As a 30-something lady looking in the christian "chick lit" genre, this book stood out to me in my church library. Overall, I liked the story. In this age of "self-help" and HGTV, it was interesting to see the process of flipping a house.
Gretchen is the typical single "everywoman", a young woman looking for love, with her past relationship history playing a part. She holes up in her apartment after a nasty breakup, binging on Ben and Jerry's and watching reality tv. She eventually gets out of her rut by "flipping" a pathetic house she buys with her father's apartment on the line. A love interest makes his appearance early on, although his past relationship history makes her cringe.
As the flipping progresses (or stalls at parts), Gretchen's relationships deepen, ultimately ending on a good note.
I really liked how the author made this book relatable to women my age. Wanting (and losing) love, watching home-improvement shows, depending on ice cream, loving their pets, yearning for a home of their own; all these issues are what most women deal with at some point in their lives. As a christian, the religious aspect of the character was refreshing, deeper than the typical non-spiritual characters in most books. I also liked to see her relationships with different people in her life deepen, including her father and friends.
SPOILER ALERT! The one thing I disliked was the ending. Noah proposing to her was too sudden and too fast, like the author had to finish the book with the ultimate happy ending. Instead, I would have preferred them to continue knowing each other and start a dating relationship.
I also thought it would have been cute to have HGTV hear of Gretchen's house woes and do a "Flip This House" episode with her. It would have tied nicely into the show's numerous mentions in the book.