The House That Love Built

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Brooke has only loved one man. Owen's heart is filled with bitterness. Can a mysterious house bring them together for a second chance at love?

In the small town of Smithville, Texas, Brooke Holloway is raising six-year-old Meghan and ten-year-old Spencer on her own two years after her husband's death. Being a single-mom and running the family's local hardware store keep her busy.

While Meghan longs for a daddy, Spencer has threatened to run ...

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Overview

Brooke has only loved one man. Owen's heart is filled with bitterness. Can a mysterious house bring them together for a second chance at love?

In the small town of Smithville, Texas, Brooke Holloway is raising six-year-old Meghan and ten-year-old Spencer on her own two years after her husband's death. Being a single-mom and running the family's local hardware store keep her busy.

While Meghan longs for a daddy, Spencer has threatened to run away if Brooke even goes out on a date. But the last thing on Brooke's mind is falling in love. When a stranger moves to town and buys a house with a mysterious past, Brooke can't contain her curiosity. As she spends time with the new owner, she wonders if maybe God is giving her another chance at happiness.

Owen Saunders fled the big city to start over in a small, rural town famous for baking the world's largest gingerbread man. Then he bought an old house to restore-for all the wrong reasons. If anything needs restoration, it is Owen's heart in the aftermath of his failed marriage. With little hope and lost faith, Owen is tempted by happiness when he meets Brooke, but his heart remains sealed shut.

As they learn more about Owen's house, one thing becomes obvious to both of them: God has put them together for a reason.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594154485
  • Publisher: Gale Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 4/5/2013
  • Edition description: Large Print Edition
  • Pages: 497
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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  • Posted June 14, 2013

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    Once you have finished this book the title becomes totally clear

    Once you have finished this book the title becomes totally clear to you.
    Brooke Holloway, has lost the love of her life, her husband. She is raising two children, who are her salvation. She did state, that if it weren't for them, she would have thrown in the towel.
    When Owen Saunders, purchases the old Hadley mansion. His path crosses with Brook, as she owns the local hardware store, and he has a lot of work to do in restoring his new house. Owen is fighting his demons, he has lost his wife, Virginia, but to another man not death. He needs to forgive his ex, but can't find his way to do so.
    Brooke, is also struggling with forgiveness, her father left her family when she was a young child. He now wants back in her life, and Brook is determined not let him.
    There are a few other character in this story that will warm your heart, and some you will despise for the way they have treated a child. Throughout all, we find God seems to be in control of their lives, and all they have to do is listen.
    Some parts made me want to cry, they were so sweet. This is not a book to be missed, and the important word is "Family". I loved it, and wish I could continue on in their lives. There are really some interesting and very surprising things that happen here. Don't miss this!

    I received this book through Litfuse Publicity Group, and was not required to give a positive review.

    8 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2013

    I loved reading this book. The book is packed with many charact

    I loved reading this book.

    The book is packed with many characters who have their own unique story to tell. Right from a old dying man and the little kids, its a story that everyone can relate to. The author cleanly switched scenes among the characters and keeps you reading in a normal pace.

    The writing style is able to grab the require attention, there is emotion, humor and most likeable things in the book. Although the author dragged on some paragraphs, the whole plot is nice. Dialogues are powerful and so it the story.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2013

    Wonderful read!

    I am a true fan of beth wiseman. I have not read any of her books that i haven't liked. I have read all her amish fiction books and i would rate all of them a 5. This book is not a amish but is more modern. It is a wonderful book and i would not hesitate to pick up another book that was not amish. She has become one of my favorite authors...i hope she keeps writing for a long time to come.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2013

    Great Read

    I've enjoyed many of Beth's books. For the most part I've been reading her Amish books. When I came across this book I decided to give it a try. It did not disapoint me!






