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My Stubborn Heart Paperback – May 1, 2012
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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 fami
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Kate Donovan is tired of waiting. She has waited for the "right" guy for so long, she finally decides to give up on dating relationships. She jumps at the chance to break away from her life when her grandmother invites her to Redbud. Renovating the house would be the perfect project to take Kate's mind off of being burned out at work and with men.
When Kate meets Matt Jarreau, the man hired for the renovation, she senses a sadness about him that draws her in. Slowly she tries to befriend him, never overstepping the boundaries of the walls Matt has surrounded himself in. When she learns that Matt is a former NHL hockey star who lost his wife, she recognizes the woundedness in his spirit. With the freedom of knowing he is not ready for a relationship, Kate begins to draw Matt out of his painful shell and self punishment.
I loved the depth of the characters in this story. Kate's stubborn heart fights and prays for Matt, helping him to overcome his self guilt. The secondary characters were fun and lighten the story at times.
A beautiful story that I would highly recommend.
Matt was easy to like as well. He was guarded and suffering deeply from his past. He was dead set against falling in love or even opening his heart to be friends with anyone. Kate still is able to worm her way into his heart and he is helpless to resist her playful attempts at friendship. I love to watch his character development as he realizes that he needs Kate in his life and opens himself to the possibility of loving someone, even though he may get hurt in the process. When Kate has to let him go because she feels God is leading him in a direction that doesn't include her she does it, even though it breaks her heart. She wants only the best for him even though she has waited so long to find love.
I also enjoyed all the supporting characters. Becky creates wonderful personalities in all her stories. I loved Velma's character. She is prickly and says whatever she wants. Morty is determined to romance her and she is determined to be alone and independent. She makes him work for that first date! I loved Beverly's kindness and I could go on and on about the other great characters.
I have listened to this book on audio so many times and it never gets old. I will wait a couple months and listen again because I love it so much. Sometimes you find an author who you absolutely adore and can't get enough of. I will certainly read all of Becky's future books and am patiently waiting on more from this very talented Christian author! There isn't a single thing in this book that I don't love.
That said, there was an aspect of this story that didn't sit well with me. I absolutely believe that God can and *does* speak to His children, and give them direction on what His plan is for their own life, and for the lives of people over whom they have stewardship (responsibility). I must admit that I felt uncomfortable when Kate was supposedly hearing from God what He wanted Matt to do. Perhaps He was only speaking to her about that particular plan for Matt as it related to her own life and plan, but all in all, that part of the story didn't 'jive' with me.
I did enjoy the read overall, and I will try another one of Ms. Wade's books in the future.
I really liked these two characters, who both carried their own set of baggage. The story develops slowly, but it still managed to hold my interest. If you read for plot and action, this might not be the book for you. But if you like to see character development, this one should seem great. The only mistake I saw was when “see” was used when “seen” was needed. It didn’t seem quite gripping enough for five stars until near the end, but it was still better than four. I gave it 4.5, which rounded up to a five, and I’m fine with that,