Blog Book Tour | feat. The Bradford Sisters Romance series by Becky Wade, especially “Then Came You” (prequel, audiobook), “True to You” (book one) and “Falling for You” (book two)

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Acquired Book By: I started hosting with Prism Book Tours at the end of [2017], having noticed the badge on Tressa’s blog (Wishful Endings) whilst I was visiting as we would partake in the same blog tours and/or book blogosphere memes. I had to put the memes on hold for several months (until I started to resume them (with Top Ten Tuesday) in January 2018). When I enquired about hosting for Prism, I found I liked the niche of authors and stories they were featuring regularly. I am unsure how many books I’ll review for them as most are offered digitally rather than in print but this happily marks one of the blog tours where I could receive a print book for review purposes. Oft-times you’ll find Prism Book Tours alighting on my blog through the series of guest features and spotlights with notes I’ll be hosting on behalf of their authors.

I received a complimentary copy of “Falling for You” direct from the publisher Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review. The Digital Audiobook copy of the novella “Then Came You” was a self-purchase of my own which I added to my personal digital audiobook library. The copy I read of “True to You” was borrowed via my local library. My ruminations on behalf of the audiobook novella and the first book in the series are being shared for my own edification and to help introduce my readers to the series overall whilst sharing my own journey in its discovery. I did not receive compensation for my opinions or thoughts shared herein.

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On the joy of finding a new INSPY Contemporary novelist I love reading,

within the *prequel!* novella ‘Then Came You’ | #BradfordSistersRomance series

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I truly have been thankful for my discovery of reading this series by Ms Wade, as I journalled my initial reactions to listening to the *prequel!* audiobook on Twitter, sharing the following:

As you can gather, I hadn’t connected the dots – nor the sequencing of the series – in essence, if I hadn’t listened to the audiobook (don’t worry, I’ll be sharing my reactions soon!) I might have missed the beautiful back-story of how this series centres on one man’s joyful presence as a father to three darling daughters! They are the ‘Bradford Sisters’ who populate the series, as the novella (Then Came You) explores what happened to Garner Bradford, how he fell in love with parenthood and how he took a rather unconventional approach to both marriage & becoming a Dad!

Initially, it took me a bit to get my bearings within the novella, as this was writ within the style of narrative I personally *adore!* called: Epistolary, where the main format alters points of view from a variety of sources. The traditional approach are through letters (postal mail), postcards & telegrams as I have found this style most present in Historical Fiction. However, in Contemporary story-lines with the advantage of technology, you can see these perspectives explored using a variety of different entries of thought from cell phones, voicemail, text messages, chat interfaces, email exchanges whilst still pulling together a feel for the traditional by augmenting the ‘tech’ with passages from diaries, journals or the letters themselves.

Ms Wade opted to use a journalling approach to allow Garner to get his thoughts down onto paper whilst she used the letter-writing approach to anchour the thoughtful musings of Kathleen into the context of the story-line as well. Supplemented by  phone calls (ie. voicemail or live calls), official office memos or notes used for personal correspondence and other variables, you have to get your ‘head’ to wrap round how this novella unfolds in an audiobook narration. Thus, there are some prompts to help you navigate it which I found to be the best way to segue into the story itself, as those prompts helped me realise what was ‘shifting’ in and out of focus. I would presume the shifts would be as easy to read in the print edition as generally speaking that’s where publishers get creative by showing the differences in straight dialogue exchanges and background narrative by selecting certain bits of text to ‘stand-out’ from the rest.

Either way, if I had to choose how I wanted to first ‘greet’ this series, I would hands-down pick the novella audiobook!! By the time I reached the concluding chapters, I was so emotionally taxed and committed to the characters, I felt this true ache in my heart just to *know!* the ending! You truly are on the edge of your soul listening to this story unfold – due to the circumstances contained within it but also, the heart-pulse of watching a relationship build through the aftermaths of how sometimes life doesn’t quite go according to plan. In truth, I felt like I had found a new beloved INSPY Contemporary novelist I could enjoy reading for years to come which is why I capstoned my notes on Twitter by saying the following:

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Blog Book Tour | feat. The Bradford Sisters Romance series by Becky Wade, especially “Then Came You” (prequel, audiobook), “True to You” (book one) and “Falling for You” (book two)Then Came You
Subtitle: A Bradford Sisters Novella
by Becky Wade
Source: Purchased | Personal Library
Narrator: Ryan Hudson, Heather Masters

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.

Places to find the book:

Borrow from a Public Library

Add to LibraryThing

ASIN: B079G9R7QN

Also by this author: Falling for You (Spotlight w/ Notes), Sweet on You

Series: Bradford Sisters Romance


Also in this series: Sweet on You


Genres: INSPY Realistic Fiction, Contemporary (Modern) Fiction (post 1945), Inspirational Fiction & Non-Fiction, Contemporary Romance


Published by Self Published Author

on 1st of February, 2018

Format: Audiobook | Digital

Length: 2 hours and 30 minutes (unabridged)

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Notation on Cover Art: I was hoping the dress featured on the cover was a realistic impression of a dress Nora would be wearing in the novel – however, Ms Wade truly overwhelmed me with the beauty of the descriptions of this outfit whilst noting the realistic composite of what the cover represents as being such a wicked compliment to the text! It isn’t often you get to see the ‘exact’ dress on the cover of a novel which is honestly featured in the book your reading! Straight down to the ‘gold heels’ and the delicate sheer of her sleeves! Wow. Consider me impressed!

Blog Book Tour | feat. The Bradford Sisters Romance series by Becky Wade, especially “Then Came You” (prequel, audiobook), “True to You” (book one) and “Falling for You” (book two)True to You
Subtitle: A Bradford Sisters Romance
by Becky Wade
Source: Borrowed from local library

After a devastating heartbreak three years ago, genealogist and historical village owner Nora Bradford has decided that burying her nose in her work and her books is far safer than romance in the here and now.

Unlike Nora, former Navy SEAL and Medal of Honor recipient John Lawson is a modern-day man, usually 100 percent focused on the present. But when he's diagnosed with an inherited condition, he's forced to dig into the secrets of his past and his adoption as an infant, enlisting Nora to help him uncover the identity of his birth mother.

