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Sweetbriar Cottage Paperback – June 13, 2017
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"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 tension ratchets up to a climactic and satisfying conclusion. Terrific read. I thoroughly enjoyed it." --FRANCINE RIVERS, bestselling author of Redeeming Love
"Denise Hunter's newest novel, Sweetbriar Cottage, is a story to fall in love with. True-to-life characters, high stakes, and powerful chemistry blend to tell an emotional story of reconciliation. Readers will sympathize with Josephine's tragic past and root for a happy ending as old wounds give way to new beginnings." --BRENDA NOVAK, NYT bestselling author
"Hunter crafts Noah and Josephine's convoluted relationship with remarkable depth, immersing readers into a fragile and soul-searching experience." --Publisher's Weekly
"Hunter is a prolific romance author known for her series titles, but Sweetbriar Cottage stands on its own merits. .. Hunter's snappy dialogue and heartwarming prose will appeal to fans of Jan Karon and Mary Simses." --Booklist
"In Sweetbriar Cottage, Denise Hunter has written one of the best stories about emotional healing and forgiveness that I've read in ages. Her heroine, Josephine, is deeply wounded, and everything about Josie's present actions rings true to her painful past. Noah is the hero Josie desperately needs, although neither of them seem to know it for much of the book. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough to reach the resolution. Suspenseful, heartbreaking, and ultimately sigh-worthy, you don't want to miss this one." --ROBIN LEE HATCHER, RITA and Christy Award winning author of You're Gonna Love Me
"Denise Hunter is, hands down, the best romance writer out there and never disappoints. Layered with likeable characters, rich setting, and a compelling plot, Sweetbriar Cottage is unputdownable. Highly recommended!" --COLLEEN COBLE, USAToday bestselling author
"You will devour every single moment! A powerful novel of second chances, Sweetbriar Cottage is a haunting love story that will take you from the depths of divorce to the breathless heights of a marriage transformed." --JULIE LESSMAN, award-winning author of the Isle of Hope series.
"From start to finish, Sweetbriar Cottage is a winner! Heartache, intrigue, complex character issues all wrapped in Denise Hunter's signature style of romance make this a must read for lovers of this genre." --TAMERA ALEXANDER, USA Today bestselling author of To Whisper Her Name and The Inheritance
"Sweetbriar Cottage a story that needed to be told, and one you'll want to read. A beautiful story of love, healing, and redemption." --CARA PUTMAN, award-winning author of Shadowed by Grace and Beyond
"The subject matter here is . . . so well-handled and beautifully done that readers will have much to ponder throughout. . . . deep and contemplative . . . a novel that can help facilitate healing." --Romantic Times Book Reviews
About the Author
Denise Hunter is the internationally published bestselling author of more than twenty-five books, including A December Bride and The Convenient Groom, which have been adapted into original Hallmark Channel movies. She has won The Holt Medallion Award, The Reader's Choice Award, The Carol Award, The Foreword Book of the Year Award, and is a RITA finalist. When Denise isn't orchestrating love lives on the written page, she enjoys traveling with her family, drinking green tea, and playing drums. Denise makes her home in Indiana where she and her husband are rapidly approaching an empty nest. You can learn more about Denise through her website DeniseHunterBooks.com or by visiting her Facebook page, AuthorDeniseHunter.
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Even though Josephine could be an unlikable and unrelatable character, as she has a sordid past, she is both likable and relatable from page one. That sordid past is integral to not only the events happening, but to her current spiritual life.
Funny story about this novel: I pre-purchased this novel back in March, but chose to read and review the ARC instead because she is such an amazing author and the storyline sounded so intriguing. Let me tell you, it was worth it! So, yes, I did receive this book in exchange for a review, but the thoughts in this review wholeheartedly represent my views and mine alone. Just got my real copy on the release day (June 12, 2017), think I might read Sweetbriar Cottage again!
we look at people's behavior and judge them
without taking the time to consider the motives and, many times, the hurt behind what drives them to do the things they do. Josie and Noah's story is such a redemptive story of how grace, forgiveness, and love has the power to heal the brokeness in our lives---first through Jesus Christ, then from others. Great spiritual truths in this story, but it doesn't come across preachy or stiff in any way. It's a wonderful read and we'll worth the investment of your time and money.
Both Noah and Josie came across as realistic and compelling to me. Josie's past is heartbreaking and not easy to digest at all, as it deals with rape and subsequent lifestyle choices that keenly reflect her pain. Nothing is described graphically, however, there's no question about what happened to her.
I would have liked to have known a bit more about Noah's life before Josie. It seems that the reader gets to know her a lot, but Noah was still a bit on the surface, with his pain at Josie's betrayal being in the forefront.
Even so, the story of reconciliation is quite beautiful. The tension between the two is palpable - sometimes I was literally holding my breath as I read. It's also a more exciting story than I initially believed, and those moments are very well-done, flowing easily with the rest of the story.
This is a beautiful love story, but ultimately so much more than that. It's about acknowledging past hurts and seeking to be healed from them in the only way that can be lasting and permanent, by giving it to God again and again, as many times as needed.