Monday, May 21, 2012

LitFuse Blog Tour | My Stubborn Heart by Becky Wade

My Stubborn Heart
by Becky Wade
Christian Fiction / Contemporary
Available May 2012
Bethany House
352 pages



About the Book
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 Thoughts
Oh wow!!! I'm finding it hard to find the right words to express how amazing I thought this book was! My Stubborn Heart by Becky Wade reads like some of my favorite romantic comedy movies. You know the ones I'm talking about—the ones starring Julia Roberts, Meg Ryan, and Sandra Bullock—the ones you own and still watch every time they come on TV. This story features ordinary people with real problems in realistic situations and brings readers alongside the characters to struggle through every emotion and situation that comes up.

I absolutely fell in love with Kate and Matt. Kate is the kind of girl that would fit right in with my group of friends, and Matt is so . . . dreamy . . . the kind of guy every girl dreams of. And those crazy seniors! I know people just like them—and might be related to a few as well!

The dialogue flowed so naturally—although, I would probably have left out a few "crass" words/phrases—that it seemed as if you were eavesdropping on conversations rather than reading a book. The pace was perfect, as well, so that I had enough information to be entertained but enough was left unsaid to keep me turning the pages. The romance between Kate and Matt had me absolutely giddy at times, but I loved the way Kate was determined to trust God with their relationship. Such a great message throughout.

It's hard to believe that My Stubborn Heart is a debut novel. Becky Wade has rocketed to the top of my "favorites" list and I can't wait to see what's next!  [5 stars]

I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House and LitFuse Publicity in exchange for my fair and honest review.

About the Author
Becky Wade is a graduate of Baylor University. As a newlywed, she lived for three years in a home overlooking the turquoise waters of the Caribbean, as well as in Australia, before returning to the States. A mom of three young children, Becky and her family now live in Dallas, Texas.

Becky Wade Online

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