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Sweetwater Gap (Women Of Faith Fiction) [Paperback]

By Denise Hunter (Author)
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Item description for Sweetwater Gap (Women Of Faith Fiction) by Denise Hunter...

After giving in to her family's plea to come home to help with the harvest, Josephine returns determined to persuade the family into selling the failing orchard, but the new manager, Grady MacKenzie, makes it difficult. Original.

Publishers Description

A story of love and second chances. She wished she could go back and change things . . . but life doesn't give do-overs. Could anything but good-byes be waiting on the other side of Sweetwater Gap?

Josie Mitchell's sister Laurel thinks she's come home to pitch in with the apple harvest and save the family orchard. Her brother-in-law Nate thinks she's there to talk the overworked, very pregnant Laurel into finally selling the family business. The orchard's new manager Grady Mackenzie just thinks she's trouble with a capital T. They're all right . . . and all wrong. Because no one really knows what drove Josie from home in the first place. Why she's never come home before, even for her own father's funeral. Why she pushes herself so hard . . . and what she's running from. And nobody, not even Josie, is prepared for the surprising new fruit she'll find on her last trip home.

From Publishers Weekly
A good kiss goes a long way, especially in a Christian romance novel that is surely free of much physical entanglement beyond the perfect smooch. Bestselling romance novelist Hunter, in her newest, offers the requisite great kiss and loads of tension between Josephine Mitchell, who returns to her family's Blue Ridge Orchard when her sister's pregnancy becomes a crisis, and Grady MacKenzie, the orchard manager, who doesn't trust Josie for a minute. There are secrets to be kept, guilt to overcome, past heartbreak to repairall fodder for a good romance. The author adds more weight than usual as Josie's guilt over an accident in her past threatens her very life, but like all good romances, everything is tied up at the end. And even though the tale becomes overwrought as Hunter plumbs the depths of Josie and Grady's thoughts and introduces a plethora of side plots (Aunt Lola's pie; Alzheimer's suffered by the father of Josie's childhood friend; Josie's father) this Women of Faith Fiction title is sure to grab readers by the heart. (Dec.)Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

Citations And Professional Reviews
Sweetwater Gap (Women Of Faith Fiction) by Denise Hunter has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -

  • Romantic Times - 02/01/2009 page 58
  • Publishers Weekly - 10/13/2008 page 38
  • Library Journal - 11/01/2008 page 50
  • CBA Retailers - 12/01/2008 page 38

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Thomas Nelson
Pages   309
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.3" Width: 5.4" Height: 0.9"
Weight:   0.6 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Dec 16, 2008
Publisher   Thomas Nelson
Series  Women Of Faith Fiction  
ISBN  1595542590  
ISBN13  9781595542595  
UPC  020049132005  

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Deborah Raney's first novel, A Vow to Cherish, inspired the World Wide Pictures film of the same title and launched her writing career after twenty happy years as a stay-at-home mom. Deb now has more than two dozen published novels. She and her husband, Ken Raney, recently traded small-town life--the setting of many of Deb's novels--for life in the (relatively) big city of Wichita, Kansas. They love traveling to visit four children and five small grandchildren who all live much too far away. Visit Deb on the web at Twitter: @authordebraney

Denise Hunter currently resides in the state of Indiana. Denise Hunter was born in 1968 and has an academic affiliation as follows - Denise Hunter is a Research Scientist in Food Innovation at The New Ze.

Denise Hunter has published or released items in the following series...

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Not my usual read but ABSOLUTELY great!!!  Dec 31, 2009
I recieved a pack of books from my mother in law for Christmas. I absolutely love Inspirational historical romance. I have more books of this genre than my local B&N carries. I have not, however, been able to get into the contemporary inspy fiction. I would never have bought this for myself but decided since I had it I'd give it a go.

I was wowed. I began this book at 7 this morning and finished it before 11. With an realistic story which unfolded slowly enough to keep your interest but not so fast that you miss things I could not help but be drawn in. Characters were so well written that you could understand their emotions-- their hurts were yours, their frustrations frustrated you as well-- and you really felt as if you knew them. I love a good book that makes you sad when it's over. I like it when closing the book makes you feel like you've lost your best friend. Those are the books I go back and read over and over and OVER again. This was not the last time I will enter the lives of Josie and Grady. I will check into this authors other titles-- even if they don't whisk me away to the days of old!!!
Sweet Romance in Sweetwater Gap  Dec 29, 2009
Josie Mitchell left Sweetwater Gap with no intention of ever returning to her childhood home. Running from ghosts of shame and self-recrimination, she flees a horrible secret that's destroying her, body and soul. She makes a life for herself in the big city, well and truly away from her hometown, her family, and the apple orchards she once loved. Not even the death of her beloved father brings Josie back to Sweetwater Gap.

But when her sister Laurel needs help through a difficult pregnancy, the troubled young woman can't say no. Carefully guarding two secrets--one old, one new--she reluctantly makes the journey back home.

With the family's apple business rapidly approaching disaster, Laurel assumes her sister is home to help in the orchards. Laurel's husband Nate hopes Josie can convince his wife to sell the trees and land and forget the bothersome family business. And then there's Grady Mackenzie, the new orchard manager, who simply wishes Josie would go back to her fancy city life and let him do his job, which is bringing the business back into the black.

Josie just wants to get her sister's twins into their mother's arms and herself back to her little city apartment. She'd like nothing more than to forget her childhood home with it's guilt-ridden memories, along with the handsome, arrogant, frustrating orchard manager who showed up out of nowhere in her absence.

But God has other ideas for Josie, and her unplanned trip to Sweetwater Gap delivers His wayward, hurting child right into His loving hands, where He can shape her and her future according to His will. The path to that goal is a rough one to follow--rocky and crooked and painful--but Josie Mitchell could very well find that Sweetwater Gap is still her home sweet home.

A sweet story with all the necessary components to make it a memorable one. Love, longing, religion, secrets, family, guilt ... it's all there, skillfully interwoven into a wonderful tale of hurt and healing, stubborn pride and sweet surrender. Great storytelling!
Wanted to like the book.  Nov 25, 2009
The author and content is refreshing apart from so many other books written these days. However, the story just didn't read well for me. It was slow and lacked a balance in story/character development to hold my attention. I will put the book down and revisit it.
Another awesome book by Denise Hunter!  Aug 24, 2009
I LOVE everything Denise Hunter writes. I like the clean romance novels, and she always writes so tastefully.
didn't want to put it down  Aug 10, 2009
Wow! Denise Hunter's 'Sweetwater Gap' is a great book, and such an easy read. Denise draws you into the story and makes it seem like you are there in the story. I ended up reading half the book in one day, and didn't want to put it down. I only cried in 3 or 4 places, and I kept saying, "just tell him already!" A great book for anyone.

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