This is a tale of love and loss, tears and joy, and of sorrow slowly moved aside by hope. Mary Manners shares with readers a tale about Jake and Corey, with hearts filled with pain as well as Carin who is struggling to let the past not be her present or future. That is not all there is in the tale; there is sadness, but take heart that isnt the point at all. The main point is how God wipes away our tears and renews our hearts when we spend time alone with Him. One aspect of the writers novel I really appreciated was dealing with hard topics and heart topics in a way that stirs hope and lights a path for readers.
There is romance in the story too; one based on friendship which blossoms to love in time and on each persons daring to draw near to God. Carins character is an English teacher in an elementary school who moves lock, stock and barrel in order to leave painful reminders and start new in a town with no family members and a new job. Jake is a young man who pastors a small church. His biggest task though is taking care of his younger brother Corey since losing his parents.
I dont want to spoil it for you why the novel is titled the way it is, but lets just say I wish I had that view each morning or evening. Following the epilogue is a 31-day devotional to encourage readers to be still and know He is God, including pages to write whatever is brought to your heart or mind. As I read, I was reminded the Lord used different life experiences to teach me His wisdom and that wisdom is gained by not relying on me. The Wisdom Tree is the first novel by Mary Manners I have read and I look forward to reading more of her work in the future.
I received this book from the author through book fun.org in exchange for my writing a review. I had no idea as to the topic of the book, so I began it with no expectations. From the very beginning of the story, I was delighted to get drawn into the lives of the main characters. The author opens the story with the amusement of Pastor Jake's mistaken identity, by Miss Carin O'Malley, but formed the hint of guessing (and hoping) that these two attractive people will become an "item"...and they do. Pastor Jake has taken over the responsibility of completing the upbringing of his younger brother after the death of their mother, along with being the Pastor of his local church. I loved that the author had this story move quickly. She did not drag the story on, but allowed you to know right from the outset that there was a "spark" between teacher and pastor. As it moved along, you also waited to hear what was being "held back" from being revealed about Carin's past. I loved how the characters' relationship with each other was not prolonged, but moved steadily forward, and even after realizing that Carin was keeping something about her past to herself, the "secrets" were not withheld for a long period of time, but allowed her to take stock of her silence and how it was affecting her relationships with both Jake and his brother, Corey, who now, had grown fond of Carin.
I really enjoyed this book....a lot, and recommend it highly, as a "quick read", and a "feel good" completion.
I really enjoyed reading this book. I was kind of surprised when I realized it was ending, then I realized that there weren't any loose ends, so I was okay with the closure, haha. The characters were well-developed and the storyline had enough drama and intrigue to keep me interested. I would recommend this book to my other reader friends.
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The Wisdom Tree is a book of loss and love. It shows how healing can become complete with God's help. Jake, Corey, and Carin all have their issues but together they seem to complete each other. Once I started this book it was very hard to put down. I hope there will be a sequel to this story as the ending has so many possibilities for one. I would love to see into the future with these characters.
This is the first book by Mary Manners and it definitely won't be my last.
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