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My Stubborn Heart [Kindle Edition]

Becky Wade
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Book Description

A Sensational CBA Debut in Contemporary Romance

Kate Donovan is burned out on work, worn down by her dating relationships, and in need of an adventure. When her grandmother
asks Kate to accompany her to Redbud, Pennsylvania, to restore the grand old house she grew up in, Kate jumps at the chance,
takes a leave of absence from her job as a social worker, and the two of them set off.

Upon her arrival in Redbud, Kate meets Matt Jarreau, the man her grandmother has hired to renovate the house. From the first moment
she meets Matt, Kate can't help but be attracted to him--he's got a combination of good looks and charisma that draw and tug at her. But she knows there's zero chance of a romance between them. Matt's in love with his dead wife, and even if he weren't, Kate realizes that she's way too ordinary for him. For Matt Jarreau is no ordinary guy. Kate discovers that he was once a great NHL hockey player who left the sport when his wife--an honest-to-goodness former Miss America--was diagnosed with brain cancer. Matt's been hiding from people, from God, and from his past ever since. Yet Kate is absolutely determined to befriend him, to try to reach him, to help him in some small way.

No, Kate's not looking for love. She knows better than that by now. But 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?

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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?

"A beautiful story that proves sometimes falling in love is a matter of faith. Becky Wade creates characters readers will love."
--Lisa Wingate, national bestselling author of Blue Moon Bay and Dandelion Summer

"I love finding new authors, and Becky Wade is definitely one to watch. Her debut novel offers romance, laughter, and poignancy. The perfect combination for a night out with you and your book."
--Deeanne Gist, bestselling author of A Bride Most Begrudging and Love on the Line

"A feisty heroine, romance, and comedy make this a fabulous debut and Wade an author to follow. Recommended to readers who enjoy Melody Carson." --Library Journal [Starred Review]

"Wade creates charming characters, with great development, who make the reader really invested in the outcome of this heartwarming tale that proves the power of relying on faith." --RT Book Reviews

About the Author

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. Visit her Web site at

Product Details

  • File Size: 1536 KB
  • Print Length: 355 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1451760728
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (May 1, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0073UPSLQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,604 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Becky Wade is the Queen of Emotion! April 27, 2012
Normally, I am a fast reader, but this author had me slowing down to absorb each and every exceptionally placed word on the page. I didn't want it to end...even though parts of it hurt to read. A lot.

HEROINE: Kate Donovan has prayed for a husband and has now come to the town of Redbud, PA for a break from her childrens' services/social work job, which having worked in a simliar position, I can understand the need for a break. She's there to renovate her grandmother's childhood home. She's spunky and quick-witted. She's petite and funny. She has a beautiful, pure heart and someone I would love to be friends with. The one thing I wished differently for her was that she wasn't so down on herself about her looks. Yes, she had been dumped a few times, but even the beautiful people of the world have been. I didn't see any past experience in her life that would make her see herself in this light.

BUT having said that...I suppose when the hero is some beautiful, world famous athelete who could have any woman in the world, ANY simple woman would wonder if she was worthy to be on the arm of that guy.

And speaking of the HERO: Matt Jarreau is all that! I typically don't like jocks, because of their ego, but he is the exception. The story is not so much about his ability, but about his pain. He is wounded and hiding. Yes, he is beautiful, but he is not superficial, and, man, does he know how to treat a woman--when he sets his heart on her. He has a family who loves him and hates to see him hurt. They pray for him. They pray for someone to reach him. And God answers that prayer.

But sometimes God doesn't answer our prayers the way we think He should. And that's all I will say about that. :)

READ IT! You'll be glad you did. My Stubborn Heart is filled with insight and great writing, tidbits to take away and ponder later...and even savor.

