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Nora is a genealogist whose last relationship ended in heartbreak so she has buried herself in fiction books. John is a former Navy SEAL who focusses on the here and now. When he found out he inherited condition, he needs to research his family ancestry. John asks Nora to help him find his birth mother. The two could not be more opposite, yet they find themselves attracted to each other.
Number of Pages: 368
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2017
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
Series: Bradford Sisters Romance
After a devastating heartbreak three years ago, genealogist and historical village owner Nora Bradford has decided that burying her nose in her work and her books is far safer than romance in the here and now.
Unlike Nora, former Navy SEAL and Medal of Honor recipient John Lawson is a modern-day man, usually 100 percent focused on the present. But when he's diagnosed with an inherited condition, he's forced to dig into the secrets of his past and his adoption as an infant, enlisting Nora to help him uncover the identity of his birth mother.
The more time they spend together, the more this pair of opposites suspects they just might be a perfect match. However, John's already dating someone and Nora's not sure she's ready to trade her crushes on fictional heroes for the risks of a real relationship. Finding the answers they're seeking will test the limits of their identity, their faith, and their devotion to one another.
abookandacuppaPrairie Village, KSAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Wow!June 21, 2017abookandacuppaPrairie Village, KSAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Oh, my goodness! I had read a couple of books by Becky Wade before this novel, and I really liked them. After reading this book, I will be diligently seeking each subsequent work! This was my favorite thus far!
When I read the line on page 18, "It had been years since she'd been attracted to anyone who wasn't fictional...", and a few pages later, "Anything decked out in Scottish plaid couldn't be all bad for you," I knew I would love the main character, Nora! She was a bookworm with huge amounts of love for her family, friends, history, and British television!
The story between Nora and John is so heartfelt. I laughed out loud often, and yet, there are times which circumstances became not as lighthearted. Wade has the ability to define her characters in a way that the reader feels such a connection, and not only to the main characters. I am hoping to revisit some of the other characters in the sequels!
There are many surprises in this tale, and I eagerly await the next book in the Bradford Sisters series.
Emilee5 Stars Out Of 5This book is Fantastic!June 20, 2017EmileeQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This book is fantastic! The characters are spot on. I loved Nora. She is different but relatable. I enjoyed her bookish side. And her attitude about her own intellect. Her sisters and grandma are excellent side characters. The sister's dynamics are perfect. I can't wait to read book two in this series! The plot was so well thought out. I have read all Becky Wade's books and I have to say this is the best one yet! If you like Romantic Comedies, you will LOVE this book! There are some touching, deeper moments but for the most part True to You is a FUN and delicious read! Loved it!
BethAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Amazing Start to the Series!June 15, 2017BethAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5True to You is definitely in my top two favorites of Becky Wades novels. In fairness, I havent read all of them yet, but so far, Nora is the character that Ive connected to the most. It didnt take much more than the first chapter before I found myself loving her quirkiness. There were so many things I found endearing about her the fact that she is a librarian, her bookish-ness, her love for British television shows and her love of genealogy. I was expecting Noras story to be sweet, but I was not expecting the major plot twists as well as some of the heavy-hitting revelations for the characters. Nora is all aflutter when she meets John, making one think that a typical romance is about to begin. However, soon after they start looking into Johns birth family, the story takes a deeper turn, ending in a way that neither of them could have ever expected.
John is one of the strongest male leads Ive read about in a good while, but also one of the most vulnerable. His struggles feel so genuine and realistic, and I truly empathizes with the life-altering information that he finds through Noras genealogical search. I really appreciated how the author goes straight to the point and doesnt shy away from temptations that arise in real-life situations, and the complexities that come along with that. It just felt very human and honest. Nora and John have amazing chemistry, yes, but also just respect each other as people and as children of God.
And, oh, the plot twists! One is a bit cutesy, but also really fun. It falls more along the lines of something I might expect from a romance novel, and I actually had a feeling it might happen, I just wasnt sure how it would all go down. Then, what I would consider the real plot twist happens, and I was honestly floored. It transformed an already engaging, romantic story into a complex and layered story about individual trials as well as the breaking point of John and Noras relationship.
I found the relationship between Nora and her sisters completely endearing, and Im so eager to read Willows story. The snippets that were from her perspective had me intrigued, and I also thought it was fun that there is a connection in her story to the last book in the Porter family series. I also thought the adoption thread was handled with sensitivity. My husband was adopted, and if he hadnt been, his life would have been drastically different, so different that he and I likely would have never met if he hadnt been. I know that God took a situation that could have been bad for him and used it for good. Johns parents are so gracious and loving towards him; their reaction toward him was heartwarming.
There is such a strong redemptive note throughout this entire story, and the culmination of it was beautiful. Becky Wade doesnt shy away from temptations and suffering, but she also portrays grace in a moving, authentic way. Trusting God didnt mean their problems went away, but it did ensure that they had peace even in the midst of trials.
True to You is one of my favorite reads of 2017 for sure. It was a stellar start to a new series, and Im giddy thinking about how there are at least two more books to come after this!
I received a complimentary copy of this novel, which I chose to review. This review is my honest opinion.
WilaniFranklin, NCAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A wonderful bookJune 14, 2017WilaniFranklin, NCAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5A truly wonderful book. which I greatly enjoyed. It was full of surprises. Wonderful characters whom I fell in love with. It is beautifully written. Can't wait to read more books from this author.
Melissa4 Stars Out Of 5Geat start to a new seriesJune 13, 2017MelissaQuality: 4Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0I love Becky Wades books so I was anxious to start this new series.
Nora is such a sweetie and kind of dorky, which made me like her even more. She isnt some seductress, although she might like to be, but shes anything but smooth. I really liked her and could identify with her insecurities.
John is truly a hero and when we meet him he is most definitely that. Becky did a great job of not letting the reader know too soon what his diagnosis was. Although I was wanting to know what exactly what was going on with him.
The town of Merryweather is super sweet too. I want to visit there
This really is a great story and I cant wait to read about the other Bradford sisters.
A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher. All opinions are my own.