MY NOVEL THOUGHTS:
True to You is a story about Nora, a young genealogist and historical village owner, and John; a Navy Seal Veteran. After learning that John has an inherited condition he seeks help from Nora to help track down his biological mother.
"Her story had brought down his defenses. His story had crushed what was left of them."
After spending a lot of time together John and Nora find that they have a connection. Only John has a girlfriend already and Nora isn't sure she's ready to leave her fictional characters who gave her comfort these past three years after a crushing heartbreak.
This novel is told in mainly John's and Nora's POVs but there are quirky little messages and letters written by other characters in the book too, which I think was a nice touch. This books all around was a solid read. All the characters had their own flair and personalities that even though they weren't prominent, they had a certain depth for background characters that was great. This book surprisingly had a lot of surprises haha. I just expected another cute romance but this book gave the romance different dimensions. There was a lot of twists and turns that tied up nicely at the end of the novel.
"The past might be challenging, and the future might be unsure. And that's okay. The present is all we're given, anyway. Right?"
My favorite thing about this book is that Nora and John both have very honest voices. They pull no punches. They both show that Christianity isn't something that is easy and one dimensional. John, but especially Nora, show that they started out in strong faith but along the way they started to question God. After the things both characters went through it's something that was bound to happen. But the best thing is that when the end of the book comes rolling around they both realize something; God is good all the time and that all the time God is good.
"It couldn't be Christ's will plus her will. It had to be Christ alone."
They both realize that God didn't forsake or abandon them. He was waiting for his children to come back to him with open arms that were full of love. John and Nora realize that they had abandoned John and closed their hearts to him. John and Nora? They realized that they couldn't depend on each other one hundred percent and put each other first. They realized it couldn't be their plans they followed. They learned that they had to depend on God one hundred percent and put God first and then and only then would things start falling into place. They had to learn that only God's plan was the one for them to follow. I think that that was the most beautiful part of the book.
MY OVERALL RATING:
I liked this book, it had a great message. I mean even though Nora was entranced by John the moment she meets him, their relationship gets to grow. I mean was their relationship a little rushed? Yes, but I mean there is only so much you can fit into one book yeah? I definitely recommend this novel to adults and teens, really anyone who is in a relationship to read this book.
True to You BLURB || source: Goodreads
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Bestselling author Amanda Cabot invites readers back into Texas's storied past to experience love and adventure against a backdrop of tension and mystery in this first book in a brand-new series.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Becky Wade
During her childhood in California, Becky frequently produced homemade plays starring her sisters, friends, and cousins. These plays almost always featured a heroine, a prince, and a love story with a happy ending. She's been a fan of all things romantic ever since.
Becky and her husband lived overseas in the Caribbean and Australia before settling in Dallas, Texas. It was during her years abroad that Becky's passion for reading turned into a passion for writing. She published three historical romances with Avon Books, then put her career on hold for several years to care for her three kids, then recently returned to writing sheerly for the love of it. She felt led to move to the genre of contemporary Christian romance and couldn’t be more thrilled with it.
These days Becky can be found failing but trying to keep up with her housework, sweating at the gym, carting her kids around town, playing tennis, hunched over her computer, eating chocolate, or collapsed on the sofa watching TV with her husband.
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