The more time they spend together, the more this pair of opposites suspects they just might be a perfect match. However, John's already dating someone and Nora's not sure she's ready to trade her crushes on fictional heroes for the risks of a real relationship. Finding the answers they're seeking will test the limits of their identity, their faith, and their devotion to one another.

Places to find the book:

Borrow from a Public Library

Add to LibraryThing

ISBN: 978-0764219368

Also by this author: Falling for You (Spotlight w/ Notes), Sweet on You

Series: Bradford Sisters Romance


Also in this series: Sweet on You


Genres: Contemporary (Modern) Fiction (post 1945), Inspirational Fiction & Non-Fiction, Contemporary Romance


Published by Bethany House Publishers

on 2nd May, 2017

Format: Trade Paperback

Pages: 384

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my review of true to you (book one):

I’m unsure how I would have reacted if the roles had been reversed – faux hostage situations to help those who needed to know how to handle these situations at the ready was not exactly something I’d see myself signing on to tackle. Then, again – if truth be told, I seriously doubt Nora would have fashioned herself a willing player in this game either if it hadn’t been for Britt. As we re-enter the Bradford family, we are finding the girls are well into their twenties, not the young girls of the novella Then Came You. The interesting thing to note is the order of the stories – Nora is the middle sister, Britt the youngest and Willow is the eldest – yet we were happily sorting out Nora’s story first!

She’s a girl after my own heart – she loves being enraptured by the written word, jaunting through time, travelling into history and aligning her mind and heart with the characters’ she’s reading about with every story she picks up to read. She’s also passionately invested into genealogical research (as she’s a historian and genealogist) but where she falls a bit short is handling faux extreme stress presentations! One thing is for sure, you never quite know what to expect when your beginning a Becky Wade novel – which is quite refreshing, as her Contemporary stories are clued into a reality we can all recognise with stories which seek to find the truth of our own world and intermix life lessons, strong characters and a captivating narrative to draw our attention into the messages her stories are attempting to convey to us. I was honestly hooked as soon as I started the first chapter – how can you not get caught up in the drama unfolding between the two sisters – one wants to take flight and ‘win’ the game whilst the other is thinking of every which way to Sunday her day could have gone if she had only made better plans with her hours!

Mind you, I haven’t seen someone this loss for words since I first watched All of my Heart: Inn Love this past Mother’s Day weekend! (FYI: there is a blogger in the film who is researching B&B’s and it’s her insta-attraction to the General Store owner who provides a lot of comedic relief!) In this instance, Nora was taken for a loop when John Lawson decided to carry her out of the building and thus ending her tenure in this particular exercise – a spontaneous act which rendered her without the ability to articulate anything other than a brief conversation once she was reunited with her sister, Britt.

Nora’s one moment of infamous rescue allowed a door to be broached, where the bloke who decided carrying her wasn’t embarrassing at all, was the same one who was hesitating to ask her for aide in tracing his ancestry. This is where I was perking up a bit, as I love being an #AncestrySleuth within my own family, I couldn’t wait to see which direction the story was going to go at this junction! Especially as the one thing which is quite frustrating for everyone who researches their family, is what do you do when you find a broken link, a missing connection or the trail simply ‘ends’ without any context of story surrounding the person? Nora works a library museum where she has the joy of researching people’s ancestral pasts whilst entertaining and mentoring a local youth who is still grieving the loss of his father.

There is a familiarity about Nora – she moves confidently through her life, catering to those who need her most and having a bit of a sixth-sense about what someone needs even before they can voice why they need her in their life. It is a comfortable life, full of purpose and direction. She has a compassionate heart of gold – even when dealing with people who are researching their ancestral heritage, knowing there won’t be any new discoveries, she still finds a way to make them feel uplifted with the ‘hope’ of what could be found irregardless if it were actually possible. She cares about people as a traditional caregiver would in a role of looking after people’s needs – at the library, she has a different kind of caregiving role which befits her countenance of calm.

When Nora is talking to John about Merryweather (local) history), her unusual inheritance of the historic village therein and how the fuller back-histories extend to Lewis & Clark, you gathered this is a woman who had truly embraced her calling in life. As Nora has a love of History which exhumes out of how she speaks and how lively she lights up talking about the topics closest to her heart. On the flipside, you gather John isn’t as keen on some aspects of what beautifies Nora in joy – such as her attachment to everything historical right down to her sense of fashion and hair styles.

When Nora is around her sisters, you get to see their different dynamics come into play – especially as I remember how this family began through the origin story Then Came You. Britt has a beau-in-the-wings named Zander who happily took me by surprise, as generally speaking men with tattoo sleeves (on their arms) are not known for their inclusivity to INSPY Romance (although they ought to be – some of the most artistic and kind gentleman wear tatt’s!). This was another nod towards my heart growing aflutter in appreciation for Ms Wade’s writing style – she is part of the changing tides of realistic characterisations and story-lines for the INSPY market; for which, she has my hat of gratitude. By the time we reside inside Britt’s story (next in line), I do hope we get to see a larger portion of Zander’s past and current life explored; not to mention, seeing these two find themselves falling in love rather than Zander consistently being the one who knows the will of his heart.

Seeing the sisters’ admiration and affection towards Valentina (their housekeeping nanny from years ago) was heart-warming, as it proved their father (Garner) knew exactly what he was doing in hiring her to watch over his darling girls; though in theory, he at first only meant to give Willow a chance at having a bit more normalcy in her life. These are the kind of details where you can easily see the flow of continuity within the series – even from the prequel novella – as you tuck closer to the girls’ and follow where their footsteps lead.

I can dearly relate to Nora – my soul was literally crushed in half when Matthew died (ie. Downton Abbey and never fully recovered; I left the series after Anna was brutally attacked) – I definitely know her anguish over cross-comparing Rochester’s as I have a penchant for Little Women, A Christmas Carol and other classical adaptations where you do find yourself talking about which actor or actress best brought the character forward! I haven’t seen too many adaptations of Jane Eyre – as my favourite is the first one I found (1996) whilst knowing full well Keira Knightley’s Pride and Prejudice was my celebration film for finally finishing reading the novel – it will be (most likely!) Colin Firth’s adaptation which will feel organically tied to Austen’s vision (methinks!). I even love the Bollywood version of Pride which is Bride and Prejudice. *le sigh* Yes, I can dearly relate to Nora,… what grieved me dearly, dear hearts, is realising ‘Northamptonshire’ is not rooted in our reality but is a fictional tv series in Nora’s world. I seriously would have requested it at my library!

