I've recently determined that she knows how to write exactly the kind of romance I love. Her books aren't overly cheesy, the characters act like real people and I laugh out loud through most of the story. She's a great writer and I shall now be singing her praises right alongside my other favorite authors.
So that being said... you might be getting a bit of a biased review. :)
Kate and Matt are wonderful characters. I love the spunky woman who gives her all to restore a broken soul. I love the brooding yet vulnerable hero who isn't afraid to put his heart out on the line when he knows he still has a chance to win the girl he loves. I love meddling old people who bring a little joy into lonely lives and I love hockey players. Good looking ones. So ya... you might say this was my kind of book!
I highly recommend this story if you love a funny, lighthearted romance with depth. I'd read it again. In fact, I probably will...
This is such a fun, lighthearted read. I thoroughly enjoyed Becky Wade's writing style. The story is both humorous and fun, yet it has a powerful message. I fell in love with the little town of Redbud and Chapel Bluff through the pictures the author painted. The interaction between the characters was comical and the dialogue felt very realistic.
I loved Kate Donovan. Her character was smart, funny, strong, and yet so human. Her actions spoke of her faith in God, but she wasn't written as a saint. She recognized her faults and worked to keep them in check. It's refreshing to see a Christian author write such human characters. Matt Jarreau's character really struck me, on a very personal level. His actions and personality at the beginning of the story spoke of his great loss and his anger and bitterness toward God. He, also, was written as a very human character. It's hard to capture the emotion and grief a person goes through after a loss, and Becky Wade did an amazing job. The supporting characters were just as great! I loved the "seniors" and their role in the story. Their interaction with Kate and Matt kept the story fun and interesting.
The romance between Matt and Kate was well written, yet not overplayed. The Christian message was two fold. For Matt, learning that God forgives and is always there for you, even when you can't see Him or feel Him through your hurt, was the hardest. Kate's role in Matt's life was to help bring him to that realization through her interactions with him. Kate, while strong in her faith, struggled with learning that God's way is the best way, even when you don't think so.
Overall, this is a fun, lighthearted romance with a great message. I highly recommend it!
This author introduces us to two very strong characters who finds out sometimes you must just put your faith in God and follow where he leads you.
Kate Donovan travels from Dallas to Redbud, Penn. with her grandmother. Kate is taking a much needed break from her job as a social worker and using this time to help restore the home her grandmother grew up in. This is a huge renovation and her grandmother has hired Matt Jarreau to assist them. Kate recognizes a troubled soul when she sees one and when she finds out Matt's history her one true goal was to make him laugh. Matt is a former pro hockey player who just walked away from it all when his wife died. He has lived a quiet life since moving to Redbud, but when he meets Kate and her grandmother his life will never be the same. These characters give you a glimpse of their heart and soul showing strong emotions of tenderness and compassion. Life doesn't always happen they way we plan.
I loved this book. I would recommend it to anyone who loves reading.
Kate has come to Pennsylvania to help her grandmother restore the family home, and to give herself a break from the job she no longer loves. When she meets their contractor, Matt, she senses that there is something broken within him and makes it her mission to draw him out and to become his friend. As she gets him to let her in bit by bit, however, she finds that there may be more, and less, to her mission than she'd thought or hoped for.
This book started off a little rocky for me; I found the "setting of the stage" in the prologue to be a strange start. While it gave some background on the main characters, it took me awhile to adjust from the odd opening to get into the story. Once I was in, however, I was hooked. Kate's persistence in winning over Matt was sweet, and there was just enough of the story from his point of view to see when he transitioned from being annoyed by her into being impressed by her. Her insights with what God was doing with Matt, and her struggles with choosing to follow His lead gave the story more depth than a typical romance. Throw in a supporting cast of 70-somethings, and a quirky antiques appraiser, and this was one of the most original feeling books I've read in awhile.
I give this book 4 stars; I wish I could revisit these characters again in a couple of years and see how they're doing.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for my honest review.
While this is your typical Christian contemporary romance, this book resonated with me on many levels. I sympathized with Kate, and I am sure I have a guy in my life very similar to Matt. This debut Christian romance does not disappoint, and it has a wide audience appeal. Everyone from the incurable romantic, to the sportsperson to the amateur antique hunter will probably find something to like in this book.
Almost until the last several pages, I was completely immersed in this story. I found it humorous at times, and sometimes I found it even somewhat emotional. Becky Wade was able to strike the perfect balance between Kate and Matt, and I did not feel any of the romance between them was sappy.
That is until the end. I was disappointed that the author seemed to speed through the ending--almost like she had to wrap things up too quickly. I also did not like the fact that Kate dropped out of church and still ended up discovering God's will. I get tired of stories that end too abruptly, but since this is a debut novel, I will give the author some slack. The fact that she made me like a contemporary romance certainly shows me she is a good author since contemporary romances are not normally "my thing."
This is a fast read, and for the incurable romantics out there, you will not be sorry you picked up this book!
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not financially compensated in any way, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.