Wisdom Tree

Mary Manners
Wisdom Tree
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Pelican Book Group
Release Date
October 2012
Inspirational Romance

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.

Book Review by vera (reviewer)
Jun 23, 2016   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
192 people found the following review helpful
Does running from our problems ever work? Can we outrun the piper and must we face our problems alone? Wisdom, when do we acquire it? Is there a certain age we suddenly become wise? Author Mary Manners has penned a wonderful Christian romance novel in which each character will find the answers to these and other questions!


Pastor Jake Samuel's plate is full to overflowing with a rebellious adolescent brother, Corey, a Church to pastor, and the many parishioners problems, and programs to supervise when into his life walks a beautiful woman who happens to be Corey's teacher, Carin O'Malley.

Corey is a typical under-achieving, always in trouble, hormonal, rebellious, full of attitude adolescent. Jake is striving to parent Corey to the best of his ability while he and Corey are dealing with the sudden death of their parents; Carin is dealing with the death of first her mother and shortly after, her brother.

Each has wounds and issues that color their life and relationships. Carin ran from Nashville to find peace; what is she afraid of and why did she run? Corey is failing in school and rebelling against everything. Jake is hanging on with God's help, doing his best to be the parent Corey needs and the pastor God wants him to be.

Concerned about Corey's attitude and grades, Carin's first meeting with Jake on the church lawn is less than typical. Jake, rather than wearing the usual Pastor's collar, is found mowing the lawn in old clothes, sweaty and hot. The devil is sitting on Jake's shoulder during this meeting. He doesn't tell Carin he is the pastor; instead he invites her to church on Sunday and a meeting with the Pastor Samuel after.

Come and join Jake, Corey, Carin as they journey through tribulations, death, grief, acceptance and find a firm foundation in faith and the wisdom to recognize the source of all their needs. Is love waiting around the corner? Come and find out.


Author Mary Manners has penned a story of grief, loss, renewal, faith, and love. Ms. Manners aptly shows that grief does not have a timetable and each person grieves in their own way. Some become closer to God, others pull away from him, while others rebel against everyone and everything. This story follows Jake, Corey, and Carin as they deal with grief and loss.

Carin makes a timely appearance in Corey's life and provides the support and encouragement he needs to begin the healing process. Jake's faith and steadfastness will encourage Carin's recovery from her secrets and grief to find God's grace, mercy, and her own self-worth. Jake will find what God has in store for his future happiness was not the one that got away.

The characters were well-developed as they grew throughout the story-line in their life and personal relationship with God and family. Ms. Manners demonstrated that each of us needs a wisdom tree where we can reflect, renew and grow, a place to speak our heart and listen in silence.

The plot and pacing were well-done as Ms. Manners included everything needed to create an excellent story. This story has mystery, drama, and intense emotion as well as a sweet clean romance between Carin and Jake; all the crises and issues are resolved in a timely manner. At times I cried, at others I laughed. This is an emotion-filled story. Ms. Manners had many threads she wove together to form a cohesive story which you will not want to put down.

Ms. Manners' writing style is clean and refreshing; her style and talent re-enforces the fact that sex is not needed to create a wonderful story.

This book is well-written; the story-line will keep you interested from the start to finish. Ms. Manners pulled me into the story and left me wanting more. I hated to say good-bye to these characters.

The devotional guide in the back of book is excellent.


I highly recommend this book to anyone that enjoys a solid clean romance. You do not need to be religious to enjoy this book. Ms. Manners does not preach or push the Christian belief, rather she lets her characters reveal their faith through the story-line.
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