I have mixed feelings about this book. Over all, I enjoyed the book. I don't read a lot of contemporary christian books, I usually read christian historical fiction, so I am not sure if my issues with this book are normal for this kind of book. I felt there were some scenes that really were pushing it for a christian book. The way that the character Owen was checking out Brooke, talking about her tight fitting shirt, or the times when its described how he grabs her hips. I am use to reading that and more in non-christian books, but I felt a bit uncomfortable reading it in a christian book. It just didn't seem right.
I know it seems like I didn't like the book, but I really did. The story line was really good. The characters had some depth. The story at the end between Brooke and her dad Harold, moved me.
I do think the book is worth the read. I may try out another book from the author out of curiosity.
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I have read many of Beth Wiseman's books. This was a very good book showing forgiveness.
The Home That Love Built
Booke Holloway is a single mom to Spencer and Meghan. Her Husband had passed away a couple years ago. Brooke works at the local hardware store. Her husband had his own store, which is right across the street from the hardware store. Brooke is struggling with letting go.
Owen Saunders is new to town. He just bought a big old house. Being single, people in this small town wonder why he would buy such a huge house. He tells them he just wants to take his time and fix it up.
Beth Wiseman hooked me with her excellent Amish fiction. But she has proven her ability to write excellent fiction in more than one genre. The House that Love Built is her second non-Amish novel, and it was a delight to read.
Brooke, Owen, and the other characters come alive on the pages. A troubled teenager and an offbeat uncle add variety and depth to the story, providing a balance of trouble and humor. As the characters deal with loss and betrayal, hope, love, and healing come at just the right time. A bit of small-town mystery around an old house and a bonding of an eclectic "family" rounds out this very enjoyable story.
Thanks to the BookSneeze blogging program for providing this ebook in exchange for my honest review.
"The House That Love Built" by Beth Wiseman is a book packed full of fun surprises! She starts with two broken people: a young widow with two children who'd been abandoned by her father as a young teenager and a recently divorced man who chooses to act out his bitterness toward his ex-wife by purchasing a large home in the small town where she'd always dreamed of living. Because this home is in need of many repairs, Owen, the divorced newcomer, quickly meets Brooke, the young widow, who just happens to own and run the local hardware store.
As these two become friends and strive to help each other work through their brokenness and toward forgiveness, they encounter one person after another after another in need of their love and compassion. Hunter, the troubled 17-year-old, is my favorite of these. He complicates the story greatly when Owen attempts to help him turn his life around only to learn that Brooke was emotionally wounded by Hunter and wants nothing to do with him.
Love, forgiveness, and emotional healing are the beautifully-explored themes of this book that I thoroughly enjoyed reading and most definitely recommend. I thank Thomas Nelson Publishers for the complimentary eCopy I received in exchange for this honest review.
I am already a huge Beth Wiseman fan, and this book was frosting on top of the cake. If I have bags under my eyes today, it is all Beth's fault as I started reading the book and could not stop until I had read to the end .......at 4 a.m. What a beautiful story of second chances, even for those who are elderly and diagnosed with terminal illnesses, there is hope. Even for those who have been in constant trouble with the law, there is hope. Even for a widow and divorcee, there is hope.
I love how Owen and Brooke create a family out of both those who are truly blood relatives and those whom God brings to them. What a treasure to be on the lookout for a hidden bunker and "treasure" of some sort in the old house that Owen buys. Can the spite that drove him to buy the house dissolve and leave room in his heart for love ? This book gave me hope that there is forgiveness and love and a home for each one of us, myself included. Another message I heard as I read this book was not to judge others. We never know the heart behind the decisions that others make and we need to treat them with love and respect, instead of pointing a finger. Life is discouraging for me right now with my husband unemployed and me on disability, and this story truly made me feel hopeful again.