Susannah LewisThomas Nelson / 2022 / Trade PaperbackOur Price$13.494 out of 5 stars for Bless Your Heart, Rae Sutton. View reviews of this product. 9 Reviews
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FayeAge: 25-34Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5Southern Faith JourneyJuly 12, 2022FayeAge: 25-34Gender: FemaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4A humorous and honest Southern story of starting over, friendship, family, and faith.
Rae Sutton moves back to her hometown after the death of her mother and end of her marriage, finding hope with the friendship of the Third Thursday ladies.
A witty Southern read, that flashes between the present day and snap shots of the past as Rae dissects her life and plans for the future. The plot of this story meanders by like a Southern afternoon, keeping me on my toes while also delivering a dollop of heart along the way. I liked that Rae felt like an honest character, at a crossroads for the first real time in her life. I loved how her mother's friends welcomed her with open arms, sharing their own stories along the way.
Overall, this was a enjoyable read, sweet, yet in other ways unexpected. My favorite thing about Rae's story was how others encouraged her in her faith when her tank was low. An engaging read filled with faith and friendship, hoe and forgiveness!
I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
PhyllisE3 Stars Out Of 5Southern fiction with Christian values, sweet tea, and familyJuly 1, 2022PhyllisEQuality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 3Thanks to Thomas Nelson & NetGalley for a digital advance reader's copy. All comments and opinions are my own.
If you like southern fiction with Christian values, sweet tea, and themes of family and restoration, this is the book for you. Recently divorced and grieving her newly deceased mother, Rae Sutton brings her teenage daughter Molly Margaret back to live in the house where Rae grew up, in the small town of Whitten, Alabama.
Rae's passion is finding and restoring old furniture, as well as renovating and redecorating houses, and her mother's house is ripe for change. Before she passed, Rae's mom Margie wrote several encouraging letters for Rae, placed strategically for her to find throughout the house and shed. She knew Rae would need support as she grieved not only her mama, but also mourned the loss of her marriage.
Rae is continuously reminded by many of the book's characters that we are never too old for restoration. "Mama had talked about this in the letter she left for me in the shed. She talked about restoration and making old things new. It sounded cliche, but my heart was like that old armoire or the furniture I found at the junk store or on the side of the road. Beaten and battered. Bruised and dented. Worse for the wear. I was mourning the loss of my dear mother, and my husband. And some days I didn't know how I'd get out of the bed. I didn't know if my heart, my mind, would ever be restored."
In an additional plot point, fifteen-year-old Molly soon joins her new high school's basketball team, and when the coach meets Rae, there is mutual attraction. Is Rae ready for a new romance?
She finds herself joining in her mama's "ministry," a group of older women who meet monthly for lunch, prayer, and gossip. Mrs. Fannie, Mrs. Dora, and Aunt Maxine provide Rae with love and affirmation. They are mother figures who counsel her and pour their wisdom into her. the same way her own mother had done.
Christian faith and supportive encouragement help Rae to learn throughout the novel. As she heals from her broken marriage as well as the loss of her mama, she is continually reminded by friends and family: "You have a gift of making old things new. You have the gift of restoration. That fit was evident after your divorce, too. You restored your life when it was so broken and made things new for you and Molly."
AlaskanAmyAge: 45-54Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5Women Lit for the Beach!June 15, 2022AlaskanAmyAge: 45-54Gender: FemaleValue: 5Meets Expectations: 4I started reading Bless Your Hear, Rae Sutton two months before finishing it. I put it aside and then picked it back up while on vacation and couldn't wait to finish it. The beginning moved slowly for me until Raelyn Sutton starts to put her life back together again after her divorce and her mom's death.
Rae Sutton moves back to her small hometown after her husband leaves her for another woman and she inherits her mother's house. She is devastated to have lost the love of her life and works on learning to be a single mom. Her mother's friends take her in as their own and help her in her grieving period and how to live and love again. Rae relearns who she is and what she is capable of, all of which she wouldn't have done without the divorce or her elderly friends.
I recommend this Christian women lit book as a reminder to have hope in life and to as a reminder to reach out to those around us and give them hope and help them to learn to grow again!
I received a complimentary copy of this book thanks to Thomas Nelson and NetGalley, but all opinions are my own.
Ayla Will4 Stars Out Of 5Faith-filled and realisticJune 3, 2022Ayla WillQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I don't usually read contemporary women's fiction, but I'm glad I took a chance on Bless Your Heart, Rae Sutton. This was also my first time reading anything by Susannah B. Lewis, and I thoroughly enjoyed it! II'll be sure to look for more of her work in the future.
Rae Sutton is still reeling from a sudden divorce when she's hit once again--this time with the loss of her mother. Comments her "Mama" made shortly before her passing alongside letters from Mama, and discussions with family friends lead Rae and her teenage daughter, Molly, back to Rae's childhood home. Between motherhood, renovations, starting a new business, and monthly meetings with Mama's old friends, Rae is swamped and still struggling to deal with her losses. When Molly's new coach, Kent, enters the picture, Rae quickly finds room in her heart for him, but still finds herself longing for Carter, her now ex-husband. How will she decide what (and who) is right for her and Molly?
This novel is very well written and engaging. The characters were relatable and faced realistic struggles. I found myself completely engrossed in Rae's life, and laughed and cried along with the characters. The ending definitely threw me for a loop--I didn't see that coming for some reason!
If you enjoy faith-filled contemporary fiction, you'll want to check this one out.
*I received a complimentary copy of Bless Your Heart, Rae Sutton through the publisher and NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own. My positive review is not required.
JenMEAge: 25-34Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5Full of Southern Charm and Heart!June 1, 2022JenMEAge: 25-34Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Bless Your Heart, Rae Sutton is the perfect book to enjoy on a summer afternoon, on the front porch with a glass of sweet tea! It's full of southern charm, humor, and heart. The delightful characters will find their way straight to your heart, from Rae and her daughter to the Third Thursday ladies who become Rae's stand-in mother figures. They add both lighthearted and heartfelt moments, and give the story richness and depth. I loved the way Rae's faith grew so authentically - it felt natural and not preachy or cheesy. The themes of restoration and redemption hit just the right notes! I would recommend this book to fans of authors like Lauren K. Denton, and I can't wait to read what Ms. Lewis writes next!
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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