Saturday, August 6, 2011

Book Review: Sweet Sanctuary

I am tired, but this post has been a long time coming. It's coming because I want to keep feeding my desire to relax and read good fiction whilst I relax. Every time I review a book, I can get another one! Kinda like the library. Scroll to the bottom of this post to read the full disclosure.

Anywhoo, I recently read Sweet Sanctuary by Sheila Walsh & Cindy Martinusen-Coloma. It's a fiction story of a women named Wren and her little boy Charlie. Wren (a name I love by the way!) has been a single mom to Charlie since his Dad left when he was two months old. They lead a quiet life, which Wren likes and live in a little town in a cottage on the edge of her family's vacation house property. The vacation house has a lot of memories, a few in particular that are not pleasant and Wren is slightly unsettled about living there. But, it's a nice quiet life, she likes her job, Charlie is happy and so they stay. This all changes one day when Wren's grandmother comes to the door and pretty much unends all of Wren's neatly made plans by inviting Wren's siblings back to the property to reunite after many years. Throw into the mix a new possible job offer for Wren, an interview at a new school for Charlie, a possible romantic interest for Wren, hostile siblings and unpleasant old memories and you get this beautifully crafted story.

I really liked this book. It wasn't very predictable, had quiet a few plots twists and actually kept me guessing til the very end, which I loved. The characters are very real and the book paints Wren's faith in a realistic way as she goes through some of the hardest months of her life. It's sweet, funny and has a great faith-based message. I's pretty much the perfect mix of suspense, romance, easy reading and sweetness for a late night read. I would recommend reading this one and maybe buying it to read a few times over. I don't usually buy books, but this one would be a good one to have around for a late night fiction fix.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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