The House that Love Built
by: Beth Wiseman
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 have mixed feelings about this book. Over all, I enjoyed the book. I don’t read a lot of contemporary christian books, I usually read historical fiction, so I am not sure if my issues with this book are normal for this kind of book. I felt there were some scenes that really were pushing it for a christian book. The way that the character Owen was checking out Brooke, talking about her tight fitting shirt, or the times when its described how he grabs her hips. I am use to reading that in non-christian books, but I felt a bit uncomfortable reading it in a christian book. I felt like that kind of talk doesn’t belong in this genre. We try to teach our kids modesty and virtues that go along with that, and this just bugged me. I should have bookmarked them so I could have given better details.
I also felt the ending was a bit rushed. It was going at a good pace and then bam, hurry and finish this book to meet my deadline. I did skip a bit, at the beginning, of the storyline about Brooke and her Dad, mostly personal reasons. I really didn’t want to think about my own dad abandonment story.
I know it seems like I didn’t like the book, but I really did. The story line was really good. The characters had some depth. The story at the end between Brooke and her dad Harold, moved me.
The scenes at the end with Owen’s new ummm surprise was pretty miraculous and I sure wish someone would drop me off a baby out of the blue.
I do think the book is worth the read. I may try out another book from the author out of curiosity.