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Review: Sweet Sanctuary by Sheila Walsh & Cindy Martinusen Coloma

First off, I want to apologize for disappearing! Between my husband coming home, his mom visiting, my son's birthday party and so on...it's been a busy several weeks! I will write more on that later, but for now I need to get caught up on a few book reviews! So here we go...

From the Publisher:

Wren has tried to shelter her only son from the tumult of the world. Now she's about to find sanctuary . . . in the last place she ever expected.

In tiny Cottage Cover, on the coast of Maine, Wren Evans is raising her gifted son, Charlie. A single mom, she's fought hard to give Charlie a stable, secure home life. When a prestigious music academy in Boston expresses interest in Charlie's talent, Wren is willing to move them again to make his dreams come true.

But Wren doesn't know that Charlie has been praying for her. And the answer to her son's prayers will change both of their lives. As Wren plans their move to Boston, life in Maine begins to fall apart. Her job is threatened with budget cuts, and Wren's grandmother, Ruth, arrives unannounced, with an outlandish request.

Ruth wants the family gathered together one last time, at the summer home where, years before, an accident shattered Wren's peaceful childhood. In the tumult, Wren finds a friend in a handsome, kind-hearted local, Paul Callahan.

When the family gathers in Cottage Cover, old wounds will be healed, new love will blossom, and the innocent prayers of a child will be answered in a most unexpected way.

My Thoughts:

In this story, we meet Wren, a single mother trying to give her son the best life possible. In the beginning, Wren and Charlie seem to live a very predictable life. This all changes when her grandmother shows up at her doorstep unannounced with plans of throwing herself a 90th birthday party and requests the presence of all of her grandchildren. After a family tragedy many years before, the siblings had had a strained relationship, to say the least. Between this, a growing relationship with the successful Paul Callahan and the reappearance of her ex, it makes for a very interesting read! Beyond all of that, it is a great story about learning to put your trust in God and that He is with us at all times through everything. In the end, it also became a great story about forgiveness and moving on from the past.
Overall, I think this was a great story. I do believe I would have enjoyed it more had I not had to take a 2 week break in the middle of it, though that has nothing to do with the writing or the book itself! The characters were interesting and believable and the story of past events were revealed just enough throughout to keep me intrigued! I look forward to reading more by the authors.

*I received a copy of this book from Book Sneeze free in exchange for this review. All thoughts are my own.

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  1. Sounds good! Looking forward to hearing about the homecoming and the big birthday party!!


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