My rating: 4 of 5 stars
There is so much that I loved about this book. It features a love affair that has lasted fifty years and a new relationship that has been ten years in the making. There is a house renovation that will honor one couple's enduring partnership and perhaps be the start of a new partnership for another couple and there is a mother's disappearance and the mystery surrounding it that has plagued this house for forty years!
I am a fan of the many television programs that focus on house flips and author Denise Weimer has completely captured this atmosphere in Fall Flip. As I read about Shelby Dodson and her late husband's successful television show I could easily visualize Chet's on-camera antics and feel Shelby's need to be more reserved. I could also understand just why she was so reticent to allow herself to become close to Scott Matthews, the contractor who was chosen to help in this renovation process. She and Scott had known each other in high school and Scott recognized in her a need for self-affirmation but she still often appeared aloof and uncompromising. These were the times I could have strangled Shelby because I absolutely adored Scott and I couldn't believe that she couldn't recognize just how special he was.
I also appreciated Lester and Ruby Wentworth, the couple celebrating fifty years of marraige. It was very apparent that much of their marital success was due to their strong committment to God and to each other. It is their own happiness that prompts them to want the same for Scott and Shelby and Lester is more than eager to offer Scott advice. "If a man can cook, he can do anything. And with his cooking, he can say anything. Can you cook, Scott Matthews?" What follows are cooking lessons for Scott as Lester teaches him how to make hermit cookies and homemade chicken noodle soup. Yes, the food was delicious and appreciated by Ruby and Shelby but it was the male bonding and friendship that was priceless.
Fall Flip is wonderful contemporay Christian fiction that reminds us that houses aren't the only things that need renovation. Our lives can become torn, tattered, and in need of repair and we often need help and restoration from other people and from the Master Carpenter Himself. Fall Flip is very inspiring and romance lovers will enjoy it; Weimer's description of the renovation and the completed project made me want to live in this restored Wentworth bungalow!
I received a copy of this book for review via SLB Tours and I am voluntarily sharing my honest thoughts in this review.
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