Being this story was published in 2017, it is interesting how current it is written as I am hoping one day we can look back on this decade and realise we’ve come a long way from it – as a society and as a country. The work John does for emergency training shouldn’t have to be in such high demand in other words but the way in which he has hardened a bit through life – due to the many unknowns in his origin story, prove how hard it is for adopted children to understand who they are if they have too little to fall back in regards to personal memory (especially if like John, they were adopted as infants or young children). I appreciated the candor of the story-line delving into the hurdles adoptees face as it is an important part of their journey; finding peace from the past but also, finding ways to move forward in the present.

What I have oft felt doubly hard and there are some states which do allow you to have more information in this one regard (medical histories) is when you don’t have enough of your personal medical history to build an indicator for the future of what you might be facing personally. Medical histories I would have though would be inherently yours even if your adopted but not every state allows the transfer of medically specific information to adoptees and too often, even as adults, what John is going through in True to You is altogether too common. There definitely needs to be a better way – not just for the adopted parents but for the children themselves – as medical crises are a part of life. This is something of keen interest to me as a Prospective Adoptive Mum.

After a very serious sequence relating to John’s dilemma in researching his birth origins, Ms Wade turns the tables round to tickle our funny-bone by offering us an exchange between Nora and her favourite actor of whom she’s befriended. These exchanges also add to the allure of the Epistolary bits peppering themselves into the background of the story! You truly feel as if your a part of these exchanges as Ms Wade has a flair for making them sound wicked real! They never come off as ‘added’ information or segues outside of the flow of where we are being directed in the chapters.

Do you know the cosy comfort feeling you have whilst watching an episodic movie within the series Murder, She Baked – how it felt to be lost inside the bakes Hannah would be sampling next in her kitchen whilst you were caught inside the dramas involving her mother and sister? This is how it felt when I first caught the aroma of Sweet Art – the chocolaty chocolate shoppe worthy of all chocoholics who are in envious need of their next ‘fix’ of sinful delight! This is the shoppe owned by Britt – I’m telling you dear hearts, I am on pins awaiting her novel – which emotes this cosy comfortable atmosphere as much as the bakery cafe in Murder, She Baked!

Ooh, my,… we do get a glimpse into Willow and Corbin ahead of Falling for You – as noted, this series is wondrously brill on continuity! Especially the organic gestures, the nuanced motions of curious inclusions of foreshadowing and the credible way in which the sisters’ are moving forward – the consistency is dearly appreciated!

Willow is talking about Corbin a bit off-handedly, in an attempt to console Nora, as her romantic side of life has taken a bit of a nose dive. You truly had your heart go to Nora – not only was she jilted out of a marriage but she has to watch her former ex live his love-filled life in the same towne in which she chose to keep her roots firmly rooted. After awhile, you can sympathise with her on both the heartache and the repetitive nudges of remorse for what was never meant to be.

Even though I know the back-story on the sisters’ history View Spoiler », I personally enjoyed seeing how Ms Wade re-approached their story through Nora’s conversation with John. You get to gleam a bit of a different perspective than you had originally through Garner’s (their father’s) eyes; as you would being girls’ have a fondness for sharing their stories (at least I do and those of whom I know IRL).

Whew! I can handle John’s medical crisis! (mostly as it is the same one my father* is facing himself post-stroke!) I can’t even properly disclose my release of anxiety in finding out about his condition but I will post a note below this review in an attempt to summarise my thoughts.

The complexities of relationships is hinged against the willingness of the individual to confide their heart and a portion of their soul to their partner. If someone isn’t committed to sharing the bits of themselves which would allow another person into their most intimate thoughts and the complex thought patterns of their hearts, it is hard to build a trusting relationship with them – as Allie is finding out with John – as they are holding a large part of themselves back from their partner. Sometimes this is due to psychological reasons and oft-times it is due to emotional trauma or duress which wasn’t fully healed or been recovered from if a portion of their lives are dramatically adverse. I truly appreciated the rawness and authentic mannerisms of approach in how Ms Wade approached diverging the deeper layers of John’s internal struggles. She didn’t shy away from making his emotional and psychological health co-dependent on his military career and the after effects of his service therein; to show a humbled man conflicted by his own heroism is a delicate balance to pull-off but she does it with a realness I applauded as I read.

Being one-half of the #AncestrySleuth team of my family (Mum being the other half!), I can say with certainty as Nora and John were going through the records in Oregon and shifting through the online databases, it reminds me *exactly!* how we felt as a Mum-daughter duo of ancestral tracing attempting to find traces of our own ancestral lineage! For us, the major break-throughs came via @FamilySearch – as we found long lost cousins; one we knew one day we might find (in Sweden) and one we never knew was linked to us. Sometimes you miss those stories attached to your ancestors – which is why I understood why Nora was filled with a joyfulness of celebration in locating John’s great-grandfather’s obit! Obits (aka obituaries) are wicked brill for sourcing information (similar to a DC; death cert.) you might not otherwise find (outside of census and other data options); must admit, the Ancestry Sleuth in me was whooping up a lot of cheerfulness reading the obit itself! What a treasure for John to have in his binder about his birth origins!

There was a beautiful moment in this novel where I felt a heart-tug of joy realising the feelings developing between Nora and John; even though they were wholly unready for them, were actually mirroring the slow building romance developing between Nora’s parents: Kathleen and Garner! Of all the sisters, Nora could truly relate to her parents (irregardless of the fact Kathleen is her adoptive Mum, she is her mother by all counts) because her heart and theirs found themselves entwined in such a way as to defy the obstacles in their path. I also knew, sensing this characteristic she shared with her mother Kathleen, of finding her heart attaching to a bloke who wasn’t yet ready to yield to her love, she would have to find the will of patience within her spirit to await either his recognition of what was being felt or the strength to move on in the event he turnt away from his heart’s desire. This was the turning point, where the fork in the road was laid in front of us as readers and where our emotions were equally bonded to both Nora and John; for they were facing one of those life changing moments of where free will, destiny and prayerfulness were colliding into a singular epiphany of where life can lead you.

