Review: Sweetbriar Cottage by Denise Hunter

61kabzeSXfLDenise Hunter’s books aren’t top favorites, but they are always lovely reads. Sweetbriar Cottage is her latest, and it’s a story of reconciliation, love, and second chances.

Noah and Josephine are appalled to learn that their divorce years ago was never finalized. Noah is furious, and she feels guilty for that oversight and, well, so much more that you’ll have to read the book to discover (#NoSpoilers). The rest of the book finds Josephine and Noah trying to get it done and fighting the return of old feelings amidst the worst snowstorm to hit Georgia’s Blue Ridge Mountains in decades.

The premise is interesting. The emotional, honest conversations between Noah and Josephine were intriguingly realistic. But Josephine’s past was more traumatic than I expected, and it also seemed like she and Noah reconciled too quickly after years of discord. Their ultimate reconciliation was sweet, though, and a happy ending is always welcome. I didn’t enjoy this Hunter book as much as others (namely, The Seaside Letters or Barefoot Summer), but that’s just me.

Sweetbriar Cottage hits the shelves June 13.

My rating: 3.5/5 stars

Recommended for: fans of Denise Hunter; readers of similar authors of inspy romance, e.g. Irene Hannon, Robin Lee Hatcher, Melissa Tagg; those who enjoy inspy fiction and themes of second chances and reconciliation

Note: I received a copy of this novel via NetGalley.


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