The Carpenter*s Daughter by Jennifer Rodewald + Giveaway

Title: The Carpenter's Daughter
Author: Jennifer Rodewald
Publisher:  Rooted Publishing
Release Date:  April 9, 2016
Genre: Christian Contemporary Romance

Sarah Sharpe has grown up as a carpenter’s daughter, knowing only the rough and work-heavy world of her father’s blue-collar profession. Abandoned by her mother as a baby, she’s lived twenty-one years content to drive nails at her dad’s side. Following her father into the world of construction was a natural path, and she took it without a second thought. But a harsh comment about her “butch” appearance sends her on a search for identity.

Enter handsome and easygoing Jesse Chapman, the roofer she meets on her first foray into volunteer work for Homes For Hope. In every way, the quirky man is her opposite—confident, a people kind of guy, and most importantly, happy. His likable qualities continue to draw her in, and for some reason he keeps coming back to her. But they can’t be more than friends—he’s made that crystal clear. Except for a handful of times…and the confusion is driving her crazy.

Sarah’s quest for self-definition becomes more tangled than she ever imagined, and she discovers that the journey will take her deeper than clothes and makeup. Filling the void in her heart becomes an obsession she cannot escape. How far is she willing to go to discover who she really is?

The first scene caught on like rapid fire. Have you ever felt like you aren't good enough? Or that you don't know who you are, that everything you believed about yourself just doesn't fit right? How about like you are nothing? Well, you NEED to read The Carpenter's Daughter by Jennifer Rodewald. And that first scene ignites this journey of self-discovery for Sarah, our main character, and even possibly yourself, as the reader.

The Carpenter's Daughter is heart-rendingly touching, capturing your heart as you ache for Sarah, and feel her emotions of self-awareness to self-doubt, even during her poor choices. Written in 3-person perspectives, it brings to light the internal struggles of each character. Sarah's questions of self-worth, Jesse's desire to protect Sarah, trusting God to do just that, and Dale's demons from the past, all comes to life before our eyes. And from that the truth of God's love so abundantly shown. His choice to love us despite who we are and our mistakes, gifting us with more than we can even acknowledge. A tragic tale it is, but without a doubt one that brings you on a journey to much more than finding your self-worth, but finding that God's there all along.

NOTE:  I received a complimentary copy of this book through Singing Librarian Book Tours for an honest review.  All opinions expressed are my own. For my review policy, please see my Disclosure page.



Jennifer Rodewald is passionate about the Word of God and the powerful vehicle of story. Four kids and her own personal superman make her home in southwestern Nebraska delightfully chaotic.

Born in Colorado, she experienced both the seclusion of rugged mountain living and the busy streets of a Denver suburb during her growing up years. Somewhere in the middle of college, she married a Husker and found her way back to the quiet lifestyle of a rural area, which suits just fine.

Blessed with a robust curiosity, Jen loves to research. Whether she’s investigating the history of a given area, the biography of a Christian icon, or how nature declares the glory of God, her daily goal is to learn something new. Aiming to live with boundless enthusiasm, her creed is vision, pursuit, and excellence.

Jen lives and writes in a lovely speck of a town where she watches with amazement while her children grow up way too fast, gardens, and marvels at God’s mighty hand in everyday life.



  1. I haven't read TCD yet and it is on my TBR pile. I don't mind books written from several points of view. It gives the different perspectives of each of the characters.

  2. Annie, thank you for this beautiful review...brought tears to my eyes! I am honored to be here today and so glad you Sarah's journey touched your heart.

  3. The Carpenter's Daugther sounds like a beautiful read. Thank you, Annie, for a great review of this new book.

  4. wow! this book is inspirational! I can tell how passionate the author is about God and her personal relationship with God.

  5. No, I haven't read it yet but this review has prompter me to add it to my TBR list.
    Thank you for sharing!

  6. I haven't read TCD. It sounds like a book many can identify with such as myself.

    Annie, thank you for the wonderful review! :)

  7. Such a fabulous book!! Great review, Annie! :)

  8. I haven't read The Carpenter's Daughter yet and I LOVE books that are written from multiple view points, so I intend to do so. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Thank you ladies for dropping in! The multiple views definitely gave me a better grasp of each characters' emotions and thoughts. Jennifer did a great job of showing it.

    Thanks Jennifer for this story. I am touched by it for sure.

  10. Thank you ladies for dropping in! The multiple views definitely gave me a better grasp of each characters' emotions and thoughts. Jennifer did a great job of showing it.

    Thanks Jennifer for this story. I am touched by it for sure.

  11. I have the Carpenter's Daughter on my TBR list.


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