Friday, February 15, 2013

Book Review: My Stubborn Heart by Becky Wade



Jump on the comment board today for the after Valentine's Day special give away of Becky Wade's My Stubborn Heart.

Hook Factor? She had me at the prologue! I'd say that is a major accomplishment. A prologue that can make this mama giggle on the first page remembering how I prayed as a young woman for a husband, and pull my heart in on the second page about how I pray for Godly spouses for my children is crazy hook! Seriously giggle. Then sigh. 

Sweetheart Factor? Oh yeah! Kate Donovan is a mix of change factor that says Anne of Green Gables, yet the beauty and spunk of Audrey Hepburn. And Matt Jarreau, well, I've not read such a well crafted male character in a long time--bravo Becky for the masculine viewpoint and major SWOON FACTOR!

Nothing says Valentine's Day like My Stubborn Heart!

Back Cover Blurb:
     Kate Donovan is burned out on work, worn down by her dating relationships, and in need of an adventure. When her grandmother asks her to accompany her to Redbud, Pennsylvania, to restore the grand old house she grew up in, Kate jumps at the chance.
     Upon her arrival in Redbud, Kate meets Matt Jarreau, the man hired to renovate the house. Kate can't help being attracted to him, drawn in by both his good looks and something else she can't quite put her finger on. He's clearly wounded--hiding from people, from God, and from his past. Yet Kate sets her stubborn heart on bringing him out of the dark into the light...whether he likes it or not.
     When the stilted, uncomfortable interactions betweenKate and Matt slowly shift into something more, is God finally answering the longing of her heart? Or will Kate be required to give up more than she ever dreamed?

Enjoyability Factor: A "10" on the light hearted scale!

Meet Becky at beckywade.com


Becky's a California native who attended Baylor University, met a Texas boy, and settled in Dallas.  She published historical romances for the ABA, then put her career on hold for several years to care for her three children.  When God called her back to writing, Becky knew He meant for her to write Christian fiction.  Her CBA debut, My Stubborn Heart, was released by Bethany House last Spring.  Her next contemporary romance, Undeniably Yours, will hit shelves in May!

We can't wait to read your next release Becky!

Readers: 
Do you save old cards from your sweetheart and reread them?
Do you, or did you have a "list" of attributes you want/ed in a husband?
"Timing is everything"--how is/was God's timing faithful in your love life?
Enter a comment for a chance to win a signed free copy. Drawing will be announced February 22nd. Continental US only.

I'll go first: 
Yes, I save old cards and reread them! (I'm a total sap!)
Yes, I had a list--then one day I realized he was "the one" but he didn't show up in the exact vision I'd created--no wonder I didn't recognize him at first!
I knew my spouse before I went to college--acquaintance only. I drove 16 hrs away to attend a church college in Kansas. Charging toward the Ad building to register at 5pm before the doors closed, he was the first person I met along the sidewalk. I said, "Hi Ted." He said, "Hi, Anne." Then he proceeded to visit my room several times a day to see if my roommate had arrived (he had dated her)--but she had apparently gotten engaged to someone else and never showed up. But Ted kept visiting me...and the rest is HIStory....  





30 comments:

  1. Loved this book! One of my favorites. Matt is such a great hero.

    I have some old cards from my husband. They're so sweet. :)
    I don't know if I had an official "list," but I'm sure I had one in my head.
    My husband and I met at church camp. I was on the staff cooking and cleaning cabins, and he came down for a week to be a counselor - otherwise we probably would have never met.

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    1. Thanks, Julie! Good to see you here. We have a friend in common, I discovered! Regina Jennings. :)

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    2. Yes! Regina and I are both Oklahoma girls. :)

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  2. Aww, so sweet Julie! :) God's timing is beautiful and Becky Wade does a marvelous job and painting this for us.

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  3. I sooooo loved this book! I am terrible. I don't save cards. Ever. But he does. He has our first movie ticket stubs.

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    1. Thank you, Jessica! How sweet that your husband saves cards.

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  4. My husband has never been a "romantic". I Love You is all he's ever written in a card, but that means a lot. A friend I worked with and a friend my husband worked with (they were a married couple) thought the two of us would be "perfect" for each other. They helped arrange a blind date for the two of us. After dating two and a half years, he still hadn't made a commitment to me. I prayed really hard, listening for God's voice. I was getting older and decided in the spring that if he didn't propose by the end of May, I was going to break it off with him. He didn't know this and on my birthday, May 3rd, he gave me an engagement ring! We've been married 31 years and counting! My husband has never been a "romantic". I Love You is all he's ever written in a card, but that means a lot.

