This was my first book I have read by Mary Manners. I really enjoyed getting to "visit" this small town and church. The characters were grieving over their lost loved ones and through the story we see how they help each other in this process. This was a very poignant and sweet story. This was a very fast read for me, and before I knew it I was finished. The author also includes a 31 day devotional at the end. My favorite part of the story was the first couple of chapters of how they meet. That part had me smiling for awhile. I received this book from bookfun.org for my honest review.
Jake Samuels, a young pastor takes in his 13 year old brother, Corey, after their parents die. Both struggle with loss and dealing with the huge void in their lives. Although Jake wants the best for his younger brother, it proves to be quite challenging for Jake to take over the role of parenting.
Carin is Corey's school teacher and has experienced losses of her own. Carin turns to Jake to try to figure out how to handle Corey's rambunctious behavior.
Can these broken families find the help they need, or are things too difficult to turn things around?
This is a great story about family, love, loss, and healing by relying on God's wisdom to see us through. Mary Manners' novel keeps you turning the pages. I thoroughly enjoyed Mary's writing style.
The devotional at the end of the story helps to guide us with realistic ways to have a closer relationship with God.
I rate this book with 4-1/2 stars
I was given a copy of this book from bookfun.org in exchange for my honest review.
This is the first book I've read by Mary Manners and it won't be the last. A sweet little romance where the three main characters, Jake, Carin, and Corey have each suffered terrible loss. This story is very easy to get into; once you start, you will keep the pages turning to see what happens next. You will fall in love with Jake, Carin, and Corey as they share their hearts, hurts, loss, pain, and guilt with each other and how they allow God's grace to set them free. The ending of the book leaves room for a sequel. An added bonus is devotions at the end of the book. Highly recommend!
What a good book! The author did a very good job of creating believable characters. She developed good back stories for the characters. They all had baggage and in the course of the novel, we followed one of the main characters as she made her way back to trusting in God. The romance was a sweet one and the attraction between the two main characters was easy to believe. I could have kept reading this book even longer and was surprised when it ended a little earlier than I expected. Still, I think the author tied everything up in the end nicely. I look forward to doing the devotional included at the back of the book. I received this book for free to read and to give an honest review of it from the publisher.
Mary Manners' Wisdom Tree was well written with very human portrayals of the young minister, Jake Samuels and his love interest, English teacher, Carin O'Malley. So often we put clergy on a pedestal and fail to allow them to come down to earth with the rest of us mere mortals. Ms. Manners approached the couple's blooming courtship and the problems brought to the relationship from a very realistic perspective. Overcoming grief is a major theme of the book. While coping with grief, the protagonists must also come to terms with issues of guilt, faith and trust.
I was not ready for the ending. I expected the villain to rear his head again as so often happens in contemporary drama, perhaps to pose a more ominous threat to Carin or her father. Instead Carin's ex fades into the sunset and all live happily ever after. While I felt the ending was somewhat abrupt, I was pleasantly surprised by the devotion at the end of the book, the very first of which was as though it had been written especially for me.