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4 Stars Out Of 5
SWEET AND UPLIFTING STORY OF LOVE AND FORGIVENESS!
November 1, 2012
My Book Addiction
A SWEETHAVEN HOMNECOMING by Courtney Walsh is a sweet,uplifting christian contemporary romance set in Sweethaven.It is book #2 in "The Sweethaven Circle",and can be read as a stand alone. While, I did not read the first "A Sweethaven Summer",I had no trouble following these interesting and engaging characters or the plot. You met Jane,Lila,Adele and Campbell in "A Sweethaven Summer" and they reappear in this title,while adding the charming Meghan. Meghan, left Sweethaven to follow a dream. She must come home to her childhood home. Where she will find healing,the power of forgiveness,friendships,and the over powerful understanding of unconditional love and acceptance. Follow Meghan on her struggles and to find new memories. *Beware, you will need tissues*. What a sweet,heartwarming story of love,faith and forgiveness. A powerful story. Received for an honest review from the publisher and Wynn-Wynn Media.Details can be found at the author's website,Guideposts,and My Book Addiction and More.
HEAT RATING: SWEET
REVIEWED BY: AprilR, My Book Addiction and More/My Book Addiction Reviews
Courtney Walsh in her new book "A Sweethaven Homecoming" Book Two in The Sweethaven Series published by Guideposts brings us back into the lives of four women in the town of Sweethaven, Michigan.
From the back cover: The Sweethaven Circle is back â€” and so is a friend they thought they'd never see again!
Country singer Meghan Rhodes has moved on with her life, leaving Sweethaven and its painful memories in the past. Not even a card from a dying childhood friend could make her return. But when she's confronted on national television with her ex-husband's plan to file for sole custody of their twins, Meghan takes the first flight to Michigan, back to the charming little beach town full of haunting memories and relationships that need mending.
It's pride that leads Meghan back to Sweethaven, but it's emptiness that keeps her there. Meghan is overcome with the need to make things right with her ex-husband, her children, and even the friends she'd convinced herself she no longer needed. But is she too late?
The Sweethaven Circle is back together again as Meghan works with Jane, Lila, Adele, and Campbell to begin a new scrapbook for memories yet to be made. Picking up where A Sweethaven Summer left off, A Sweethaven Homecoming explores the strong bonds of friendship, the power of forgiveness, and the importance of unconditional love.
I like the name of this town, Sweethaven. It tells us that this place is not only a haven, a resting place, but a place that is also sweet. And it is also a beach town where the sound of Lake Michigan can soothe high-strung nerves. It is nice to come home to Sweethaven for another visit. Ms. Walsh has done an extraordinary job with the characters, I liked each and every one of them and this time we have the addition of a new character, Meghan. "A Sweethaven Homecoming" is about family and hope and healing and I liked it a lot. I recommend this book highly and am looking forward to the next one due out later this year.
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It's often funny how at times the things we have done in our pasts, our mistakes, bad decisions, no matter how far removed we think we are from them can come back at the worst possible moments and that is how Meghan Rhodes felt as the was being interviewed on the Shandy Shore show. When people become guests, all questions are supposed to be pre-approved to avoid any type of shock and awe moments, but that is exactly what happened to Meghan. One minute she's thinking she's about to be briefly interviewed as a country music star and then perform, but it turns into an expose' on her past.
Just when hasn't someone done something that they would be ashamed of, and when Shandy pulled out pictures Meghan posed for at nineteen, she wasn't at all prepared for how to handle this professionally. She is also asked how she plans of keeping custody of her twins when she learns that her ex-husband Nick is suing her for full custody. Apparently Meghan has been set up but worst yet, she wonders how she didn't see this one coming in advance. Maybe if she did, she would have been better prepared for Shandy's unexpected questions. Now she can only head home to Sweethaven in search for answers and new beginnings.
In the novel, A Sweethaven Homecoming by Courtney Walsh, Meghan heads home in Sweethaven. Michigan in search for answers. Searching for answers for where everything has fallen apart that has brought her to today. Where did things go wrong with Nick? Her children? Even her friends? When had her life gotten so busy that she forgot about the people that mattered most in her life? She will reconnect with her friends again to find the answers she needs before she can ever begin to move forward.
