Tuesday, May 2, 2017

True to You - Becky Wade

Nora Bradford is the middle sister in an unusual family; as a librarian and genealogist, she doesn't live what she would consider an exciting life.  And she's generally okay with that.  She's still recovering from being dumped by her fiancee three years ago, and is content, if not happy, with her job, her family, and her comfortable book-filled house.  John Lawson is a retired Navy SEAL, who has decided to search for his birth mother after a recent diagnosis leaves him wondering about his medical history.  Upon a chance encounter with Nora, he decides to use her genealogy and research skills to aid his search.

Oh my.  I have enjoyed many of Becky Wade's books, and have always found her romances light and enjoyable, and her fictional men swoon-worthy.  But this book.  Oh my.  Not only does she hold on to her strong male character, but this time she adds depth and more faith, and a smart, non-traditional, fun female genealogist/librarian character.  Nora is so fun to read; her quirks - she always clicks her key fob twice - are only mentioned enough to be endearing, not so much as to make her seem obsessive-compulsive, or become annoying.  I love her penchant for big words, and I love that John finds that penchant amusing.  Nora is a fiction-lover's favorite kind of character, with her love of reading, and fiction blogs, and her Goodreads account.  She's also easy to relate to, as she compares herself to her supermodel older sister and her adventurous, creative, younger sister.  But she really shines in her wheelhouse of genealogy and research, and it's this confidence that allows her to develop her friendship with John.

However, in addition to such amusing, intriguing characters, this book encompasses some deeper topics, and the author weaves them seamlessly into the bigger story.  Without spoiling the storyline, be aware that there are some headline-type subjects that may not be appropriate for every reader.  These topics are not overly discussed, nor are they glossed over; they are essential to the plot and faith journeys of the characters, and they can leave the reader pondering how she would handle these situations in her own life.

I give this book 5 stars; it was the perfect combination of a cute romance, but with the depth of faith to make it even better.  I cannot wait for the rest of this series - the two sisters have already been introduced well, and I am excited to read their stories!

You can find True to You HERE.
The prequel, Then Came You, is about the sisters' father, and was free at the time of this review; Amazon prices are subject to change, and you should always check the price before purchasing: HERE.  I really enjoyed reading the prequel *after* Book #1!
You can find Becky Wade's site HERE.
You can find her Facebook page HERE.  (She and another of my favorite authors occasionally do Pinterest Wars on Facebook - they're really fun!)

I received a copy of this e-book from the publisher, Bethany House, via NetGalley, in exchange for my honest review.