Monday, May 6, 2013

The House that Love Built

Brooke has only loved one man, her late husband. Owen’s rebuilding after a painful divorce. Can a mysterious house bring them together for a second chance at love?
In the charming town of Smithville, Texas, Brooke Holloway is raising two young children on her own, supporting them by running the family hardware store. The last thing on her mind is falling in love. But she’s intrigued when a stranger moves to town and buys the old Hadley mansion. She’s always heard that house holds a secret—maybe even a treasure—and she can’t wait to see inside. When she meets the new owner and they spend time together, she can’t deny the attraction. Could God be giving her another chance at happiness? Or is she betraying her late husband’s memory by even thinking that way?
Owen Saunders bought the Hadley place to spite his cheating ex-wife. She’d always wanted to restore an old house in Smithville. Now he’s going to do it without her. But if anything needs restoration, it is Owen’s heart. Then he meets Brooke and her kids and finds himself tempted by love. Can he bring himself to trust a woman again?
Throw an eccentric uncle into the mix, along with the town’s teenage troublemaker, and even a finicky cat—and one thing becomes clear: God is bringing them all together for a reason.
I received a complimentary copy of The House that Love Built through the Thomas Nelson Publishing Booksneeze Blogger program in exchange for an honest review. 
I loved this book. The characters are going through situations that are pretty normal for this day and age-one is recently divorced and the other lost her husband in a car crash two years prior to the start of this novel. While one clings to God for support, the other abandons Him. The book follows the characters as they deal with their grief, the need to forgive, and finally their redemption. There is romance and love in a respectful manner and I simply couldn't put it down-I tried twice and ended up not being able to sleep until I knew how it ended! 

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