The Wishing Tree (by Marybeth Whalen)…grace within a family and evidence of infidelity

I really enjoyed this 3rd book in the Sunset Beach series. As a frequent visitor to Sunset Beach, NC, I love reading about some of the locations. Plus it’s just a wonderful place to visit…and even live. And this book makes you want to pack your bags and move to the beach. Between the sand, waves, ocean breezes, delicious food…you will be ready to enjoy life at the beach.

In some ways, this book was a difficult read for me. As a victim of infidelity, my heart ached a little more with this story. And while my marriage did not survive my husband’s choice to cheat on me, I could totally understand the emotions experienced by some of the characters.

Family relationships and their expectations of each other was a major part of this book. It was definitely a story of the journey to forgiveness and redemption. Grace was a major point throughout the book…how we never deserve it, but how it is given to us anyway. And this is true whether it’s God’s grace or whether it’s grace shown by relationships with family, friends, etc.

I’m looking forward to the 4th book in this series. And while I initially purchased the books just because they were based at Sunset Beach, NC, I have discovered a wonderful group of characters that makes me glad I took the time to pick up the books and get lost in the wonder of this delightful place!

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