Wednesday, May 16, 2012

My Stubborn Heart

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
My Stubborn Heart
• Bethany House Publishers; Original edition (May 1, 2012)
Becky Wade


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.


A Sensational CBA Debut in Contemporary Romance!

This summer author Becky Wade makes her CBA debut with a fun -- and funny -- contemporary romance. Amidst the light-hearted banter and laugh-out-loud moments is a compelling spiritual journey of one woman's choice to listen to God and wait on him.  Filled with humor and authentic romance, My Stubborn Heart is shaping up to be the hit of the summer.

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

Yet, she discovers a different kind of project upon meeting the man hired to renovate the house. ;Matt Jarreau is attractive and clearly wounded -- hiding from people, from God, and from his past.  Kate can't help but set her stubborn heart on bringing him out of the dark and back into the light... whether he likes it or not.

If you would like to read the first chapter of My Stubborn Heart, go HERE.

My Stubborn Heart by Becky Wade is a debut sure to thrill the hearts of Christian romance fans. Kate Donovan has been waiting thirty-one years for the man of her dreams. She's kissed a few frogs, and is trying to hold tightly to the knowledge that God has good in mind for her; she just hopes that part of the good is a husband. After losing her heart for her job as a social worker, she jumps at the chance to renovate the family home of Chapel Bluff in Redbud, Pennsylvania with her quirky grandmother. Matt Jarreau has known more than his share of heartache in his life, and it has caused him to retreat from the world, from his career, family, and friends to work as a small town contractor. His life has been reduced to work, eating alone and watching television to keep him from ever having to hurt or feel again. Kate is immediately drawn to the pain she sees in Matt's eyes, and despite his best intentions, he can't seem to keep away from the charming redhead. Wade has written a romance populated by thoroughly compelling and enjoyable characters. Kate's loving nature makes her reach out to Matt again and again when most would retreat, and when he intentionally pulls away from her, her education allows her to help the reader understand just how deeply hurt he is, making him even more sympathetic. What really makes the book sing is Wade's ability to climb into her characters' heads. When Kate and Matt touch for the first time, Kate's thoughts rush and tumble in her head, and Wade manages to portray that intoxicating fear and joy. She does just as well with Matt who comes across as a real man, not the watered down romanticized version in most romances. Matt's pain and his desire for Kate are very real and almost dangerous at times. His feelings are visceral and the reader can't help but fall in love with this couple and they gently find their way toward each other. I absolutely can't wait until Wade's next book releases; she is definitely a writer to watch!


Eesti said...

I enjoyed this book. The cover is GREAT! Very inviting. The sound of the story on the back of the book, from Goodreads and on Amazon all make it sound like a great story is to come our way, but I found it was predictable, almost to much so. One of the last words in the book was 'perfect'. Perhaps that is what "I" think is wrong with this book, in that the situations were a little 'too perfect'. Kate was to much of a 'goody-two-shoes girl' at times for my liking. A little to perfect. (There is that word again! Perfect!) She wanted to help set up her Grandmother's friend with a male friend of theirs, thus finding out that this woman wanted the man to do a complete overhaul of his entire looks, right down to requiring designer named clothing. With this being Christian Fiction, do looks and designer names really matter when you get deep down into the heart, into a very real possible relationship that could turn into love? No, they are not supposed to be, but yes, with this particular character.