Sweetbriar Cottage by Denise Hunter

Sweetbriar Cottage

When Noah and Josephine Mitchell discover their divorce was never actually finalized, their lives are turned upside down. 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...

Details Sweetbriar Cottage

TitleSweetbriar Cottage
Release DateJun 13th, 2017
PublisherThomas Nelson
GenreChristian Fiction, Romance, Contemporary, Christian, Fiction, Contemporary Romance

Reviews Sweetbriar Cottage

  • Deanne Patterson
    First off let me start out by saying the cover is what drew me to this book first, ( It's absolutely gorgeous) then I saw it was by one of my favorite authors and I knew I had to read it. My only complaint is the cover, gorgeous as it is it doesn't fit my perceived notion of what the cover should look like. The majority of the book takes place during a surprise Spring snow storm. Sweetbriar Cottage is a wonderful book that will bring out so many ...
  • Robin Hatcher
    "In Sweetbriar Cottage, Denise Hunter has written one of the best stories about emotional healing and forgiveness that I've read in ages. Her heroine, Josephine, is deeply wounded, and everything about Josie's present actions rings true to her painful past. Noah is the hero Josie desperately needs, although neither of them seem to know it for much of the book. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough to reach the resolution. Suspenseful, heartbreaki...
  • Melissa ♥ Dog Lover ♥ Martin
    Sweet =)
  • Cara Putman
    Sweetbriar Cottage is a moving romance filled with layers of a love lost, the passion to reclaim it, and the tension of fighting for your life. This story digs deep with emotions and Denise Hunter's beautiful writing. I wanted the characters to find healing even when it seemed impossible. But just likes God love, it was possible from the foundation of forgiveness. This story is one that needed to be told, and one you’ll want to read. A beautifu...
  • Emilee
    I love Denise Hunter's books and this latest one is no exception. Her books read so smoothly that I usually devour them in a day or two. I loved this flawed, lovable heroine. She was "real" and not glossed over as with most Christian fiction heroines. That being said, I would only recommend this to mature readers because of the sexual references. I do not believe it crossed the line (in my opinion) just a warning to those who don't prefer that in...
  • Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader
    I am Hunters number one fan, so I says this from experience after reading everyone of her books and novellas. This is the best book she has written to date. It is by far my favorite!This is one of those books that you can't start when you have to cook and clean house and run errands. You have to start it at bed time and read all night because you can't put it down once you start reading. You will know love is worth fighting for after reading Swee...
  • Hannah
    I'll be giving a real review later on...closer to publication, as per the publisher's request.Cliff notes version: I'm always eager for the next Hunter book, but I feel that this one is her most meaningful and heartfelt book to date, with a strong Christian message as well. Go ahead and order your copy, because you'll be sure to be touched by this one.Content: pg-13 for some discussion of rape and other things; nothing graphic, though
  • Teresa Snyder
    As expected, another great book from Denise Hunter. Good storyline, good characters, good chemistry between Noah and Josie. I especially enjoyed the book being from the area. It made the story more real to me --- looking forward to her next book.
  • Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
    I love how Denise Hunter so often weaves the story of Jesus’ unconditional love for us into the hero’s pursuit of the heroine. Perhaps nowhere is this more clearly seen than in Sweetbriar Cottage. It takes a bit to get to that point though, for Noah is only human and just as flawed as Josie in his own way. The last thing he intends to do is pursue Josie … never again. But in his very nature, deep in his character, that tender love he once f...
  • Brittany
    Sweetbriar Cottage delved deep into the heart of some very intense and painful subjects. This novel explored the past and present of the lives of the main characters, Josephine and Noah. I loved the way the story switched between the present day, the very distant past of Josephine’s youth, and the recent past when Josephine and Noah fell in love. Seeing where these two came from made it easier for me to connect with them and care for them. And ...
  • Brandie
    I was in the mood for a realistic romance about marriage, so I picked this one up after a few of my reader friends said they really enjoyed it. I'm so glad I did! I was very surprised by the events that happened in the book - once I started reading it, I didn't want to put it down. I am not a reader of Christian Fiction, and I'll admit that fact kept me from initially picking this book up. It is definitely a tamer romance than I normally read, bu...
  • Melanie
    Sweetbriar Cottage was so much better than I expected! After seeing some not-so-positive comments on the book prior to starting, I was a little anxious about whether or not I would enjoy it...but it didn't take long before I started loving the story and couldn't wait to see what would happen next.I love second chance romance stories and Sweetbriar Cottage had a great one. I loved the unconditional love aspect of the book and the moments of danger...
  • Staci
    Sweetbriar Cottage provided a feeling similar to the movie Sweet Home Alabama, however, the main female character's past was much deeper and darker. Josephine lost her mother just prior to her teen years and was raised by her step father. She grew up not having much faith in men or women. Her story was a sad story and the impact in adulthood came across as plausible.This is my second Denise Hunter novel and I look forward to reading others.
  • Callie
    2.5/5 stars.Whenever I see a new Denise Hunter book up for review, I have to snag it because I always enjoy how her books are quick, easy reads. She has a way of sucking me into the story, and even when I think I can't take the drama anymore, I somehow can't help myself from turning the pages.In this book, Noah and Josephine thought they got a divorce 18 months ago - only to realize that a paperwork glitch resulted in them still be married. Throu...
  • Madison
