True to You
By Becky Wade
Bradford Sisters #1
Bethany House, 2017
It's the exciting start of a brand-new series by a contemporary romance fan favorite!
After a devastating heartbreak three years ago, genealogist and historical village owner Nora Bradford has decided that burying her nose in her work and her books is far safer than romance in the here and now.
Unlike Nora, former Navy SEAL and Medal of Honor recipient John Lawson is a modern-day man, usually 100 percent focused on the present. But when he's diagnosed with an inherited condition, he's forced to dig into the secrets of his past and his adoption as an infant, enlisting Nora to help him uncover the identity of his birth mother.
The more time they spend together, the more this pair of opposites suspects they just might be a perfect match. However, John's already dating someone and Nora's not sure she's ready to trade her crushes on fictional heroes for the risks of a real relationship. Finding the answers they're seeking will test the limits of their identity, their faith, and their devotion to one another.
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I fell in love with this poignant, thought-provoking book on the very first page. True to You models excellence in every way – exquisite writing, storytelling, and characterization – and is one of the best contemporary romances that I’ve ever read.
I immediately connected with Becky Wade’s writing when I read her first book, My Stubborn Heart – and it would be difficult for me to pick a favorite among all that she has written. I believe it’s a case of whichever book that I’m reading at the time becomes my favorite – because they’re that good! But with True to You, it feels like Wade has matured as a writer and I sensed something special. It has the same light-hearted, humorous slant that readers have come to love and expect, but after having read only a few chapters, I discovered a complexity and depth that elevates this above the typical contemporary romance.
Nora and her family are loveably quirky and easy to connect with. I’m an only child who always read a lot, so I loved Nora’s bookish side – and confess to a little envy of her relationship with sisters Willow and Britt. The initial meeting between Nora and John in the beginning chapters is so funny! There’s some twists along the way that I never saw coming, scenes that had me tearing up, and a memorable, touching ending.
I loved how life’s messy issues are realistically portrayed, and that John and Nora’s strong faith is tested in the same way that ours would be. The faith theme is vibrant and a natural part of their lives, never forced. Themes of grace, God’s redeeming of human messes, and total surrender of personal will were moving and thought provoking.
The story concludes beautifully, but leaves me impatient for Willow and Britt’s stories – as well as more time with Nora and John.
True to You earns a “best of the best” rating from me, very highly recommended.
I was provided a free copy of this book from the author and Litfuse Publicity. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.
Becky Wade is a California native who attended Baylor University, met and married a Texan, and settled in Dallas. She published historical romances for the general market before putting her career on hold for several years to care for her three children. When God called her back to writing, Becky knew He meant for her to turn her attention to Christian fiction.
She loves writing funny, modern, and inspirational contemporary romance! She's the Carol Award, INSPY Award, and Inspirational Reader's Choice Award winning author of My Stubborn Heart, the Porter Family series, and the Bradford Sisters Romance series.
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