Sarah Sharpe has grown up as a carpenter’s daughter, knowing only the rough and work-heavy world of her father’s blue-collar profession. Abandoned by her mother as a baby, she’s lived 21 years content to drive nails at her dad’s side. Following her father into the world of construction was a natural path, and she took it without a second thought, but a harsh comment about her “butch” appearance sends her on a search for identity.
Enter handsome and easy-going Jesse Chapman, the roofer she meets on her first foray into volunteer work for Homes For Hope. In every way, the quirky man is her opposite—confident, a people kind of guy, and most importantly, happy. His likable qualities continue to draw her in—and for some reason he keeps coming back to her. But they can’t be more than friends; he’s made that crystal clear. Except for a handful of times… and the confusion is driving her crazy.
Sarah’s quest for self-definition becomes more tangled than she ever imagined, and she discovers that the journey will take her deeper than clothes and makeup. Filling the void in her heart becomes an obsession she cannot escape. How far is she willing to go to discover who she really is?
my point of view:
This story really grabbed a hold of me, I enjoyed it very much – only wish there was more, lol! I really cannot breakdown what I loved most about this story, as there were so many things. Sarah is a very mature – yet sheltered – young woman who has been raised solely by her father. She is in more ways then one – The Carpenter’s Daughter.
I was quite drawn to her story. Sarah’s total lack of any thing relating to “acting like a normal woman”, ie: makeup, hairstyle, clothing, had me relating to her a great deal. Not so much that I grew up not knowing about these things, but I never really cared about them, lol! But what really captured my heart for Sarah was how lost she was from the beginning of this story. Everything she always believed was true suddenly gets mixed up and turned around and she doesn’t know where to turn.
Lucky for Sarah she has an amazing aunt who helps her to “think outside herself” which gets her volunteering for Homes for Hope, helping to build houses for others in need where she meets Jesse for the first time. This friendship turns into so much more than a simple romance, as he shows her by example that not all Christians are “religious freaks” and that we are never alone when we walk with Jesus. While Sarah works on finding her place in Jesus, she also has to face her father and the demons of his past. I recommend this book highly, it was a joy to read and had me reflecting on how to reach out by example the wonderous way Jesus works in our life!
Jennifer Rodewald is a Christian author of fiction who is passionate about the Word of God and the power of story. Four kids and her own personal superman make her home in southwestern Nebraska delightfully chaotic.
Born in Colorado, she experienced both the seclusion of rugged mountain living and the busy streets of a Denver suburb during her growing up years. Somewhere in the middle of college, she married a Husker and found her way back to the quiet lifestyle of a rural area, which suits just fine.
Blessed with a robust curiosity, Jen loves to research. Whether she’s investigating the history of a given area, the biography of a Christian icon, or how nature declares the glory of God, her daily goal is to learn something new. Aiming to live with boundless enthusiasm, her creed is vision, pursuit, and excellence, and she incorporates that pursuit as a Christian writer.
Jen lives and writes in a lovely speck of a town where she watches with amazement while her children grow up way too fast, gardens, and marvels at God’s mighty hand in everyday life.