The little town is actually the one Hope Floats was filmed in--one of my favorite movies. Beth does a great job of drawing you into it, making you relax as if you were on vacation there. I truly liked the slower pace of this book. Now, don't confuse that sentence with boring, because this book is far from it. You don't find out everything about the characters in the first two pages. Each page allows you to get to know them a little better, peeling their personalities back and also adding new characters along the way. You truly become a part of the family this book is creating. And Beth even adds in a few surprises and a little mystery along the way. All the aspects combine to make an incredibly sweet, entertaining read that I'll be adding to my permanent bookshelf at home.
I happily give The House that Love Built 5 out of 5 stars and encourage you to not be like me--waiting and wondering--but go out and grab it today.