Sometimes the last thing we think we need is exactly what God has planned.
After the death of his parents, Jake Samuels has enough on his plate—including a fledgling church to lead and a mischievous younger brother to raise. The last thing he needs is a rambunctious woman to contend with.
Carin O'Malley is dealing with the death of her brother and a new job as an English teacher at East Ridge Middle School where Corey Samuels reigns as King of Chaos. The last thing she needs is to fall in love...especially with a handsome and complicated preacher like Corey’s brother Jake.
But when Corey's antics toss Carin and Jake together, the two must draw from God’s wisdom to find refuge in His perfect plan.
Also: Discover your own wisdom tree with the included one-month devotional.
Mary Manners is an award-winning romance writer who lives in the beautiful foothills of East Tennessee with her husband Tim and the cherished cats they've rescued from local animal shelters...Lucky and Gus.
Mary's debut novel, Mended Heart, was nominated Best Inspirational Romance 2010, and was finalist for the Bookseller's Best Award while her follow-up, Tender Mercies, was awarded an outstanding 4 ½ star rating from The Romantic Times Book Reviews and was also a finalist for the Inspirational Readers Choice Award. Buried Treasures, her third novel, claimed Book of the Year by The Wordsmith Journal. Light the Fire, her fourth novel, took top honors for the 2012 Inspirational Readers Choice Award. Mary was named Author of the Year by Book and Trailer Showcase. She writes romances of all lengths, from short stories to novels--something for everyone. Connect with Mary on her Facebook reader page at Mary Manners, author.
Right from the first page, I was drawn into the story of Jake and Carin, and also Jake's younger brother Corey. Jake and Carin had sparks flying between each other from their initial meeting, and things got more interesting as their paths continually crossed.
We each have different ways of dealing with loss and disappointments. In The Wisdom Tree, the characters are realistic and loveable, and it's very easy to relate to their pain and weaknesses. I couldn't help but wish I could sit down and have a chat with young Pastor Jake, maybe even in the shade of the family "Wisdom Tree".
This is the first book I have read by Mary Manners, and it definitely won't be the last. I loved how she made the characters come alive and very memorable. I especially enjoyed the devotionals included in the back of the book. I highly recommend this one!
Disclaimer: Ebook received through The Book Club Network Inc. in exchange for my honest review.