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Sometimes the last thing we think we need is exactly what God has planned. After the death of his parents, Jake Samuels has enough on his plate—including a fledgling church to lead and a mischievous younger brother to raise. The last thing he needs is a rambunctious woman to contend with. Carin O'Malley is dealing with the death of her brother and a new job as an English tSometimes the last thing we think we need is exactly what God has planned. After the death of his parents, Jake Samuels has enough on his plate—including a fledgling church to lead and a mischievous younger brother to raise. The last thing he needs is a rambunctious woman to contend with. Carin O'Malley is dealing with the death of her brother and a new job as an English teacher at East Ridge Middle School where Corey Samuels reigns as King of Chaos. The last thing she needs is to fall in love with a man...especially a handsome and complicated preacher like Corey’s brother Jake. But when Corey's antics toss Carin and Jake together, the two must draw from God’s wisdom to find refuge in His perfect plan for them....

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Wisdom Tree Reviews

  • Nancee
    2019-04-29 03:08

    Jake Samuels, pastor of a church in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains is raising his younger brother Corey, after their parents were killed in a freak automobile accident. Carin O'Malley has taken on a 7th-grade English teaching position in the local middle school, with the hope of overcoming her own insurmountable losses. Young Corey is a student in Carin's class, and has assumed the role of class troublemaker and underachieving student. Carin visited the church where she had hoped to speak with the pastor regarding his younger brother, and mistakenly believed him to be the groundskeeper. It couldn't have been worse timing for Jake, but he arranged a meeting with Carin for after church on the following Sunday with the goal of discussing ways to improve his younger brother's predicament. Jake has a strong faith in God while Carin has lost her faith as a result of her painful circumstances. Jake, Corey and Carin agree to work together to improve Corey's attitude and lack of effort in school, resulting in a budding attraction between Jack and Carin.Mary Manners is an artist with language, creating detailed portrayals both in character definition and settings. Her usage of descriptive details is both eloquent and authentic. In Wisdom Tree Ms. Manners portrays realistic characters who are likable and believable, and her addition of biblical references is appropriate to the circumstances, adding a beauty to this multilayered story of tragedy, loss, heartache and healing. I was disappointed to have the story end. I'd love to see a sequel to Wisdom Tree. Ms. Manners has also added a daily devotional in the back of the book, which is helpful for those whose faith may not be as well developed, as well as seasoned Christians. I highly recommend this Christian fiction romance.This book was provided by Mary Manners for the sole purpose of my honest review. All opinions stated are my own.

  • Delia
    2019-05-08 04:02

    What a beautiful story of heartache and loss, of love and healing...and of the slow, steady, sweet growth of spiritual wisdom.WISDOM TREE is one of those books the reader doesn't want to end. I rooted for Jake and Carin--and young Corey, of course--from page one. My entire being yearned for a happy ending for these three angst-ridden souls, but as the story unfolded and I felt the approach of that very thing, I wanted to scream, "No, no! Not yet! I'm not ready to say good-bye!" I was so reluctant to part company with these characters that I kept reading all the way through the 31-days of devotions at the end (and found them as lovely as the story itself).Nothing is more beautiful than love when it arrives right out of the blue--no plans, no reservations, no phone call to say, "I'm on my way." It just shows up, and has to be dealt with. This is especially true when that first, delicate bloom has to push through multiple layers of pain, regret, angst and sorrow before it can finally unfold its petals. Mary Manners paints this scenario with delicate, painstaking pen strokes (green ink, of course!) that dance across the page and into the reader's heart with an unforgettable, life-altering touch.Read WISDOM TREE. It's time well spent. Just know that when you close that last page, you will not have reached the end. This one will be in your heart for a long time to come.

