Sweetbriar Cottage Book Review

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This was the first book I read by Denise Hunter and I was pleasantly surprised. I completed the book within three days. She captured my full attention throughout the entire book.

The story line was uniquely constructed. It is not the typical love story at all. Noah and Josephine Mitchell are under the impression that they are divorced but accidentally discover it was never finalized. A few simple signatures are all that is required. However, that is not what transpires. The two heartbroken people end up spending time together against their free will, discovering there was more to the failed marriage than they realized. Each is strong willed, devastated by the past wounds, and overflowing with sorrow.

Throughout the majority of the story, the two are at odds, especially in their faith. Noah is a believer, in contrast, Josephine’s faith was shattered with an unanswered prayer at a tender age due to tragedy. I think there could have been more depth in the faith section. But overall it worked nicely.

” 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?”

This is one my favorite book of this year, furthermore, I will be checking out other books by Denise Hunter.  Sweetbriar Cottage gets five stars from me. This is a delightful summer read! The winter scenery might help to balance out the hot summer afternoons.

 

What a couple other authors think:

 “Sweetbriar Cottage is a wonderful story, full of emotional tension and evocative prose. Josephine and Noah, though deeply wounded, are easy to love in this story of second chances and unconditional love. Hunter slowly feeds critical pieces of backstory to keep the pages turning. You’ll feel involved in these characters’ lives and carried along by their story as the tension ratchets up to a climactic and satisfying conclusion. Terrific read. I thoroughly enjoyed it.” –FRANCINE RIVERS, bestselling author of Redeeming Love

“Denise Hunter is, hands down, the best romance writer out there and never disappoints. Layered with likable characters, rich setting, and a compelling plot, Sweetbriar Cottage is unputdownable. Highly recommended!” –COLLEEN COBLE, USAToday bestselling author

 

About the author:

Denise Hunter has garnered multiple awards for each of her books, which include being a two-time Holt Medallion Winner for Finding Faith and Surrender Bay. ( She’s also an outstanding drummer!) She lives in Indiana with her husband Kevin and their three sons.

Favorite Bible Verse: Deuteronomy 31:6a “Be strong and courageous and do the work. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord God, my God is with you.”

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Love Story: A Novel

Karen Kingsbury has remained my favorite author for a few years now. I quickly discovered that her books were truly life changing fiction. Not only has each book been a rapid page turner but each book has uniquely drawn me closer to Christ.

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I was delighted when I had seen on my Facebook news feed that Karen Kingsbury has another book coming out. Love Story: A Novel (The Baxter Family) will be released June 6th. This book must be on your summer reading list.

I had previously met the Baxters on several occasions. I recently hung out with them in the Christmas novel. The family is an ideal overflowing with love and laughter. Additionally, they have a passion for pursuing Christ. This precious family is not without their faults or hardships.

I was pleasantly surprised with the story line in this book. I had not expected that John Baxter would share his love story (from his deceased wife Elizabeth)  with his granson. The story was captivating. It was discussed previously that they had a son who was adopted, but the details had not been previously revealed. Furthermore, why the family does not indulge in alcohol is included.

I simply love that all the characters from other books in this series are included. Such as Bailey Flanigan or now Bailey Paul. Bailey’s and Brandon’s love story continues as they welcome a precious child into the world making the beginning of a new chapter. Furthermore, Cody Coleman makes an appearance. He encounters hardships along with life altering decisions. How can he honor God in the midst of all the chaos? Each love story mentioned is priceless and precious.

Bottom line: I would most defiantly recommend this book to anyone. People of all ages can enjoy this book. My only disappointment, as usual, was that I finished it in under a week. You don’t need to read any other books related to this in order to read this one.

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Description:

“From the day they met, John and Elizabeth were destined to fall in love. Their whirlwind romance started when they were young college students and lasted nearly thirty years—until Elizabeth died of cancer.

So when John Baxter is asked to relive his long-ago love story with Elizabeth for his grandson Cole’s heritage project, he’s not sure he can do it. The sadness might simply be too great. But he agrees and allows his heart and soul to go places they haven’t gone in decades. Back to the breathless first moments, but also to the secret heartbreak that brought John and Elizabeth together.

At the same time, Baxter family friend Cody Coleman is working through the breakup of his complicated relationship with Andi Ellison. He is determined to move on when a chance sighting changes his plans—and heart. Can Cody convince Andi to give their love another try, or is it time for them to say goodbye, for good?

As school comes to an end, Cole presents his report on the love story between his grandparents John and Elizabeth Baxter. It is a tale that touches the hearts of the entire family, and one that causes Cole to better understand his own beginning.

Whether you’re meeting the Baxter family for the first time or finding them all over again, Love Story will stir your heart and remind you of the generational impact of love and the eternal bond of family.”

Check it out on Amazon

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