A thank you goes to the publisher for sending this to me in return for an honest review.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Loved This Book! April 23, 2012
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This was one of those books I had no doubt I would love from the very beginning. I literally began reading it the moment I received it in the mail.... even though I had weeks before I needed to write a review for the blog tour. I'd never heard of Becky Wade before Litfuse offered me the chance to be on the author's blog tour. I'd never heard of the book either, but something about it caught my attention from first sight. Perhaps it was the cover, which was done extremely well. Or perhaps it was because it was about a rather hot, once-famous, wounded and brooding hockey legend hiding in his small hometown of Rosebud, PA working as a contractor just to stay busy. And btw, Rosebud is sincerely the cutest name of a town I have ever heard of. Oh, and the heroine is also as cute as a button, an Audrey Hepburn-look-alike with long red hair. Oh, and there's a two hundred year old elaborate mansion to be refinished, a seventy-something grandmother reconnecting with her school-hood friends-- and this gorgeous, silent man doing all of the renovations.
I wouldn't say that the book was divided 50/50 between the two main characters-- I think Kate's perspective took up more words than Matt's did-- and I have to say that I liked it. The reader got just enough of Matt's side of the story to understand what kind of torture he was going through.
I don't read a ton of contemporary romance-- mostly historical-- but I must say, if there were more there like this one, I would be eating them up. There was never a dull moment, and I just wanted to keep reading and reading and reading-- and I did so although I was sick with a head cold and really should have been getting my much-needed rest!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Favorite book this year! May 25, 2012
Dare I say that this was one of my favorite book of the year? I've already read so many wonderful books this year but this was one that really struck a cord in my heart. It's all about Kate, her faith in God and on a rare note we find the author also writes as the male character Matt and his struggles after losing his wife to cancer. It's a different type of romance novel then I'm used to reading and I LOVED it. I can't wait to see what Becky has in store for us in the future, she's a talented author and storyteller and I know we will see many more fantastic books from her in the future. I give My Stubborn Heart 5 out of 5 stars because I didn't have one slow part in the whole book. The author is knowledgeable about antiques, hockey, the Dallas area and the love of God and how He always knows what's best for us.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but predictable December 14, 2012
In My Stubborn Heart by Becky Wade, we meet Kate Donovan, a fiery woman looking for love, yet falling short every time. Her dating life is a wreck, and the job she once loved is crushing her spirits. When her grandmother asks her to travel from Texas to small town Redbud, Pennsylvania, to renovate the family home she grew up in, Kate jumps at the chance for a change of pace. Approved for three months off work, she packs up and hits the road.

Kate's grandmother, lovingly referred to as "Gran" in the story, has hired a local contractor, Matt Jarreau, to handle the renovations. Upon meeting Matt for the first time, Kate is drawn to his good looks, but there is something else about him that mesmerizes and confuses her at the same time. He's brooding, quiet and unreachable. Matt is hiding from his past and determined not to repeat any mistakes, so he prefers to keep to himself and shut out the world. Stubborn and determined, Kate won't take no for an answer though, and in the beginning is almost annoying at her perky attempt to make conversation.

Yes, it's a romance novel, and as always, the ending was fairly predictable. However...I don't read romance "smut" so when I picked up this book under the precept that it was Christian fiction, I was a little surprised at what I found. None of the characters had foul mouths, but there was still some course language I found inappropriate. I would be wary of letting younger audiences read this, for this reason.

The characters were likable and the story (aside from girl meets brooding guy) was fresh. The story offered more with Gran and her senior friends, the antiquing and the household renovations. The story unfolded nicely, and there were times I felt the emotion between the two running deep.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars My Stubborn Heart
Kate comes along to help her grandmother renovate the old family home and finds herself face to face with a broken man. Matt has endured unspeakable loss and pain in his life. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Kindle Customer S Combs
5.0 out of 5 stars So good!
I just loved this book! I especially enjoyed the humor and love story in it. I had to have a box of tissues beside me near the end of the book. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Kelly McKelvey
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Christian romance
Enjoyed this Christian romance. I haven't read many hockey books so it was fun to get a glimpse into that life.
Published 15 days ago by Aloha Momma
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story! I loved this story and would definitely ...
Great story! I loved this story and would definitely re-read. It's well written and I didn't want it to end. Thank you for a good, clean romance!
Published 24 days ago by crawl5
5.0 out of 5 stars A sweet read.
I enjoyed reading this book. It is great being able to read a book that is clean and uplifting. Thank you, Becky Wade
Published 25 days ago by Peggy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
I enjoyed reading "My Stubborn Heart" very much. I enjoyed reading about remodeling the house and the antiques as much as the relationships..
Published 27 days ago by Deborah H.Koullas
5.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed this book so much
I enjoyed this book so much. I loved the romance. I loved that it was clean. I loved the Christian aspect. I loved the writing. I want to read more of her books now.
Published 29 days ago by Jennifer J
4.0 out of 5 stars A lovely read
This was a great story. It started off a little slow, but quickly picked up and was totally with it. Loved the character relationship and was sad to see it end.
Published 1 month ago by Natalya Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I did enjoy this book!
Published 1 month ago by Ann Achord
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing author :)
This is another of those books that's been sitting in my TBR pile for a while and after finishing it, I'm asking myself why it took so long to get to it. Absolutely wonderful book. Read more
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More About the Author

During her childhood in California, Becky frequently produced homemade plays starring her sisters, friends, and cousins. These plays almost always featured a heroine, a prince, and a love story with a happy ending. She's been a fan of all things romantic ever since.

Becky and her husband lived overseas in the Caribbean and Australia before settling in Dallas, Texas. It was during her years abroad that Becky's passion for reading turned into a passion for writing. She published three historical romances with Avon Books, then put her career on hold for several years to care for her kids, then recently returned to writing sheerly for the love of it. She felt led to move to the genre of contemporary Christian romance and couldn't be more thrilled with it.

These days Becky can be found failing but trying to keep up with her housework, sweating at the gym, carting her kids around town, playing tennis, hunched over her computer, eating chocolate, or collapsed on the sofa watching TV with her husband.

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