My Stubborn Heart by Becky Wade
“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?”
This is one of those book that brings humor and real life to Christian Fiction. It is written with modern language and mentions several popular brands. In a way, it mentions those a little too much for my preference. Everyone’s clothing is described in detail which, in my opinion, doesn’t really go with anything, other than describing the “seniors” appearance. None of the characters are fashion designers or anything like that so knowing what brand each and every character was wearing each and every day didn’t really flow for me. BUT, the story, itself, was wonderful! That is really my only critique.
Kate and Matt go through some real struggles while forging their friendship. Matt is still devastated over a loss and has shut his heart to everyone around him. Kate, a social worker, feels the need to reach out to him, as a friend, even if he doesn’t want it. And he doesn’t! He has completely shut his heart off and wants nothing to do with anyone.
The author, Becky Wade, added humor, not only with the characters lines which were great, but also by showing us what the “seniors” are like. She has classy characters like Peg and Beverly as well as “crusty” characters like Velma and “stuck in the 50’s” characters like Morty. The seniors were hilarious and made for unlikely but very real friends for the younger generation. Matt and Kate also made fro an unlikely pair. He is a famous and gorgeous hockey player and she is a plain jane beauty. Everyone got along great and the pairings were wonderful.
Becky and her husband lived overseas in the Caribbean and Australia before settling in Dallas, Texas. It was during her years abroad that Becky’s passion for reading turned into a passion for writing. She published three historical romances with Avon Books, then put her career on hold for several years to care for her kids, then recently returned to writing sheerly for the love of it. She felt led to move to the genre of contemporary Christian romance and couldn’t be more thrilled with it.
These days Becky can be found failing but trying to keep up with her housework, sweating at the gym, carting her kids around town, playing tennis, hunched over her computer, eating chocolate, or collapsed on the sofa watching TV with her husband.
Learn more at: www.BeckyWade.com
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Do you have an unlikely friend? One that most people wouldn’t associate with you? What makes you click?
Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of My Stubborn Heart as a member of LitFuse. All opinions are my own. No monetary compensation was received.
Crystal is a stay-at-home- mom, living in KY with her husband and children. She is a travel and lifestyle blogger encouraging folks to live their life one adventure at a time while also focusing on beauty, essential oils and health. From time to time she also likes to showcase her adorable pets along with her family. Along with Cinnamon Hollow she can be found at The Martin Family Adventure … read more