By Beth Wiseman
Book Description: 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.
My Thoughts: Beth Wiseman is such a great romance writer. I've read almost all of Beth Wiseman's Amish novels, and I have loved each one. The House That Love Built is the first of her contemporary novels that I've read and I was not disappointed. I love this new book and wasn’t at all disappointed by the fact that it steers away from her previous books. As always Beth draws you in and makes you feel like you are part of the story. She makes you feel as if your walking right along side the characters as you follow their journey.
I love that this story isn't just about the main characters, Brooke and Owen, but about everyone who comes to the old house.It seems it is not only the house that needs fixed up, but also every character needs some hope, healing or forgiveness. Although some other reviewers find that it takes away from the story some and makes the book to muddled but I found it to be refreshing and loved getting to know other other characters.
I truly enjoyed this story and cant wait to see what Beth writes next.
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