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.
Have you read the novella that goes before this book? I think it's free on Amazon. Totally worth it, and really unique in that it is completely written from letters, and texts, and journals. Not that you need to read it before you read True to You. The novella is about the Bradford sisters' parents, and True to You is the first book in the series and is about the middle sister Nora. I'm so excited for this new series.
Nora was a super fun quirky character. I loved that she was part geeky librarian/genealogist, part really confident smart woman. It was fun to grow with her during the book and to see her realize how much she was hurt and hiding from a past relationship and how she grew stronger in her relationship with the Lord.
So obviously (or maybe not if this is your first Becky Wade novel) this is a Christian fiction novel, and so there is references to religious leanings and personal relationships with the Savior. It blended well with the story and wasn't over-bearing or shove it down your throat.
I will say that I felt bad for John's girlfriend, but I can't say much more without spoilers, so I wish there was more done with that. Also, the ending was fine but I wish there was more. Hopefully with the other two books in the series we will get more information. I'm excited for the other sisters' stories. This was a well done novel.
I've read a few of Becky Wade's books, and was excited to borrow my sister's copy of True to You. It was a very enjoyable read that was more than just fluff (I love fluff, but deeper can be better at times). It addresses, in varying degrees, some extremely difficult issues. I think that helped me connect to the characters on a much deeper level than I would have otherwise. In some ways, they were broken and hurting, and needed other people and God to help them through.
Wade's characters were very likable. Nora was a little quirky, but also a great person, and John was a wonderful leading man. He was very humble, and not an attention seeker even though he could have used his fame to get so much.
The faith aspect of the story was well written. It was smooth and touching with a good message about God being a part of our lives, and how we need to recognize His role.
The ending was very sweet. I felt like I should have seen it coming, but it was a nice surprise.
I can see myself reading this again, and I would love to read the other books in the series once they're released. I'm also looking forward to reading the free novella that is about Nora's dad.
Title: True to You
Author: Becky Wade
Publisher: Bethany House
Published: May 2017
Source: I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.