Thursday, March 28, 2013

The House that Love Built

Book description:  "Brooke has only loved one man, her late husband. Owen’s rebuilding after a painful divorce. Can a mysterious house bring them together for a second chance at love?
In the charming town of Smithville, Texas, Brooke Holloway is raising two young children on her own, supporting them by running the family hardware store. The last thing on her mind is falling in love. But she’s intrigued when a stranger moves to town and buys the old Hadley mansion. She’s always heard that house holds a secret—maybe even a treasure—and she can’t wait to see inside. When she meets the new owner and they spend time together, she can’t deny the attraction. Could God be giving her another chance at happiness? Or is she betraying her late husband’s memory by even thinking that way?
Owen Saunders bought the Hadley place to spite his cheating ex-wife. She’d always wanted to restore an old house in Smithville. Now he’s going to do it without her. But if anything needs restoration, it is Owen’s heart. Then he meets Brooke and her kids and finds himself tempted by love. Can he bring himself to trust a woman again?
Throw an eccentric uncle into the mix, along with the town’s teenage troublemaker, and even a finicky cat—and one thing becomes clear: God is bringing them all together for a reason."
My review:  On one hand I would say this book is a quick easy read. On the other hand, there are some deep issues that are addressed.  I enjoyed the story, and the theme of forgiveness is a thread throughout the book.  That theme is present on several different levels and reminds the reader that forgiveness is something we deal with in a lot of every day situations as well as difficult situations.  Death is also prevalent in this book.  These are only two of the difficult themes that are dealt with.  The author, Beth Wiseman, gives the reader plenty the think about while reading and even after the book is finished.  Even though these are issues we like to ignore, this was a great book to read.  There was plenty of humor, mystery, and romance to balance the book.  This is another  book by Beth Wiseman that I can recommend.  I received a complimentary e-copy of this book from Thomas Nelson Publishers through their Booksneeze Blogger Program in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own.

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