As we drew close to Nora and John – to their individual coming to terms with their own truths – about who they were, their image of themselves and what they ultimately wanted out of their lives, we are tucking into some of the most beautiful passages of where an author can make you feel as if you’ve crossed the threshold of her character’s internal lives. Nothing is held back and as the layers reveal more hidden truths or fears, we start to see how humanistic and compelling it is to see a person on the verge of embettering themselves through soulfulness awareness, humbled searching for self-identity and self-realisation of what it means to be ‘authentic’ unto themselves.

This was a trajectory they were on the path of accepting counter-point to their budding awareness of the close bond they felt they were each sharing with the other – but it was a bond, neither felt ready to see develop. Similar to life, if the person involved in a relationship isn’t in a good place within their own lives – in regards to what they personally need to do in order to feel free to explore a relationship with someone else – the timing will be in error. Seeing how Ms Wade waded through this murkiness with her characters was inspiring as it was real.

I believe what I loved most about True to You, were the conveyances of how it was articulated through the slow narrative wisely chosen by Ms Wade to draw out the rounded edges of two people on the brink of finding each other. The kind of narrative where you don’t have to forsake not understanding what happens between conversations because the details are pulled forward, knitting together an image of where Nora and John find comfortable consistency in their hours. The pattern of this story reminded me a lot of a Jane Austen novel – for it tucks into those hidden moments very well whilst eclipsing a character’s journey through all the different pieces of her experience – leaving everything open to be seen, examined and understood. You can breathe into a rhythm following Ms Wade’s muse – so much so, you have to brace yourself for the ending, as it truly becomes such a comfortable world in which to reside.

*NOTE: I don’t believe I’ve mentioned yet on my blog (or in my feeds in the twitterverse) about what my father is going through post-stroke, though I might have – I don’t always remember what I say or where I share it. Therefore, for most of my readers, I sincerely doubt this is a spoiler by disclosing I am thrilled to bits to already be aware of what John is facing as I am living through it with my father. I even understand the emotions and the battle of will to come to grips with it – I was just on such pins awaiting the revelation as I have such a sensitive heart when it comes to ‘medical disclosures’ in stories. This one, however, I can definitely handle!! Even if Dad wasn’t going through it – it’s on my short-list of ‘medical situations/conditions’ I’m seriously okay with seeing included and/or explored. Which is why I had to write this note of gratitude tweet s/o to Ms Wade!

Realistic Fiction Overlays within Hard-hitting subjects:

→ Unsettling medical diagnosis, initially non-disclosed

→ Adoption, Birth Origins and Self-Identity

→ Brutal violence against women

When I first realised part of this story might take an abrupt turn (medically speaking) I was starting to brace myself – as generally, if your attempting to uncover your unknown ancestry to seek medical specific questions in regards to your own health issues, it could go from manageable to terminal quite quickly. Being that I have the tendency to shy away from terminal illness stories, I was hoping this wouldn’t become a story I would have trouble reading all the way through. I purposely try to avoid medically challenging narratives (as I once revealled).

As a Prospective Adoptive Mum, I personally do strive to seek out pro-positive story-lines involving Adoption and/or Foster Care, as these are part of my future path as a Mum. Finding the roots of this story are beautifully inter-connected to Adoption twice-over (for both Nora and John have an adoptive past) from two distinctively different entries of how Adoption affected their lives was such a heart-warming discovery for me! I also appreciated the reasons why Adoption was conflicting with issues of ambiguous loss in regards to birth origins, sense of self, identity crises, loss of medical histories and the internal threads of our personal struggles to understand both who we are and our living histories when we don’t have the information children would have if they grew up in a home knowing the details throughout their lives. It is such a compelling drama of following in their footsteps to live briefly in their lives and to feel humbled for the experience as Ms Wade truly tapped into such an authentic truth of theirs as to make you feel either she or someone she knew personally lived a similar life. These are the kind of stories I :love!: to find as they honour Adoptive children and their families.

Violence against women is never easy to read about – either IRL or in fiction, in-part because we’re still fighting for our rights as women. For our rights in health care and in the law after we’re attacked, there has been a fight to establish our rights for a long while and it continues to be center-most in our minds even now. The violence in the story is tempered, it isn’t told in such a way to where your overpowered like you are during an episode of Law and Order: SVU – though all the same, if this topic or subject herein is one of your sensitive topics to avoid, you might have trouble with how the story becomes entangled in the ending chapters. I don’t want to spoilt any part of this novel, but even, I was a bit gobsmacked by how the pieces inter-locked. I will say, it takes a strong writer to in-tone this kind of inclusion in such a way to where your left with the compassion and the empathy of how strong all women have to be in the wake of the worst day(s) of their lives. I can say this is explored in flashback sequences or re-told memories rather than direct experiences by any of the characters – which is what differs from Then Came You.

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Blog Book Tour | feat. The Bradford Sisters Romance series by Becky Wade, especially “Then Came You” (prequel, audiobook), “True to You” (book one) and “Falling for You” (book two)Falling for You
Subtitle: A Bradford Sisters Romance
by Becky Wade
Source: Publisher via Prism Book Tours

Famously beautiful model Willow Bradford is taking a temporary break from her hectic schedule to work as the innkeeper at her family's small-town bed-and-breakfast. She was enjoying the peace of her hometown, Merryweather, Washington, right up until she came face-to-face with Corbin Stewart, the man she loves to hate. A thoughtful rule-follower by nature, Willow threw caution to the wind four years ago when she entrusted her heart to Corbin--and suffered the consequences when it all fell apart.

Former NFL quarterback Corbin is forceful, charming, and accustomed to getting what he wants . . . except where Willow Bradford is concerned. Unable to forget her, he's never stopped regretting what happened between them. When their paths unexpectedly cross again, he's determined to make her give him a second chance.

