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Noah Mitchell went through a divorce a year and a half until he hears otherwise from the IRS claiming he and his ex-wife are still married. It turns out she did not file the required paperwork properly. Josephine fixes the situation and hand delivers the “new final divorce papers” to his ranch. That is when the snowstorm hits and they are together again with all their resentments.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2017
Dimensions: 8.40 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0718090489
ISBN-13: 9780718090487

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Author Bio

Denise Hunter is the internationally published bestselling author of more than twenty-five books, including A December Bride and The Convenient Groom, which have been adapted into original Hallmark Channel movies. She has won The Holt Medallion Award, The Reader's Choice Award, The Carol Award, The Foreword Book of the Year Award, and is a RITA finalist. When Denise isn't orchestrating love lives on the written page, she enjoys traveling with her family, drinking green tea, and playing drums. Denise makes her home in Indiana where she and her husband are rapidly approaching an empty nest. You can learn more about Denise through her website DeniseHunterBooks.com or by visiting her Facebook page at facebook.com/authordenisehunter.

 

 

 

Editorial Reviews

"Sweetbriar Cottage is a story to fall in love with. True-to-life characters, high stakes, and powerful chemistry blend to tell an emotional story of reconciliation." —Brenda Novak, New York Times bestselling author "Sweetbriar Cottage is a wonderful story, full of emotional tension and evocative prose." —Francine Rivers, New York Times bestselling author of Redeeming Love "The exploration of what love should look like in marriage and in general is very deep and contemplative. This is a novel that can help facilitate healing." “Hunter crafts Noah and Josephine’s convoluted relationship with remarkable depth, immersing readers into a fragile and soul-searching experience.”

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Following his divorce, Noah gave up his dream job and settled at a remote horse ranch in the Blue Ridge Mountains of northern Georgia, putting much-needed distance between himself and the former love of his life. But then Noah gets a letter from the IRS claiming he and Josephine are still married. When he confronts Josephine, they discover that she missed the final step in filing the paperwork and they are, in fact, still married. Josephine is no happier about the news than Noah. Maybe the failed marriage—and botched divorce—was her fault, but her heart was shattered right alongside his, more than he would ever believe. The sooner they put this marriage behind them, the better for both of their sakes. But when Josephine delivers the final paperwork to his ranch, the two become stranded in his cottage during the worst spring snowstorm in a decade. Being trapped with Josephine is a test of Noah’s endurance. He wrestles with resentment and an unmistakable pull to his wife—still beautiful, still brave, and still more intriguing than any woman he’s ever known. As they find themselves confronted with each other and their shared past, old wounds surface and tempers flare. But when they are forced out into the storm, they must rely on each other in a way they never have before. Josephine finally opens up about her tragic past, and Noah realizes she’s never been loved unconditionally by anyone—including him. Will Noah accept the challenge to pursue Josephine’s heart? And can she finally find the courage to trust Noah?

Editorial Reviews

“Hunter crafts Noah and Josephine’s convoluted relationship with remarkable depth, immersing readers into a fragile and soul-searching experience.”

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  1. kicki
    Inyokern, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    1 Stars Out Of 5
    UNlikeable
    July 19, 2017
    kicki
    Inyokern, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 1
    Value: 1
    Meets Expectations: 1
    After reading 8 other reviews I'd wondered if we were talking about the same book. First, the plot dragged unmercifully with the 'lost in the woods' episode. Second, there was no depth of character development. Third, there was not a single likable character in the story. Noah and Josephine were so flawed, so unhinged that it was difficult to identify with either of them. Fourth, the takeaway value might have been a reconciled marriage - but even that didn't work. Noah and Josephine might have come together again, but there was zip when it came to any semblance of a healthy, believable marriage. Sorry to sound critical, but a most unlikable read.
  2. RobbyeFaye
    Anniston, AL
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Realistic and Authentic
    July 19, 2017
    RobbyeFaye
    Anniston, AL
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Josephine Miller wants nothing more than to get her divorce from Noah and get on with her life. However, her traitorous heart keeps getting in the way. She can't still love him, can she?

    Noah's heart was broken by Josephine, and he wants as much distance between the two of them as he possibly can. Now, to add insult to injury, he discovers their divorce was never finalized! Would he never be free of Josephine?

