True to You by Becky Wade

True to You

Exciting Start of a Brand-New Series by a Contemporary Romance Fan Favorite 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...

Title:True to You
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ISBN:0764219367
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:368 pages

True to You Reviews

  • Beth
    May 24, 2017

    True to You is definitely in my top two favorites of Becky Wade’s novels. In fairness, I haven’t read all of them yet, but so far, Nora is the character that I’ve connected to the most. It didn’t take much more than the first chapter before I found myself loving her quirkiness. There were so many things I found endearing about her – the fact that she is a librarian, her bookish-ness, her love for British television shows and her love of genealogy. I was expecting Nora’s story to be sweet, but I

    True to You is definitely in my top two favorites of Becky Wade’s novels. In fairness, I haven’t read all of them yet, but so far, Nora is the character that I’ve connected to the most. It didn’t take much more than the first chapter before I found myself loving her quirkiness. There were so many things I found endearing about her – the fact that she is a librarian, her bookish-ness, her love for British television shows and her love of genealogy. I was expecting Nora’s story to be sweet, but I was not expecting the major plot twists as well as some of the heavy-hitting revelations for the characters. Nora is all aflutter when she meets John, making one think that a typical romance is about to begin. However, soon after they start looking into John’s birth family, the story takes a deeper turn, ending in a way that neither of them could have ever expected.

    John is one of the strongest male leads I’ve read about in a good while, but also one of the most vulnerable. His struggles feel so genuine and realistic, and I truly empathizes with the life-altering information that he finds through Nora’s genealogical search. I really appreciated how the author goes straight to the point and doesn’t shy away from temptations that arise in real-life situations, and the complexities that come along with that. It just felt very human and honest. Nora and John have amazing chemistry, yes, but also just respect each other as people and as children of God.

    And, oh, the plot twists! One is a bit cutesy, but also really fun. It falls more along the lines of something I might expect from a romance novel, and I actually had a feeling it might happen, I just wasn’t sure how it would all go down. Then, what I would consider the real plot twist happens, and I was honestly floored. It transformed an already engaging, romantic story into a complex and layered story about individual trials as well as the breaking point of John and Nora’s relationship.

    I found the relationship between Nora and her sisters completely endearing, and I’m so eager to read Willow’s story. The snippets that were from her perspective had me intrigued, and I also thought it was fun that there is a connection in her story to the last book in the Porter family series. I also thought the adoption thread was handled with sensitivity. My husband was adopted, and if he hadn’t been, his life would have been drastically different, so different that he and I likely would have never met if he hadn’t been. I know that God took a situation that could have been bad for him and used it for good. John’s parents are so gracious and loving towards him; their reaction toward him was heartwarming.

    There is such a strong redemptive note throughout this entire story, and the culmination of it was beautiful. Becky Wade doesn’t shy away from temptations and suffering, but she also portrays grace in a moving, authentic way. Trusting God didn’t mean their problems went away, but it did ensure that they had peace even in the midst of trials.

    True to You is one of my favorite reads of 2017 for sure. It was a stellar start to a new series, and I’m giddy thinking about how there are at least two more books to come after this!

    I received a complimentary copy of this novel, which I chose to review. This review is my honest opinion.

  • Emilee
    May 13, 2017

    This book is fantastic! The characters are spot on. I loved Nora. She is different but relatable. I enjoyed her bookish side. And her attitude about her own intellect. Her sisters and grandma are excellent side characters. The sister's dynamics are perfect. I can't wait to read book two in this series! The plot was so well thought out. I have read all Becky Wade's books and I have to say this is the best one yet! If you like Romantic Comedies, you will LOVE this book! There are some touching, de

    This book is fantastic! The characters are spot on. I loved Nora. She is different but relatable. I enjoyed her bookish side. And her attitude about her own intellect. Her sisters and grandma are excellent side characters. The sister's dynamics are perfect. I can't wait to read book two in this series! The plot was so well thought out. I have read all Becky Wade's books and I have to say this is the best one yet! If you like Romantic Comedies, you will LOVE this book! There are some touching, deeper moments but for the most part True to You is a FUN and delicious read! Loved it!

