My Stubborn Heart
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My Stubborn Heart

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A Sensational CBA Debut in Contemporary Romance Kate Donovan is burned out on work, worn down by her dating relationships, and in need of an adventure. When her grandmother asks Kate to accompany her to Redbud, Pennsylvania, to restore the grand old house she grew up in, Kate jumps at the chance, takes a leave of absence from her job as a social worker, and the two of them set off. Upon her arrival in Redbud, Kate meets Matt Jarreau, the man her grandmother has hired to renovate the house. From the first moment she meets Matt, Kate can't help but be attracted to him--he's got a combination of good looks and charisma that draw and tug at her. But she knows there's zero chance of a romance between them. Matt's in love with his dead wife, and even if he weren't, Kate realizes that she's way too ordinary for him. For Matt Jarreau is no ordinary guy. Kate discovers that he was once a great NHL hockey player who left the sport when his wife--an honest-to-goodness former Miss America--was diagnosed with brain cancer. Matt's been hiding from people, from God, and from his past ever since. Yet Kate is absolutely determined to befriend him, to try to reach him, to help him in some small way. No, Kate's not looking for love. She knows better than that by now. But when the stilted, uncomfortable interactions between Kate and Matt slowly shift into something more, is God finally answering the longing of her heart? Or will Kate be required to give up more than she ever dreamed?show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 140 x 214 x 28mm | 317.51g
  • Baker Publishing Group
  • Bethany House Publishers, a division of Baker Publishing Group
  • Ada, MI, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0764209744
  • 9780764209741
  • 383,890

Back cover copy

Kate Donovan is burned out on work, worn down by her dating relationships, and in need of an adventure. When her grandmother asks her to accompany her to Redbud, Pennsylvania, to restore the grand old house she grew up in, Kate jumps at the chance. Upon her arrival in Redbud, Kate meets Matt Jarreau, the man hired to renovate the house. Kate can't help being attracted to him, drawn by both his good looks and something else she can't quite put her finger on. He's clearly wounded--hiding from people, from God, and from his past. Yet Kate sets her stubborn heart on bringing him out of the dark and back into the light...whether he likes it or not. When the stilted, uncomfortable interactions between Kate and Matt slowly shift into something more, is God finally answering the longing of her heart? Or will Kate be required to give up more than she ever dreamed? "A beautiful story that proves sometimes falling in love is a matter of faith. Becky Wade creates characters readers will love." --Lisa Wingate, national bestselling author of Blue Moon Bay and Dandelion Summer "I love finding new authors, and Becky Wade is definitely one to watch. Her debut novel offers romance, laughter, and poignancy. The perfect combination for a night out with you and your book." --Deeanne Gist, bestselling author of A Bride Most Begrudging and Love on the Line "A feisty heroine, romance, and comedy make this a fabulous debut and Wade an author to follow. Recommended to readers who enjoy Melody Carson." --Library Journal [Starred Review] "Wade creates charming characters, with great development, who make the reader really invested in the outcome of this heartwarming tale that proves the power of relying on faith." --RT Book Reviewsshow more

About 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. Visit her Web site at www.beckywade.com.show more

Rating details

3,220 ratings
4.22 out of 5 stars
5 49% (1,587)
4 30% (978)
3 16% (500)
2 3% (105)
1 2% (50)

Our customer reviews

While this is your typical Christian contemporary romance, this book resonated with me on many levels. I sympathized with Kate, and I am sure I have a guy in my life very similar to Matt. This debut Christian romance does not disappoint, and it has a wide audience appeal. Everyone from the incurable romantic, to the sportsperson to the amateur antique hunter will probably find something to like in this book. Almost until the last several pages, I was completely immersed in this story. I found it humorous at times, and sometimes I found it even somewhat emotional. Becky Wade was able to strike the perfect balance between Kate and Matt, and I did not feel any of the romance between them was sappy. That is until the end. I was disappointed that the author seemed to speed through the ending--almost like she had to wrap things up too quickly. I also did not like the fact that Kate dropped out of church and still ended up discovering God's will. I get tired of stories that end too abruptly, but since this is a debut novel, I will give the author some slack. The fact that she made me like a contemporary romance certainly shows me she is a good author since contemporary romances are not normally "my thing." This is a fast read, and for the incurable romantics out there, you will not be sorry you picked up this book! I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not financially compensated in any way, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.show more
by Ruth Hill
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