The House That Love Built by Beth Wiseman is a book packed full of fun surprises! She starts with two broken people: a young widow with two children who’d been abandoned by her father as a young teenager and a recently divorced man who chooses to act out his bitterness toward his ex-wife by purchasing a large home in the small town where she’d always dreamed of living: Smithville, Texas, the town where the movie Hope Floats is set. Because this home is in need of many repairs, Owen, the divorced newcomer, quickly meets Brooke, the young widow, who just happens to own and run the local hardware store.
As these two become friends and strive to help each other work through their brokenness and toward forgiveness, they encounter one person after another after another in need of their love and compassion. Hunter, the troubled 17-year-old, is my favorite of these. He complicates the story greatly when Owen attempts to help him turn his life around only to learn that Brooke was emotionally wounded by Hunter and wants nothing to do with him.
Love, forgiveness, and emotional healing are the beautifully-explored themes of this book that I thoroughly enjoyed reading and most definitely recommend. I thank Thomas Nelson Publishers for the complimentary eCopy I received in exchange for this honest review.