Encouraging romance that inspires both laughter and tears
April 20, 2015
An Old Fashioned Girl
My Stubborn Heart will speak to any woman who has grown up knowing that out there somewhere God has been preparing The One--the man they're going to marry. But it will really speak to those who have known it and are waiting . . . and waiting . . . and losing hope that they will ever marry and raise a family, because the years are passing and he just isn't showing up.
For all the serious pain and hurt in this book, there is a lot of humor. Kate's view of life tends toward optimism, quirkiness, and seeing things a little differently than most people, and thus her viewpoint tends to be be pretty funny. She describes the garage sale as "the day one man's trash would become another man's trash." (So true. But it feels like treasure for a while anyway.)
Right away in the beginning of the novel, the author wrote a line that hit me hard. "The hardest and the truest thing was the supremacy of God's will, which meant that no matter how hard she prayed for a husband and a family, she wasn't guaranteed that she'd ever receive what she asked for." (39). Keep knocking, keep asking, don't give up--we hear those words all the time. It's all over the bible--the woman pestering the judge for justice until he grants it, the man bugging his friend in the night for food, the verse on ask and it shall be given. But God still won't necessarily grant it. His plans are not our plans. It's hard. And it's really hard to have hope in those situations, especially the longer they drag on without change.
Both humorous and covering some tough subjects, My Stubborn Heart is an encouragement in hope, healing, and God's perfect timing--a novel to inspire both laughter and tears. I highly recommend it. 5 out of 5 stars!
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.