Saturday, July 30, 2011
A single mother learns to depend on others, love her family, and protect her son in Sweet Sanctuary by Shelia Walsh and Cindy Coloma. Wren is living a quiet life with her son in their small community. Everything in her life is looking up. She and her son are happy and healthy, they have friends and a good house. She loves her job and is looking forward to a promotion. Then Grandma Ruth comes un expectedly to their house, and everything else in Wren’s life seems to turn upside down. Where is God when she needs him most?
Wren’s life is not perfect. She is dealing with so many things. She thinks it’s under control, but then things start to quickly deteriorate. She has to learn to deal with her family, who never could get along, and then she develops feelings for a man she knows.
I love how relatable this book is. We’ve all been there when we struggle to know up from down or right from wrong. It’s not always easy to live our lives relying on God every day…every moment. But we find that when we can fully trust in God, he will pull us out of even the worst situations. Just like Wren learning to love her family again and trust God to protect her son, we are the same.
I enjoyed Sweet Sanctuary. It is a modern book that even discusses the future of libraries and how e-books have changed things (the main character is a librarian). It’s not lost on my that this topic came up in the novel while I was reading it on my new e-reader. But I enjoyed getting to know Wren and her family. She ultimately gives over control of her life over to God, and when that happens everything falls into place. The only issue I had was a few spots where the story seemed to lack connections to the next part of the story, but overall it was a fun read.
You can find Sweet Sanctuary by Sheila Walsh & Cindy Coloma in stores and online now.
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