#BOOK REVIEW : THE HOUSE THAT LOVE BUILT by BETH WISEMAN

About the Book

The House that Love Built 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.

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About the author . . . 

Beth is a Carol Award Winner, Inspirational Readers Choice Winner, INSPY Winner, and the best-selling author of the Daughters of the Promise series and the Land of Canaan series. All of her books have held spots on the ECPA (Evangelical Christian Publishers Association) bestseller list and the CBA (Christian Book Association) bestseller list. She grew up in Houston, Texas and now resides in a small town west of Houston with a population of around 300. She lives with her husband, two dogs, two cats, two pot bellied pigs, two chickens and a pygmy goat. Her two grown sons also live in Texas. Beth has been writing in some capacity for most of her life. She’s a former award-winning journalist with eleven honors, including ‘First Place News Writing’ for The Texas Press Association. However, writing love stories with a spiritual message is where her heart is. When Beth isn’t writing (which is seldom these days) she enjoys traveling, cooking, fishing, reading, or just settling in for a good movie. Her best times are spent with family and friends! 
Reader review . . . 
Two years earlier, Brooke’s young husband was killed in an auto accident.  Now, she is raising their two small children on her own in their hometown of Smithville, Texas.  Owen Saunders is the new guy in town.  After his divorce, he left Austin and brought his broken heart to Smithville to restore an abandoned house.  Brooke and Owen feel that they understand one another.  Neither feels ready to have a romantic relationship and they enter into a platonic friendship.  As their relationship grows, they learn about forgiveness and growthAs Owen rebuilds the house, will he be able to repair his broken heart?

This is a story about second chances and forgiveness.  Brooke is understandably apprehensive about letting another man into her life.  Not only did she lose the love of her life,  but she is concerned about the effect of a relationship on her children.  Meanwhile, she is learning a valuable lesson on forgiveness.  Her father, who left her mother years earlier, has returned, and Brooke refuses to allow him into her life.  Owen refers to himself as “damaged goods” and “a shell of a man”, and does not believe his bitterness will allow him to be in a relationship again.

The House That Love Built is a  contemporary fiction containing romance and mystery, while including a Christian theme.  Real-life situations and characters make this a very enjoyable novel.

4 stars

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