My Stubborn Heart by Becky Wade | Nook SimpleTouch Giveaway, Facebook Party and Blog Tour

By Ruth on May 16, 2012 in book, review, romance
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Welcome to the campaign for Becky Wade’s fantastic CBA debut, My Stubborn Heart! To celebrate, Becky has teamed up with her publisher, Bethany House, for a “heartfelt” Nook Simple Touch™ Giveaway! Details below.

“New author Wade springs onto the inspirational romance scene with the tale of spirited Kate Donovan, who comes quickly to life and establishes camaraderie with the reader in a matter of mere pages… Wade creates a charming setting amidst a lively bunch of seniors, making My Stubborn Heart more than just a romance. In scenes of laugh-out-loud humor, home renovation reflects a renovation of hearts.”
–Booklist
“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


More about Becky}

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.
Learn more at: www.BeckyWade.com

{About My Stubborn Heart}

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?

{About the Nook Simple™ Touch Giveaway}

Celebrate with Becky by entering her My Stubborn Heart Giveaway and connecting with her during the Author Chat Party on 5/24!

One fortunate winner will receive:
  • A Brand New Nook Simple Touch™ with GlowLight™
  • A $25 Barnes & Noble Gift Certificate
  • A copy of My Stubborn Heart by Becky Wade
Enter today by clicking one of the links below. But hurry, the giveaway ends at noon on May 24th. Winner will be announced at the “My Stubborn Heart” Author Chat Facebook Party on 5/24. Becky will be hosting an book chat, testing your trivia skills and giving away some great prizes!
So grab your copy of My Stubborn Heart and join Becky on the evening of the May 24th for a chance to meet Becky and make some new friends. (If you haven’t read the book – don’t let that stop you from coming!)

Don’t miss a moment of the RSVP todayTell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 24!

Follow the entire blog tour here.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
While this is your typical Christian contemporary romance, this book resonated with me on many levels.  I sympathized with Kate, and I am sure I have a guy in my life very similar to Matt.  This debut Christian romance does not disappoint, and it has a wide audience appeal.  Everyone from the incurable romantic, to the sportsperson to the amateur antique hunter will probably find something to like in this book.

Almost until the last several pages, I was completely immersed in this story.  I found it humorous at times, and sometimes I found it even somewhat emotional.  Becky Wade was able to strike the perfect balance between Kate and Matt, and I did not feel any of the romance between them was sappy.

That is until the end.  I was disappointed that the author seemed to speed through the ending–almost like she had to wrap things up too quickly.  I also did not like the fact that Kate dropped out of church and still ended up discovering God’s will.  I get tired of stories that end too abruptly, but since this is a debut novel, I will give the author some slack.  The fact that she made me like a contemporary romance certainly shows me she is a good author since contemporary romances are not normally “my thing.”

This is a fast read, and for the incurable romantics out there, you will not be sorry you picked up this book!

I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.  I was not financially compensated in any way, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.






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