The House That Love Built by Beth Wiseman is set in Smithville, Texas where little goes unnoticed. Brooke Holloway, a young widow with two young children owns the town hardware store. Owen, newly divorced, bought the Hadley mansion in Smithville primarily to spite his ex-wife. It is rumored the house has a bunker which may hold some secrets. He meets Brooke when he first visits her store for supplies. Over time, a friendship develops, but not without obstacles.
Brooke and Owen bring baggage into the relationship. Owen harbors bitterness and resentment towards his ex-wife. He doesn’t know if he can trust a woman again. Brooke loved only one man and she honors his memory. She is not looking for another man to love. Her son initially doesn’t want Owen in his mother’s life, but when he hears about the possible bunker he begins to loosen his reserve. Brooke and her mother, Patsy, are close but Patsy is acting strangely lately. Hunter, a troubled teenager, enters the picture as does Owen’s Uncle Denny- a man with a bucket list.
Each of the characters in this engaging book has their own story and the author does a beautiful job of bringing them all together. Populated with lively and interesting characters who change and grow makes for good reading. This is a story about faith, forgiveness and trust as well as a story about love and family.
I received this book free from the publisher, Thomas Nelson, through BookSneeze.com and I give this review of my own free will.