  • Lisa Johnson
    2019-04-29 06:06

    Title: The Wisdom TreeAuthor: Mary MannersWebsite: http://www.marymannersromance.com/Pages: 228Year: 2014Publisher: White Rose PublishingThis is a tale of love and loss, tears and joy, and of sorrow slowly moved aside by hope. Mary Manners shares with readers a tale about Jake and Corey, with hearts filled with pain as well as Carin who is struggling to let the past not be her present or future. That is not all there is in the tale; there is sadness, but take heart that isn’t the point at all. The main point is how God wipes away our tears and renews our hearts when we spend time alone with Him. One aspect of the writer’s novel I really appreciated was dealing with hard topics and heart topics in a way that stirs hope and lights a path for readers.There is romance in the story too; one based on friendship which blossoms to love in time and on each person’s daring to draw near to God. Carin’s character is an English teacher in an elementary school who moves lock, stock and barrel in order to leave painful reminders and start new in a town with no family members and a new job. Jake is a young man who pastors a small church. His biggest task though is taking care of his younger brother Corey since losing his parents.I don’t want to spoil it for you why the novel is titled the way it is, but let’s just say I wish I had that view each morning or evening. Following the epilogue is a 31-day devotional to encourage readers to be still and know He is God, including pages to write whatever is brought to your heart or mind. As I read, I was reminded the Lord used different life experiences to teach me His wisdom and that wisdom is gained by not relying on me. The Wisdom Tree is the first novel by Mary Manners I have read and I look forward to reading more of her work in the future.My rating is 5+ stars.Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspo... . Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/lisa.johnson...

  • Katrina
    2019-05-17 04:54

    Mary Manners always put forth a compelling read. Filled with faith, hope and prayers that is blended throughout her stories. Wisdom Tree is filled with Christian beliefs, romance, heartbreak, loss,friendship and faith.Carin, Corey and Jake have all lost loved ones. Corey - 13 years old and heartbroken is not taking the death of his parents well, and his brother Jake - pastor of the local church is now trying to be a parent and big brother and finding it very hard. He leans on his faith to get him through hoping that in time Corey will be able to believe, move on and be a happier 13 year old boy.Jake meets Carin - her faith is troubled - she too has lost loved ones, and is feeling very sombre and alone. With the help of love, and friendship Jake, Carin and Corey follow the path of God - to find happiness and a happily ever after they never thought possible in there time of grieving. Guilt lies and betrayal can have someone questioning their faith, but being around the right people, can lead you to a little ray of sunshine. Mary Manners always put forth a wonderfully scripted story, filled with the belief of God, and what he does and can do ... when you follow his path. Even if - he may take your loved ones from you. I don’t find that Mary pushes the religious points in her stories; they are heart-warming and may even have you sitting back and wandering to yourself as well. I dont read alot of this genre but always Enjoy Mary's stories. The characters were heartfelt and very realistic in life, the struggles in life when you lose someone close, the ups and downs that life throws at you and believing life has more to offer.The dialogue flowed smoothly, and the meaning of this book well outlined and felt. Overall I really enjoyed this book ;) and would recommended to any who enjoys a sweet romantic read filled with a little Wisdom of its own. ** This book was given to me via A book tour for an honest review ** Review will be posted on my blog on 20th July. **

  • Kathryn Bain
    2019-05-20 05:10

    First, let me start by saying I’m not particularly fond of these feel good books. As most of you know, if there’s not a dead body, I find it hard to get interested. With that said, if more sweet romances were written like this, I’d enjoy them a lot more.After the death of their parents, Jake Samuels takes his younger brother Corey into his home. Carin O’Malley, the local middle grade teacher sees something in Corey that tells her he needs help. She’d lost her brother when he was just a teen so she has an instant connection with the kid. Corey’s problems bring the two together, but Carin’s past comes back in ways to haunt the new relationship. I had a hard time with the large age difference between the two brothers. Jake has to be at least mid-twenties or older since he is the lead minister of a church. Corey is in middle school. Nothing explained the huge difference in age. Even the heroine didn’t question it, which I found a bit unusual. However, that was the only problem I had with this book. The correlation of the hero raising his brother and the heroine losing hers made for a good story line. The interaction between the two brothers felt real, especially the concern Jake had that Corey might go in the wrong direction. Ms. Manners kept the reader interested with great dialogue, a good plot, and hooks meant to have you turning the page. I would encourage anyone to read this book. It’s a quick read and keeps you interested from beginning to end.