    Sweetbriar Cottage is a delightful contemporary romance, one that tugs on your heart and encourages you to take a chance and rediscover the healing power of love.When Noah Mitchell discovers that his divorce with Josephine was never finalised, to say he is shocked might be an understatement. After the marriage ended, he gave up his job and retreated into the mountain, away from town and reminders of what happened and what he lost. Now, though, he...
  • Caitlyn Santi
    I've read several of Denise Hunter's novels and enjoyed them all, so I was looking forward to Sweetbriar Cottage, unfortunately I was a bit disappointed by this book. And I'm really not sure exactly why, I loved Noah and Josephine instantly, my heart went out to them and I was cheering for them throughout, but for some reason I kept feeling kind of bored with the story, and like it wasn't really holding my interest. This is a beautiful and powerf...
  • CD {Boulder Blvd}
    This was a really well done Christian story dealing infidelity, self worth and forgiveness. I have major issues with cheating spouses so I debated, but I like Ms. Hunter's stories and gave it a chance. In this one, the husband is faithful but the wife cheats.Ms. Hunter explores Josephine's issues with abuse and self worth that led to her cheating and gives the couple a second chance at love. I didn't quite feel the connection between the characte...
  • Melissa
    https://www.rtbookreviews.com/book-re...The subject matter here is heavier than Hunter usually deals with, but it's so well-handled and beautifully done that readers will have much to ponder throughout. Issues such as marital infidelity, divorce and sexual abuse are explored in a thoughtful, God-honoring way. And the exploration of what love should look like in marriage and in general is very deep and contemplative. This is a novel that can help ...
  • Susan Snodgrass
    I have read every single one of Denise Hunter's books. I enjoyed them all and most still reside on my bookshelves. This one is very good. It is a bit reminiscent of the biblical story of Hosea and Gomer. Just a little bit. The theme is profound and at times heart-wrenching. How can a person live every day life with such hurt in their heart? But God promises unconditional love to His children. No matter what they've done. Hunter has again created ...
  • Kav
    5 Tissue Box Alert! This is a powerful love story that's real and raw and emotionally gut-wrenching. My tummy is still doing flip-flops and my heart feels bruised. What a testimony of unconditional love -- both the Grace that was extended to us on the cross and the grace we offer to one another. Not an easy read by any means but so worth the emotional bludgeoning. The kind of story that transforms the reader. Convicts anew.Artfully told through p...
  • Robbie
    Josephine Miller wants nothing more than to get her divorce from Noah and get on with her life. However, her traitorous heart keeps getting in the way. She can’t still love him, can she?Noah’s heart was broken by Josephine, and he wants as much distance between the two of them as he possibly can. Now, to add insult to injury, he discovers their divorce was never finalized! Would he never be free of Josephine?I alternated between heartache for...
  • Cayla
    Jack needs his own story. That's all.
  • Jennifer
    What a great read! Noah and Josephine's story pulled me in from the start. The way their backstory was weaved into present day showed the reasons behind their actions and how their past mistakes affected their current day. Without giving anything away, it was a wonderful example of love and forgiveness and how married love isn't easy. It is hard work on both spouses' parts. Work that can reap amazing rewards.
  • Amanda
    I am a Denise Hunter fan and usually really enjoy her stories but I think she outdid herself this time. I loved this one so much. It is my favorite book of hers. It is very well written and I was lost in the story. I loved the characters and I didn't want to do anything but read the book and find out how their story worked out. Loved it.
  • Jessica Johnson
    Josephine and Noah Mitchell both want to move on from their divorce. But when Noah discovers, while doing his taxes, that their divorce was never finalized it stirs up unwanted feelings. Josephine drives the divorce papers to Noah's cabin in the mountains only to end up stranded there for days. The weather takes a nasty turn and when one of Noah's horses escapes, Noah and Josephine embark on a dangerous search. This book contains flashbacks of th...
  • Emily
    I'm so glad I read this. What a gorgeous story of redemption, love, and sacrifice. Almost a week later and I'm still too blown away to give this the review it deserves. I read another book in a similar vein earlier in the month that I didn't give the highest marks, where a couple apart is thrown together again. I much preferred this one. Denise Hunter did a fabulous job developing these characters, weaving together the flashbacks with the present...
  • Stephanie
    Is it possible for Denise to write a just okay book? She has written another wonderful book. She deals with some different issues in this one, but in her gentle way, she handles them with dignity and grace. I very rarely cry while reading, but she had me in tears a few times. My heart ached for both Noah and Josephine, yet cheered as they found their way to healing, forgiveness and worthiness.Loved it! Highly recommend it.
  • Michelle
    Isn't the cover lovely?! I think this is one of the prettiest covers I have seen this year. I have so many mixed feelings about this book. Finishing the last chapter left me unsettled and slightly depressed. This book has a lot packed into a short time.I felt like this story could have been better explained with a few more chapters. It felt rushed, even with the different story lines. As a reader I felt like I didn't get to know the characters as...
  • April
    4++ StarsI found myself captured, rather quickly, in this story. Wondering what led to the demise of this marriage, and then why? Hunter reveals the why's and how's gradually, through the current circumstances but also through flashbacks. (Note: I did notice one typo while reading. The time line for the flashback in Chapter 17 was wrong.)This is the first stand alone novel that Hunter has done, and is different from her previous novels in other w...
  • Cheryl Olson
    Sweetbriar Cottage seemed to me to be bit of a different story than what I've maybe read from Denise Hunter in the past. I have loved her other books, and I loved this one as well, there was just something about this story that touched my heart. The heroine, Josephine has a pretty heartbreaking back story. I thought that Denise Hunter's timing in how she told Josephine's back story as well as the history between Josephine and the hero Noah was ma...