“Wren Evans is raising her son, Charlie, in the caretaker's house on her family's property in Cottage Cove, Maine. Estranged from that family and divorced from Charlie's father, she is trying to do the best for her gifted son. When a Boston music academy shows interest in Charlie, Wren must find a...”see full review » see other reviews »
“This is the story of a single parent who is raising her son at her families summer home. Through a series of events she is forced to deal with her past family drama and healing is begun. A great story. I would recommend it to all.”Joshua Inman wrote this review Saturday, December 24, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Wren Evans is raising her son, Charlie, in the caretaker's house on her family's property in Cottage Cove, Maine. Estranged from that family and divorced from Charlie's father, she is trying to do the best for her gifted son. When a Boston music academy shows interest in Charlie, Wren must find a way to take the next step in their lives.
Then, budget cuts threaten the library and Grandma Ruth shows up at the door with a nearly impossible request: bring the family together to celebrate her 90th birthday.
As party plans progress and Wren fights for her job, she is forced to relive the tragedies that split her family apart. And face a growing attraction to a local man at the same time her ex-husband appears to be stepping back into their lives.
Will she be able to give her son what he needs; and where will that be? Can she let go of old hurts and resentments to make peace with her siblings? What should she do about her feelings for Paul, and for Charlie's dad? And what has Charlie been praying for?
Sweet Sanctuary is a good read. The characters are, by and large, well-written and well-rounded; Charlie is just a joy. It was easy to lose myself in the story, curious how all the problems would resolve.”
“"Without the storm, how would we know the sweetness of shelter?" -Ruth
Out of the clear blue, Wren’s Grandma Ruth arrives on her doorstep, dreaming of a grand party to celebrate her 95th birthday. Wren and her young son Charlie love the idea, but it quickly gets complicated: Ruth wants Wren’s estranged siblings to attend and she wants Wren to sing her all-time favorite song: “His Eye Is On The Sparrow.” It’s the very song Wren sang one fateful day during her childhood . . . and Wren hasn’t sung a note since.
Though she’s glad to have Grandma back in her life, Wren’s sleeping on the couch in her own house now . . . and worried about the expenses piling up. After all, her job at the community library is in jeopardy after budget cuts, and the fancy music program she wants for her son is getting farther and farther out of reach. What’s more, Paul—the guy she's drawn to yet avoids—ends up being a major part of an important library project.
With family arriving and old wounds resurfacing, Wren’s about to fly when she discovers something special—a gift of grace beyond her wildest dreams.
I LOVED this book! Loved it, loved it, loved it, loved it! Everything about it was perfect: the story line, the development of the characters, the setting, the conflicts and the resolutions. It is true to life, it is engaging, I could relate to all the characters regardless of whether or not I had lived through similar situations. I could feel their problems and their struggles, I could understand their fears and misgivings, I could relate to their prayers. It is not heavy on Christian doctrine, there are only a handful of mentions of God and they are all appropriate and realistic; the main character looks to rekindle her Faith through simple prayer while she runs and learns to "let go and let God", in a way. Don't think that the book is not inspiring because it is not heavy on doctrine - it is actually a wonderfully inspiring, highly enjoyable work of fiction.
The story is simply beautiful, with family relations and ex-husband struggles and child-rearing and job situations. It has love and it has drama...and I am crossing my fingers for a sequel. Would love to know what happens "after". :)
I highly highly highly recommend this book. I did not want it to end! Enjoy!
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