When a decades-old missing persons case finds Corbin and Willow working together, they're forced to confront their past and who they've become--and whether they can risk falling for one another all over again.

Places to find the book:

Borrow from a Public Library

Add to LibraryThing

ISBN: 9780764219375

Also by this author: Falling for You (Spotlight w/ Notes), Sweet on You

Series: Bradford Sisters Romance


Also in this series: Sweet on You


Genres: Contemporary (Modern) Fiction (post 1945), Inspirational Fiction & Non-Fiction, Contemporary Romance


Published by Bethany House Publishers

on 1st May, 2018

Format: Trade Paperback

Pages: 368

Published by: Bethany House Publishers (@bethany_house)

an imprint of Baker Publishing Group

Formats Available: Ebook and Paperback

The Bradford Sisters Romance series:

Then Came You (prequel novella) | Synopsis

True to You (Book One) | Synopsis

Falling for You (Book Two) ← latest release of the series!

The Christmas Heirloom (holiday novella) | Synopsis ← upcoming October, 2018!

Converse via: #Contemporary #INSPYRomance + #INSPY or #INSPYBooks

About Becky Wade

Becky Wade

Becky’s a California native who attended Baylor University, met and married a Texan, and settled in Dallas. She published historical romances for the general market before putting her career on hold for several years to care for her three children.

When God called her back to writing, Becky knew He meant for her to turn her attention to Christian fiction. She loves writing funny, modern, and inspirational contemporary romance! She’s the Christy Award and Carol Award winning author of My Stubborn Heart, the Porter Family series, and the Bradford Sisters Romance series.

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my review of falling for you (book two):

I should preface by saying, I was truly captured by the note Ms Wade left for her Editor at the beginning of this novel as it resonates with all writers who are creating the stories nestled inside their hearts and souls to tell. Secondly, watching Corbin ‘step-in’ through ‘True to You’, I felt his inclusion was not just organically spun but happily justified! I love a wicked good ‘second chance romance’ and this felt like it had a lot of heart behind what drew Willow and Corbin apart! Also, if I hadn’t started this series from the prequel to this second novel, I would have lost the breadth of the series – it is truly one which merits reading start to finish!

As I was reading True to You, I elected to focus more on Nora and John, rather than talk about the swirling tension surrounding Willow and Corbin! Corbin is good friends with John (one of the happenstance coincidences revealled) wherein he was happily invited to tag-along with John to attend the sisters’ birthday party for their grandmother. Little did John realise that one act of kindness would re-unite Willow and Corbin – their checkered past isn’t truly explored nor explained, outside of body language and clipped references from both of them, you had to wait and leave their strained relationship on the ‘back burner’ until you concluded the story of Nora and John. Therefore, I was not surprised to find we’re alighting on Corbin’s path first – rather than switching into Willow’s perspective, as it was mentioned how he was facing a major medical crisis which had already led to his dismissal from playing football professionally.

Finding out Corbin has a young niece (Charlotte) felt kismet really, as Willow has such a strong opinion about why he isn’t redeemable, it would be a kindness on his behalf to see how well-rounded he is in relation to children. Especially as one of the staples of finding the right match in life is generally centred on how someone feels about pets, children and family to gauge if your able to broach a relationship and if within the relationship if there is enough to build a life. (this of course only applies if you have traditional expectations; many couples do opt out of having children and pets) Charlotte, herself, is a wisp of fresh air, as she has an innocence about her spirit which is rather charming. She’s also the key person who can take Corbin unawares and re-set his world a bit off kilter by her requests, which in this case, placed him back on a path towards intersecting with Willow!

Willow is still fully aflame with distrust and disinterest for anything related to Corbin, but on his side of the ledger, you feel he might have left the door ajar on their relationship. The irony of course, is the longer you stew in feelings which can lend themselves to become toxic to your outlook, the harder life will become on you rather than the person of your object disfavour.

Full-on warning: You seriously ought to do yourself the favour and find your favourite ice cream on sale – otherwise, just do the unwise thing and binge on Ben & Jerry’s! All this talk of their brand through the series has left me wanting to hang the moon to find my favourite pints of theirs! I also think Ms Wade has convinced me to try Cherry Garcia at long last! I have the tendency of grabbing my go-to favourites rather than try a new flavour profile – *le sigh* – Coffee Toffee Bar Crunch and one which has cookie dough in it but isn’t listed on their site?

The most sublime beauty of soaking into Falling for You, is when the sisters gather together, over ice cream to discuss why Willow and Corbin should give each other a second chance despite the fact Willow is having none of it! A bit like how a lot of us already realise the bloke who’d move heaven and earth for Britt is the one bloke she’s failed to see is in love with her? Ooh, speaking of which! I was quite on pins awaiting to hear who Britt went on a date with – as this news bulletin came out of the clear blue towards the end of True to You; making me question what this chocolat marvel is thinking!?

Laughs. Like most families, your always going to have one person who says things which take others off-guard or have contrary beliefs to the majority attending a celebratory event. In this instance, listening to the Bradford sisters’ grandmother was quite the hoot – if it weren’t so dearly realistic in how she is being portrayed! There really are people of a certain generation who think any form of dancing is not allowed and of course, most of the best lines throughout the series – for the humour of generational perspective have come from their grandmother! She has a good heart, it’s simply the fact she hasn’t kept with the times and her personal beliefs are far more fundamental than her grand-daughters. In other words, try not to take her words to heart if your on the wrong side of her opinions!

The only issue I have with Falling for You is the fact I honestly don’t like Corbin! He’s not the kind of bloke I’d ever warm too – he’s a smidge too conceited, loaded with arrogance and to be frank, what charmed me initially by his close relationship with Charlotte has waned now – as the longer we spend time around him, his personality only rankles rather than endears. The whole time I’ve been reading this story-line, I was hoping Corbin would grow on me, but sadly, the truth of it is – I care more about Willow, Britt and Nora and now Charlotte! Their grandmother notwithstanding – as some women of her age find the negatives in life more alluring than any of the positives; she truly befits the cantankerous character profile quite well for the Bradford’s!

