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 the first time in months, 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 okay, the 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?

 Sweetbriar Cottage

I was so excited when I was able to get this book from BookLook Bloggers. I couldn’t wait for it to come in the mail. Finally, I was able to read it.

I stayed up really late finishing this book two nights ago. I kept saying to myself, “One more chapter” until finally I only had one more chapter left in the entire book!

Denise has a way of writing that is easy to read but intriguing all the same. She is one of my favorite authors.

Unfortunately, I did not enjoy this book very much. I have read pretty much all her other books, but this one is my least favorite. I was very confused with all the time changes. One chapter it was present day and the next it was three years ago. To me, it took away from the story of the present day. I did not like that. Sure, the backstory is important…but not that important!

Anyway, I like the cover. It looks like a good book to cozy up underneath some blankets (or not) and read during a rainy day.

Even though I would not recommend this book to new readers of Denise Hunter, I would recommend the rest of her books. I haven’t done a review of all of her books but I will eventually!

I am going to give this book 2 stars. It just wasn’t my favorite.


Title: Sweetbriar Cottage

Author: Denise Hunter

Author’s Website: http://www.denisehunterbooks.com/

Reading Resolution: #32


I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program.

This review is written in my own opinions and words.


3 thoughts on “Sweetbriar Cottage

    • bellesmoma16 says:

      I didn’t read the last part of your review. I got excited by the summary. I am sorry you didn’t like the book. Now, I’m not sure I will get the book. This will teach me to get excited and not finish the whole review. LOL!


      • Haley J.S. says:

        That is totally understandable. I am sure you will like this book more than I did. It just so happens I didn’t enjoy the story as much as the rest of them. That doesn’t mean you won’t enjoy it. 🙂

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