‘The Carpenter’s Daughter’ by Jennifer Rodewald: a Review

Who are you? And what are you meant to do? A review of The Carpenter's Daughter by Jennifer Rodewald.From the back cover:


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?

About the author:

Jennifer Rodewald is passionate about the Word of God and the powerful vehicle of story. The draw to fiction has tugged hard on her heart since childhood, and when she began pursuing writing she set on stories that reveal the grace of God.

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, plays with her horses, and marvels at God’s mighty hand in everyday life. Four kids and her own personal superman make her home in southwestern Nebraska delightfully chaotic.

She would love to hear from you! Please visit her at https://www.authorjenrodewald.com or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/authorjenrodewald.

My thoughts:

Who am I?

The question haunts Sarah, pushing her toward the truth. Fortunately for her, there are people in her life who are able to help her find that truth.

Jesse sees beyond Sarah’s tough exterior and longs to help her heal. With wisdom beyond his years (as Godly wisdom is), he gently leads her as she searches.

Having read one of Jennifer Rodewald’s books before, I was not prepared for this story. Wow! I enjoyed the other one, but this story was a heart-tugger.

The Carpenter’s Daughter is told in first person, with the point of view shifting between Sarah, Jesse, and Sarah’s dad. I am not a huge fan of first person narrative, but I quickly lost myself in the story.

For those who prefer extremely clean reads, I need to mention that there are three instances of profanity. They are used to express frustration and are said by non-Christian characters. I personally prefer not to read the words themselves, so I wanted to note this in case it would bother you. While this isn’t my preference, I still really enjoyed the story.

The Carpenter’s Daughter is a wonderfully told story of truth and the freedom it brings. I would definitely recommend it, especially if you have ever wondered (or currently wonder), “Who am I?”

(I received a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. The thoughts expressed here are entirely my own.)

2 thoughts on “‘The Carpenter’s Daughter’ by Jennifer Rodewald: a Review

  1. Sarah Sharpe sounds like an unusual but endearing heroine, and I could relate to the search for identity. Thank you for a great review!

    • She is, indeed! I hope you have an opportunity to read it, Alexa, and that you’ll enjoy it as much as I did. 🙂

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