  • Iola
    May 08, 2017

    I discovered Becky Wade had free novella available—Then Came You—the prequel to her new series. I downloaded it, and read it, and discovered my review copy of the first book in the series was already sitting on my Kindle. So I read that as well, and now I have to wait months for the next in the series. Yes, True to You was good. Excellent. The best romance I’ve read so far in 2017.

    True to You is Nora’s story.

    She’s a bookish librarian-researcher-genealogist who is a devotee of a certain British

    I discovered Becky Wade had free novella available—Then Came You—the prequel to her new series. I downloaded it, and read it, and discovered my review copy of the first book in the series was already sitting on my Kindle. So I read that as well, and now I have to wait months for the next in the series. Yes, True to You was good. Excellent. The best romance I’ve read so far in 2017.

    True to You is Nora’s story.

    She’s a bookish librarian-researcher-genealogist who is a devotee of a certain British period drama, and one of the minor actors (the way she describes him, I see him as a slightly more foppish version of Benedict Cumberbatch). Nora also happens to own a historic village (as you do). She meets the handsome John Lawson when her sister volunteers her as a hostage for a training exercise run by John’s company, and the attraction would have been immediate if it wasn’t for the existence of Allie, John’s perfect girlfriend.

    John is adopted and wants to find his birth parents.

    Nora seems the perfect person to help him. Only she’s too perfect … and he’s too much of a Christian and a gentleman to be able to do anything with that perfection when he already has the perfect girlfriend in Allie. Allie, who knows his secret and still wants him.

    The plot was excellent, with the perfect (!) combination of predictable and surprising.

    There were several plot points that I didn’t see coming, but which made perfect sense. The characters were excellent—intelligent, funny, and quirky, and I’m already looking forward to the next two books in the series, to find out how Willow and Britt get their happy-ever-afters (the who has been pretty well identified already. The how … that’s going to be fun to watch. And I don’t know which I want to read more—the story of the ex who’s back in town, or the story of the boy next door who’s been in love with her forever).

    The writing was outstanding. There were so many great lines, but I can’t quote most of them because *spoilers*. I especially loved the faith thread. Both Nora and John are Christians, and while the plot never makes a big deal about it, it is central to both their characters and both their stories. It comes across as entirely natural, and that’s tough to pull off.

    I think you’ve figured by now that I loved this book. Recommended for all contemporary Christian romance fans.

    Thanks to Bethany House and NetGalley for providing a free ebook for review.

  • Karen
    Mar 15, 2017

    This book was not exactly what I was expecting but I loved every bit of it. The characters are complex, the story is raw, and the writing is amazing. This new series is going to be a winner. *I received a NetGalley copy of this book*

  • Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
    May 15, 2017

    True to You is oh-so-good! It totally made me cry... and that's a good thing. By the end of the book I felt so much compassion for John and his struggle to accept and overcome some pretty tough things. As a mother who adopted her children, I completely related to the theme of adoption and was fascinated by Nora and John's search for his biological parents. The contrasts between Nora and John were stark, but their differences complemented each other and the chemistry between them was awesome. I l

    True to You is oh-so-good! It totally made me cry... and that's a good thing. By the end of the book I felt so much compassion for John and his struggle to accept and overcome some pretty tough things. As a mother who adopted her children, I completely related to the theme of adoption and was fascinated by Nora and John's search for his biological parents. The contrasts between Nora and John were stark, but their differences complemented each other and the chemistry between them was awesome. I loved the emotional journey they went on as they learned to trust God and rely on Him for peace and resolution. Nora's sisters were a fun and integral presence and I can't wait to read their stories! Some scenes were written from Willow's perspective so I wonder if her book is coming next... I highly recommend reading the prequel novella for details about Nora's parents which influenced her in this story.

