Sunday, August 7, 2011
"Without the storm, how would we know the sweetness of shelter?" –Ruth
Out of the clear blue, Wren’s Grandma Ruth arrives on her doorstep, dreaming of a grand party to celebrate her 90th birthday. Wren and her young son Charlie love the idea, but it quickly gets complicated: Ruth wants Wren’s estranged siblings to attend and she wants Wren to sing her all-time favorite song: “His Eye Is On The Sparrow.” It’s the very song Wren sang one fateful day during her childhood . . . and Wren hasn’t sung a note since. With family arriving and old wounds resurfacing, Wren’s about to fly when she discovers something special—a gift of grace beyond her wildest dreams.
My Thoughts: I loved Wren as a mom and friend. She's devoted to her son without being an overbearing or spoiling mom. She's a true friend even when things become difficult. I also loved how real she was in not knowing how to go about dating or for that matter if she should date someone. Wren was basically a well developed character that was true to life.
Although Grandma Ruth just shows up and pretty much demands a party, Wren agrees out of love for her grandmother. She has no real desire to spend time with her siblings but she is willing to do so for her grandmother. Wren's a woman that I can respect for making the right decisions even though they are not easy ones.
This was one of those books that once I got started I had to finish it today. There was no waiting until tomorrow to see what would happen. I will be looking for more works by Sheila Walsh & Cindy Martinusen-Coloma.
I'd like to thank the publisher for making a review copy of Sweet Sanctuary available via NetGalley.