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My Stubborn Heart [Kindle Edition]

Becky Wade
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Book Description

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


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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 www.beckywade.com.

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
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,050 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Becky Wade is the Queen of Emotion! April 27, 2012
Format:Paperback
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
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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
Format:Paperback
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 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but predictable December 14, 2012
Format:Paperback
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 Definitely worth a read
An engaging read. Strong characters, good romantic tension, real-life emotional dramas.
Published 12 days ago by Merry Bell
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprising!
Good character development, good dialogue and great story line. I heartily recommend this book for anyone looking for a real life, real Christian love story.
Published 16 days ago by Sandra Stidham
5.0 out of 5 stars Novel with Developing Characters
Kate Donovan jumped at the chance to accompany her grandmother to Redbud, Pennsylvania. She needed a change of pace. Read more
Published 19 days ago by J. Hopkins
5.0 out of 5 stars couldn't put it down!
A lovely, romantic and moving story!! I was immediately captivated! The way she described each character and emotion put me right there in the story.
Published 23 days ago by Pam
4.0 out of 5 stars wanted them to fall in love
I thought this book was a tender, well written romance. I liked the characters and wanted to see them enjoy each other and fall in love. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Deanna D. Burton
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it !
This book was a delightful read! I picked it up this morning and couldn't put it down. It is late, but I just had to finish the story! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Purple Lover
5.0 out of 5 stars great read!!
Really enjoyed this book. I can relate to Kate a lot....it was like her character was 'modeled' after my personality
Published 1 month ago by Kim Warner
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding
Her book was outstanding and we'll written. Ms Wade made this book very interesting and very thought provoking which kept you into the until the end. Walt Rockwell
Published 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars My Stubborn Heart
The book was not complete. There were a lot of pages missing. What I was able to read was very good.
Published 1 month ago by Diane Sorrell
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read!!!!
I loved this book!!!! It had a great meaning, it had fun and laughs that make you never want to put it down. I recommend it to all for a blessing.
Published 2 months ago by Love to Read!!!!
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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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