Book Review: Undeniably Yours by Becky Wade

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I was sent this novel by Bethany House Publishers to review…and honestly, I was a little skeptical.  I read another Becky Wade novel (read my review here) and while I liked her plot line and characters, the almost co-dependent nature of the two characters had me a little on edge.

I was pleasantly surprised when I really took to the two main characters of her newest novel, Undeniably Yours.

Meg Cole is a rich girl who doesn’t want the trappings of wealth confining her.  She has been burned in the past because of her wealth and has a few confidence issues.  Her father unexpectedly passes away and she is obligated to run his mega-rich Oil Company and holdings.  Meg is sweet and not extremely business savvy but she is trying to tread water and make her dad proud.  First things first, get rid of all the holdings that were pet projects of her father’s.  The Ax-man…er woman cometh!

Bo Porter is the manager of Whispering Creek Ranch.  It’s a horse ranch that Meg’s dad started to breed Thoroughbreds and race them.  His whole livelihood is wrapped up in the ranch.  He brokers a deal with Meg to get the Ranch self-sufficient within 6 months so she won’t close it down.  A lot of people are depending on him, including his brother Jake.  Both Bo and Jake were in the Marines and both did tours overseas, but Jake is wounded both physically and mentally with the scars to prove it.  What will happen to the ranch workers and his brother if the ranch is closed down?  It’s a heavy weight to bear.

Sparks fly in a good way between Meg and Bo.  She has some mental issues (don’t we all?) namely a severe case of anxiety.  Bo is strong and calm…just what Meg needs.  But they both realize that they cannot have a relationship because there is so much riding on what is going on around them.  Can they make it work?  Will love find a way?  Will past events affect their future?  Well…you will have to read to find out.

I liked the quiet strength of both these characters.  I liked that when things get tough, they don’t rail at God but lean into him as we are commanded to do.  The cast of supporting characters is great and overall, I thought this was a very well written novel.  Character development was fantastic.  Plot line was great.  Everything was excellent.

I am hoping that Becky Wade decides to do follow-up novels of the Porter siblings of Jake, Dru and Ty.  They made such an impact on me as a reader, I would hope that as an author, she would follow-up with them.  Jake…the war veteran who has demons to be cleansed and faith to find.  Dru…the spit fire who is trying to grow up too fast and forgetting where she came from.  And Ty…the pro circuit bull rider…I mean, c’mon you know there’s a story in there!

Ahh, gentle reader, this was a great little get away for me!  Happy Reading!

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Review: “My Stubborn Heart” by Becky Wade

My Stubborn Heart by Becky Wade is a well written novel.  The pacing of the story is nice and the characters are well developed.

The main character is Kate Donovan who is a 31 year-old virgin looking for Mr. Right.  She looks like a red haired version of Aubrey Hepburn.  She is waiting for a man who loves the Lord just as much as she does.  She’s quirky in a cute way and is slightly obsessed with antiques.  She jumps at the chance when her grandmother decides to return to Redbud, Pennsylvania to visit her childhood home.  She is burned out on her social worker job and has lost her spark after a child commits suicide. She needs a break and the three months are her chance to rejuvenate her weary soul.

At Chapel Bluff, she meets Matt Jarreau, the local hunky hermit/handyman.  He helps rennovate Chapel Bluff and becomes Kate’s project.  Matt is determined to not got involved at all and Kate is even more determined to bring him out of his shell.

The chemistry between Matt and Kate is good.  Kate’s effervescent attitude is sweet and charming without being cloying or annoying.  Matt is a typical jock with unplumbed depths and cannot help falling for Kate.  All entwined in their love story is a group of senior citizens who provide comic relief (and a side love story between Morty and Velma) as well as a good buffer for Kate and Matt.

I liked this novel.  I really did.  I like Kate’s upbeat personality, her love of God and her reliance on Him to help her make choices…even though some of those choices get to be really tough and really painful.  I liked Matt’s persona, his background story and the way Kate helps him become the man he used to be…in fact, she helps him become a better man.  He learns how to lean on God and how to give and accept forgiveness.

I have one issue with this novel and it has to do with the almost stalker-ish side of Matt’s character.  I am all for brooding hero’s (though I must admit, I absolutely hated Wuthering Heights…so not that brooding) that have been knocked around by life and are looking for an anchor.  I DID NOT LIKE how Matt seems to become almost co-dependent with Kate.  Maybe I have read to many self help books on co-dependency (tells you a little something about me, doesn’t it?) but I found that part of his personality to be a bit unnerving and unhealthy.  Maybe some women would find that enticing or attractive in their leading man, but not this lady. 

I would definitely read another of Becky Wade’s books.  I liked her writing style, her clearly defined characters and her story lines.