Denise Hunter always writes good stuff. Most anything she writes could and should be on your keeper shelf. Sweetbriar Cottage is no exception. She deals with a very difficult subject of child abuse as it affects the adult and especially their marriage. I really liked how she allowed you to see the relationship of estranged husband and wife through each of their eyes.
Josephine has kept her secret, never revealing it to her husband even through the intimate times of marriage; but she only has told his best friend, a Pastor, during counseling and whom Josephine is afraid has revealed her deepest darkest secret.
The book opens with Noah Mitchell discovering that his divorce has not been final the last few years and confronting his supposedly ex-wife about it. When she arrives with revised papers, they become trapped in the midst of a snow storm that last 3 or 4 days and then further find themselves in a life threatening situation.
What do you do when your wife has hurt you but now reveals to you the childhood trauma that led to her actions but does so thinking she is about to die? Do you forgive her, and if so what then?
To find out the answers and more, I highly recommend this read. I received this novel from Netgalley for my honest review.