    (I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own)

  • Amy
    Apr 07, 2017

    Classic, unassuming & focused, Nora Bradford is the middle sister. Since her childhood, she has felt that she didn't have the beauty or the creativity of her older and younger sisters. She's created her own niche, and is quite content in her existence. Or so it appears.

    American hero, John Lawson is quite the opposite from those Nora would consider 'her' people. She is a local genealogist who runs the local historical village. He is an ex-Navy SEAL, who has received the prestigious Medal of

    Classic, unassuming & focused, Nora Bradford is the middle sister. Since her childhood, she has felt that she didn't have the beauty or the creativity of her older and younger sisters. She's created her own niche, and is quite content in her existence. Or so it appears.

    American hero, John Lawson is quite the opposite from those Nora would consider 'her' people. She is a local genealogist who runs the local historical village. He is an ex-Navy SEAL, who has received the prestigious Medal of Honor. He has started a security training company, and their paths cross as she volunteers as a hostage in one of his exercises. Star struck and swept away in her crush, she secretly dreams of what it would be like to be noticed by him. John, recently diagnosed with a debilitating disease that he discovers is hereditary, needs to find his birth mother and the family he knows nothing of. Adopted as a baby, he has no medical history and desperately needs help to find his genetic family roots. Its a search he can't do alone. When he finds out that Nora has the resources to help, he makes her an offer she cannot refuse.

    Alas, John has a girlfriend and all dreams of an idyllic future with him must come to a screeching halt. Neither one of them expect chemistry. Neither one of them want to become the stereotypical 'cheating' partner. Nora has suffered heartbreak like this before, and she has no desire to become the other woman. Similarly John has held fast to his standards his entire life, and is not about to change them now.

    Their journey for answers, though slow at first leads along a path neither of them expected. Will they be able to handle what is coming?

    There is a free ebook novella prequel 'Then Came You', to this brand new series from Becky Wade. If you read it, it will give you plenty of back story behind the Bradford family. However, Becky does a great job of explaining the necessary parts as she goes through 'True to You'.

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Nora is so relatable as a character. I'd guess many of us feel the commonly felt feeling of being 'overlooked' by society. Nothing special, or stand out from the crowd personality. Those that truly know her, see that there is far more to her than she sees in herself. I loved the relationship of the three sisters, who share the same father, but each have a different mother (that is explained in 'Then Came You'). They are close and treasure each other in a way that I also can relate to with my own sisters.

    I'm really excited to read Willow & Britt's stories, which we have been given a sneak peek into, cleverly weaved into the pages here. I also noticed the cameo appearance of Gray, from 'Her One and Only'. Awesome!

    The cover - is exactly how I would picture Bradfordwood, and the dress, perfect for Nora's appearance at her Grandmothers birthday party. Well done for getting it spot on.

    Thank you to Netgalley & Bethany House for the eARC. This is my honest review.

  • Rachel
    May 10, 2017

    I loved this light-hearted but deeply emotional story about a cautious and studious young woman and the modern-day Navy SEAL who sweeps into her life and turns it upside down.

    After the heartbreak of her last relationship, Nora has barricaded herself behind a facade of dowdy clothing, old fashioned hairstyles, and her work as a genealogist and the owner of a historical village. Who better to break through this barricade than a Navy SEAL?! With his gruff gentleness and his forced need to dig into

    I loved this light-hearted but deeply emotional story about a cautious and studious young woman and the modern-day Navy SEAL who sweeps into her life and turns it upside down.

    After the heartbreak of her last relationship, Nora has barricaded herself behind a facade of dowdy clothing, old fashioned hairstyles, and her work as a genealogist and the owner of a historical village. Who better to break through this barricade than a Navy SEAL?! With his gruff gentleness and his forced need to dig into his past, John breaks through those defenses quickly.

    Nora's character was so much fun. The first scene with her had me laughing and I thoroughly enjoyed her transformation throughout the book as she comes out of her self-imposed shell and let's herself fall in love and trust again. I loved how sure she was of herself when she is engaged in her work of genealogy and how she turns to books, period TV dramas, and hot tea when she needs comfort. :) By the end of the book, Nora learns some important lessons in love, faith, and self-worth.

