True to You (Bradford Sisters Romance, #1)
by Becky Wade
Publisher: Bethany House
Release Date: May 2, 2017
Genres: Christian, Contemporary, Romance
Buy at: Amazon, CBD, B&N
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After a devastating heartbreak three years ago, genealogist and historical village owner Nora Bradford decided that burying her nose in her work and her books is far safer than romance in the here and now. Unlike Nora, former Navy SEAL John Lawson is a modern-day man, usually 100 percent focused on the present. However, when John, an adoptee, is diagnosed with an inherited condition, he’s forced to dig into the secrets of his ancestry. John enlists Nora’s help to uncover the identity of his birth mother, and as they work side-by-side, this pair of opposites begins to suspect that they just might be a perfect match. But can their hope for a future survive their wounds from the past?
Rating: ★★★★★ (5 out of 5 stars)
Nora Bradford is a successful historical village owner, librarian, and genealogist, but she hasn’t had good experiences when it comes to love. She’d rather watch her favorite period drama or read a book than risk devastating heartbreak again. All that starts to change when she meets handsome former Navy SEAL, John Lawson. John is a successful business owner himself and even has a book and movie about his life. What people don’t know about him is that he was adopted and is now searching for his birth mother after being diagnosed with a serious inherited condition. He reaches out to Nora for help and the two embark on a journey to find his birth mother and in the meantime grow closer, though not without some major complications.
Everything in True to You from beginning to end was incredible. The writing was perfection, which is to be expected coming from a favorite author whose exceptional writing voice is distinctly memorable yet fresh at the same time. The plot was emotional and raw, with a perfect mix of uniqueness and believability. The characters were endearing in a way that made them feel like real people. I have to admit, I already had a soft spot for Nora since taking a quiz about which Becky Wade character I was most similar with and I got her! Nora was so relatable, with her affinity for period dramas, reading, and genealogy. I loved the leisurely way the romance evolved. It’s hard to find a book that successfully manages to avoid the insta-love fawning and still create a well-paced romance that grabs attention. And let me tell you, Nora and John were so darn adorable, they were well worth the wait! I also loved the sisters dynamic–a lot of their interactions reminded me of myself with my own three sisters. It’s always nice when you can “see” yourself in the characters!
I forced myself to read this book slowly, so I could savor every single beautiful moment. There was something so undeniably special about this story and I don’t think I can even begin to explain it properly in my review, so you are just going to have to go read it and see for yourself! It checked every box, and more. I’m just going to go ahead and say it, True to You will be on my “Best of 2017” list. I can’t wait to have my heartstrings pulled once again in the next Bradford Sisters book!
*I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
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