Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Sweet Sanctuary by Sheila Walsh & Cindy Martinusen-Coloma
"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.
When I first saw the cover and Sheila Walsh's name... I couldn't get this book fast enough! I absolutely love books that are set on the coast and I pretty much love anything written by Sheila Walsh. So put the two together and I have to read it!
Sheila Walsh and Cindy Martinusen-Coloma did a wonderful job of making the story realistic. I was drawn when I first read what the story was about. As a single mother myself for 12 years, I could easily relate to the struggles of being a single parent. Trying to make ends meet, wanting the very best for your child, divorce.... all things we may all be familiar with. Throw in a good mix of family members... a Grandmother and estranged siblings... and I can easily connect with Wren.
Sweet Sanctuary is a great story of healing from your past and learning to lean on God. A very enjoyable read! Check it out! :)
*Thomas Nelson has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.-Thanks Thomas Nelson! :)
Thanks for reading and God bless! :)