May 26, 2012

Book Review: My Stubborn Heart by Becky Wade

Excerpt: Kate Donovan entered the town of Redbud, Pennsylvania, for the first time driving a car packed with her seventy-six-year-old grandmother, a comprehensive set of encyclopedias on American antiques, three sacks of nonperishable groceries, and enough pink luggage to give Mary Kay fits of jealousy. It was the end of their three-day car trip from Dallas but only the beginning of their big adventure together. My Stubborn Heart, pg 11.

Back Cover: Kate Donovan is burned out on work, worn down by her dating relationships, and in need of an adventure. When her grandmother asks her to accompany her to Redbud, Pennsylvania, to restore the grand old house she grew up in, Kate jumps at the chance.

Upon her arrival in Redbud, Kate meets Matt Jarreau, the man hired to renovate the house. Kate can't help being attracted to him, drawn by both his good looks and something else she can't quite put her finger on. He's clearly wounded--hiding from people, from God, and from his past. Yet Kate sets her stubborn heart on bringing him out of the dark and back into the light... whether he likes it or not.

When the stilted, uncomfortable interactions between Kate and Matt slowly shift into something more, is God finally answering the longing of her heart? Or will Kate be required to give up more than she ever dreamed?

My Review: I really enjoyed this book. I wasn't sure that I would, and almost didn't pick it up, but I am so glad that I did. I was pulled in right from the start, because I knew this character. She was me. Well, maybe not, but we did share a lot in common. We both had been praying for our future husbands for a long time - her since 4th grade, me since 3rd.  We both had despaired ever finding the right guy. We both wondered if God was actually calling us to singleness, or if we had somehow missed the boat at some point. You get the picture. We had a lot in common. Had pass tense, because I have already found my man... you know, the shy guy from the college physics class. Because of the similarities in our situations, I could understand the motivations and desires of the character, and Beck Wade did the character justice. I commend Wade on a great story, told well.
My Rating:

My Recommendation: I highly recommend this book to readers who want a nice, clean Christian romance.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

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