Sweet Sanctuary by Sheila Walsh and Cindy Martinusen Coloma is a delightful novel about a single mother, who raises her gifted son under circumstances that require her to learn to trust in God. Set in a quaint coastal town in Maine, Wren, the main character is caught off guard by a surprise visit that opens up secrets from her past.
As a single mother myself with a 10-year-old son, the challenges that the main character, Wren, faces with work, worries about finances and generally caring for the well being of her son resounded loud and clear. What was similarly humorous was the focus on her singleness, the yearning to be happy and the good-hearted busybody-ness of well-meaning friends and family to fix her up with a man.
As Wren manages her life, with all its trials and intricacies, she learns to rely on God and face her past to find forgiveness and healing. The novel surrounds the main character with characters that challenge her, forcing her to the breaking point only to find breakthrough in her faith and trust in God. I would recommend this book as a cozy and easy read, but with a small romance it is an endearing story for women.
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