The House that Love Built by Beth Wiseman

thehousethatlovebuiltGenre: Chicklit, Romance
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: April 2013

Owen Saunders knows all too well the pain of giving his heart to the wrong person. His recent divorce has taught him he can’t trust women. Partly to spite his ex, Owen buys an old, rundown mansion they’d dreamed of owning and restoring together. He’s determined to bring the Hadley place back to its former glory without her.

Brooke Holloway isn’t looking for love. Her heart belongs to one man—her deceased husband—and she’s not interested in relinquishing it to someone else or finding another father for her two children. However, she hadn’t counted on the handsome stranger who would walk into her hardware store, or the friendship that would blossom between them.

Rumor has it that the Hadley mansion holds a hidden treasure. Owen and Brooke find themselves drawn together in an attempt to uncover the mystery. Along the way, they discover the importance of trusting God and letting go of the past.

They say not to judge a book by its cover, but this is one case where I’m guilty of doing exactly that. I loved the cover and quickly jumped at the opportunity to review it. I’m really happy I did.  The House that Love Built is a sweet story of love and forgiveness. Beth Wiseman shows that sometimes, despite our best laid out plans, God nudges us in other directions.

In one way or another, we have all experienced hurt and betrayal, making Owen and Brooke relatable and relevant characters. I really enjoyed watching their interaction. On a couple occasions, I had to cringe and groan when they pulled some ridiculous stunts. I don’t want to say too much and ruin the surprise, but think along the lines of a date request gone all wrong or poor wardrobe choice. They made for some funny scenes that had me blushing for them.

The writing was engaging and the plot interesting. Some quirky characters, such as a globetrotting uncle and a temperamental cat, will deliver comical moments throughout the story. The House that Love Built is a nice, feel-good kind of book, perfect for anyone looking to escape into a charming tale. There were some twists along the way and while none of them were extremely surprising, that didn’t stop me from enjoying the read. I recommend this novel to anyone looking for a cute chick lit novel to delve into for a few hours of a quick, easy reading.

Review copy provided by publisher. Thank you!

**Originally posted on Fiction Addict