Tuesday, May 30, 2017

True to You by Becky Wade

From the publisher:
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.

First of all, I want Nora's Historic Village to be real, I want to live there! (Visit this Pinterest link to look at Becky Wade's pinterest board for True to You)  I was totally enamored with the setting of Merryweather.  Everything about it fit the scenes and the people that lived there.  In this novel Becky creates characters that will lead you into the next two books and does it so seamlessly that you aren't distracted from Nora and John's story at all.  I love how Britt, Nora, and Willow's relationship is shared through conversation and also text/email shown in the book.  I loved how Wade wrote more than just standard dialogue but added emails, letters, texts, Facebook messages, into the story. It added a whole new dimension and anticipation. 

Nora and John are amazing characters.  I loved reading them in this novel.  They were perfect.  Nora's job as a genealogist was fascinating and I getting to know more about genealogical searching was fascinating.  I was surprised how the story took different spins and turns but each time Wade made the story better and more complete.

The story is romantic, interesting, deep, and profound.  The deep level that the characters came to understand the truths about their need for God and what that meant for them individually was beautifully done.

I highly recommend this book (and the prequel "Then Came You") and cannot wait to read the following books in the series!

I received this book free from the publisher.  All opinions express are my own.

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