  • Janet Marie Dowell
    2019-04-24 04:12

    Jake Samuels is not your typical pastor ..... He had a tragedy in his life that changed his whole world. Jake becomes the guardian of his brother, Corey. He has a hard time relating to his brother. Jake has a huge heart and loves everyone.Corey Samuels is a typical teenager who struggles with acceptance........ but a situation in his life makes it worse. He is like his brother ..... he has a huge heart and loves everyone in his own way. He comes off as a tough guy, but deep down he is not. Carin O'Malley is dealing with her own issues. She is also an English teacher. Carin deals with Corey with her heart.......... She gives him gift that changes his life. To find out if Jake & Corey ever meet half-way.......... and what part Carin plays -- you have to read the book! Happy Reading!

  • Paula Ratcliffe
    2019-05-07 03:04

    I was glad to be able to review this book for Book Trailer's Showcase Book Tour. This was a great book that dealt with loss, connecting with family and religion. When Pastor Jake meets Carin, he teases her into coming to church to meet the Pastor. Carin is new to East Ridge and wants to help out a young student in the hopes of getting him on track Corey. What she learns is that Corey's brother is the elusive Pastor that got her to go to church. The book follows the budding the relationship as it blooms, we learn about both Pastor Jake and Carin's past. The choices they made and where it put them. What a great story loved it! The characters were great and easy to relate too I loved it so much!

  • Rhonda Gayle
    2019-05-12 08:50

    This book touches many familiar chords with my heartstrings as I am a former middle school teacher and was married to a pastor, so the situations that Jake and Carin are placed in bring many memories to my mind. I also felt a great deal of empathy for them. I know what difficult jobs teaching and pastoring both are! Jake and Carin have so many things going for them, and yet, they both face many challenges along the way. Romance should just come easy, huh? but no, Corey throws a monkey-wrench or two into the mix for this young couple. I loved Mary's book and appreciate the scriptural references and faith-based writing. This is a 5-star novel, for certain!

  • Marianne Evans
    2019-04-23 02:09

    An amazing book of God's grace, the power of prayer, and the manner in which lover overcomes all. Bravo, Mary Manners. Wisdom Tree will stay with me for a long, long time.

  • TWJ Magazine
    2019-04-24 01:07

    "The Wisdom Tree" by Mary Manners is an extremely enjoyable reading experience. Mary knows how to sprinkle the literary breadcrumbs to keep you turning page after page until the tale she has spun concludes.Jake Samuels has his hands full, pastoring a congregation and raising his kid brother. Corey used to be so different: happier, more lively and able to laugh easily. Losing their parents in a tragic accident has robbed Jake of both his parents and his younger brother. Can anything break through the wall of defiance Corey's built up?Enter new middle school English teacher Carin O'Malley, eager to teach and more strict than expected. When she and Corey butt heads over his outrageous behavior and lack of effort, Carin has no choice but to conference with his older brother.When a case of mistaken identity gets Jake and Carin off on the wrong footing, a disagreeable introduction quickly turns into a joint task force on helping Corey for the better. Can cooperation lead to romance? Will Carin's secret past be a stumbling block to finding love, or will Pastor Jake be able to help her find faith in God once again?Mary has crafted a novel that's rich with faith and filled with delightful characters. Even though Corey is an obvious handful, it doesn't take long for his pain to reach you through the words on the page, and Jake's evident love for his brother and for God are easy to spot as well. You'll be curious about Carin's past and urging her to unburden herself and to lean into God...and to fall in love with Jake along the way!As a bonus, Mary includes a 31-day journal. Since it was good for Corey (and he's fictional) it's good for us to! I enjoyed reading through the daily devotions, and each day's reading includes easy to respond to questions, a passage from Scripture, and a prayer for you to guide you as you speak to God about what you've read.This is the first of Mary's novels for me, and I'm eager to read more. I received an electronic galley of "The Wisdom Tree" in exchange for an honest review, and I can honestly tell you "The Wisdom Tree" is highly recommended reading. "The Wisdom Tree" is published by White Rose Publishing and is available for pre-order at Amazon.com and other online book sellers.The Wordsmith Journal strives to guide readers to books of personal interest, with the understanding and respect that what appeals to some may not appeal to others. Therefore we attempt to keep our reviews focused on content, genre and style. The rating is necessary to make use of Goodreads and Amazon. It reflects the reviewer’s own level of enjoyment, but the review is intended to be informative for the benefit of all readers.

