Stay with Me by Becky Wade

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Genevieve Woodward’s life looks perfect to outsiders—she survived a near death experience as a child, she has a successful career as a Christian Bible study author and speaker, and she is close to her loving family.  But Genevieve has a big secret that could destroy her picture perfect life, and she is horrified when the handsome Sam Turner discovers her secret. Sam is comfortable with his remote existence, quietly trying to distance himself from people.  But when he finds Genevieve in his cottage one morning, he realizes that the outgoing, spunky, brightly colored Genevieve may destroy his carefully constructed isolation.  After Gen finds a threatening letter that leads her down a dark family search, she turns to Sam—and ultimately, to God—to help her discover what is truly important in life.

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I admit that I am struggling a little to write a review for this book, because how do you review such an absolutely wonderful book?  I feel as though any praise I give it will be inadequate to how fantastic it truly is! Suffice it to say, this novel has all the things that make any Becky Wade book great—characters with realistic struggles and imperfect lives with which we as readers can easily identify, raw spiritual truths that strike a chord in our own spiritual walk, and clean romance that makes us swoon!  I absolutely loved Sam!  He is shaped by past mistakes but it has made him into such a wonderful man!  (And not only is he handsome but he can cook?! Yes please!)  And I really liked how Becky handled a sensitive addiction in the novel, with careful research and accurate, often less than rosy, portrayals of its consequences. The themes of forgiveness, mercy, and grace were strong in the story and really made me think and, at times, made me cry as the characters realized the same truths.  I love how her writing is so seamless that you can spend hours reading and still find yourself completely immersed in the book.  I enjoyed the setting of Misty River and the other characters in the novel and I am very excited to read more about them in the rest of the series.  The family mystery in the story had twists and turns that surprised me and further added to the complexity of the book.  I truly could go on and on about how much I love this book, but instead I’ll just say, go buy a copy yourself and enjoy this highly recommend novel!

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I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author.  Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

Take a Chance on Me by Becky Wade

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Penelope Quinn has one nonnegotiable dating rule—never date an airman.  However, when a family medical crisis forces her to spend extended time with Air Force fighter pilot Eli Price, she finds herself drawn to his good looks and engaging personality, despite knowing that she has been hurt by him before.  Eli, however, cannot stop thinking about the feisty and beautiful Penelope and will do anything to get her to take another chance on him.

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This novella is a perfect introduction into the Misty River series!  The characters are engaging and drew me in almost immediately.  Despite the fact that the story is short due to being a novella, I felt like I had plenty of time to become emotionally invested in the story and the characters.  I loved the friendship-turned enemies-turned romance theme of the book and was happy with the ending!  I also liked the way the author details the struggles of military life on families. And, of course, I love the spiritual truths that are raw and real and incorporated seamlessly into this little novella.  Definitely a must read and a great starter to the series!!  Most highly recommended!  (Also, can we all agree that the cover is swoon-worthy?!)

Sweet on You by Becky Wade

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Zander and Britt have been friends as long as they can remember—but when Zander returns from a trip abroad, he finds himself seeing Britt in a new light.  Afraid that his romantic feelings may upset their friendship, he tries to keep his feelings to himself.  But as he and Britt team up to solve a family mystery, he finds it harder and harder to keep himself from falling in love with her.

No one writes romance like Becky Wade—she has the steam-worthy kisses, the heart throbbing heros, and the sweet and aching love.  I was so glad that Britt and Zander finally got their own story!  I love old-friends-turn-into-romance plots and really enjoyed reading about their journey.  Although their romance takes center stage, the mystery in the novel makes the storyline even more intriguing.  There are a few surprising twists and turns, both to the love story and the mystery. It was nice to read a conclusion to the Bradford sisters, although I was a little sad to see the series end.  I highly recommend this book and this series!

I received a copy of this book from Netgalley/Bethany House Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

Falling for You by Becky Wade

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Willow Bradford took a chance on the handsome Corbin Stewart four years ago and ended with a broken heart. Now she is back in her hometown with him solving a cold case and spending more and more time in his company. So although Corbin desperately desires to give them another shot, Willow is hesitant to allow him into her heart.

I have absolutely adored this series by Becky Wade!  She transports you to the quaint town with its charming characters and interesting families with ease and allows the reader to get to know the personalities in depth. I was excited for this second sister’s story and was not disappointed with its banter and its romance.  It has a few surprises that kept me guessing and overall was a fun and lovely read.  I liked the theme of forgiveness and the power of change that can only come from the influence of Christ.  I recommend this series!

I received a copy of this book from NetGalley/Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.

True to You by Becky Wade

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Nora Bradford is dedicated to her work as a genealogist and historian, hoping that her career can help her forget her heartbreak three years ago. She is thrilled when a former Navy SEAL and attractive man John Lawson enlists her help to research his ancestry. But John is focused on the present whereas Nora likes to dwell on the past. As Nora and John work through their differences towards a common goal, Nora finds herself drawn to John. However, their lives may be too complicated for them to enjoy a future together.