    John's character grabbed my attention from the beginning with the whole macho Navy SEAL exterior and hurting, uncertain of his future, inner man. His world is in a tail-spin since being diagnosed with an inherited condition that will affect him the rest of his life. When he first meets Nora, he's not immediately attracted to her but as he spends more time with her, he starts to see beneath the surface to the wonderful young lady behind the facade. He also has a girlfriend so when he starts feeling attracted to Nora, he has to decide if he wants a "safe" girlfriend or if he wants to risk a deeper relationship. John also learns some important lessons in faith and trusting God with his future and his past.

    I loved Nora's interactions with her sisters and look forward to reading their stories in future books. I also enjoyed the scenes with her employees (a ROFL moment when one employee in particular meets John!) and the teenager she has taken under her wing.

    This is a light-hearted, funny, but also deeply emotional story with some swoony romance and a twist that made me gasp! You'll want to read this book! :) Although I believe this book can be read as a stand alone, you'll get a better grasp of the three sisters background if you read the novella, Then Came You, first.

    *Thanks to Litfuse for a complimentary copy of this book. I was not paid or required to write a positive review and all opinions stated are my own.*

  • Celeste
    Jun 07, 2017

    I took a couple of days to try to gather my thoughts on this book, so that I could maybe do a little more than blather and gush. But, nope. Pretty sure this review is going to pretty much be blathering and gushing.

    Those who follow my reviews know that fantasy is my favorite genre. I can get behind a good romance now and again, but romance novels very rarely make it onto my favorites shelf. Especially Christian romances, as they tend to lean towards cheesiness and, though

    I took a couple of days to try to gather my thoughts on this book, so that I could maybe do a little more than blather and gush. But, nope. Pretty sure this review is going to pretty much be blathering and gushing.

    Those who follow my reviews know that fantasy is my favorite genre. I can get behind a good romance now and again, but romance novels very rarely make it onto my favorites shelf. Especially Christian romances, as they tend to lean towards cheesiness and, though that can be fun, they don’t tend to stick with me. But in this book, the first I’ve read from Becky Wade, I found an exception.

    When the story first started, it was just cute. A nerdy genealogy librarian falls for the hot former Navy SEAL who seeks out her help to find his birth mother. Nora is sweet and old-fashioned and awkward and a fangirl after my own heart. John is her opposite in every way except for the faith they share. I assumed that their love story was going to be adorable and they would find John’s mom, but that would be all there was to the story.

    Man, was I wrong.

    There were a couple of pretty major plot twists that took me off guard. In the last hundred or so pages especially, the book took on a depth that I just wasn’t expecting. And the spiritual component that came with that depth was phenomenal. Something I really loved about this story was the fact that, when the characters gave everything completely over to God and trusted Him with every aspect of their lives, everything didn’t just immediately get better. There wasn’t miraculous healing. God is of course completely capable of miracles, but I think the church has a bad habit of promising miracles when they might not be a part of God’s plan.

    I love God with all of my heart, and I trust Him with every aspect of my life. The fact that He didn’t heal my infertility and give me a biological child doesn’t change or cheapen that faith in any way for me. I had people tell me that if I would just pray harder, God would take away my physical pain and give me a child. That’s not how faith works. It’s not a cure-all. Christians are still going to have problems and sorrow and brokenness. I have faith because I love Jesus and am astounded by what He’s already done for me. But, God has healed my physical pain; through surgery. And I believe that I’ll adopt someday. In the meantime, I have a niece to look forward to meeting in August! All of that to say, I really appreciated how Wade handled the issues her characters had, and how faith impacted their views of those issues instead of doing away with the issues themselves.

    This book was just so beautiful to me. It was funny and sweet and heartbreaking and moving. It was incredibly uplifting. And I can’t wait to read more about the Bradford sisters. Here’s to hoping book two is published quickly!

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