Monday, July 11

Sweet Sanctuary by Sheila Walsh and Cindy Martinusen-Coloma

Before Wren was a mother humming lullabies, she was a lonely daughter aching for unconditional love.

Wren Evans is an ordinary mother parenting an extraordinary child. Charlie and Wren share an incredible bond -- forged in the fire of a single-parent home. Their intimacy insulates them from the outside world. And Wren will do anything for Charlie, even if it means uprooting their little family yet again to expose him to the best musical training.

But Charlie has a deep desire of his own. With the earnest belief only found in children, Charlie goes to his heavenly Father with a request: "God, please make my mom happy again." The answer to his prayer comes soon and unexpectedly with the fulfillment of a promise made long, long ago.

Visit the author's websites at http://sheilawalsh.com/ and http://www.cindycoloma.com/

Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Thomas Nelson (August 9, 2011)
ISBN-13: 978-1595546869

MY THOUGHTS

For a great summer read, mark your calendar for August 9th, the release date of Sweet Sanctuary.  Sheila Walsh and Cindy Martinusen-Coloma make a fantastic team as co-writers, and I highly recommend this book.

A family is torn apart by bad memories and misunderstandings, and they unfairly blame each other for their unhappiness in life.  Their grandmother devises a plan to get the family back together again.  Her plans are not eagerly supported, but she is determined to get positive results before she dies.  And she is not accepting a "no" from anyone.

There was much in this book that resonates with my own family relationships.  I wish we had a grandmother just like in this book, someone who would come along and basically tell us to "get over it, and move on".  Forgiveness is so incredibly sweet, for everyone involved.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book from cover to cover. I am a huge Sheila Walsh fan already, and I look forward to discovering more books by Cindy Martinusen-Coloma.  I love this story ... and Sweet Sanctuary is a real winner!

Disclosure: I reviewed this electronic galley through Net Galley, courtesy of the publisher Thomas Nelson. I was not compensated for my thoughts.

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