SWEETBRIAR COTTAGE by Denise Hunter is a sweet, moving tale
about love lost,
lies, anger, forgiveness, and unconditional love. It is
Josephine and Noah's story which will pull at your
heartstrings. When Noah comes down off the mountain to pick
up his mail at the Copper Creek Post Office, he is alarmed
to see a letter from the IRS. Shocked they are disputing
his single status claim that he filed himself. He and Josie
have been divorced for 18 months. The IRS must have an
error in their paper work. Just another example of
government ineptitude, right? Wrong. After visiting his
accountant and his lawyer, Noah discovers the divorce
decree was never signed off by the Judge. He and Josie are
still married. What a mess! He must straighten it out
fast. Seeing Josie again is the hardest thing for him to
do. Josie promises to get the proper signature and return
the papers back to Noah.
Josephine is the beautiful owner of a barber shop in this
small town in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Georgia. She is
doing great with her business, trying to make a new life
for herself after Noah asked her for a divorce. Hearing
about the mix-up Josie immediately moves to right the wrong
and will not let Noah down this time. She heads up to the
Denise Hunter deftly weaves the healing power of love with
faith and conviction in a sweet and simple way. Anger,
shame, and guilt was the norm for Josie's childhood. When
her father lost a card game, he gave Josie as the prize to
his older friend who raped and abused her. Her father never
offered her any help and turned a blind eye to the
happenings around her. A flawed heroine, Josie was mired in
insecurity, fear, covering her flaws by being promiscuous
with many men. She learned how to wield power over them and
continued on this rocky road until she met, fell in love
with, and married Noah.
Noah is a prince of a man. Thoughtful, giving, with strong
faith, he is a hero to admire and love. However, when he
found Josie cheating on him after they were wed, he asked
her for a divorce. Broken hearted and disillusioned he
moved to the mountain to try to forget his first true love.
The story switches by way of flashbacks from their first
meeting to their current time frame. When Josie decides to
bring the corrected documents up to Noah's secluded cabin,
a surprise spring snow storm forces her to stay there with
Noah. Alone, their anger toward each other erupts. They
begin to mend the past and think about a possible future
together forever. I enjoyed this read, their journey and
rooted for them to find happiness. SWEETBRIAR COTTAGE is a
Christian fiction that romance lovers will love, add to
their collection, and await the next from author Denise
Hunter. It is a winner!
When Noah and Josephine Mitchell discover their
divorce was never actually finalized, their lives are turned
Following his divorce, Noah gave up his dream job, settling
at a remote horse ranch in the Blue Ridge Mountains of
northern Georgia, putting much-needed distance between
himself and the former love of his life. But then Noah gets
a letter from the IRS claiming he and Josephine are still
married. When he confronts Josephine for the first time in
months, they discover that she missed the final step in
filing the paperwork and they are, in fact, still married.
Josephine is no happier about the news than Noah. Maybe the
failed marriage—and okay, the botched divorce—was her fault,
but her heart was shattered right alongside his, more than
he would ever believe. The sooner they put this marriage
behind them, the better for both of their sakes.
But when Josephine delivers the final paperwork to his
ranch, the two become stranded in his cottage during the
worst spring snowstorm in a decade. Being trapped with
Josephine is a test of Noah’s endurance. He wrestles with
resentment and an unmistakable pull to his wife—still
beautiful, still brave, and still more intriguing than any
woman he’s ever known.
As they find themselves confronted with each other and their
shared past, old wounds surface and tempers flare. But when
they are forced out into the storm, they must rely on each
other in a way they never have before. Josephine finally
opens up about her tragic past, and Noah realizes she’s
never been loved unconditionally by anyone—including him.
Will Noah accept the challenge to pursue Josephine’s heart?
And can she finally find the courage to trust Noah?