Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Book Review - "The House that Love Built"

Beth Wiseman's latest novel, "The House that Love Built," is a book that you will want to keep on reading once you start until you reach the very last page.

Book Description from the publisher:

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 -

I have only read Amish fiction by Beth Wiseman and I was curious to read a different genre from her.  I have enjoyed Wiseman's novels and "The House that Love Built" is one that I enjoyed so much as well!  First of all - I love the cover of this book!  The cover caught my attention as I love the scene on the cover, looking down the driveway toward the house, just love it! I really enjoyed "spending time" with the characters in this book and watching the relationship grow between Owen and Brooke.  I felt as if I was there with them in the hardware store and discussing the home and working on it together with them along with trying to figure out the mystery.  Both Owen and Brooke fight their feelings, but they know that they cannot fight what God is doing in their hearts and in their lives.  This is such a touching love story and such a great message of forgiveness which can be a struggle, but so important. 

*Thank you to Thomas Nelson Publishers for a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.*

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