I’m happy to host the blog tour for Becky Wade’s latest book:
About the Book:
After a devastating heartbreak three years ago, genealogist and historical village owner Nora Bradford has 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 and Medal of Honor recipient John Lawson is a modern-day man, usually 100 percent focused on the present. But when he’s diagnosed with an inherited condition, he’s forced to dig into the secrets of his past and his adoption as an infant, enlisting Nora to help him uncover the identity of his birth mother.
The more time they spend together, the more this pair of opposites suspects they just might be a perfect match. However, John’s already dating someone and Nora’s not sure she’s ready to trade her crushes on fictional heroes for the risks of a real relationship. Finding the answers they’re seeking will test the limits of their identity, their faith, and their devotion to one another.
True to You solidified Becky Wade’s spot as my favorite contemporary Christian romance author. There’s so much to love about this unlikely pairing of former Navy SEAL John Lawson and bookish Nora Bradford.
To her credit, Becky Wade takes two wealthy, extremely accomplished individuals, reveals their flaws, and makes them sympathetic and relatable. And then she makes them smart and straightforward, avoiding cheap tactics such as cliched misunderstandings and instead demonstrating how people with real character behave, in spite of their fears and insecurities.
Despite a scene or two that had me near tears, the novel includes levity, delivered mainly by Nora’s internal thoughts and her cantankerous grandmother. From wry one-liners like, “She valued proper nomenclature,” to ridiculous dialogue like, “Gotta love cabbage,” there is plenty to make you smile.
There is wisdom, too, about the beauty of life in all its imperfection, living in the here and now, and discovering the truth of our identities and our self-worth.
If you enjoyed the prequel novella Then Came You, you’ll be pleased to know True to You includes more of the epistolary style with each chapter, including text messages and beautifully-written, heart-warming personal letters.
The writing is smooth and crisp, and the book hard to put down. “Sweet and clean” best describes the romance, but with enough physical attraction to keep things real. And, to my surprise, a dramatic twist added an unexpected complication and depth to the story. (Can’t say any more. Sorry.)
The stage has been set for Nora’s sisters’ romances with each of the heroes enjoying minor roles in True to You. (One you may recognize from the Porter Family series.) I’m looking forward to revisiting John and Nora as their romance progresses and they continue to work through the coming challenges they’ll face. (Look at me, talking about them like they’re real people! That’s what a good book will do.)
True to You is the first book in a brand new series. What inspired you to write about three sisters?
I’m the eldest of three sisters! I love having sisters. We did our share of fighting when we were growing up, but we’ve been a huge source of friendship, trust, comfort, and support to each other ever since we hit adulthood. We can talk for hours. We look alike. We all share the same sense of humor. My fondness for my sisters and for the bonds of sisterhood inspired me to pen a series based on sisters.
True to You tells the story of a brainy genealogist and a Medal of Honor-winning Navy SEAL. Is this a case of “opposites attract”?
It absolutely is. The heroine of True to You, Nora Bradford, is bookish and history-loving and fearful of love. The hero, John Lawson, is athletic and practical and confident. I had great fun pairing the two of them together. Their banter was a delight to write. And it was intriguing for me as an author to peel back the surface of their personalities to discover why the hearts beneath were perfectly matched.
What impact do you hope that True to You will have on readers?
Because I write romances, I always hope that readers will close the final page of my books with a happy sigh and a smile. In this particular case, the theme of True to You is truth. I’m praying the Lord will use this story to remind readers of the fact that their true identity is, was, and always will be, in Him.
How would you describe your writing style?
Romantic, humorous, heartwarming. I’m interested in writing about imperfect, flawed people who are nonetheless loved by a perfect God. Thus, my books all have a strong faith storyline. I strive to write authentically. I like to laugh. I delight in writing about modern-day people and places. At least one of my two main characters is always ‘larger than life’ in some way. And my books are very romance heavy. My readers can count on a hunky hero who’s going to fall madly in love with the heroine.
What are you working on next?
I’m finishing book #2 in the Bradford Sisters Romance series. Eldest sister Willow Bradford and NFL quarterback Corbin Stewart are the heroine and hero of the second novel. Corbin’s confident and charming and funny, which makes him a lot of fun to write!
Celebrate the launch of Becky Wade’s new series by entering to win a fabulous prize pack and $100 cash card!
One grand prize winner will receive:
- A copy of True to You
- A $100 Visa cash card
- A prize pack hand-picked by Becky
Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on May 30.
The winner will be announced May 31 on the Litfuse blog.
About the Author:
Becky’s a California native who attended Baylor University, met and married a Texan, and settled in Dallas. She published historical romances for the general market before putting her career on hold for several years to care for her three children. When God called her back to writing, Becky knew He meant for her to turn her attention to Christian fiction. She loves writing funny, modern, and inspirational contemporary romance! She’s the Carol Award, INSPY Award, and Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award winning author of My Stubborn Heart, the Porter Family series, and the Bradford Sisters Romance series.