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.
It’s here! It’s here! And may I say, “Wow, wow, wow!” 🙂 Y’all, I had chuckled, giggled, snickered (you know just about every possible way of laughing) numerous times within the first five pages of this book. At that moment, I thought, “This book is going to be great!” And it is, but not just in humor, it’s so much more than that. The humor had me hooked within the first few pages, and the discovery of and the depth of the story kept me hooked.
There are so many, many aspects of this book that I loved. And so many, many of those aspects are almost impossible to discuss without giving away some pretty significant spoilers. I do NOT want to give away any spoilers about this book because I want you to enjoy the same ride of discovery that I did as I read it. But I will say it’s filled with all sorts of greatness! I loved how the story line played out. There are some quite funny moments, some aching moments, some shocking moments, some bittersweet moments, some healing moments, and a whole host of other kinds of moments in this book.
I loved all three of the Bradford sisters as well as the dynamic of their relationships with each other. Nora is the main character in this book, and I recognized a little bit of myself and my oldest daughter in her, and little bit of Britt in two of my other daughters which made the book especially fun to read. And there are some serious teasers happening in this book about Willow’s and Britt’s histories and their future stories. I can’t wait to read their books!
I loved the development of Nora and John’s relationship—from the fun of getting to the point where they actually had a relationship and the joys and some of the anguish as their relationship was being fleshed out and they were figuring it out. Their dates once they started dating had me full on swooning! Nora’s, hmm, shall we say, enthusiastic thoughts regarding John and her “slight” infatuation with him often had me smiling and laughing. I loved her personality and her quirks and how John fell in love with her and those quirks. John is the strong, silent type who, in the process of the story, is being made vulnerable by some life circumstances, making him a wonderfully relatable character.
The flow of the dialog in this book as well as the banter, the wit, and style of humor was great! I loved the many “asides” in the book provided through emails, text messages, lists, notes, and letters. It added a unique aspect to the book and provided a fun way of getting into the characters’ heads a little bit more.
And Nora’s village! I so wish it was a real place I could visit, and that’s all I’m going to say about that.
God often uses the tough things to show us ourselves and the faults we don’t want to see as well as to show us Himself and what He wants to be to us and how much He loves us. I love how that came so clearly through in this book. True to You is so well put together, and it will take you on such a journey as you read it!
Other True to You related info:
Check out the prequel novella to True to You called Then Came You. It’s not essential to read the novella before you read True to You, but it will certainly add a little to the history of the Bradford family for you, and as of the moment I am writing this, it’s free on several sites right now, so you might as well snatch it up and check it out! Go here to see where you can purchase it!
For a fun interview with True to You’s cover model go here! Ms. Wade is also doing a giveaway there, but hurry and check it out because the winner will be selected Wednesday, May 3rd!
If my review of True to You doesn’t make you want to grab it up, see what others are saying about it through True to You’s Litfuse blog tour coming up May 11-30. You can probably check out their website closer to the 11th for more details.
**I was provided an advanced copy of the book by the publisher through NetGalley. All opinions are my own.