Watching Willow’s heart grow in fondness for Charlotte was quite telling – she has been in the role of big sister for such a long time, it didn’t surprise me at all Charlotte had convinced her to aide her in her search for a missing relative of hers. It is through this search (similar in scope to Nora’s for John) we start to see each of these characters’ in different lights. For Willow, she has trouble reconciling her past with Corbin, in effect, giving them new difficulties to interact in the present. Charlotte is on the brink of coming into her own – of finding her voice and of believing in herself to where she can carry herself out of the tween years with a better image of who she is becoming. On Corbin’s behalf, I’m unsure if it was the injury itself which altered his personality or if he’s naturally caustic in his interactions – but where he thinks he’s funny, I find him irksome.

Humour is a give and take methodology. Sometimes it can be pulled off rather brilliantly, other times it falls flat. To me, Corbin’s attempts of ribbing Willow’s funny-bone feel flat because she’s not interested in being around him. He has an ego to boot, which is never complimentary in a bloke – so I can see why Willow can’t shift past his presentation of himself against the memories she has of him when they were involved. It is almost like Corbin doesn’t see what he’s doing is actually to his disadvantage rather than in convincing Willow to give him a second chance. I, for one, would keep holding him off, giving him the cold shoulder and finding a way to disengage myself from his life. He really does rub me the wrong way!

Meanwhile, Britt is learning a hard lesson in putting off tomorrow what ought to be said today! Zander’s ship finally comes in regarding his talent and passion in life, only to the shock of Britt, as it makes him a freer man to where he doesn’t have to feel buttoned down anymore. The irony here is whilst Zander has to do what is right for him, Britt is now questioning her role in life – or rather, where she is in life vs where Zander is going. I think for Britt she never considered they wouldn’t be in each others’ pockets; meaning, she took his constant presence for granted one too many times and now has to deal with what it would mean if Zander simply decided to plant roots elsewhere then Merryweather – if he chooses to lay down roots at all. Definitely brokers the question: isn’t it better to risk your heart by talking to the person you think you could love rather than to remain quiet, say nothing and allow them to exit your life without knowing your truer thoughts?

As Charlotte encourages Willow to dig deeper into their research project, the more I felt connected to Willow. Willow is a woman in transition – of finding her truer self and what truly motivates her heart and her soul. She’s lived such a conflicted life up til this point, it was almost like she hadn’t recognised herself in the mirror anymore! She was bursting with the hope of finding something to put her energies into and to re-direct her mind towards projects which had deeper meaning inside them than merely going from gig to gig with her modelling endeavours. She has a fortitude for helping others even if she feels she’s off-course a bit towards knowing how best to engage this activity full-time.

There is a point towards the end, where your heart and your emotions start to spill over – where all the anguish this family has gone through over the years hits you stock and centre. It is a very well- conceived plot, to the point where your not even sure if your prepared for what is coming next – I know I wasn’t, as it could go so many different ways to Sunday, how to do you brace yourself for what is now being revealled!? Charlotte bless her, was the one who inspired everyone to take action but sometimes, between action and restitution for what is once lost is a fine line to walk – where the soul and the heart have a longer path towards reconciliation and healing. I give full credit to Ms Wade for curating such an incredibly layered suspenseful plot thickening in the background whilst addressing the relationships of the Bradford sisters.

I missed seeing the progression of Nora and John’s relationship in the back-folds of the narrative – as there were serious things happening in their lives which I felt begged to be explored in Falling for You. I am unsure if those threads will be re-explored in Britt’s novel or if there will be a conclusionary novella after the third novel releases – but this is one error in the continuity I’ve loved so dearly for remaining inclusively intact with the characters.

Despite my grievances with the leading beau for Willow, there is so much heart writ into the tapestry of this series, the emotions simply pull you forward, eager to see how the sisters’ lives will continue to evolve, to feel what their feeling in the moments of their lives where destiny and conviction interconnect. I am blessed to have started this journey into their stories – I am itching to read the next stories, to gleam more of what is yet to come and to feel as if I’ve travelled miles of hours beside them until the very last story is published. It’s hard to ‘let go’ of series you feel so dearly attached too – this one definitely touched a special place in my heart and will not ‘let go’ anytime soon! I hope, my words will inspire my readers to pick up one of the stories in this series – if only to meet Nora, Britt and Willow for themselves! Even if I am rather partial to Garner, without whom the sisters would not be here!

By the time I concluded reading Falling for You, I understood the reasons why the novel was written the way in which it was but on a personal level of honesty, I just didn’t feel connected to Corbin. I believed he had a lot of personal growth which was showcased in this novel to prove change is possible even in the most stubborn of individuals but in regards to feeling an attachment to his person? I honestly never felt it. For me, this story was a happy thread of insight into the sisters’ lives with an incredible slice of suspense in the back-threads – giving us an exhilarating read and a heap of emotions to shift through to boot!

Fly in the Ointment: Character Choice

I couldn’t get a good read on Corbin at first, but after I had the chance to get to know him a bit better in Falling for You, I started to notice the distinctive differences between John and Corbin! John, admitted he isn’t keen on half the interests Nora is passionate about herself, but she gives him a reason to change his perspective on what could be of interest to him if he expanded his horizons. In essence, John wanted to draw closer to Nora by seeing the world through Nora’s eyes and making a second opinion about certain things he was once unaccustomed to liking in the first place. He had a personality which matched well with Nora as he took his time with setting his mind about anything in particular. John, you see, was willing to try new things, to be open to the experience and never made Nora feel ‘less than’ for liking the things she was passionate about – something I couldn’t quite say about Corbin, who I felt enjoyed making fun of people for what they loved just for kicks.

By contrast, Corbin isn’t as agreeable as John; he has a harder edge about him and an attitude which is hard to adjust to as he truly feels he’s in the right moreso than he could ever be in the wrong. Somehow, if you met both of them IRL, it wouldn’t be hard to see why John would be more popular to talk to as he is simply more approachable and easier to understand. Corbin is the wildcard – you just can’t decide what he’s about or where his loyalties lie as he keeps too much of himself hidden. Almost like his personality is a facade for something he doesn’t want to share in public or in private; he holds his cards close to his chest in other words.

