14 January 2009

CFBA Tour Sweetwater Gap by Denise Hunter

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Sweetwater Gap

Thomas Nelson (December 16, 2008)


Denise Hunter


Denise lives in Indiana with her husband Kevin and their three sons. In 1996, Denise began her first book, a Christian romance novel, writing while her children napped. Two years later it was published, and she's been writing ever since. Her books often contain a strong romantic element, and her husband Kevin says he provides all her romantic material, but Denise insists a good imagination helps too!


A story of new beginnings from best-selling Romance for Good™ author Denise Hunter.
When Josephine's family insists she come home to help with the harvest, the timing works. But her return isn't simple benevolence-she plans to persuade the family to sell the failing orchard.

The new manager's presence is making it difficult. Grady MacKenzie takes an immediate disliking to Josephine and becomes outright cantankerous when she tries talking her family into selling. As she and Grady work side by side in the orchard, she begins to appreciate his devotion and quiet faith. She senses a vulnerability in him that makes her want to delve deeper, but there's no point letting her heart have its way-he's tied to the orchard, and she could never stay there.

A brush with death tears down Josephine's defenses and for the first time in her life, she feels freedom-freedom from the heavy burden of guilt, freedom to live her life the way it was intended, with a heart full of love.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Sweetwater Gap, go HERE

My Review:
I just finished this book this evening and as it says its one you won't want to put down. I have read it over the past couple of days and have enjoyed the story. It had me thinking today of when I was little and we would go to my cousins in Victoria, Australia. They lived on an apple Orchard, although we didn't pick the apples I do remember the fun times there.
I love The way Denise weaves this story and how the different people have different parts to the story. Learning Josie's story and why she fled her home is pivotal to this story. I felt so bad for her and wanted to let her know Jesus loved her no matter what. What I really enjoyed was that we see someone with real issues and how it defines them as they grow up. Some of the issues where not hers but others but she had felt she was the cause since she was little. The story shows how sometimes things said or done in childhood by others can leave a lasting effect on a person and also shows how they can be overcome but how it does take time.
5 out of 5 for this book. Top read.

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