The House that Love Built by Beth Wiseman is utterly charming but than again I am a huge sucker for cutesy romance novels. I love the idea that two people can come together even if they themselves do not think love is for them. A lot of the time two people need a helping hand to get them to see the love. This is the charming story about Brooke and Owen, two individuals dealing with what life has thrown at them and what is being given to them. Reading this novel only cemented my belief that I thoroughly enjoy Beth Wisemen's style of writing and that I have to travel to Texas one day very soon.
I have only read Amish fiction by Beth Wiseman and I was curious to read a different genre from her. I have enjoyed Wiseman's novels and "The House that Love Built" is one that I enjoyed so much as well! First of all - I love the cover of this book! The cover caught my attention as I love the scene on the cover, looking down the driveway toward the house, just love it! I really enjoyed "spending time" with the characters in this book and watching the relationship grow between Owen and Brooke. I felt as if I was there with them in the hardware store and discussing the home and working on it together with them along with trying to figure out the mystery. Both Owen and Brooke fight their feelings, but they know that they cannot fight what God is doing in their hearts and in their lives. This is such a touching love story and such a great message of forgiveness which can be a struggle, but so important.
*Thank you to Thomas Nelson Publishers for a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.*
Widowed mother of two, Brooke Holloway, has carved out a new life for herself running her family's hardware store in the town of Smithville. Her late husband, Travis, was her one true love. Irreplaceable. She isn't looking to give her heart to another man, despite her mother's prodding to find love again. When Owen Saunders purchases the mysterious, old, Hadley mansion; Brooke strikes up a friendship with him in an attempt to see if what she'd heard about the house was true.
Owen Saunders, betrayed by his cheating ex-wife, bought the old house in Smithville purely out of spite. It was the kind of house his ex had always wanted and now she couldn't have it. Owen is bitter and vows that he is done with women. Forever. He meets Brooke Holloway while venturing to the hardware store for supplies. A new found friendship with Brooke, might have him rethinking his views on women. Forever.
On the whole Ã¯Â»Â¿I prefer to read historical or Amish fiction over contemporary fiction. However, I am discovering that a truly well written story can be enjoyable regardless of its genre. I've read almost all of Beth Wiseman's Amish novels, and I have loved each one. The House That Love Built is the first of her contemporary novels that I've read and I was not disappointed. Beth Wiseman is truly a gifted storyteller. The House That Love Built is a wonderfully written story about family, faith and forgiveness. I laughed out loud, was intrigued by the mystery of the Hadley mansion and was shocked when Beth Wiseman threw in a few jaw dropping plot twists that I never saw coming.
The House That Love Built, by Beth Wiseman will be available for purchase from your local or online book retailer April 2, 2013.
Thank you Thomas Nelson and Net Galley for the free advanced copy of The House that Love Built to read in exchange for my honest review.
I would recommend this book to fans of Beth Wiseman and anyone appreciates a great story.
Brooke Holloway lives in the cozy little town of Smithville, Texas. She lost her husband to a drunk driver two years ago but she's happy running the family hardware store, raising her two kids and looking after her mother. Owen Saunders only bought the old Hadley mansion to spite his cheating ex-wife because she always wanted to fix-up an old mansion in Smithville. He's bitter and vows never to love or trust another woman. Then he meets Brooke at the hardware store and they both find themselves intrigued with each other. Brooke tells Owen about the mystery surrounding the mansion. As they spend time together, trying to figure out the mystery, fixing up the house and getting to know each other, Brooke feels like she might be betraying her husband and Owen doesn't want to walk down 'lovers lane' again. As if things weren't complicated enough, they're also dealing with a troubled teen, a scaredy black cat, a traveling uncle, Brooke's mom and even Owens ex. But the old mansion that was known by it's first owner as 'the house that love built', just might live up to it's name. Can God use fixing up an old mansion to fix the hearts of those involved in the project?
What a thoroughly enjoyable story. It was loaded with charm yet covered some pretty tough subjects with it's root in forgiveness. Lets face it, we all can struggle with that so it was interesting to watch how each one dealt with their situation. I appreciate how the author so deftly brings to light how God can use us even when we're struggling. That was encouraging. Most of us are familiar with the verse 'love covers a multitude of sins' but you really see that verse brought to light in this story in a beautiful way. Love is a powerful thing! Though this is not a fast-paced story, it's one that certainly keeps you involved all the way through. The whole mystery surrounding the mansion was like hunting for lost treasure and I think it added a great element to the story. The relationship between all of the characters and their emotions felt true to life and spot on! You'll find yourself rooting for each one as you're reading along. These are folks that will linger with you long after you turn the last page. And I must say, I not only loved the ending but there was a twist I did not expect that just beautifully brought everything together. I loved the cover, loved the story and loved the message! Great job, Beth Wiseman! I would love to see more of these type stories from this author.
*This complimentary copy was provided by Thomas Nelson through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
Hello! I was blessed to receive an advanced reader's copy of this story in return for a review. I was not obligated to give a good review.
'The House that Love Built' is an amazing read with a lot of depth in it. I had so much fun reading this! I was hooked from chapter 1. The main characters are Owen Saunders and Brooke Holloway. Owen is divorced and Brooke widowed, with a son and daughter. Owen moves from the big city to the small town of Smithville, Texas where he buys a mansion to live in (with interesting history to it ), that needs major repairs. He buys it to spite his ex-wife. He runs into Brooke, a beautiful lady inside and out, who owns the local hardware store. In time they both sense a growing chemistry between them. The thing is, they both have scarred up pasts which hinders their relationship together at times. I wanted to see if there was a love connection and what would happen afterwards.
All the characters in this story are made to be real life like people. The author does an excellent job with this. Everyone from Spencer... Brooke's son who has a hard time dealing with his mom spending so much time with Owen, afraid he might replace his deceased dad. To Hunter... a very troubled kid who is given a second chance at life by generous Owen, who takes Hunter under his wing, gives him a decent job helping to restore the mansion, treating Hunter with a lot of kindness.
'The House that Love Built' is a very fitting title for this beautiful story. A lot of the chapters describe the many dimensions to this 'mysterious' house. Beth also does what I feel is a superb job of describing the characters appearances, Smithville with its beauty and the many different folks that live there, and the 100 plus degree Texas heat that had to be endured. All throughout this great story Beth throws in twists and turns where it makes it impossible to predict. One of my favorite parts is Brooke's relationship with her dad. Lots of drama there! The periodic humor and Scooter the cat were great touches!
Thank you Beth Wiseman for such a beautiful and interesting story! I thoroughly enjoyed it! Faith in the Lord and forgiveness is such a huge, central theme here. Hard to say, but I would put Owen as my favorite character. Even though Owen probably needed more repairs on his heart than the house he bought, in so many ways he proved to be 'a good man' as expressed in the story by his peers. I have no problem recommending this book to anyone.