigate their own emotional baggage if they want to find the love that they all deserve.

Thank you, Alcove Press, and NetGalley for the e-arc! All opinions expressed are my own.

Trixie unexpectedly saved a chicken in the middle of downtown which caused traffic and a little commotion. She didn’t even know why she saved a chicken, but because of this chicken, she will be able to meet “Bear”, a gentle giant who was unexpectedly amazed by what Trixie did, and that chicken scenario was the start of their unexpected friendship and romance.

First, I want to say that I am so happy and grateful to Netgalley that my request to read this in advance was accepted. Thank you so much! I requested this book because I became intrigued by the description of the story plus the book cover is gorgeous. It is my first time seeing a “chicken” on a book cover. Hehe.

Though it took me so long to finish this because well “life happens”. As to the story, there were parts that I find hilarious and some parts that I find beautiful. As I dived into the story, and I get to know more about Trixie and Bear, I realized that the plot was all about self-acceptance, being true to ourselves, and being honest with our feelings.

The relationship between Trixie and Bear was like a tug-of-war, it was obvious that they liked each other, but because of their reservations, it took them so long to finally admit their feelings. And as a reader, I was impatient at that time, I want to shout and say “hey, kiss already because it is so f*cking frustrating!” Just kidding. Hehe.

To the characters, especially to Trixie, she was likable but there were times that I get annoyed with her, I still can’t pinpoint the reason, but I still understand her ways and her reservations, especially about her feelings. She always shows other people that she was happy all the time even though she was not. To Bear, at this point, I don’t have any comments on his character, though I have some advice, “Accept and acknowledge what you are truly capable of no matter what this passion of yours, even if it will not be accepted by the eyes of the majority. You are still a man no matter what you are doing.”

Overall, I’m glad that I finally read this book. Again, thank you for the opportunity, Netgalley, and I hope you enjoyed my book review of “To get to the other side by Kelly Ohlert”.

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