Friday, May 04, 2012

Booksneeze review: Sweet Sanctuary

A book by Sheila Walsh and Cindy Martinusen-Coloma, "Sweet Sanctuary" is a novel about family, love, regrets and forgiveness. Set in Cottage Cove, Maine, the lives of single mom Wren and her gifted son Charlie are interrupted by the arrival of Wren's Grandma Ruth. Wren and Charlie have been staying in the caretaker's cottage on the holiday estate of her mother, just while they are trying to figure things out. The plot thickens when Ruth announces that she hasn't just come for a visit, but wants to throw a grand 90th birthday party using the main house as the setting...

Wren knows this is a terrible idea, as the estate was the setting for a horrible incident from their childhood: her brother disappeared for two days during a family reunion, while Wren was supposed to be keeping an eye on him. During the search her father was injured and he was never the same... And the last time her brother, sister and she were together was for their father's funeral held in the same place... During the funeral, they had a big blow out, which has meant they haven't been touch much over the last 15 years since then. But Ruth is insistent, and Wren decides to humour her, all the while hoping she can change her mind.

As the story of Ruth's party unfolds so does a potential love interest for Wren: Paul the local fisherman come restauranteur. His interest in Wren starts as a friendship, but develops quickly into something the book to find out the rest of the story!

I really enjoyed this book, the plot had lots of twists, the characters were real: you really wanted to find out what was going to happen next in their lives. The message throughout the book was one of finding ways to forgive, making place for family in your life, not focusing on what could be, but making an effort to make things happen. I love the fact that although it is a work of fiction, you felt like it moved you to make your life better, to live out the forgiveness we all need, and love deeper and better, without hesitation.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who likes a good enriching read!  

I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com <http://BookSneeze®.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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