Campbell is heading back to Sweethaven as well to tie up some loose ends even though friends in Chicago don't want her to. She remains convinced that her mother, the one that began her journey of discovery with merely a scrapbook to answer the questions she had about her mother's life. She knows her mother wouldn't want her past to dictate the way she lives her life today, and thus the reason to go back. She needs to know her father and grandfather now, even if well-meaning friends don't see it that way. Even though she knows her father didn't want her anyway, she needs more answers than her mother's scrapbook can provide if she's going to figure out what she wants to do with the rest of her life and that includes Luke as well.
Lila is still trying to deal with the fact that her husband, Tom is Campbell's father as they wait for their divorce to be final. He still loved her despite the fact he betrayed her. What could you expect when you found out he fathered a child with her best friend and hid it from her for twenty five years. Now she just needed to walk away for good but can she?
The first place Meghan arrives when she comes to Sweethaven is her mom Adele's home. It's where Nick and the twins are and she is hoping to finally begin the process of figuring things out and stop running from her responsibilities. I guess it makes sense it's the first place to start after learning of Nick's latest news. She also hoped to reconnect with her brother, Luke. What would she say if she knew that Luke and Nick were practically like brothers these days?
As a pastor's wife, Jane knew that she didn't feel right if she wasn't helping someone. After losing her son, Alex she knew she had to stay busy. When her husband Graham suggested that she might want to lead a Bible Study class, she wasn't quite sure this was for her, but she could help women learn to journal. It's what has helped her process her feelings and it may help someone else. It would be a chance for them to get together and learn more about God's forgiveness and love, but wouldn't she be an impostor? She hadn't learned these things for herself, had she? Maybe she could finally find a way to make peace with what happened to Alex, and this was as good as time as any!
I received A Sweethaven Homecoming by Courtney Walsh compliments of Christian Fiction Blog Alliance for my honest review and it's such a wonderful sequel to A Sweethaven Summer. This is the story about how each of these women will move from painful pasts to new beginnings in completely different ways. As the reader, you may identify with one or more of these women in how they are dealing with their pasts and hope that lies within each of them to bring about forgiveness and unconditional love. I rate this book a 4 out of 5 stars and if you haven't read the first book, A Sweethaven Summer, you might want to pick that one up first to gain insight into the lives of each of the characters you will encounter in this delightful novel.
This is the second in the series, and I enjoyed revisiting the beach town of Sweethaven. The Circle of friends each wrestle with problems. Meghan, a country music star is the central character. As her agent, Duncan, suggests, the thing she does best is to be a star; Meghan seems to turn everything else into a mess. As an alcoholic, she has a hard time forgiving herself. Sadly, her four-year-old twins no longer recognize her.
Romance blooms aplenty. Marriages are restored.
Journaling and scrapbooking help the characters better understand how to forgive themselves and others. There are some gems of wisdom within these pages.
Thank you to Bonnie at Christian Fiction Blog Alliance and Guideposts for my copy.
In the second "Sweethaven" novel, we've again picked up with these beloved new characters from "A Sweethaven Summer".
What I love so much about this novel (and it's prequel) is while the story lines focuses primarily on one main character (in this case, Megan) there is much to be loved and deepened in the lives of the other members of "The Circle." Each of these women bring something to the story that not only impacts their lives, but the lives of their friends and their community. It's a tightly knit story fashioned upon past mistakes and the need for forgiveness. Both to accept and give.
Megan is a difficult character to like, I won't lie. But her longing to do the right thing by her children, while misguided, is the force to keep me reading when I did become frustrated with her poor decisions.
There is so much depth to this story! I see no reason to believe why there can't be another Sweethaven novel because the characters all have their own story to tell. I would love to know more about Lila's story and fall more in love with Campbell and Luke's romance. I hope they both play a more prominent role in the coming novel.
From dialogue to writing style. Characters to setting. To the passion behind the writing voice for these four women, is a story that makes me eager to return to Sweethaven again and again.
This review is my honest opinion. Thanks to the publishers through CFBA for my copy to review.