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?
"Sweetbriar Cottage is a story to fall in love with. True-to-life characters, high stakes, and powerful chemistry blend to tell an emotional story of reconciliation." (Brenda Novak, New York Times best-selling author)
"Sweetbriar Cottage is a wonderful story, full of emotional tension and evocative prose." (Francine Rivers, New York Times best-selling author of Redeeming Love)
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I loved this story!
I always prefer to read a print version of a book but lately haven't had the time. Fortunately, with the audio books I can work at my desk while listening to a great story.
I have loved all the Denise Hunter books I have read especially "Driftwood Summer" Her characters are real and she draws you in to the story.
I felt the narrator went too fast at first and the tone didn't seem accurate to what she was reading, but as the book went on it was better and I was so involved in the story I didn't care any more about the performance being perfect.
I listened to this story in 2 days and really enjoyed it.
I felt Denise handled the background story in the perfect way. There was enough detail to understand the characters but not too much to make the story hard to read.