of customers would recommend this product to a friend.
Ellen/oceansideS D CAAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5SWEETBRIAR. COTTAGEJuly 29, 2017Ellen/oceansideS D CAAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5SWEETBRIAR. COTTAGE by Denise Hunter. Interesting book once again by Denise, that all of her fans and readers will enjoy. What happens when a divorce takes place, the shattered hopes and dreams that happened for Josie and Noah. When notified they were still married , she comes to the ranch. Now nature plays a trick or is it a treat. Stranded, time for them to talk, and think of what happened, and where to go from this point on. Emotion filled that will draw you in, with the what if, we could of done it differently. Well done, and all will enjoy.
Given ARC by Thomas Nelson for my voluntary review and my honest opinion.
Just Commonly4 Stars Out Of 5Story of second chances. . .July 28, 2017Just CommonlyQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 04.5 ". . . it didn't all make sense to her - how God could love someone like her. Or why He allowed some of the things that happened. Maybe she didn't have to understand . . . You just have to decide to believe it."
Sweetbriar Cottage by Denise Hunter has the ability to stir many different emotions in readers. If you expected a sweet and simple romance, this is not it. Yet, it's this process of learning about the past of these characters that creates this stir. It's a tough topic - adultery and cheating, and the path to forgiveness or unforgiveness. Sometimes how environment and a person's past influenced not only in a physical, psychological way, but also emotional. A false sense of security in earthly matters that just snowballs into a regret that can't be changed, but only healed.
Personally, I think this is a great story to be told. It is so unlike others in so many ways, and for one, not all can accept. It's a beautiful story of forgiveness, self-worth and faith which leads to the ultimate healing - or at least the road towards it. And with all that said, I have an uncertainty when it comes to Sweetbriar Cottage. I can't seem to pinpoint it. The story, as I said needs to be told. The cover's gorgeous, though I do think it doesn't coincide with the story at all. The writing is well crafted. The characters are limited, flawed, and strong. Did I enjoy the storyline? I think the healing was very well done, the whys and hows and the whats. So in all, I think it's a great book with a great message. The only thing is, I don't think every reader can grasp it or enjoy it. It's a book I see making an impact on specific readers, and I pray that the readers that are meant to read this book be able to read it.
"He always answers (prayers) - sometimes just not.in the way we want."
Disclaimer: I received an ARC of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.
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Jewelry Diva5 Stars Out Of 5Beautiful Story of Redemption and ForgivenessJuly 28, 2017Jewelry DivaQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I stayed up until after midnight last night reading this amazing story. I have read several of Denise Hunter's awesome books. But this one in my opinion is the absolute best. When I put the book down, all I could think about was picking it back up to see what happened next. This book hits some hard places. It's fiction but yet tugs at some very real and hard issues that unfortunately occurs in a sin filled world. She does it so beautifully and she developed the characters in such a light you couldn't help but fall in love with them...to root them on to victory. That victory can only be found in Christ. Y'all this book was amazing and I highly recommend it.
*I was given this book by Thomas Nelson and was under no obligation to leave a review.
Cynthia5 Stars Out Of 5Second ChancesJuly 27, 2017CynthiaQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I received this book from The Fiction Guild. I was not required to give a favorable review, all thoughts were my own. What a way to find out that your divorce never went through, a letter from the IRS. This story is about a couple who go through a divorce but in some ways shouldn't have. I think God had a way of intervening on it. She has issues from her childhood she never actually dealt with. And he had a loving heart but was hurt. They get caught in a freak snowstorm on his ranch, and then lost in the wood. But it gives them time to talk and come to realize a lot of things. This is a wonderful book about forgiveness, love, understanding, and the power of Prayer and God. I love this story
kickiInyokern, CAAge: 55-65Gender: female1 Stars Out Of 5UNlikeableJuly 19, 2017kickiInyokern, CAAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 1Value: 1Meets Expectations: 1After 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.