    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2013

    K

    Once again, we have too many plot spoilers ruining the book, after bragging how they got the book for free from the publisher, author, agent....whoever for their ' honest review'. Well, after all that bragging, that tells me the review will not be honest, that it will be a dishonest review because they gave you the book for free so you will of course give it a glowing 5 star review. Then you reveal every detail of the book by dissecting every sentence and chapter. That is so rude and inconsiderate to other readers. We dont get our books for free. We have to buy them, but thanks to plot spoilers like you, you destroy the reason to buy it. Why buy a book when you have already told everything that happens? Please bn, stop these plot spoilers from posting. Ban them, fine them, do something!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 16, 2013

    This was an excellent book! It's been hard finding Christian aut

    This was an excellent book! It's been hard finding Christian authors that can tell a beautiful love story without a lot of heartbreak. This book was wonderful to read and I hope Wiseman plans on writing more like it! 

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2013

    The House that Love Built by Beth Wiseman is the perfect combina

    The House that Love Built by Beth Wiseman is the perfect combination of cute and sweet, if that can be said of a novel. I fell hard for the story of Brooke and Owen right from the beginning. It is the story of a man and a woman struggling with life shattering issues and both are taking the steps to deal with and at the same time avoid, which lets face it is the only way any of us know how. I fell hook, line, and sinker for the struggles Brooke and Owen are dealing with so much so that I felt like I was dealing with the issues along with them. I cannot write this enough but this novel was utterly believable and charming that I took a personal day and only read this wonderful, uplifting, and adorable novel.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2013

    Ok

    You gave the book away i was going to buy this book

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2013

    stop everything

    Ms. June 14th i think you're losing money for the company selling the book. You just told me the complete summary of the book. I was thinking about getting a sample and then possibly buying the book,but nevermind i already know what happens and why spend money for the book when you can tell me what happens for free? Thanks for ruining it for me. My rating is true depending on the complete summary by Ms. June 14th.
    Thank you for reading this i appreciate it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 7, 2013

    Beth Wiseman did a great job with this contemporary romance set

    Beth Wiseman did a great job with this contemporary romance set in the small Texas town of Smithville, the town where the movie Hope Floats was filmed years ago. There are many characters in this book and quite a few different story lines going on, however, the different issues and mysteries are brought together in a satisfying conclusion at the end of the book.

    Central to the story are the main characters, Brooke and Owen. Brooke is a widowed mother to two children. Owen has recently had his heart broken by an unfaithful wife and has gone through a divorce. Both characters are sure in the beginning of the story that they are not ready to move on and start new relationships. In fact, both question whether they could ever be ready to love someone again. Owen is also dealing with major trust issues in regards to love and women.

    As the story progresses, attraction builds, along with humorous situations and quite a few serious situations that must be dealt with. I really enjoyed this story and some of the surprising twists that Beth Wiseman wrote into it. I would highly recommend it to fans of Christian romantic fiction. I received a copy of The House that Love Built from Harper Collins Christian Publishing through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 19, 2013

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    What a way this book starts and how it ends is amazing. You get

    What a way this book starts and how it ends is amazing. You get to see how a god works in a way though a completely different way. Brooke is trying to get over her grief of her husband. She caring for her two children. Though she also has her struggles. Owen is new in town. He buys a house that big for him out spite of his ex-wife. Owen starts doing repair in this house. There something adventures. There a big surprise that  
    you will not expect to happen.




    You learn about forgiving and you learn about how to handle grief.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 17, 2013

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    Brooke Holloway would like to give in to the desire to stay in


    Brooke Holloway would like to give in to the desire to stay in bed and grieve the loss of husband but she has two active children  and a business to run.  Her mother helped for a while but she had become to dependent on her now it was time to face life head on.  Her daily routine keeps her focused on her job  but memories of her deceased husband still occupy most of her thoughts.  Just like now when her thoughts were interrupted by Owen Saunders the new man in town. He recently bought one of the biggest old mansions in town that was in need of much repair and since she owned a hardware store he would become a frequent customer. Her coworker keeps pushing her to find a new man even though she keeps telling her and everyone else that she is in no hurry to start a relationship.  But brother if she were looking, which she isn't, this handsome guy would fit the bill.

