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May 1, 2017

True to You {Becky Wade}

true to you becky wade
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.

My Thoughts:
This book was not what I was expecting, but I think I loved it even more because of it. The storyline will draw you in, and the writing is absolutely amazing.

We briefly met the Bradford family in the prequel to this series, and I knew going into this book that my heart leaned toward Nora. She is perhaps the Bradford sister with the most heartache from her childhood, and I was thrilled to learn the full series kicks off with her story.

Nora is what I would call an introverted extrovert. She owns and runs an entire historic village, yet she is happy keeping to herself and not calling attention to any of her features. Outside of her two sisters, her closest friend seems to be a fictional character from her favorite TV show. Until Nora meets John.

Nora and John meet by accident, and she is immediately captivated by him and his background. John seems like an honorable guy but has a complicated past and secrets he is keeping to himself. Yet he enlists Nora to help him find his birth mother. As the two of them work together to uncover the identity of John's birth mother, we get to see them form a relationship that seems like perfection.

When John and Nora finally meet his birth mother face to face, this book takes a turn I never saw coming. The story turned dark and raw. This part of it, I really enjoyed. So many times I read a book and when the characters face adversity, they simply turn to God and everything is cheery again. Sometimes, even when we turn to God, our lives do not immediately become perfect. I loved that we saw the very real struggles John and Nora went through as they worked through the information they learned.

I enjoyed this book very much and highly recommend this series. Although unnecessary, I also recommend the prequel to this series, Then Came You. In this novella, we get to meet the Bradford Sisters' parents and enjoy the story of how they met.

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