The House that Love Built
By Beth Wiseman
Published by Thomas Nelson
Reviewed by Martha Artyomenko
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.
Owen and Brooke have different lifestyles, but similar goals. They never want to remarry. It is for different reasons though they each have these goals. Owen’s bitterness against his wife, drives him to work on a big remodeling project. Brooke…working at the local hardware store, ends up finding him attractive and seeing more of him that she intends, despite her son’s attempts to keep them apart.
I found the story line cute, but there were a lot of different issues these characters dealt with. Abandonment, hurt, bitterness, divorce, death, child training issues, letting go….you name it. They were a mess!
I liked how the author brought Hunter into the mix, showing how some people can be helped and changed when someone takes an interest. I also wished there was a little more about her father’s story line or less…I was not sure.
The author once again, did a wonderful job, with this contemporary novel. She wove enough details to make you want to continue reading along until you finish the book.