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Then Came You: A Bradford Sisters Novella Kindle Edition
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Kathleen has a dream. On her list, a single goal: a career. But above all, she doesn’t want to follow the plan her mother wishes for her. For now, she settles for a job at Bradford shipping and bides her time. Then the Bradford patriarch dies which propels Garner into the leadership role. Unlike his father, Garner seems open to Kathleen’s ideas. As the two work together, new possibilities and healing hearts begin to blossom.
This novella is a quick, super short read that’s told in an epistolary style. We learn about the characters in three formats, broken up by the two-person “point of views.” The first is Garner’s perspective which is told entirely through journal entries. Then there’s Kathleen whose perspective is known by phone messages (or conversations) and letters (and oh, my heart – the letters!) she writes. This is the format of Then Came You, a novella of loss and love, and the strength of learning to “let go,” to live and live well.
As a launch to Becky’s new series, ‘The Bradford Sisters,’ this is a lovely story. It packs a lot into its few pages, but is all important and relevant material. I suspect it will help in better understanding these Bradford sisters; not just who they are as people, but why they are this way. Then Came You sparkles with Wade’s familiar voice, but also gives her an entirely new format to explore with a new-to-her styling. (This is also Becky’s first Indie release.) Those who’ve anticipated True to You (the first full-length novel of this series, and Nora’s story) will enjoy this prequel. I highly recommend Wade fans pick it up, and like the Porter siblings, prepare to let these characters work their way into your heart.♥
You can read True to You on Kindle (currently free!) or, best of all, pick up a copy of this novella in paperback.
Content Note: this story does deal with "weighty" subjects. But nothing graphic or told in anything but a classy manner. SPOILERS! Premarital sex, death, and rape.
Ms. Wade utilizes a combination of correspondence types to tell Garner and Kathleen’s story. Filled with heartbreak, hope, and redemption, Then Came You offers a fascinating introduction to the Bradford Sisters series.
Overall, I thought Then Came You was well worth the read. While I initially had mixed feelings about the structure of the story, it does offer compelling and integral history of the Bradford family, particularly the parent figures of the series’ main characters. At 158 pages in the printed edition, Then Came You remains firmly grounded in the novella length and format. However, the writing style and pacing varies widely, based on the style of correspondence used in each section, which varies between journal entries, phone calls, letters, and other forms. After reading True to You, the first novel in the series, I would highly recommend that readers of the series also read the novella. While True to You and the rest of the series may be able to be understood without the novella’s backstory, Then Came You provides rather vital information for the series and its characters to be best appreciated by readers.
Brittany at BooksandBiscuits.com
The description of this novella is a means of introducing the Bradford girls via their father, Garner Bradford. In truth, this novella is about their father and his journey of self discovery via the women he loved, the children he had, the challenges he faces, and working through his many shortcomings...up until he finds the true love of his life while having the unexpected responsibility of turning around the once floundering family business.
The upcoming novels are about each of his daughters as adults.
Garner's story is told through journal entries he has written and phone calls and messages between other characters in the novella. This is an interesting writing style that I have seen work, it does not work with this novella. There were several disjointed posts, some that were not needed at all, and as a writing style it made the characters and novella weak all around. Thus, I had a very hard time sticking with the novella, although I did read it all the way through and with an open mind. I kept thinking it would pull me in at some point...
Perhaps it was simply this writing style, which did not work well with this novella, because overall, I really felt something could have made this a more engaging, interesting, and wonderful novella.
I have heard wonderful things about this authors writing, and not having read anything by her previously, I was hoping this novella would be a good introduction to a new author. I will withhold judgment until I read another book of hers, which I plan to do
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