Wednesday, January 14, 2009

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 loved this book. Definitely a keeper. It pulled me in and I did not want to put it down. Josie Mitchell returns home to the family Apple Orchard to help while her sister is pregnant with twins. Grady, the new manager, and Josie are at odds before they even really meet. She has not been home in six years even when her father died. What would make a girl like that? We find out as the novel progresses naturally. It flows very well and the characters are well developed. And the plot is touching and tugs at my heart. I do not want to give away too many details. I liked how it unfolded as I read. Over all a really sweet story with a spiritual thread that is not overwhelming but comes through great. The author does a good job making the reader feel at home in the Apple Orchard. I highly recommend this book! :)

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