The first book in Becky Wade's new contemporary romance series doesn't release until May, but this prequel novella—which is free for Kindle—will tide you over in the meantime!
A leather-bound journal. A single father. A woman in pursuit of freedom.
Garner Bradford, heir to the troubled Bradford Shipping empire, doesn't know much about babies. But he's going to have to learn fast because he's just become a single father to his newborn daughter. As he confesses through his journal entries, he's not entirely sure how to keep a newborn alive, whether or not he'll ever patch together his shattered heart, or how to forgive himself for his mistakes.
Career girl Kathleen Burke is wholly uninterested in settling down. She has big dreams, and none of them include Garner and his small hometown in Washington State. Yet she can't seem to get her handsome boss out of her head or her heart. There's something extraordinarily tempting about his beautifully sad green eyes. . . .
Told through journal entries, phone conversations, and letters, Then Came You is a unique, heart-stirring romance novella by acclaimed author Becky Wade.
Then Came You tells the love story of Garner Bradford, father of the Bradford sisters from Becky Wade's upcoming romance series. The story is a departure from Wade's normal style—it's told entirely through journal entries, letters, and phone messages, and phone conversations. I found that, overall, this method of storytelling works really well. It allows the reader to get more "inside the head" of the main characters than usual and really understand what they're thinking and feeling. There are also some great instances of humor, usually regarding something Kathleen's mother says. The only thing I missed is that I felt that Wade's trademark chemistry in the romance didn't translate quite as well this way—probably because the reader wasn't as "in the moment" as usual. I also spent an inordinate amount of time trying to figure out what year it was set in—I had a general idea, but I didn't see a date until the final chapter. I'm one of those people who really likes to know when a novel is set! Since much of the story is told through Garner's journal entries, it would have been really easy to include a date with each entry. I know all of my own journal entries begin with a date!
There's an extended preview of True to You included in the e-book, and now I'm even more excited about its release! (Hello, John. I think I'm half in love with you already!)
Then Came You is a great love story in its own right and serves as a wonderful prequel to the Bradford Sisters Romance series. If you like inspirational romance, you won't want to miss this one! 4 stars.
Buy the novella.
Read my reviews of Wade's Porter Family Series: Undeniably Yours (5 stars), Meant to Be Mine (5 stars), A Love Like Ours (5 stars), and Her One and Only (5 stars); My Stubborn Heart (5 stars); and Love in the Details (5 stars).
Becky Wade is a native of California who attended Baylor University, met and married a Texan, and now lives in Dallas. A favorite among readers of Christian contemporary romance, Becky has won a Carol Award, an Inspirational Reader's Choice Award, and an INSPY Award.
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