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    1. I agree, "I love you," means a lot and goes a very long way. Congrats on 31 years!

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  5. Thank you very much, Anne, for reviewing My Stubborn Heart here on your blog. What a treat to visit you ladies!

    -I do have the letters my husband and I wrote to one another when we were dating. They're keepers.
    -I vaguely remember writing down a 'list' of qualities I wanted in a husband. And I even recall measuring up my fiancee to the 'list' - realizing that the 'list' was fictional and the man himself was real and deciding that I could live with his faults if he could live with mine.
    -We met at Baylor. My husband is the cousin of one of my college friends named Mary Robin. Well, Mary Robin is a neat freak and somehow convinced me that the two of us should head over to her cousin's house to straighten it up. (You can imagine what kind of shape a house inhabited by 3 college boys was in.) She and I were washing dishes when my future husband walked in and I laid eyes on him for the first time. Turned out to be a sign of what was to come. I've been washing that man's dishes ever since.

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    1. Sweet Becky. I think writers are list makers. Heehee. :)

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    2. I didn't make a list but instead kept Gilbert Blythe in the forefront of my mind. And I got him too with the mischief times ten ;)

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  6. When a story catches you from the "get go" that is the kinda of book I would like to read! It sounds like a great story can't wait to read it.

    -Yes, I have cards and letters boxed away that at times I go back to re-read them.
    _when I became a Christian I had heard a lady in the church saying that we young girls should pray and tell God what we wanted in a man. So, after that I surely started praying to God all the attributes I wanted in a man. When I met my husband, he was everything I wanted and more. I am a lucky girl :D
    -Well, my husband says he saw me in a church convention and knew from there I was going to be his. It took me a little longer to realize he was for me. LOL After, we met again in a prayer meeting....he started to look a little different to me :) Well, you probably guess the story. That was alittle over 22 years...we are still married and with three boys :D He is my love!!!

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    1. I met my hubby about 22 years ago and have 3 kids, too! We've been married 19 and a half. :)

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    2. Dear strgth4yu--YOU ARE THE WINNER!! Please leave your email, or email Anne so that we can arrange for your free copy!

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  7. I loved "My Stubborn Heart" - can't wait for this one!

    When we were dating, we each worked crazy hours and in the same town, so we saw each other enough that written notes were rarely necessary. I do have some emails that he sent me, however, printed off and in a binder. When he writes me notes or cards now, they go in a special drawer. I like to reread them.

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    1. Amy, we didn't have email when my hubby and I dated. We were on our cross cultural terms our junior year of college. We were engaged and he was in Dominican Republic, and I was in East Germany--we wrote daily letters for 3 months!

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    2. Thanks for your kind words about My Stubborn Heart, Amy! Much appreciated.

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  8. I saved all of the cards and letters that my to-be husband ever sent/wrote me. I don't read them very often, but I love that I still have them. I never wrote a list of attributes but he was everything I was looking for! God's timing was perfect in us meeting. I was in a Bible college with hundreds of eligible bachelors and God brought my man right to my little home church of about 100 people. It's a great story, actually. He was in a helicopter crash in the Army that eventually brought him to my church. He accepted Christ as his Savior and was baptized. We met, got married, and had our first two children in that area.

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    1. Sounds like a story I'd love to hear over a long cup of coffee Cheri! :)

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    2. I love to hear stories about the amazing way God works in our lives.

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  9. Best book I ever read!! Really makes you think. You never know how time you have with the ones you love.

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  10. Yes I have saved most of the cards my husband has given me. I believe, no I am sure that he was handpicked by God to be my husband.

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    1. "handpicked"--isn't God a great story-writer! Truth is SO often more amazing than fiction, and I love fiction. But I love hearing people's stories. Thanks for sharing everyone! Keep the stories coming!

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    2. Yep. I feel the same way about my husband. God works in wonderful ways.

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  11. I have this book on my kindle, Anne, and didn't even know it! Lol notes.... I'm not a huge note saver but my husband isn't a note giver either. So when I get a note it stays within view for ages cause I love it so much. I got more notes from him before we were dating and he wanted to antagonize me because we were always arguing. LOl now his "notes" are usually texts that say "hey" translated " you are my everything". I've learned to read between the lines. :-)

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    1. Well, that's a boon to find My Stubborn Heart on your kindle, Jaime! Already ready and waiting. :) I love the way you've learned to 'translate' your husband's notes.

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