Friday, May 19, 2017

True to You by Becky Wade

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True to You (Bethany House, May 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.

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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Dynamic Uno here:  Becky Wade has quickly become one of my new favorite authors.  I can relate to most of her characters (aside from being wealthy) and they're always full of spunk, which makes reading their adventures that much more enjoyable.

Nora is definitely my favorite character in True to You.  She epitomizes librarian and even seems to dress the part--at least until her sister gets ahold of her.  Since I'm a public librarian, I really enjoyed her take on the research process that I use with my customers every day.  Although my focus is not genealogy and I would certainly never agree to meet one away from the library to assist them in their search unless s/he was a really close friend, I admire her dedication to helping her customers--especially a certain hunky former Navy SEAL.

Another element that I thoroughly enjoyed was the setting of the book.  I'm headed to Maine for a few days soon and even though everything took place in Washington (with a few side trips elsewhere), the scenery described is exactly what I'm seeing as I research the Maine area.  In fact, one of the places described (the lodge) is almost like where I'm going to be staying--overlooking the trees and the water with a huge balcony!  But enough about me...  

I feel like the characters in True to You are my friends.  I realized that I was really starting to care about Nora and John and their friendship/attraction towards each other.  I wanted to know why John was so reserved, despite his military background, and why Nora seemed to take on the role of spinster despite her young age.  As they reveal bits of their past throughout the book, it only drew me in more because I wanted them to realize what the other one felt and that they would be perfect for each other.  Now that I'm done with their story, I keep thinking about how they're doing.  (Does anyone else do this?)  The Bradford Sisters Romance series is off to a great start and I can't wait to read about Willow and Britt!

Let me know what you think and Happy Reading!

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