cover image Sweetbriar Cottage

Sweetbriar Cottage

Denise Hunter. Thomas Nelson, $15.99 trade paper (310p) ISBN 978-0-7180-9048-7

Hunter (The Convenient Groom) elevates her writing in this intimately crafted book about deep, selfless love. In present-day Copper Creek, Ga., the IRS notifies Noah Mitchell of a significant discrepancy in his tax return: they believe that he is still married. Noah had divorced Josephine last year, or so he thought. After consulting with his accountant, he learns there is no proof of the divorce because the judge handling their case had failed to sign the documents. Josephine, taking full blame for the divorce and the mix-up, wants to rectify it as quickly as possible and move on with her life. However, on her way to deliver the new divorce papers to Noah’s ranch, her car breaks down during one of the worst snowstorms the region has seen in years. She is stuck with her very unhappy ex for days. After a harrowing experience trying to find one of Noah’s horses, past emotions flare up and the nature of their relationship is called into question. Hunter crafts Noah and Josephine’s convoluted relationship with remarkable depth, immersing readers into a fragile and soul-searching experience. [em]Agent: Karen Solem, Spencerhill. (June) [/em]