Friday, August 5, 2011

Weekend Book Review: Sweet Sanctuary

Wren is a divorced single mom with a ten-year-old named Charlie. Charlie's dad is out of the picture after having ditched the family life for a life of adventure and fun in Europe, leaving Wren responsible for making a good life for her and her son.

But Wren is a woman with a history. A history of deep hurts, guilt, and blame stemming from that one day in her childhood. It was the day that changed her life forever. It was the day her family fell apart. It was the day that her and the rest of her family had been running from ever since.

When Wren and Charlie move back into the old family summer vacation home in Maine, Wren is faced with memories of that horrid day so many years earlier. And she continually finds herself running and hiding from the events that forever changed her life.

And just as she and Charlie have settled in, Wren's grandmother Ruth appears at her front door. Ruth announces that she wants the family together one last night at the family summer home.

With much hesitation, Wren agrees to the party that Ruth so desperately pleads for. And the plans begin with much reluctance on Wren's part.

And then the family gathers at Cottage Cove (the name of their summer home) and they are confronted with the lies and demons of the past. And during this time, there is healing and forgiveness.

I really enjoyed this novel. It was a slow start at first. It wasn't a book that I thought I would have a hard time getting through; I just found the plot development to be dragging a little in the beginning. However, as the book progressed, I found myself feeling involved in the character's lives. I love when books do that to me.

This book was a very inspiring book as the family, and the main character, Wren, faced fears and past failures and truly experienced God's love and grace.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson Publishers in exchange for my honest review.

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