By Beth WisemanRelease Date Dec 1, 2012
Publisher Thomas Nelson
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.
The House That Love Built takes place in the small town of Smithville, Texas. While Brooke Holloway is working hard at being a single mom of two and running a business after her husband died tragically three years previously, Owen Saunders finds himself buying the old Hadley mansion in town to spite his ex-wife, who left him for his business partner. Both are still grieving for their previous loves, and trying to figure out how they fit into each other’s lives. In the meantime, Brooke is struggling with her mother’s decision to go back to her father, who left them twenty years previously for another woman.
This was a wonderful book. It had love, sadness, happiness, laughter, grief, all rolled into one book! I loved watching the love blossom between Brooke and Owen. They were each so hesitant to let go of their first spouses, and afraid to trust someone new, both for different reasons. The side stories in the book were great, too. I loved how the story developed and came to a close.
Reviewed by: Sarah Meyers