My Stubborn Heart by Becky Wade

It has been a very long time since I have enjoyed a book as much as I enjoyed My Stubborn Heart. It is a major study in overcoming grief of a loved one, and finally letting go of guilt, but from the vantage point of years down the line, and from the viewpoint of the woman reaching out.

The story isn't a brand new one. The characters are regular people who have had problems and troubles. It's life. But more than that. The characters actually breathe. They are sloppy in a human sort of way. You can feel the elation, the hurt, the hope, the budding love, the dashed hopes, the decision to push past it all and hold on to that part of the other person that makes life worth living.

There is only one place in the story that seems contrived. The reader doesn't find out that Kate is burned out on work because of something serious that happened. When it comes time to decide to either stay or go, we find out there is something that happened with one of the kids Kate worked with and that is something that seems thrown in. However, that is such a small thing compared to the very real down-to-earth writing. Wade seems to be a master at dialogue and character development. Even the peripheral characters are well-developed and all of them have individual personalities. That's very hard to do for any writer. 

Wade had created a most delightful romance that reminds me of those anticipation moments that you expect from veteran authors. This is author is one you should be watching. It's a keeper, and very much worth the money.

Here's a 5 of 5 stars novel. Buy it!

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
My Stubborn Heart
• Bethany House Publishers; Original edition (May 1, 2012)
Becky Wade


Becky Wade is a graduate of Baylor University. As a newlywed, she lived for three years in a home overlooking the turquoise waters of the Caribbean, as well as in Australia, before returning to the States. A mom of three young children, Becky and her family now live in Dallas, Texas.


A Sensational CBA Debut in Contemporary Romance!

This summer author Becky Wade makes her CBA debut with a fun -- and funny -- contemporary romance. Amidst the light-hearted banter and laugh-out-loud moments is a compelling spiritual journey of one woman's choice to listen to God and wait on him. Filled with humor and authentic romance, My Stubborn Heart is shaping up to be the hit of the summer.

Kate Donovan is burned out on work, worn down by her dating relationships, and in need of an adventure. When Kate's grandmother asks Kate to accompany her to Redbud, Pennsylvania, to restore the grand old house she grew up in, Kate jumps at the chance.

Yet, she discovers a different kind of project upon meeting the man hired to renovate the house. ;Matt Jarreau is attractive and clearly wounded -- hiding from people, from God, and from his past. Kate can't help but set her stubborn heart on bringing him out of the dark and back into the light... whether he likes it or not.

If you would like to read the first chapter of My Stubborn Heart, go HERE.


sally apokedak said...

Great review. I agree that this author is really good. I liked this book better than any I've read in a long time and romance is not even my genre of choice. I didn't think the bit about the hard thing that happened to her at work felt off. It didn't phase me. But I guess that's because I didn't ask myself why she was taking a break from work. And I'm usually such a stickler for proper character motivation.

anyway, I'm going to be looking for more from Ms. Wade.

Gina Burgess said...

Me, too, Sally. Thank you for stopping by :)

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