May 5, 2013

The House that Love Built by Beth Wiseman

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.

The House that Love Built is a fast moving story of romance, forgiveness, second chances, and a mystery from the past. Right from the start, I was drawn into the lives of Owen and Brooke, both of whom are struggling with loss and disappointment. They both had vowed to never give love another chance.

There are several other characters in this story who are also struggling with problems of their own, and I loved how the stories are intertwined. I especially enjoyed the story of the teenage boy Hunter who had absolutely everything going against him, and his future looked very bleak. It is always amazing to read how a life can be totally turned around by having a positive role model and to be given a chance.

As with every book I have read so far by Beth Wiseman, this one is another winner that I highly recommend.

Disclosure: Ebook received through Book Sneeze, in exchange for my honest review.

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