  • Meagan Myhren-bennett
    2019-04-27 02:16

    Wisdom TreeBy Mary MannersI have to admit I'd never heard of Mary Manners before this book was offered by BookFun.org. The chat and information about the book intrigued me so I couldn't resist requesting a copy to review. I was not disappointed in this delightful story or the devotional that follows.Though I didn't read it in one sitting, I did read it in one day (family dinner waits for no one, nothing, and no book!). It was an enjoyable week-end read, the devotional portion took a little longer as it is for 31 days.The Wisdom Tree is a journey to find wisdom, specifically God's wisdom for our lives. In the story portion of the book Pastor Jake Samuels is caring for his teenage brother Corey. When an accident took the lives of their parents they were all the family they had left, but the unexpected loss combined with a shift in the dynamics of their relationship has put a strain on their brotherly bond.But when Corey's grades and attention span begins to take a nose dive English teacher Carin O'Malley decides to intervene. After a humorous first meeting between Carin and Jake, Corey gets some much needed help.As Corey, Jake, and Carin all deal with the losses in their lives, they discover that God has a plan even if we don't always know what it is. I think one thing to come away from this book is that we are never alone and God is always there for us and often when we feel the most isolated in our pain there is someone else who is in the same boat (a figure of speech - a little something from the book) and we can heal and help one another.Wisdom Tree is the perfect book to give as a gift or to add to your own home library, the only problem is whether to add it to your fiction shelf or devotional shelf. Wisdom Tree is a sweet story, not like those over-the-top sappy cards, but rather a story that touches on the difficult and painful issues of trust and hope in a thoughtful caring way.I was provided a copy of this book by author Mary Manners, the Pelican Book Group, and BookFun.org in exchange for my fair and honest review.

  • Dora Hiers
    2019-05-14 06:54

    Mary Manners creates strong characters I can really relate to, guys and gals I'd like to hang out with on a Friday evening. Like Jake and Carin in Wisdom Tree.I immediately connected with Jake, understood his frustration and foul mood. After all, he's raising his teen brother. It's hot outside, and he's mowing the church yard because somebody has to do it. He's running late to pick up Corey from football practice. Toss in a new slasher, er...teacher, who shows up unexpectedly and assumes the worst of him, and Jake hits the overload button. He acts out a little himself, not unlike his brother, which I enjoyed. He showed a little weakness, which endeared him to me.I love the conflict between Jake and Carin, and it's not the arguing kind. No, Ms. Manners creates plenty of internal/external conflict as the characters head towards their happily-ever-after, and she'll tickle every one of your senses along the way.This story involves a teenager, dealing with grief. Ms. Manners wrote teen angst in a realistic way without making me, as a reader and a parent, want to fling my e-reader at something...or someone. I think parents will appreciate some of the wisdom on dealing with teens imparted in this book.Wisdom Tree is a fast read. Find a comfy spot and plan to read it all in one sitting! My only wish is that Wisdom Tree were a little longer, so I could spread out my enjoyment over more evenings. I did appreciate the surprise tucked in at the end! Congratulations, Ms. Manners, on a great read!Disclosure: I received this book from BTS for a fair and honest review.

  • Jean
    2019-05-07 07:07

    I received this book from the author through book fun.org in exchange for my writing a review. I had no idea as to the topic of the book, so I began it with no expectations. From the very beginning of the story, I was delighted to get drawn into the lives of the main characters. The author opens the story with the amusement of Pastor Jake's mistaken identity, by Miss Carin O'Malley, but formed the hint of guessing (and hoping) that these two attractive people will become an "item"...and they do. Pastor Jake has taken over the responsibility of completing the upbringing of his younger brother after the death of their mother, along with being the Pastor of his local church. I loved that the author had this story move quickly. She did not drag the story on, but allowed you to know right from the outset that there was a "spark" between teacher and pastor. As it moved along, you also waited to hear what was being "held back" from being revealed about Carin's past. I loved how the characters' relationship with each other was not prolonged, but moved steadily forward, and even after realizing that Carin was keeping something about her past to herself, the "secrets" were not withheld for a long period of time, but allowed her to take stock of her silence and how it was affecting her relationships with both Jake and his brother, Corey, who now, had grown fond of Carin. I really enjoyed this book....a lot, and recommend it highly, as a "quick read", and a "feel good" completion.

