Brooke Holloway lives in the cozy little town of Smithville, Texas. She
lost her husband to a drunk driver two years ago but she's happy running
the family hardware store, raising her two kids and looking after her
mother. Owen Saunders only bought the old Hadley mansion to spite his
cheating ex-wife because she always wanted to fix-up an old mansion in
Smithville. He's bitter and vows never to love or trust another woman.
Then he meets Brooke at the hardware store and they both find themselves
intrigued with each other. Brooke tells Owen about the mystery
surrounding the mansion. As they spend time together, trying to figure
out the mystery, fixing up the house and getting to know each other,
Brooke feels like she might be betraying her husband and Owen doesn't
want to walk down 'lovers lane' again. As if things weren't complicated
enough, they're also dealing with a troubled teen, a scaredy black cat, a
traveling uncle, Brooke's mom and even Owens ex. But the old mansion
that was known by it's first owner as 'the house that love built', just
might live up to it's name. Can God use fixing up an old mansion to fix
the hearts of those involved in the project?
What a thoroughly
enjoyable story. It was loaded with charm yet covered some pretty tough
subjects with it's root in forgiveness. Lets face it, we all can
struggle with that so it was interesting to watch how each one dealt
with their situation. I appreciate how the author so deftly brings to
light how God can use us even when we're struggling. That was
encouraging. Most of us are familiar with the verse 'love covers a
multitude of sins' but you really see that verse brought to light in
this story in a beautiful way. Love is a powerful thing! Though this is
not a fast-paced story, it's one that certainly keeps you involved all
the way through. The whole mystery surrounding the mansion was like
hunting for lost treasure and I think it added a great element to the
story. The relationship between all of the characters and their emotions
felt true to life and spot on! You'll find yourself rooting for each
one as you're reading along. These are folks that will linger with you
long after you turn the last page. And I must say, I not only loved the
ending but there was a twist I did not expect that just beautifully
brought everything together. I loved the cover, loved the story and
loved the message! Great job, Beth Wiseman! I would love to see more of
these type stories from this author.
*This complimentary copy was provided by Thomas Nelson through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
Paperback: 352 pages Publisher: Thomas Nelson (April 2, 2013) ISBN-10: 1595548890 ISBN-13: 978-1595548894
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