    Owen Saunders admits to himself he may have, as the saying goes, "cut off his nose to spite his face", by purchasing a huge old house that is turning into a money pit.  This is the house his cheating ex wife had dreamed of owning, so he bought the house just to rub into her face.  He was determine to finish the house as close to the original as possible.  He must admit he will probably never get it to original since he knows nothing about renovating anything.   So here he is renovating this old house when his is heart probably in worse condition than this old house.  He has had to make many trips to the hardware store owned by a very attractive lady.  The more they see each other it is apparent they are building a friendship but they both made it clear they were looking for nothing more.  God tends to have a say in what is planned for our life's plan. Maybe He wants them to start anew letting go of the bitterness and pain from their past and to trust in love.

    The author adds many other interesting characters to the mix like two precious children, two grandmothers, a missing grandfather, a rebellious teen, a couple of crack head parents, a stray cat and well intended friends.

    I found this an endearing story of love lost, bitterness, revenge, trust issues, tribulations and reconciliation.  In the author's writing I could see God's plan in restoring the lives of His children.  The author also writes about how the characters let anger, abandonment and fear eat away at their lives until they slowly and sometime quickly turning from God yet proves He never turned from them. 

    In one part of the book Owen advises Brooke on the importance of forgiveness and she points out," Isn't that kind of like the pot calling the kettle black".   It is like seeing the err of our ways through another person's eyes or better yet by reading a great book like this one.

    I highly recommend this book. It would be a great book for a book club and/or reading group. There are some very enlightening discussion questions at the back of the book.

    Disclosure:  I received a free copy of this book from  Thomas Nelson/Litfuse Publicity Group for review.  I was in no way compensated for this review.  This review is my honest opinion.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 29, 2013

    The House That Love Built is billed as a love story but it is so

    The House That Love Built is billed as a love story but it is so much more – it’s about finding a place in the world you can call home and realizing that family is more than the people you are related to.  Full review at BookTrib or RomanticReadsandSuch (dot) wordpress (dot) com

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 3, 2014

    This is a great book!!!  This is a wonderful story about a widow

    This is a great book!!!  This is a wonderful story about a widower that finds love again. I loved reading about her journey of finding love again and about her new untraditional family. I really loved this book so much I had trouble putting the book down because I wanted to know what was going to happen to her. Great love story. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2013

    Im gonna write a story.

    I jump off the ledge and wonder why no one is around. Shouldn't there be others here? I change into my human form and decide whether or not to confront her on wednesday. I am still havikng trouble with her. Why does she hate me? I used to be best friends with Aurora. Kelsey/mossshadow

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2013

    Wa

    Warriors den

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2013

    Language: None. Other objectionable: Mention of an affair, kissi

    Language: None.
    Other objectionable: Mention of an affair, kissing, flirting, mention of using illegal drugs, an abusive father, and a mother leaves her kid.
    Suitable for: Well, it's adult fiction, so I'd say adults and highschoolers would enjoy it.
    Pros: I loved the mystery combined with the romance.  It made it interesting, more than your average "boy meets girl, boy dates girl, boy proposes to girl, boy marries girl" type of fluffy romance.  The mystery surrounding the house provided a little bit of purpose to the story.  Owen & Brooke are great characters coming from similar backgrounds (one divorced, one widowed) but I think that Brooke's healing process was more developed than Owen's because she leaned heavily on her faith.  Owen basically gave up on God.  The extra characters also enhanced the book by providing backstory and a little side action other than the main plot.
    Cons: I do hate how the house was bought by Owen just to spite his ex-wife since Smithville is her ideal hometown.  That's a slap in the face to her.  I wish the house had been bought with no ulterior motives, but would that be too surreal to be true??  I don't know.  That's the only thing I can think of.

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  • Posted August 9, 2013

    Nice easy read

    This book was a light easy read, very enjoyable. I enjoyed the fact that reference was made to praying at appropriate times and I didn't have to worry about foul language. Recommended if you are interested in a pleasant story with a happy ending.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2013

    This was a very good book! It's one I will definitely read over

    This was a very good book! It's one I will definitely read over again! I only wish it was longer.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2013

    loved it

    Lots of twist and turns....wonderfully written. You will enjoy it.

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