    I alternated between heartache for Noah and Josephine, frustration at their hard headedness and sadness at their lack of and inadequate communication.

    Denise Hunter has written a poignant, bittersweet story of heartbreak and betrayal. The characters are complex but well developed. Sweetbriar Cottage isn't your normal, charming happily ever after story. The subject matter is hard-hitting but realistic, daunting but authentic. I don't want to give any spoilers, but there is redemption. Ms. Hunter has interwoven faith and conviction seamlessly into the story without making the reader feel as if they are being preached to or beaten over the head with her message.

    Sweetbriar Cottage is a difficult book to read but very much worth taking the time to read.

    I received a copy of Sweetbriar Cottage from The Fiction Guild. However, I was under no obligation to provide a review.
  3. Mark
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    great read
    July 17, 2017
    Mark
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I have never read a book by Denise Hunter before. Nothing against her, but I just rarely read a book that is just romance. If there is mystery and suspense thrown in, I can handle some romance, but a book that is only romance isn't on my usual reading list. However, I had a friend suggest her books to me, so I decided to review this one when it came up.

    In a day when so many marriages are falling apart, even among Christians, it is refreshing to read a book where the couple gets back together. Yeah, that is a spoiler, but one would assume that happens by reading the back cover. This book was also a bit unusual in the fact that it was the woman who cheated and caused the breakup of the marriage, instead of the man. The man in this story was a Christian who remained faithful.

    Onto the review: I liked the author's writing style, and the main characters she came up with. She did a great job on the chemistry between them, and the awkwardness that would exist when two people are stuck together who are no longer together as a couple.

    The book went back and forth between the past and the present, and I am pretty sure they messed up on the time frame a couple of times, so I was bit confused a couple of times. Even though I assumed Noah and Josephine were going to patch up their differences, it was still enjoyable seeing them get to that point.

    All in all, this confirmed bachelor enjoyed this romance book a lot, and plan on reading more from this author.

    I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
  4. Anna Mae
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: Female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Sweetbriar Cottage by Denise Hunter
    July 14, 2017
    Anna Mae
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Josephine and Noah couldn't have come from more different backgrounds. They were attracted to each other immediately and married in a short time without really understanding each other.

    Josephine's innocence was ripped from her early in her life and her method for survival was to use men instead of allowing them to use her.

    Noah was a fine young man with a loving family who loved and lived for God.

    This led to filing for divorce but this was delayed because Noah hadn't signed the final papers. God works in mysterious ways His wonders to perform and Josephine and Noah found themselves stranded together in a violent snow storm which took them through the mountains in such a way that they were doubtful they would live through the experience. However, God was working and in desperation Josephine bared her heart to Noah and they realized they truly loved each other.

    Enough detail, pick up this book and read it. You will enjoy it and perhaps come out wiser and more understanding for having read it.

    Denise has a unique way of getting into peoples' heads and hearts and how God works to unite people in understanding and love.

    I would like to thank Fiction Guild for another great read.
  5. mjk108
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Summer Reading!
    July 13, 2017
    mjk108
    Quality: 4
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 3
    " We're not divorced, Josephine. The papers were never signed by the judge."

    Noah and Josephine Mitchell completed their divorce papers over a year ago and moved on with their separate lives. As fate would have it, the judge's signature seems to be missing from the documents, as the IRS has happily informed Noah that he is definitely not single.

    How do two people who loved each other madly end up not speaking and supposedly divorced? Life has a way of placing obstacles in our path that we never foresee. Josie comes with a lot of past baggage that she fails to fully disclose to Noah, and thus their married life becomes complex from the start.

    When Josie attempts to straighten out the debacle and deliver the papers to Noah, a complicated matter becomes even more difficult. A raging snow storm, lost horses, and a flooded shop add to the general chaos that becomes Noah and Josie's weekend of finalizing their divorce.

    The book is a story filled with misunderstandings, forgiveness, romance, unexpected adventures, and above all, unconditional love. The plot is a bit predictable, but the journey to reach the end will definitely appeal to readers of romantic fiction and Christian fiction.

    This ARC copy was received from Thomas Nelson and Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.
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