Sweetbriar Cottage by Denise Hunter


Book description:

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

Following his divorce, Noah gave up his dream job and settled 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, they discover that she missed the final step in filing the paperwork and they are, in fact, still married.

Josephine is no happier about the news than Noah. Maybe the failed marriage—and botched divorce—was her fault, but her heart was shattered right alongside his, more than he would ever believe. The sooner they put this marriage behind them, the better for both of their sakes.

But when Josephine delivers the final paperwork to his ranch, the two become stranded in his cottage during the worst spring snowstorm in a decade. Being trapped with Josephine is a test of Noah’s endurance. He wrestles with resentment and an unmistakable pull to his wife—still beautiful, still brave, and still more intriguing than any woman he’s ever known.

As they find themselves confronted with each other and their shared past, old wounds surface and tempers flare. But when they are forced out into the storm, they must rely on each other in a way they never have before. Josephine finally opens up about her tragic past, and Noah realizes she’s never been loved unconditionally by anyone—including him. Will Noah accept the challenge to pursue Josephine’s heart? And can she finally find the courage to trust Noah?

My review:

This was a different take on the typical romance story. Noah and Josephine were married once and then thought they were divorced, even though they both still had feelings for one another. I enjoyed reading it because it was different than other stories I have read.

The biggest lesson in this book is that there is always hope for relationships. It was a little frustrating to read at parts because if Noah and Josephine had been honest with one another in the past, their relationship might not have deteriorated to the extent that it did. However, there is a lesson in that as well.

This was a super-quick read, as so many of Hunter’s books are. The characters are engaging and relatable, the setting is beautifully described, and the story keeps moving along at a perfect pace.

This story is perfect for an afternoon relaxing at home and enjoying a good book!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

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