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'The House that Love Built engages right from the start with insight and authenticity.  Wiseman once again delivers a warm, touching story straight from the heart.' --Denise Hunter, best-selling author of The Convenient Groom

About the Author

Award-winning, bestselling author Beth Wiseman is best known for her Amish novels, but she has also written several successful contemporary novels, set primarily in her beloved Texas, including Need You Now and The House that Love Built. Both have received glowing reviews. Beth's The Promise is inspired by a true story. Website: www.bethwiseman.com Twitter: @bethwiseman Facebook: Fans-of-Beth-Wiseman


Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (April 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595548890
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595548894
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (131 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #228,609 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Beth Wiseman is the best-selling author of the Daughters of the Promise series and the Land of Canaan series. Having sold over 1.5 million books, her novels have held spots on the ECPA (Evangelical Christian Publishers Association) Bestseller List and the CBA (Christian Book Association) Bestseller List. She was the recipient of the prestigious Carol Award in 2011 and 2013. She is a three-time winner of the Inspirational Readers Choice Award, and an INSPY Award winner. In 2013 she took home the coveted Holt Medallion. Her first book in the Land of Canaan series--Seek Me With All Your Heart--was selected as the 2011 Women of Faith Book of the Year. Beth is contracted with HarperCollins Christian Publishing into the year 2018, and she has published thirteen novels and thirteen novellas to date.

As a former newspaper reporter, Beth was honored by her peers with eleven journalism awards, including first place news writing for The Texas Press Association. She has been a humor columnist for The 1960 Sun in Houston and published articles in various publications. However, writing novels is where her heart is. She left her job as a journalist in 2008 to write novels fulltime.

Beth has a deep affection for the Amish and their simpler way of life, and while she plans to continue writing Amish love stories, she is also branching out into other areas. Her first non-Amish, contemporary--Need You Now--released in April 2012 and landed on the CBA Bestseller List. She enjoyed writing the story based in a town near where she lives, and she chose another small Texas town for her next non-Amish contemporary--The House that Love Built--which is based in Smithville, the same quaint town where movies such as Hope Floats and Tree of Life were filmed. Beth continued to spread her wings when she released The Promise in October 2014. Inspired by actual events, The Promise follows Beth's characters all the way to Pakistan. Beth was involved in the real-life rescue when her friend was held captive in Pakistan. Beth is currently working on book #2 in her new Amish Secrets series, tentatively titled Jacob's Ladder. Book #1--Her Brother's Keeper--recently released and was chosen as a Top Pick by RT Reviews Magazine.

Beth and her husband are empty nesters enjoying the country life in Texas with three dogs and a rooster. When she's not writing, she loves to travel, paint, and enjoy time with friends and family. You can find Beth at Fans of Beth Wiseman on Facebook where she interacts with readers and on Twitter at https://twitter.com/bethwiseman.

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Beth is such a fantastic romance writer. I am so glad she has moved away from the Amish genre, she can really make you feel like you are part of the book right there with the characters.
I love the talk about salvation Owen has with Hunter in this story. And the fact take Owen takes troubled Hunter under his wing just made this story all the much better to me.
I must say in my opinion Beth should stick with romances and stay clear of the Amish books. Please don't everyone e-mail me about the statement, this is just my opinion. I love her Amish books also, but this book is sure on the top of my list of favorites by her.
Warning: You will NOT be able to put this book down until you have read the very last page.
I give this book 5 stars and I highly recommend it.

I was given a copy of this book by the publisher
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By Kara on April 8, 2013
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I'll start with the good stuff! The romance parts were sweet. Brooke and Owen have good chemistry and are definitely attracted to one another. I enjoyed their interactions in the latter half of the story. Also Brooke's children are so funny! There's a moment near the beginning in which her son attempts something sneaky, and his efforts get found out. Made me laugh out loud! And when the family all gets together, there are lots of cute and fun moments. Especially near the end! I absolutely loved the last third of the book when everything comes together and some of the loose ends finally start making sense. So it's not a horrible story at all! Ms. Wiseman is an excellent author. But this time I think maybe she was trying to do too many things, trying to add too many people. Because the first two chapters have four different points of view and we don't stay with one person longer than a page or two. As you get further into the story, this is spread out a little better. But all of them jammed together at the beginning made it difficult to really connect with any of the characters. Quite honestly, I never did feel any sort of connection. I spent the rest of my time reading about these people, but I couldn't seem to ever truly muster up any genuine sadness or happiness for them. It felt like I was kept at a distance, only looking down on these characters from above, not getting into their minds and feeling their emotions. Thus the first half of the book was slow for me to get into. (The latter half picked up a little better and then it swooshed into a wonderful ending!) Along with the differing points of view, the writing didn't flow as well either. It felt slightly choppy and characters would say one thing and then do something completely different the next minute.Read more ›
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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 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.
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Format: Kindle Edition
I have to admit, I had a preconceived idea of how this book was going to go before I even started it, just from the cover image. However, I was wrong. But that isn't a bad thing. I did enjoy the book, although I thought the relationship between the two of them moved extremely fast. Especially since they both were so adamant about not being interested in finding another mate. The amount of anger that Owen had towards his ex-wife, made it wonder why on earth he made a certain purchase that he did. It seemed to me, like he was hoping to win her back. And then, with Brooke, her equally strong feelings regarding her ex-husband. To me, it didn't seem like the timeline meshed together.

Then towards the end of the book, you have the visit by the ex-wife. That, it seemed like was a bit contrived. Almost like, let's throw in another quirk and make the story even more exciting than it currently is. It almost seems like there could have been a second story written from this, from the perspective of the ex-wife which would then explain the event that occurs near the end of the book.

All in all, I did enjoy reading the book. However, it wasn't one of those that I had to stay up burning the midnight oil to finish---at least until I got closer to the end.

My thanks to Thomas Nelson and Booksneeze for providing a free ebook for review.
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