Friday, August 17, 2012

Book Review: My Stubborn Heart

About the book
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?

My thoughts
I really enjoyed My Stubborn Heart and had trouble putting it down.  I was immediately drawn to the relationship between Kate and Matt and found I could really relate to what she was going through.  Matt does his best to keep her at arm's length, but she manages to wiggle into his heart.  I have men in my life that are the same way and it can be difficult to get them to open up about anything.  I also like that Kate did not set out to win his heart.  She just wanted to develop a friendship with Matt, so it was nice to watch the relationship blossom from friendship into more.  There are points in the book where you will smile and points where you will cry.

I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a great love story.  Also, while I am not an antiquer and do not restore old homes, I suspect that if these are things you enjoy, you will like this book.

About the author

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 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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Thank you to Litfuse Publicity Group and the author for providing me with a copy of this book for review purposes.  My opinion is my own and was not influenced by anyone else.

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