Book Review: The House That Love Built by Beth Wiseman

Book Review: The House That Love Built by Beth Wiseman

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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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Book Review: Wishing on Willows by Katie Ganshert

Book Review: Wishing on Willows by Katie Ganshert

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I selected this book because I thought the cover art was appealing and the plot of the story intrigued me.

Wishing on Willows was a great story, one that I enjoyed reading. The story moved along at a good pace, not too slow and not to fast, just right. The story is about a widow who is runs a coffee shop in the heart of Peaks, Iowa. It’s struggling, but she has put her heart and soul into succeeding. Progress comes in the shape of a developer, who has been basically promised the land right where her cafe sits. The problem is, Robin doesn’t want to sell, even though everyone around her is willing. She holds on to what she believes is right.

All in all, this was a good story. It built up well and the details within were great. The only thing I had a problem with, is the ending. It just ended. Meaning, the rest of the story was built up, and then it ended. I looked for an epilogue. nothing. It just seemed like there should have been a little bit more to the story, than where it ended. But other than that, the story was enjoyable.

In hindsight, I notice comments about this book being a second in a series. I didn’t realize it until after the fact.

A complimentary review copy was provided by Waterbrook Multnomah to give an honest opinion of the book I read. Any opinions are my own.

Book Review: Unrivaled by Siri Mitchell

Book Review: Unrivaled by Siri Mitchell

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I chose to read Unrivaled because I thought the story line was pretty good, and it intrigued me. The cover art also pulled me in. Basically, Lucy Kendall has returned from an European adventure, to return home to discover that her beloved father is ill in bed. The company business, the candy factory, is having trouble. In turn, her mother, who has always hated the candy business is planning on selling it. However, Lucy loves the business and is determined to find a new recipe to bring the factor back to its original pride, that is, if she can take on the rival candy company, whom her father says stole their original recipe.

All in all, the story plot worked well, it’s just the little things within the story that can sometimes get annoying. Such as the way Lucy would act sometimes. Despite these being merely characters in a book, I couldn’t help but cringe at some of the decisions she made. Often times, they seemed a bit ridiculous. Such as the scene in the store window and giving out gifts. The story just seemed to hopscotch around, leaving me going back to reread what I must have missed.

Pleasant enough, can say I read it, but no interest in reading it again the future.

I received this complimentary copy from Bethany House Publishers to provide an honest review.