My Stubborn Heart
ItÃ¢ÂÂs so much fun to discover a fun new authorÃ¢ÂÂ¦even more fun when that discovery comes by winning a contest! I had been looking at My Stubborn Heart on the bookstore bookshelf for quite a while, but with so many other books by authors I knew that I wanted to purchase, and not knowing this author, it ended up on the back burner. Of course, now all of BeckyÃ¢ÂÂs books are on my Must-Buy/Must-Read list.
IÃ¢ÂÂm not exactly sure what I was expecting, but I was pleasantly surprised by how quickly Becky captured my attention in this book. I immediately fell in love with the characters. I live with my 85-year-old grandmother, so the cute relationship between Kate and her grandma (and GrandmaÃ¢ÂÂs menagerie of friends) was familiar and enjoyable.
The setting was enchanting, an old family estate in need of restoration. Of course, with an estate to restore, we need a handyman. I always enjoy a story with a handyman. I have no idea why, but I donÃ¢ÂÂt think IÃ¢ÂÂve read a handyman story yet that I didnÃ¢ÂÂt like. Silly, but true!
Our handyman in this book, Matt, was really hurting and far from God. He is in need of restoration himself. When Kate, Grandma and friends arrive on the scene God meets them right in the middle of all the crazy fun and heart-bearing moments.
I enjoyed the realistic manner in which the characters interacted. Our experiences shape the way we see and react to things and how we therefore expect others to react. In the same way, our characters were shaped by what they had experienced. They had expectations of each other and God that stemmed from their experiences and their perceptions of them. It was also refreshing that our characters were not perfect. Even the characters who were following God closely sometimes acted on their own and didnÃ¢ÂÂt do things as God would have guided. These aspects made for a story that can not only be enjoyed but related to and the lessons applied to our own lives too.
Becky is a wonderful writer who knows just how to grab your heart and pull you into the story. She throws in just enough humor and fun to keep you laughing while you learn with the characters to trust God to see you through. I am now really looking forward to Undeniably Yours!
September 19, 2013
Enjoyable Light Read
My Stubborn Heart by Becky Wade is a novel about a young woman burned out by her job and frustrated by her lack of success in the dating pool. As a means of escape, she joins her grandmother on a renovation project at an old family estate. The man hired to do the repairs is a former professional athlete who does his best to fly under the radar and shield his wounded heart from everyone. As is to be expected, the two of them soon develop an attraction to each other that neither one is willing to admit. The title of the book can aptly be applied to both characters.
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. In addition to the main storyline about Kate and Matt, there is a subplot about KateÃ¢ÂÂs grandmother and her group of zany elderly friends. Gram and her friends are quite entertaining as they not-so-subtly try to encourage a pairing between Kate and Matt.
One thing I particularly liked about this novel was that the timeframe over which events took place was realistic. Matt and Kate did not fall for each other and then end up married in a few short months. The author took time to allow the characters to grow and change at a believable pace.
Overall, this book is a light read with engaging characters and a good storyline. I would recommend it to others, and it would make a great beach read for the summer.
Note: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.
June 26, 2013
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