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BookLoverGender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Definitely worth a reread (or two)!May 13, 2017BookLoverGender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5I've been a fan of Denise Hunter's book since discovering her "Summer Harbor" series and was excited to read this new story - especially since I'm something of a sucker for reconciliation stories. The premise intrigued me. What would it be like to discover you're still married, after thinking the divorce was finalized? Why were they split to begin with? What would it take to bring them back together, again? These questions and several others teased my imagination and I couldn't wait to find their answers! I found this book so engrossing that I'm pretty sure I groaned every time I was interrupted and managed to finish it in less than a day. Each time I would start to lay it down, something else would happen and "just one more page" always became a "few chapters later." I can very happily say that this book exceeded all of my expectations!
Any time I start one of Ms. Hunter's books, I try to make sure I have a free day, or at least a few hours to read without to many things on my to do list. Her tales always draw me in to the point of forgetting that these characters aren't real and unfortunately, I can't meet them for coffee later. Noah and Josephine quickly climbed right off the page and into my imagination and heart, making themselves comfortable as I got to know them and their story. This was definitely one of those books that I had a "hangover" after finishing! I couldn't decide was to read next, because I really just wanted to flip back to the beginning and start over. I really enjoyed how the chapters alternated with the past and present, giving a glimpse of Josie as a girl and then a bit of their relationship, prior to the break. My heart broke for what they went through, for the pain that drew them apart.
Josephine was a character that I wasn't sure I much liked, at first. But she grew on me, as I got to know her and began to understand what drove her actions and reactions. She was broken, but didn't want to admit it. She tried to hide ugliness behind a facade that was slowly crumbling under the weight of a past she longed to escape. And Noah was such a sweet guy that didn't have the full picture, but did his best to love her through it. Though he definitely had his faults too, like being impetuous and stubborn, unwilling to listen to the advice of others. Part of why I so enjoyed the forays into their past was seeing them mature and the contrast of who they were, verses who they are now.
My final comment is that I really appreciated how the author handled the ending. At first, I found it rushed, but thinking back over it now, I think she did what worked best for the story. We aren't given the full details about how they worked through their issues, which would've slowed the story down drastically, but are left with both Josie and Noah as works-in-progress. And the epilogue was definitely "sigh- then-smile" worthy.
My thanks to NetGalley and Thomas Nelson for my advanced copy of this book! I was not required to write a positive review and have not been compensated for it in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.
ButterflyreviewAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Sweetbriar CottageApril 30, 2017ButterflyreviewAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5When Noah and Josephine Mitchell discover their divorce was never actually finalized, their lives are turned upside down.
Following his divorce, Noah gave up his dream job, settling 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 for the first time in months, 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 marriageand okay, the botched divorcewas 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 Noahs endurance. He wrestles with resentment and an unmistakable pull to his wifestill beautiful, still brave, and still more intriguing than any woman hes 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 shes never been loved unconditionally by anyoneincluding him. Will Noah accept the challenge to pursue Josephines heart? And can she finally find the courage to trust Noah?
I'm not sure what to think of this book. It was nothing like I was expecting. It was an eye opener about sexual abuse and it's consequences to the victims. I would suggest that everyone read this book to get a greater understanding and empathy for sex abuse victims. Only with God's help were the characters able to overcome the trauma. This is so in real life as well.
I was given this book by Netgalley for an honest review. I was not compensated in any way.
Heart2HeartVictorville, CAAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Will being trapped together during a storm give Noah and Josephine a second chance at love?April 28, 2017Heart2HeartVictorville, CAAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Noah Mitchell thought his life was on track until he received a notice from the IRS claiming that his tax return contained an error notifying him that he was still married. Believing that to simply be a mistake on the part of the IRS because he remember signing all the required paperwork when he and Josephine got divorced. Now if he could only find his set of documents it would all be cleared up. However when his attorney checks on the status of the divorce, even they don't have the final paperwork with the judges signature on it. He immediately confronts his ex wife, Josephine and when she checks her paperwork, they both are shocked to learn she never submitted the paperwork to the court and for the last year and a half, they are both technically still married.
Noah is furious and rightfully so, even though Josephine promises she will take care of it this time, he doesn't trust she will follow through with her promises, and decides to take matters into his own hands. Yet with running a busy ranch tucked away in the mountains, Noah can't make it back to town to have Josephine sign the paperwork and get it submitted to the courts until Saturday. Josephine feels she owes this much to Noah and decides that she will take the paperwork to Noah so it is one last errand he has to handle and since she ruined things the first time, she feels she need to make amends. However the last thing she expects when she shows up to his ranch is for her car to not start and for an unexpected ice storm to strand her at Noah's home with no where else to go, but to wait it out. Things are about to get a bit too cozy when despite all the weather predictions, they will be forced to wait things out until the storm front passes through the area.
This time alone will provide just the needed time for both of them to come to terms with their pasts and finally get things out in the open. And just when you think things couldn't get any worse, they lose all power at the ranch, no phones, no computer, no electricity and no heat. With their limited supplies and temperatures dropping, will Noah and Josephine be able to pick up the pieces of their shattered pasts and find hope for a possible new future they missed the first time around? Or will this just solidify the facts that they should have never gotten married in the first place? Only time will tell!
I received Sweetbriar Cottage by Denise Hunter compliments of Thomas Nelson Publishers and Net Galley. This is a stand alone novel for Denise Hunter and the title seems a bit off for the content of the novel. It doesn't take anything away from the story and I love the way this all played out for Noah and Josephine whose own pasts are revealed as the novel toggles between present day and each of their past history so the reader is brought to the present day and understands how the two even got together in the first place. Like fire and oil, these two both have to defy the odds that the world has placed in front of them if they're to survive the storm. Yet sometimes it is the storms of life that bring us closer together and define our faith to provide a second chance at happiness and love. I give this one a 5 out of 5 stars and it even included Discussion Questions at the conclusion of the novel that makes this a perfect book club novel.