On Tour with Prism Book Tours
Sweet on You
(Bradford Sisters #3)
By Becky Wade
Christian Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 368 Pages
April 30th 2019 by Bethany House Publishers
Britt Bradford and Zander Ford have been the best of friends since they met thirteen years ago. Unbeknown to Britt, Zander has been in love with her for just as long.
Independent and adventurous Britt channels her talent into creating chocolates at her hometown shop. Zander is a bestselling author who’s spent the past 18 months traveling the world. He’s achieved a great deal but still lacks the only thing that ever truly mattered to him–Britt’s heart.
When Zander’s uncle dies of mysterious causes, he returns to Merryweather, Washington, to investigate, and Britt is immediately there to help. Although this throws them into close proximity, both understand that an attempt at romance could jeopardize their once-in-a-lifetime friendship. But while Britt is determined to resist any change in their relationship, Zander finds it increasingly difficult to keep his feelings hidden.
As they work together to uncover his uncle’s tangled past, will the truth of what lies between them also, finally, come to light?
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About the Author
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.
Well, this was most definitely a fantastic read! I had a lot of mixed emotions as I read. To be honest, I did not love Britt much at first. But I did love Zander’s love for her. And I loved Zander. That’s book boyfriend material right there if ever I saw it! 🙂
Before I go any further, I’m going to put a spoiler alert here. I don’t give away any specific events or details of events that happen in the book, but I do discuss the change in Britt and a bit of her struggle in getting there. Many wouldn’t consider it spoiler material, but those that don’t want ANY aspect of the book shared before they read it might feel it needs a warning, so for them, I place this warning here.
I enjoyed Britt and Zander together, the love and affection that they already had for each other, their banter and the way they interacted with each other. At least, I did until Britt showed her independent to a fault, stubborn, and slightly arrogant side in her dealings with Zander. To put it mildly, Britt was a bit thickheaded and it took a long time for her to come around and truly be vulnerable with Zander and let him in. While Britt frustrated me and my heart ached for Zander, you can feel the passion pulsing between them (in a clean romance sort of way) and their chemistry is off the charts. And a lot of that is born of the fact that they know each other so well and have a deep friendship to build on! I loved that!
Characters, who are so stubbornly independent that they never want to admit a weakness or that they need someone else, can be hard to relate to. Over the course of the book, though, more was revealed about Britt until she finally faced a brokenness she couldn’t fix or stuff down, ignore, and pretend didn’t exist. It wasn’t until that moment that I was finally able to identify with Britt. I had only felt a mounting frustration and even dislike for her until then. Then it became real when she finally saw that she didn’t have it all together and that it was okay that she didn’t. Those moments of the book took me back to the places where God has called me to fully rely on Him, where I had felt like I was drowning until He held my head above water until bit by bit I was lifted out of those waters. Those were the parts where I could finally relate. Because I’ve been there. I’ve felt that. I’ve known Him that way. I can most definitely relate to falling apart and Jesus being the only thing to get you through. I know, for myself, the power of His Spirit at work enabling me to cling to Him and make it through the battle, minute by minute, until it’s passed.
The more I’ve contemplated the book and read over some of the scenes again, the more I’m blessed by Britt’s story. The more I am able see where she was coming from. How many of us, especially those of us who have grown up in the church world, spent at least some portion of our lives thinking that we had to have it all together, that we didn’t have any right to have struggles or troubles? I remember reaching a point in my own life where I finally realized that it was okay to not be okay, to not have it all together. That realization freed me to accept the grace and the help that I needed from a loving Father who had just been waiting patiently there to extend all the grace, help, and courage I would need.
It wasn’t until Britt finally started to find freedom that I felt the full joy of the book. I felt the sweet release and sweet dependence on the Lord that Britt found. I know she’s fictional, but I hope she grows in it. That she becomes ever increasingly more dependent on the most trustworthy One. I love ending a book believing and hoping for growth in a character’s relationship with the Lord, fictional though the character may be. That’s when you know that you were completely drawn in by the story!
And Zander, in those moments? So wonderful. He reminded me of my husband in those moments with his patience and love and acceptance of her even with her flaws. He even said some things that are so like what my husband would say to me. Which pretty much seals his status as great book boyfriend material.
The ending was sweetly satisfying, one that settled in my soul as hope and the beginnings of peace settled into Britt’s. And oh, the epilogue! It’s one for the books! 🙂 Would have loved to have made a quote graphic for the entire thing!
PS-One quick thing to add. Grandma, Valentina, Clint, and Nikki provided some wonderful comedic relief through the book. I loved what their quirkiness added to the book!
PPS-Oh and I had so many quotes that I wanted to use! You can see more of my favorite ones at the end of this post!
**I received a copy of this novel from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
I’m having a giveaway for one Kindle version of True to You, the first Bradford Sister Romance. True to You shares the story of Nora, the middle sister of the trio. It’s a fantastic read and I highly recommend it as well. Be sure to check out the Sweet on You Tour Giveaway down below.
ONE WINNER WILL RECEIVE:
- Tote bag highlighting Britt’s chocolate shop, Sweet Art
- Paperback copy of Sweet on You
- $100 Visa gift card
- 1 pound box of See’s chocolate truffles
- Set of chocolate scented soap
- Box of colored pencils
- “Tattoo” coloring book
Enter on Becky’s website HERE
4 thoughts on “Sweet on You #BlogTour, #BookReview, & #Giveaways”
This book just looks so good! The cover is so sweet!
It is so good! And I agree, the cover is beautiful!
I’m so excited to read this book, but I’m kind of putting it off because I don’t want this series to end! LOL! Great review!!
I totally understand that! I hate saying goodbye to my fictional friends! This series will most definitely be one that I reread so I can visit them again!