  • Rebecca Booth
    2019-04-20 05:05

    Losing a loved one is never easy, especially losing your parents at a young age like I did. I sure can sympathize with Pastor Jake Samuels and his younger brother Corey. There are so many emotions a person goes through and Mary Manners captures all of them; sad, angry, blaming yourself and not understanding why God would take your loved ones. Can a person ever trust God again? Mary answers this question in her book, Wisdom Tree. Carin O'Malley, a teacher, suffers loss too when her mother and then her brother, Cameron dies. She tries to help her student, Corey, and in the process falls for his brother, Jake. These three characters share their renewed faith through the most painful life experiences, when they feel they have been betrayed. Mary Manners shows in Wisdom Tree that it is possible to forgive, heal, and trust God and each other. This story is a tender, enduring, compelling, heartfelt saga with many challenges. Mary Manners is an exceptional Christian writer that gives a reader a very inspirational love story with many twists and turns and very valuable life lessons through trying times. I am a fan of Mary Manners and looking forward to reading more of her books. By the way, Wisdom Tree is a finalist in the Short Contemporary fiction in the 2013 Inspirational Reader's Choice Award Contest of the RWA. Way to go, Mary Manners!

  • Jalynn Patterson
    2019-05-10 04:14

    My Review: Jake has enough going on in his life. Being a preacher isn't so easy and then you add to it the other things going on in his life and it is enough for anyone to run for the hills. Soon after constantly coming in contact with Carin, feelings start to develop that can't be ignored.Just like Jake, we should have our "own place" of solitude that we retreat to to pray and to rest on God's promises. I have a screened in front porch that my husband made for me. This is my favorite place on our property to "escape" to.The devotional is good for one month. It has an object lesson, reflection to ponder, and a prayer with each. It is simple and straight to the point. It is a wonderful way to reconnect with God. My favorite part of the book is the devotional in the back, I commend the author for writing it and placing it there. It is very encouraging and heart warming to read.I was able to relate to Jake myself, because he reminds me a lot of my husband. My husband has almost the same character traits as Jake, they also have in common that they are both ministers. Wisdom was a quick read that I enjoyed! I would love to read more of the authors books. It was a page turner for sure!**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from CFBA.

  • Shawna
    2019-05-21 05:59

    Young Corey and his older brother Jake, who is also a young Pastor of a church, lose their parents one tragic night as they make their way to the hospital to their youngest son who was rushed into surgery. Over the next couple of months it is a true struggle for Corey to emotionally accept what's happened and for Jake to help him through it. Just when Jake thinks he's failed, Corey's English teacher Carin comes into the picture. By making Corey responsible for his actions she not only brings Corey and Jake closer together, but unknowingly throws herself into the mix. Along with all the other troubles Jake has in dealing with Corey, Carin has problems of her own that soon make themselves known.I LOVED this book! I literally sat here and read the whole book in just a couple hours this morning. I didn't want to put it down. It had some action, suspense (you never knew what was happening or going to happen next), and romance in it. The best part of it all was the faith pronounced in the book. God is a huge presence within each chapter of the lives of these three young people.The best part of all - there is a devotional with reflections and prayers in it. Five stars for this awesome book!I was given this book by the publisher and bookfun.org in return for my honest opinion.

  • Judy
    2019-05-13 02:59

    This Book Will Touch Your Heart!The loss of a loved one is never easy to handle. Imagine losing your parents at a young age. How do you cope with the pain? How would you feel being raised by an older sibling? Would you act out? Would you be angry? Pastor Jake Samuels has his hands full trying his best to Pastor his church as well as make a good home for his brother Corey. The loss of their parents is great.Carin O'Malley is suffering loss herself. First her Mother and then her brother Cameron. Will she ever stop blaming herself for her 17 year old brothers death? Can she ever trust God again?This is the first book that I have read by Mary Manners. I loved Wisdom Tree because this book was God centerd. Also, the characters in this book were real, meaning they were believable. This same situation could very well have been taken from a life experience. I could relate to what some of the characters were going through. I've experienced a death of a husband, I've been in an abusive relationship, and I have wondered if God was even hearing my prayers.I wish to thank the author for making this book so real. Putting our faith and trust in God can bring us through tough issues that face us in life. I'm looking forward to reading other books by Mary Manners.

