Friday, July 20, 2012

Review of "My Stubborn Heart" by Becky Wade

Rating: 4 Stars
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Summary from Burned out, Kate Donovan jumps at the chance to restore her grandmother's house in Redbud, Pennsylvania. But when she arrives, she becomes involved in a project she didn't expect. Handsome former hockey star and contractor Matt Jarreau is clearly wounded, hiding from people and God. Can Kate help him face his past---whether he likes it or not?

Review: My Stubborn Heart is a story about waiting for love, with a fresh spin for modern young women.  Becky Wade creates an engaging tale with a strong message of faith, especially as it relates to finding the right future husband.  Wade sets the tone for My Stubborn Heart with the prologue- it is witty, conversational, and modern.  

The cast of My Stubborn Heart carries the plot with ease.  Kate and Matt are both likable characters who display depth and emotion.  They both deal with realistic matters of the heart and faith.  The group of older characters- Kate's grandmother and friends- add light-hearted moments to the story.  Their charming and quirky humor were among my favorite parts of the novel. 

There were several instances that I found to be too "modern" in language or description.  The novel remained clean, of course, but it did not match my personal taste in every aspect.  My Stubborn Heart is a promising debut novel with an inspiring and relevant message of love and faith, filled with encouragement for women to let go and wait for their perfect love.   

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers through their book review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed above are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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