My Stubborn Heart
An Enjoyable Read With Heart, Hope, and Humor
I knew this book was worth 5 stars in the FIRST two pages and the story DOES NOT disappoint at any point along the way. This is WadeÃ¢ÂÂs first book??!! She absolutely writes a bestseller with heart, hope, humor, and finding out how God can use brokenness even in a stubborn heart. If it were possible, IÃ¢ÂÂd bestow 6 or 7 stars on this book easily. I fell in love with KateÃ¢ÂÂs character right away and if she were real, IÃ¢ÂÂd want her for a best friend. I so understood her feelings, her faith, and her fears in every part of the story and anything she experienced I was right there with her. I have very little in common with her (IÃ¢ÂÂm not into antiques or taffy), but I totally related to the inability and not wanting to cook. Watching the friendship between her and Matt develop and grow while Kate puts all her creativity and efforts into restoring Chapel Bluff was such a treat and I really felt the large house transform into a real home as they worked on it.
There is plenty of romance, but the way Wade writes it is so subtle and precious that I was sucked into it and turning pages to see what would be the next step. ThereÃ¢ÂÂs a scene in Pride and Prejudice where Darcy touches ElizabethÃ¢ÂÂs hand to help her into the carriage as she leaves. She is surprised at his gesture and as he walks away from the carriage, the camera focuses on his hand. His hand reacts to this touch they shared and the viewer comes to appreciate that even that little touch has so much power in it! ThatÃ¢ÂÂs how it felt reading this book. The simplest gestures, looks, body language, conversation or lack ofÃ¢ÂÂ¦.speaks VOLUMES in this story! ItÃ¢ÂÂs a challenge to convey this in a film much less in a book, but Wade effortlessly takes the reader through this journey of emotions and house restoration with each character and keeps you wanting more. I actually laughed and cried in this one, the tension in this story is tangible, and I learned a lot with Kate and MattÃ¢ÂÂs story. I hope Wade continues to writes books because her storytelling skills will resonate with readers for years to come and IÃ¢ÂÂm thankful for authors like her; she has touched me, inspired me, romanced me, and blessed me with her FIRST book, WOW!
May 3, 2013
A Great Romance!
I really liked this book. I loved the characters of Matt and Kate. Both are struggling in their own way. This is a story of deep hurt and loss, broken relationships, and a loss of faith in God.
Does God put certain people in our path to help our healing from a loss and deep hurt? Does he care about us if we have broken relationships? Can God restore our faith through love, caring, and just being there for another person?
I really bonded with Matt and Kate and was a cheerleader for them. I held my breath when things weren't going the way I wanted them to. I laughed and smiled too with other loveable characters in this book. I will admit toward the end I cried. This book really touched me.
Even though this was the authors debut book I must admit I read her second book, Undeniably Yours, first. Undeniably Yours was also a 5 star book for me. I am so looking forward to this author's next book.
April 28, 2013
Enjoyable romance novel
I enjoyed reading this fun contemporary romance novel titled My Stubborn Heartfollow by Becky Wade. Kate who is the main character in this book takes time off work to help her grandma restore an old house. This is where she meets Matt who is the contractor. Matt has some deep scars from a tragedy in his past life and isnÃ¢ÂÂt looking for love. With KateÃ¢ÂÂs insistence on finding out more and more about Matt and his pain, MattÃ¢ÂÂs defenses begin to crumble. The story also includes a crazy cast of seniors who Ã¢ÂÂhelpÃ¢ÂÂ Matt and KateÃ¢ÂÂs connection to grow. IÃ¢ÂÂm not going to tell you how the story ends. You will need to read this book to find out but I can tell you it has a great ending!
I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House. All opinions are 100% my own.
January 15, 2013
A Romance to Fall in Love With
It's been a long time since I read a romance novel that left me completely and utterly speechless. No joke...I'm not the target market for romance novels. I was as an impressionable, young, braces-on-my-teeth teenager complete with a dad who thought I shouldn't read so many of them (even if they were Christian). Since then, I'm not so impressionable, but I find that my attention wanders greatly. So, imagine my surprise to find one that I fell in love with from start to finish. I loved Matt's moodiness, Kate's persistence, and oh...those sweet, meddling, need-to-go-on-a-date seniors who were nosy as all-get-out. I loved the redemptive theme and the unfailing love of God that was present in every chapter. But if the truth be told, I really, really loved the romance. It was the kind that made me feel all giddy inside with loads of warm fuzzies. It was the kind that made me want to give my hubby that extra kiss in the morning before work. And it was the kind that made me thankful for parents who have been married for 40+ years and have had a romance that has endured all those hard times.
So, maybe I'll get back on that romance bandwagon. Well...leastwise when Becky Wade comes along with her next novel. You better believe that I'll be jumping on for that ride. :o)
December 11, 2012