  • Cindi
    2019-05-11 07:04

    Jake Samuels, a young pastor takes in his 13 year old brother, Corey, after their parents die. Both struggle with loss and dealing with the huge void in their lives. Although Jake wants the best for his younger brother, it proves to be quite challenging for Jake to take over the role of parenting.Carin is Corey's school teacher who has experienced losses of her own. Carin turns to Jake to try to figure out how to handle Corey's rambunctious behavior.Can these broken families find the help they need, or are things too difficult to turn things around?This is a great story about family, love, loss, and healing by relying on God’s wisdom to see us through. Mary Manners’ novel keeps you turning the pages. I thoroughly enjoyed Mary’s writing style.The devotional at the end of the story helps to guide us with realistic ways to have a closer relationship with God. I rate this book with 4-1/2 starsI was given a copy of this book from bookfun.org in exchange for my honest review.

  • Cheri Swalwell
    2019-05-10 00:56

    The Wisdom Tree by Mary Manners is a heart-felt story of family tragedy and its results. After the sudden death of his parents, Jake, a single adult and full-time pastor, finds himself taking on the role of parent to Corey, his middle school aged brother. Both the man and the boy are dealing with their grief and current situation in different ways. Jake is trying to find the balance between being brother and parent while Corey is acting out in negative ways making the situation difficult.The author weaves Carin, Corey’s young, yet tough English teacher, into the mix to bring about many interesting events. Carin has also suffered recent tragedy in her family. Because of the guilt she carries regarding her own family, she desires to help Corey. Shame, secrets, forgiveness, doubt, and faith all crisscross throughout the story. It’s a book that everyone can identify with in some way. An added bonus is the wonderful set of devotionals that Mrs. Manners placed at the end of the story.

  • Beth Erin
    2019-05-01 02:16

    http://www.faithfullybookish.com/revi...Carin is a young teacher trying to move forward after the deaths of her mother and her younger brother. She's making a fresh start in a new town and all is going well with the exception of one unruly student. After losing his parents in an accident less than a year ago, Jake is spread thin pastoring his church and raising his kid brother, Corey. Carin goes the extra mile to help Corey change his behavior and turn his grade around. The Wisdom Tree is a sweet romance with some mystery and suspense sprinkled in and a healthy dose of faith. I was happy to see a nice variety of ages among the characters, the inclusion of kids and seniors really made the story come to life. Carin struggled with her relationship with God and with an overbearing ex-boyfriend. Jake wanted to protect both Corey and Carin. I enjoyed the book and appreciated the elements of grief, freedom, forgiveness, faith, and family.I had the opportunity to read and review this book through NetGalley. The opinions expressed are my own.

  • ChrisGA
    2019-05-21 07:12

    Wisdom Tree is a gentle story of Jake, Corey, and Carin, wounded souls struggling to find their way while dealing with the debilitating emotions of grief, guilt, anger and confusion. The characters are believable and likeable; and, as their lives unfold in the sweet and often humorous narrative, the reader sees the amazing hand of God in bringing the three together. It is a story of pain and healing, faltering and trusting, doubt and faith, loss and redemption—just as the story of most of us. This book is a refreshing reminder that God has a perfect plan for our lives, whether we understand it or not, and will work things for good if we will just trust and lean on Him.A month of devotional entries accompanies the book. They are short, anecdotal and pertinent. I received the book from the publisher through a giveaway on www.bookfun.org in exchange for an honest review. The opinions expressed are solely mine.

  • Laura A. Grace
    2019-05-05 03:57

    I enjoyed reading "Wisdom Tree" because it had a steady plot and didn't leave me hanging. Mary threw in some suspense mixed with good romance. Not only that, but she had some great characters who really stuck with me! My heart ached for Corey, Carin, and Jake! They had such a difficult walk to go through, but God truly helps us to heal. My favorite part of the novel is when they go to the Chinese restaurant and they get their "fortunes" when really they are Bible verses! I loved that and so wish we had Chinese restaurants do that!Also the devotional at the ending is amazing! I would simply buy this book for the devotional part! They are so simple , but yet so touching! It definitely opened my eyes to many things in my life! I received this book for free from Bookfun.org in exchange for an honest review !

