Book Review (+ Giveaway): True to You

29 May

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.


Becky Wade is a native of California who attended Baylor University, met and married a Texan, and moved to Dallas. She published historical romances for the general market, took time off to raise her children, then felt God nudging her to pursue contemporary Christian fiction. Becky is the Carol Award, INSPY Award, and International Reader’s Choice Award winning author of the Porter Family Novels.

Find out more about Becky at


My Impressions:

Great Scott! What a great book! Seriously, one of the best books I’ve read all year. True to You, the first book in Becky Wade’s new Bradford Sisters Romance series, is a contemporary romance with a lot going for it. This is not your typical fluffy, boy-meets-girl love story, but a deeply moving, thought-provoking novel that will touch your heart as it feeds your reading soul. This one gets the rare very highly recommended designation from me!

Nora Bradford is the bookish and quirky middle sister between two gorgeous and talented sisters. She has defined herself as the brainy one, and after a disastrous engagement and break-up, she is now the single one who relishes her self-imposed status. She thinks she is content watching period dramas on TV, immersing herself in fiction, and staging an historic village, that is, until she meets the very hunky ex-Navy Seal, John Lawson. While their relationship gets off to an awkward start, they begin a business arrangement that grows into a deep friendship. But ugly truths from their pasts may derail what could be a very beautiful love story.

Becky Wade has created a beautifully crafted story injected with wit and humor. The writing is exquisite, the plotting complex, and the characterization unique and masterful. I loved, loved, loved this book! While I had lots of grins, giggles and guffaws during the course of reading, True to You has a depth not often found in contemporary romance fiction. The characters have real struggles that make them incredibly relatable. The search for the truth behind John’s birth is the catalyst for the story which leads to the discovery of the ultimate truth for the main characters — their true identity in Christ. The story is mostly told in third person narrative, but glimpses of the motivations and emotions of the characters are displayed in various forms of communication — texts, FB messages, letters, and emails. One letter in particular that the main characters are not privy to, lets the reader in on the wonder of God’s working through trial and pain. True to You is also a romance, and there is plenty of heat between Nora and John presented in a realistic way. Physical desire is real. It’s the reining in of those passions with the help of God, that keeps the characters from regrets and heartache.

I fell in love with Nora and John’s story from the first chapter. If you are looking for an outstanding novel to kick off your Summer reading, then look no farther than True to You.

Very Highly Recommended.

Audience: adults.

To purchase this book, click HERE.

(Thanks to Bethany House for a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)



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 HERE, but hurry! The giveaway ends on May 30. The winner will be announced May 31 on the Litfuse blog.


3 Responses to “Book Review (+ Giveaway): True to You”

  1. Martha Peace June 4, 2017 at 4:50 am #

    Would love to win

    • rbclibrary June 4, 2017 at 5:56 am #

      So sorry, but the giveaway hosted by Litfuse ended May 31.


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