As we dig further into Corbin’s life, you can understand why he’s ultra-protective, more than slightly jaded but his background doesn’t explain why he’s seriously obtuse, self-absorbed and just not the kind of bloke I envisioned Willow would find as her equal! I mean, Nora was given such a wonderful man in John yet when it came time to find someone for Willow it’s almost like this tracked so stereotypically rather than authentically. You can have empathy for Corbin but that doesn’t mean you have to fall for him or wish to marry the bloke!

For me, the series took a bit of a right turn in this directional shift – the hard part for me as a reader was re-settling into the background of the story-line, as I truly :love!: the sisters, but Corbin? I could honestly have preferred his role to be secondary to the main context of the story, where his path wasn’t colliding into Willow’s. I mean, seriously, even Zander is a better man than Corbin! I had a hard time understanding why Willow was short-changed and had to settle for someone rather than finding someone who truly understood her without having to validate her interests or her beliefs; the fact just remained they had a chasm of differences between them. I could list more reasons why I found disfavour with Corbin but I digress.

Realistic Fiction Overlays within Hard-hitting subjects:

→ Missing persons and ambiguous loss

→ Fans who cross boundaries (ie. stalkers)

→ Mental Health (ie. bipolar disorder)

→ Terminal Illness (ie. Cancer)

Ambiguous loss is a key component to this series, coming back into play in the second installment as this sequence deals with missing persons and the difficulties the family has in moving forward when there are no answers to resolve their angst. It is difficult to understand why the missing go unfound for more than a year, much less half a lifetime – it carves out a vacuum of time and space where family members find their hope thinning out and their ability to put to rest the unknown on permanent suspension.

One of the hardest issues with people who acquire a fan base (of any industry) are the fans who cross boundaries without realising they’re breaking the law as they do so. Ms Wade tackles this situation by showing what can happen to both the fan and the victim as it pertains to Willow. It’s a heart-wrenching section of Falling for You, as Ms Wade deftly wove in the emotional bits to what can occur within the blink of an eye when someone you don’t know does things you can’t trust will turn out alright in the end.

Of the final two notes, one I am more comfortable seeing explored in fiction over the other – as previously mentioned, I struggle to read medical story-lines which involve terminal illness. Finding out this was a partial thread of the narrative hit me a bit hard at first, but I recognised it might track alright in the end; as I wasn’t getting the vibe we would be moving through this segment of the story in such a way where it would be too uncomfortable to read. Until of course, it turned quite serious in the middle of the story and I had wished it had held back a bit more than it shared. I am simply thankful this wasn’t a main thread, as I would have had to put the book down at some point as I had to skip a few sections as it was just getting too difficult to read.

In regards to Mental Health & Mental Illness, I have read stories about both several times already and am comfortable with where those plots take me as much as the fact I have had some experience hearing about these conditions from personal friends.

on the contemporary INSPy writing styling of becky wade:

I *love!* how realistically real this series feels to our own world – it’s a wonderful composite both in setting and tone whilst it hones in our contemporary awareness of technology and certain socially conscience recognition’s which seek to either make us smile or laugh! For instance, Ms Wade has definitely taken a leaf out of my own journal for how to knit out a laugh from an analogy of a contemporary New Age car (ie. Tesla) and make it cross-relate to how relationships can be short-lasting! (as observed in True to You) She fuses wit with humour in such a layered approach as to make you nearly forget this isn’t a story based on real persons who lived but rather it’s a fictional series created in such a way to grant you the illusion her characters *could!* live if only they could step straight through the threshold of their fictional existence. This is also why I sent out that tweet of joy celebrating the #booklove of the authors I am finding in Contemporary INSPY Romance to be of the variety I love most to be #amreading: Dee Henderson (see also Review); Brenda S. Anderson (see also Archive) and Kellie Coates Gilbert (see also Review).

I especially enjoy watching characters have true growth during our time spent with them – or even, to observe them in full confidence within their chosen fields, but still have a few things they need to work through – where everything isn’t quite ‘neat and tidy’. I love this aspect of character development because it eludes to how evolving all our lives become – it is also a benefit to grounding a story in the realism of real-life and the ways in which despite our best intentions, we cannot always foresee everything which will come onto our path. This is a gift Ms Wade share swith the other authors I’ve mentioned – she digs in deep into the human condition, into the ways in which relating to another person isn’t just about romantic overtures – but of listening, in-tuning what is being said against what is inferred (including through body language) and of finding a middle ground. In essence, my favourite stories are full of flawed characters doing their best to embetter their lives for the good.

Ms Wade has eloquent overtures of living histories ebbing into her narrative – such as how Bradfordwood was properly shipped in pieces from its origins in England and reassembled into what is now known as the estate of the Bradford family (200 acres strong). She gives you this sense of familial pride, of the hard work behind the legacies still in evidence today in the lives of the sisters’ and humbles the family through their good deeds, their personal growth exploits and how having a strong sense of business mindfulness can continue to lead for generations (as their assets are diversified).

There was a point where even before I reached the halfway point within True to You, I ached to find where Merryweather, Washington was actually ‘set’ – finding no such towne in the state (oy!) I decided another tact: where is the Hood canal, as something told me, Ms Wade might have changed the name of the towne but kept a real-life landmark in place! Surprise yourself with a quick and friendly search engine queue! Go! Although in truth – this landmark can be seen from several vantage points in and around where it’s located – so truly, I’m still at a loss as to which ‘city’ Merryweather is thus named after. Although, this site and this one give you a bit of an idea as to ‘where’ we might find the Bradford sisters! A further clue is the towne of Shore Pine is in reference of a particular tree indigenous to Washington state and Shelton, Washington really does exist! Personally my favourite SURPRISE find was this lovely site about the Hood Canal!

Full props to Ms Wade for conjuring a plot of Horror in a fictitious example of what a graphic novel could be writ about from a teenager keen on a world where Zombies roam! It was another example of how clued in Ms Wade is for contemporary life, pop culture and the cheekiest of how an INSPY novel can be directly rooted into our evolving social conscience! Even if some of us really do :cringe!: thinking about such plots (like Nora!) we do admire those who are creative to find their own muse to explore their creative impulses (again, just like Nora!).