  • Michelle
    2019-05-05 02:56

    Wisdom Tree by Mary MannersWhat can I say, I love this book. Pastor Jake is raising his orphaned younger brother Corey. When he struggles in Carin’s English class she turns to Jake for help. All three have suffered great loss. God uses Jake’s strong faith to help Carin reclaim hers. While Carin uses her experiences to help Corey she finds more than she bargained for in a relationship with Jake. Mary Manners has brought the characters to life. She found a way to give hope to the hopelessness, faith to the unfaithful and healing to the hurting soul. Her style of writing is believable and shows her strong faith. I especially love the devotional at the end of the book. I highly recommend this book and any other she has written.

  • Brittany
    2019-04-28 07:53

    What a good book! The author did a very good job of creating believable characters. She developed good back stories for the characters. They all had baggage and in the course of the novel, we followed one of the main characters as she made her way back to trusting in God. The romance was a sweet one and the attraction between the two main characters was easy to believe. I could have kept reading this book even longer and was surprised when it ended a little earlier than I expected. Still, I think the author tied everything up in the end nicely. I look forward to doing the devotional included at the back of the book. I received this book for free to read and to give an honest review of it from bookfun.org.

  • Shannon
    2019-05-11 09:12

    A variety of individuals dealing with grief and life in general, all brought together by their faith in each other, and God. When people look at Christians there is an expectation, and PTL the ministers in this great read lived up to and surpassed what was expected, by holding tight to Him.Fun read, with interesting twists and turns, and nice to see a love story without all the sex so many authors think books need.Also a real bonus is the devotions included at the end of the book to encourage readers to spend time daily with Him as well.I would highly recommend this book, especially for a break from life, and for new Christian women.I was sent this book by Pelican Book group in exchange for a review. Thanks, thoroughly enjoyed this read.

  • Kathleen Friesen
    2019-05-09 06:09

    From an inauspicious introduction, Jake and Carin trudge the murky waters of relationship. Jake is trying hard to be the parent his brother needs, only to find his advice and disciplinary efforts ignored. Carin feels a bond with the troubled Corey even before she discovers their similar grief. Mary Manners brings these characters to life in Wisdom Tree, and I found myself involved in their efforts to overcome the difficulties facing them, bringing them close, and pushing them apart. With a strong faith message and even a bonus devotional, Wisdom Tree is a story of redemption and hope.I received this book as a gift from the author, and it earns four stars. Recommended.

  • Shirley Corder
    2019-05-01 05:53

    I enjoyed this gentle read, and found the plot uncomplicated but true to life. Jake, the elder brother, is trying his best to care for his only sibling while dealing with both his own and his brother's grief. Carey, the school teacher is also dealing with grief as well as a strong sense of guilt. Watching the three of them interact and deal with their grief and personal issues makes for an easy and enjoyable read. I enjoyed the month's worth of devotional messages at the end of the book. What a good idea!I received this book from www.bookfun.org in exchange for an honest review.

  • Amy
    2019-05-15 04:03

    This was my first book I have read by Mary Manners. I really enjoyed getting to "visit" this small town and church. The characters were grieving over their lost loved ones and through the story we see how they help each other in this process. This was a very poignant and sweet story. This was a very fast read for me, and before I knew it I was finished. The author also includes a 31 day devotional at the end. My favorite part of the story was the first couple of chapters of how they meet. That part had me smiling for awhile. I received this book from bookfun.org for my honest review.

  • Mark
    2019-04-21 09:00

    Although this is a romance, it sounded worth reading to me. It was an awesome book and I enjoyed it a lot, though I was disappointed it wasn't longer. I liked the characters a lot in the book. I am a sucker for a story with kids in, especially troubled kids. The book had a great plot, and I liked the idea of having a wisdom tree. It made me want to have my own.

  • Kay Smith
    2019-05-16 03:05

    A wonderful warm loving story which weaves tragedy, faith and healing through the lives of the main characters. The story is well written and very easy read you will find yourself turning the pages quickly to find where the journey will lead. The author has also provided a wonderful 30 day devotional to allow the reader a journey to their own personal wisdom tree.