I would say that is the major theme in The House that Love Built written by Beth Wiseman. There is also the theme of family (no matter whether it’s traditional or untraditional, the love family is what makes us who we are). This is the first book I have read written by Wiseman. An Amazon search shows she has written several books, most of which look like they are in an Amish setting. The House that Love Built is not set in an Amish Community. It is a modern day love story.
Brooke Holloway is learning to survive as a young widow with two young kids. Owen Saunders has survived a bitter divorce and has bought a local mansion (with a mysterious history) to spite his ex-wife as she had always wanted to restore a large house in Smithville, Texas. Brooke has always wondered about the secret to the Hadley mansion and when she meets Owen she is excited about the possibility of getting inside to look around. What starts as a friendship soon blossoms into more but are these two people ready for another chance at love?
This book was a very quick and easy read. The mystery of the house was definitely a small part of the story. My only complaint about the book was that it seemed like to author was determined to introduce us to every character in the book in the first two chapters so it got a little muddled. As I continued reading, though, things started to make sense and I was able to keep up with who everyone was. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for something that is probably pretty typical Christian Chick Lit.
*****Thomas Nelson Publishing provided me with a free copy of this eBook in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not compensated in any way for this review.