This review is for the novel, "Sweet Sanctuary" by Sheila Walsh and Cindy Martinusen Coloma.
I wasn't sure if I was going to like this book when I picked it up. I did like it somewhat but the ending kind of felt rushed and like it wasn't really resolved. The whole book focuses on past hurts from something that happened at a family reunion many years before. At the end of the book, however, when the family is finally addressing the issues that have torn them apart, for so many years something urgent crops up and stops the discussion in its tracks. It is never picked up again from there in the way that I think it would have, so I felt like it was just left hanging. Like everything was just automatically fixed without the discussion being finished. There were also unfinished questions regarding Wren and Charlie as well as various other characters. I'm not sure if there is a sequel or not but it just seemed unfinished with the entire book really stemming from this one event in time.
It was an interesting read, however, and it is well written.
Wren and her son Charlie live in a tiny Maine village on the families old summer property. Charlie's father is not in the picture and hasn't been since he was a few months old. Wren has never recovered from a horrible summer the family spent at the very property she now lives and goes about life like she is in a safe little bubble with just she and Charlie. Enter her Grandmother, out of the blue, who suddenly wants the whole family back together when they hardly even speak anymore. But Charlie has been praying for his mother and thinks all of this could be the answer to his prayers.
You will just have to read for yourself to see what the mystery is and how it all turns out.
Hope you all have a great weekend!
*Note* I received this book for free through the Booksneeze book review bloggers program in exchange for writing a review about it. I am not required to write a positive review. Any opinions expressed are my own and they are sincere.