Thursday, January 3, 2013


Review of The Wisdom Tree

by Mary Manners

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 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.

My Review:  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!  

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.   I was not required to give a positive rating.    
About the author:  

Mary lives in the beautiful foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee with her husband, Tim, and  teen-aged daughter, Danni.  They are proud pet owners to:  Lucky and Gus - the two cats they rescued from local animal shelters.
Mary is  a member of the Romance Writers of America and Smoky Mountain Romance Writers.
During the school year, she teaches middle-schoolers reading and Algebra. When she has free time, she loves to garden, take long walks with her husband, and read romance novels in a hammock beneath century-old shade trees. She writes romance novels for White Rose Publishing. If you'd like to visit, she has an author page there, as well. That's where you'll find everything there is to know about her books.


  1. I've never seen this book, but you've certainly piqued my interest. Thanks! I enjoy your reviews!

    1. Thank you so much, Linda. I am glad your interest is piqued. Wisdom Tree is a story very close to my heart. I hope you will enjoy it when you get the chance to read it. Blessings to you!

  2. Linda, definitely check out this book and I also read "Buried Treasures" by Mary Manners. They are both wonderful and both had teachers/pastors in them. I am certainly a fan of Mary's writing!

    1. Rhonda, thank you SO MUCH for the beautiful review and for taking the time to read my books I appreciate you! In addition to writing, I have been a teacher for 27 years, most of them in middle school, so I have a heart for kids. We sure have that in common! God bless you.

  3. Rhonda, wasn't this a wonderful book? Mary is a so talented. I've enjoyed many of her books, and look forward to many more. Great review, girlfriend!


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