Monday, May 14, 2012

CFBA Blog Tour for My Stubborn Heart by Becky Wade

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
My Stubborn Heart
• Bethany House Publishers; Original edition (May 1, 2012)

Becky Wade


Becky Wade is a graduate of Baylor University. As a newlywed, she lived for three years in a home overlooking the turquoise waters of the Caribbean, as well as in Australia, before returning to the States. A mom of three young children, Becky and her family now live in Dallas, Texas.


A Sensational CBA Debut in Contemporary Romance!

This summer author Becky Wade makes her CBA debut with a fun -- and funny -- contemporary romance. Amidst the light-hearted banter and laugh-out-loud moments is a compelling spiritual journey of one woman's choice to listen to God and wait on him. Filled with humor and authentic romance, My Stubborn Heart is shaping up to be the hit of the summer.

Kate Donovan is burned out on work, worn down by her dating relationships, and in need of an adventure. When Kate's grandmother asks Kate to accompany her to Redbud, Pennsylvania, to restore the grand old house she grew up in, Kate jumps at the chance.

Yet, she discovers a different kind of project upon meeting the man hired to renovate the house. ;Matt Jarreau is attractive and clearly wounded -- hiding from people, from God, and from his past. Kate can't help but set her stubborn heart on bringing him out of the dark and back into the light... whether he likes it or not.

If you would like to read the first chapter of My Stubborn Heart, go HERE.

MY THOUGHTS-I was excited to read this debut novel from author Becky Wade. It sounded like an interesting plot and I couldn't help but smile over the back cover. I was somewhat disappointed in this novel and please stick with me as I tell you about it. I don't want to tear a book apart, and I hate doing this to an authors baby, but I feel like this is something I have to post about in my honest review.

The prologue made me tear up. I have never read a beginning to a story like this and it was very beautiful. I just wish the rest of the book had been like that. The story is about a young lady in her early 30's. She has had her share of the dating game and is now with her grandmother restoring an old house. The contracter is a handsome but brooding man who has turned his back on God after losing his wife to brain cancer and then leaving the hockey career. I was about 20 pages or so in when I ran across my first problem. There were a couple words that I normally don't use but they weren't swear words. I figured I could bypass them. Some people use terms that I don't care for and I could live with it. This happened several times and I was starting to get irritated with it. There were also a couple times of referring to a ladies chest that I thought was a little crude. But again, I figured, this is a book for women, I am sure we can handle it.

Then came something that shocked me. The hero uses a term that means he is upset with the heroine but not a term I use at all. And it is considered to be a swear word. Now I have had a couple swear words before in books, but never this term. I figured I would try a little bit more. And then another word was used and I just said forget it. This term is very crude and I don't believe it was allowed in a Christian book, much less penned by the author. It is often used in the outside world but I believe it should never have been allowed in a Christian book. I understand going through things and making the characters lifelike, but he is supposed to be already turning back to the Lord at this point. It just amazed me that it was in here.

I wouldn't feel comfortable even posting some of the term on here but definitely not a book I would recommend to anyone. Don't pick up this book unless you don't mind crudity and swearing. I hate ever having to post a review like this, but I felt to be honest I had to post about this. The book was entertaining, well written but yet, this was too much. I didn't finish the rest of the book after that term was used.

I received a copy of this book for review purposes. I did not receive any monetary compensation.

1 comment:

Ελλάδα said...

MY STUBBORN HEART is the debut novel by Becky Wade. I had high hopes for this book. I love contemporary romance. The topic interested me. Ms. Wade has the characters right. A brooding man, hurt and worn; a woman who's spunky, looking for love; feisty secondary characters... and best of all, it's contemporary! I'm totally thrilled that a publisher is putting some out again.

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