This novel is a good introduction to the Bradford sisters. Nora is quirky and unique but adorably passionate about her job; I did not love her at first but learning more about her throughout the story, I came to enjoy her character. John is a hero but he’s not without struggles, the most pressing of which involves his health, which is why he’s determined to find his birth parents. There is a complexity to the characters that serves as a good backdrop for their romance, which has surprising twists and turns. I am excited to read more about the other sisters, especially Willow, and look forward to the next books. A good start to a new series!

I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.

Her One and Only by Becky Wade

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Dru Porter is a former Marine and continues to maintain her skills with a black belt and frequent trips to the shooting range. She is hired as a bodyguard for Gray Fowler, a superstar football player who has absolutely no desire for the dark-haired, blue-eyed beauty to be his protector. Dru, however, takes her job seriously and is determined to find Gray’s stalker, hoping to keep him from harm and prove herself after a disaster on her last case. Despite her best effort, however, Dru finds herself drawn to the football player, a romance she knows is off-limits, given her job. But perhaps getting closer is the only way to protect Gray and keep the stalker from reaching him first.

I absolutely love all of Becky Wade’s books. She is a fantastic writer and pens characters that are so relatable and with whom it is easy to connect. I really liked Dru in this novel; she is the perfect blend of a strong female character with bits of humility from realistic past failures sprinkled throughout. It was great to catch up with old friends from previous novels as well, although reading those first is not required to appreciate the novel. The spiritual themes and analogies in this book are once again written very well. This particular book also has a bit more suspense than her previous novels but still contains great scenes of romance. There is a special gift that some writers’ posses that immediately draw in the reader with their excellent language and prose; Becky Wade has this talent! I truly cannot say enough good things about her writing. Most highly recommended!

I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.

A Love Like Ours by Becky Wade

Lyndie James relocates with her family back to Holley, Texas, after living in southern California for twenty years. She immediately seeks out her childhood best friend, Jake Porter, for a position to exercise his Thoroughbreds. But Lyndie is surprised to discover that the once happy boy she remembers from childhood has become a depressed, dark, scarred man dealing with PTSD after several tours in the Middle East. Determined to break down the walls Jake has built to shut out all those who love him, she attempts to bring laughter and joy into every aspect of his life. But Jake’s fears prevent him from accepting all that Lyndie has to offer, causing them both to realize once again that only God can truly heal all their pain.

I am not usually one to cry at novels. But this book dealt with such heartfelt, deep, emotional situations that I found myself becoming teary eyed more than once. And I do not mean the occasional tear that is easily swiped away with one finger, but the kind of weeping that requires a box of tissues and the privacy of your own home to sob in peace. Usually, when a book makes you cry, even a well-written one, you still walk away feeling a tad depressed and out of sorts. Not so with this novel. Becky Wade did a phenomenal job of crafting a story that truly and fully put the goodness of God at the very center of every theme, and not in a way that was superficial or forced. PTSD is not an easy disorder to discuss, much less write an entire book about, but Ms. Wade blew me away with her accurate details about the condition and the hope that can exist for those who struggle with it. And I absolutely loved each and every one of the characters: their flaws, their optimism, their banter, their joys, their sorrows, and their relationships, both with each other and with God. Ms. Wade also introduces a character with cerebral palsy, another difficult condition, which accurately reflected how a chronic illness could affect an entire family in so many ways.

Least you think this novel was all tears, however, I must say that the dialogue between characters and the adorable thoughts of Lyndie created a novel with a surprising amount of optimism, spunk, and joy. The friendship of Lyndie and Jake, a glimpse of which is introduced during their childhood in the prologue, is special and explains Lyndie’s full resoluteness in helping Jake. In addition, Lyndie is perhaps one of the most creative people I have ever read about. The author’s ability to craft such unique and artistic aspects to Lyndie’s life is truly commendable. I also loved the parallelism between the heart of the racehorses and Lyndie’s desire to heal Jake’s broken spirit.

I also thought this cover was not only undeniably beautiful, but was perfectly how I imagined the characters would look like and how they would interact. Perhaps you cannot completely judge a book by its cover, but this one only made a wonderful novel even better.

This novel is, in a nutshell, absolutely perfect. I completely adored the spunky, moody, and thoughtful characters, each one so unique and yet so able to effortlessly interact with one another. Lyndie’s bright outlook on life despite her past trials and Jake’s brokenness create a masterful relationship that is interesting, unique, emotional, and genuinely true. The real feelings and real struggles were relatable and enjoyable. I became part of the characters’ lives and by the end, I wished I could simply call them up and go out for dinner together. The book contains so many deep spiritual themes that can be applied to my own life despite very different circumstances. With charming and engaging dialogue and incredibly deep character developments, this book flows impeccably from beginning to end. I truly cannot recommend this novel enough. It deserves even more than five stars!

I could go on and on about why you should read this book and how much I loved it. But I think the true joy of the novel is discovering the characters as I did. I hope you pick this one up, settle into your own Throne of Dreams (Lyndie’s favorite reading chair), and enjoy it over and over again.

I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.