Sunday, August 12, 2012

Book Review: My Stubborn Heart by Becky Wade

Book Details:
Title: My Stubborn Heart
Author: Becky Wade
2012, Bethany House
ISBN: 978-0-7642-0974-1
Genre: Contemporary Christian Fiction, Romance

Book Summary:
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 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 and back into the light ... whether he likes it or not.

When the stilted, uncomfortable interactions between Kate 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?

My Review:
Loved, loved, loved this book! It took me awhile to get to this book in my stack because, after reading the summary on the back, I was convinced it was going to be the usual story of: girl moves to town, needs a handyman, he's handsome and wounded and she ends up fixing him and blah blah. So, I was pleasantly surprised when this story had more depth to it than that. 

Kate is a social worker and has had some things happen recently at work to take some of the joy out of her work. She's also hit 30 and everyone is asking why she isn't married yet. She takes a 3 month leave of absence from her job to help her grandma fix up the old family home. The man Gran has hired to help is the local celebrity with a tragic past. He's hiding out in his hometown and avoiding people as much as possible.

There are also the seniors. A group of Kate's grandmas friends, who trickle in and out of the story and add a lot of fun and humor to the book with their lovely quirks. They have their own little storylines going on in the background of Kate and Matt's.

Kate determines that Matt is way out of her league, but that she's been divinely placed there to help him re-discover himself and God. Can she do this without ending up heartbroken as a result?

This book takes a good look at love, faith in God and what it takes to be true to both.

Disclosure: The book was provided to me free of charge by Bethany House Publishers for my honest review. All opinions in this post are my own and I did not receive any other compensation.

(I found the Kindle version of this book on Amazon for $2.99!)

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