Never reading anything by Beth Wiseman meant that upon opening this novel, there were no expectations. Regardless of a slow beginning, this novel shapes up to be a splendid story full of idiosyncrasies and romanticism that many novelists cannot capture. Looking up Beth’s previous work reveals this story is uncharacteristic to her usual writing, meaning this is a rare departure for her.
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STORY: Brooke Holloway is raising her two children after losing her husband to a tragic accident while busily operating her hardware store. Into their small Texas town comes Owen. A man smarting from a painful divorce and in an effort to spite his wife, he purchases her dream house, working to restore it to its former glory. When these two cross paths, in the most unusual circumstances, their hearts awaken, and they discover the healing power of forgiveness.
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If done well, I’m a sucker for stories that “blend” families. This book isn’t as seeped in that premise as some, but its here. What sets apart this work of fiction is its storytelling proficiency and by extension, its fabulous characteristics . I love the silly antics, and the poignant plots that craft the narrative. All these things are important to any good novel, and this sweet piece of quirky fiction has them all.
Where some readers may not like Owen’s mindset of his wife, the healing process is actually beautiful. He arrives bitter and looking to inflict pain only to find a kind of saving grace from his own sense of self-justice through his friendship with Brooke. Navigating any kind of relationship between these two protagonists is “awkward” in places, but its in these moments this story is allowed to be at its best. These are what brings the story full circle and gives it a meaningful bent. Honestly, I could have done without one or two of the minor subplots, but that isn’t enough of a negative factor.
The House that Love Built has a sullen teenager and a woman who isn’t right in the head (this one makes me giggle); a bushel of hidden treasure, and is indeed a story built from love.
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Author: Beth Wiseman
Source: Publisher Provided
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2013
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Rating: 4 ½ out of 5
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