I felt Ms Wade’s styling within True to You was classically eloquent (foresaid) and her entire Bradford Sisters Romance series is refreshingly lovely to have discovered – for she’s another Contemporary INSPY author who is providing me with the kind of Contemporaries I am most appreciative of reading! So much so, it is another confirmation the number of Contemporaries which will be winning over my heart outside of INSPY are quite limited (at least for now) – as I have a select number of authors I am enjoying reading now. I used to love Contemporaries as much as I loved Historical Romance – what I never linked together though is the reason I had such a paradigm shift in my reading habits is due to innate frustration stemming out of what I was finding inclusive to mainstream Contemporaries vs INSPY. Clearly, sometimes being a book blogger has it’s advantages as whilst your journalling your reading life, you understand yourself better as a reader!

Her continued appreciation for inserting popular cultural references takes an all-star glimpse into social media life today – as if I hadn’t been a joyful tweeter, I’d never have known I already know the *name!* of a highly beloved K-Pop band: BTS! This is important to know a) if you love discovering new music and b) if you want to better understand Charlotte in Falling for You. I love when writers go a bit further than necessary to make their novels relevant to our times – they have a way of knitting out the best of what is ‘happening in the moment’, adding those bits to their stories and re-grounding us in a quasi-reality such a strong composite to our own – we nearly have to pinch ourselves as reminders we’re reading a fictional story! I love how this is achieved!

Yet, what truly captured my heart about Ms Wade’s Contemporary style is the authentic nature of her style – you can tell she has had experience outside of INSPY, as her style feels mainstream but has an INSPY core of heart. I think this is why I like the authors I am finding lately for Contemporary INSPY – their writing the cutting edge INSPY Contemporaries I am hungry for as a reader with enough of the content I’m seeking out of the mainstream but cannot find. For this, I feel truly blessed I was given the opportunity to start reading her stories!

Secondly, what warmed my bookish heart is her instinctive nature of threading continuity into her stories – from novella to novel, her intentional connections between her characters and her story-lines are some of the best I’ve come across – irregardless of which genre I am writing! Continuity sometimes is overlooked in serial fiction (by some) but it is something I hail as being the mark of a superhero writer, because to knit into an on-going series the organic inclusions of previous stories, is rather impressive! If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you know the authors I’ve mentioned previously who ‘wow’ me over with this technique but if your a new visitor or reader, the short-list includes Julie E. Czerneda (for Science Fiction, I am just now reading her Fantasy), Brenda S. Anderson, Julie Lessman (will be blogging about her stories!), Anna Lee Huber, L.M. Montgomery, Jennifer Lamont Leo, Jackie Gamber, Larry D. Sweazy, Susan Spann, Sue Hallgarth, Margaret James, Lucinda Riley, Linda Mitchelmore, AshleyRose Sullivan, Renee Patrick and Rachel Amphlett.

Epistolary narratives:

Ms Wade has found the right balance between her epistolary inclusions and her streamlined dialogue – in the print edition of her books, these moments are a bit easier to unravel as we’re not listening to everything out of context, which is where the audiobook falters slightly – as it’s one thing to read on a printed page there is an incoming text or a newly arrived message from Facebook, but when a narrator has to sort out how to ‘prompt’ the listener, it can get a bit murky knowing what exactly is happening! This is why despite the fact I love those inclusions – the prequel novella in audiobook was a slight frustration the first go-round and why when I first read True to You everything fit in place just as it was meant to be read.

→ Sisterly Text Messages

One of my favourite inclusions from True to You was a sequence of texts between Nora and Willow; wherein ice cream was involved. You truly couldn’t help laughing out loud – unless of course, you had to keep ‘quieter’ if say you were reading this novel in the middle of the night and hadn’t wanted to wake the household? Laughs. The girls continue to have these exchanges much to the charmed glee of the reader! At one point in the story-line, I literally was so dearly attached to these text messages as they reminded me of the updates I’d send Mum whilst on one of her 12 hour shifts – sisters, Mums’ and daughters share a common thread and core of what they like to converse about in a text! They truly added a heartfelt dimension to the story!

→ Facebook messages

→ Emails and/or Postal Letters of correspondence

→ Text messages between the couples (ie. Nora and John)

The interesting bit to mention here are the text messages between Nora and John were more often in-line with the context of the chapters, rarely they were viewed as the rest of the text messages sent between the sisters which were happily separate and had their own distinctive box of inclusion. I smiled noting the differences.

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A note of apology to the author, publisher & Prism Book Tours – I was on track to read and review all the books I wanted to for this tour within the time-line of the blog tour; except to say, between circumstances I needed to work through and a battle of health (ie. migraines and extreme pollen allergies) – I had to keep pushing my readings of these stories forward. The main issue in the end was actually ‘remembering’ what I had read/heard and being able to move forward. I truly *loved!* being a part of this blog tour – even if delayed, as it not only introduced me to a newly beloved author but I am truly finding where I want to alight regularly within INSPY Fiction. All of which I hinted at within this tweet!

I appreciate the patience – I needed to rest and re-attach myself to the series in order to move into ‘Falling for You’. I am already seeking out the Christmas story from my library! Whilst keeping my eyes peeled for the third Bradford Sisters Romance! What a hug of love these stories are to be reading! I love how focused they are on overcoming situations & for self-growth moments where the characters can truly dig in and find themselves.

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I am self-educated through local libraries and alternative education opportunities. I am a writer by trade and I cured a ten-year writer’s block by the discovery of Nanowrimo in November 2008. The event changed my life by re-establishing my muse and solidifying my path. Five years later whilst exploring the bookish blogosphere I decided to become a book blogger. I am a champion of wordsmiths who evoke a visceral experience in narrative. I write comprehensive book showcases electing to get into the heart of my reading observations. I dance through genres seeking literary enlightenment and enchantment. Starting in Autumn 2013 I became a blog book tour hostess featuring books and authors. I joined The Classics Club in January 2014 to seek out appreciators of the timeless works of literature whose breadth of scope and voice resonate with us all.

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