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Sweetbriar Cottage
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Sweetbriar Cottage

"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 bestselling author

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 wonderful story, full of emotional tension and evocative prose."

—Francine Rivers, New York Times bestselling author of Redeeming Love

"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 bestselling author

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 wonderful story, full of emotional tension and evocative prose."

—Francine Rivers, New York Times bestselling author of Redeeming Love

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    April 24, 2017
    Hunter (The Convenient Groom) elevates her writing in this intimately crafted book about deep, selfless love. In present-day Copper Creek, Ga., the IRS notifies Noah Mitchell of a significant discrepancy in his tax return: they believe that he is still married. Noah had divorced Josephine last year, or so he thought. After consulting with his accountant, he learns there is no proof of the divorce because the judge handling their case had failed to sign the documents. Josephine, taking full blame for the divorce and the mix-up, wants to rectify it as quickly as possible and move on with her life. However, on her way to deliver the new divorce papers to Noah’s ranch, her car breaks down during one of the worst snowstorms the region has seen in years. She is stuck with her very unhappy ex for days. After a harrowing experience trying to find one of Noah’s horses, past emotions flare up and the nature of their relationship is called into question. Hunter crafts Noah and Josephine’s convoluted relationship with remarkable depth, immersing readers into a fragile and soul-searching experience. Agent: Karen Solem, Spencerhill.

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