True to You (Bradford Sisters Romance #1)
Exciting Start of a Brand-New Series by a Contemporary Romance Fan Favorite 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.

True to You (Bradford Sisters Romance #1) Details

TitleTrue to You (Bradford Sisters Romance #1)
Author
FormatPaperback
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMay 2nd, 2017
PublisherBethany House
ISBN0764219367
ISBN-139780764219368
Number of pages368 pages
Rating
GenreChristian Fiction, Contemporary, Fiction, Romance, Christian

True to You (Bradford Sisters Romance #1) Review

  • Kathy * Bookworm Nation
    March 12, 2017
    I think I was expecting something a bit different, definitely something lighter. I did enjoy the parts where John and Nora are together, they have some moments filled with tension and great chemistry. I loved the idea of the story, I've recently started dipping my toes into genealogy and I love it. So I enjoyed that part of the story and thought it made for a fun plot device. I did find it a tad slow at times, and yet also felt there was maybe too much going on (with side characters/stories - bu I think I was expecting something a bit different, definitely something lighter. I did enjoy the parts where John and Nora are together, they have some moments filled with tension and great chemistry. I loved the idea of the story, I've recently started dipping my toes into genealogy and I love it. So I enjoyed that part of the story and thought it made for a fun plot device. I did find it a tad slow at times, and yet also felt there was maybe too much going on (with side characters/stories - but I did enjoy her sisters and will probably pick up their books), and I kept reading to find out John's past, but didn't necessarily care for the direction the story went. I usually don't read a lot of Christian fiction, and did find it to be a bit heavy in this - more than I normally would read. Overall, it was good - had some great moments - but I just didn't connect with the story. ContentRomance: Clean, some kissingLanguage: NoneViolence: Mild - (view spoiler)[talk of past abuse, rape (hide spoiler)]Religious: HeavySimilar read: Mending PlacesSource: Netgalley
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  • Madison
    March 13, 2017
    True To You was part light and whimsical romance and partly a story of serious adversity and hard-hitting secrets that force the characters to be honest with themselves and God as they search for answers and love. Nora Bradford is a historian. A researcher. Someone who enjoys all things past. But her own past, particularly her romantic past, has left her slightly jaded, more than happy to remain safely single, and determined to rely on no one but herself for success. John Lawson knows what it's True To You was part light and whimsical romance and partly a story of serious adversity and hard-hitting secrets that force the characters to be honest with themselves and God as they search for answers and love. Nora Bradford is a historian. A researcher. Someone who enjoys all things past. But her own past, particularly her romantic past, has left her slightly jaded, more than happy to remain safely single, and determined to rely on no one but herself for success. John Lawson knows what it's like to test himself and push himself to the very limits. Being a Navy SEAL ensured that. But a medical diagnosis has rocked him and driven him to uncover his own past and the story of his adoption. Nora and John are brought together by the past and enticed by a chance for the future. True To You was light and whimsical and fluffy. A delicious book to enjoy. It felt the littlest bit silly and wholly charming. And then, with a quarter of the book to go, a huge bombshell is landed. Wow!! I did not see that coming. Nor did the characters. But that's exactly when this book digs its heels in and becomes so much more than a fluffy romance - nothing wrong with those, of course - but with that twist this book looks deeper at God and accepting God's plans for one's life even when there seems to be only hurt and pain ahead.I really enjoyed True To You. I loved the way everything, from the romance to the family banter and secrets, is all handled. I was intrigued with the way the romance was developed and the choices the characters made. John is in a relationship when he meets Nora. Nora has been spurned by her fiancé for another woman so both she and John know that their relationship is purely professional and that of friends. And that's the way they keep it. But neither can deny their chemistry or the brilliant joy that comes from spending time together - it just seeps from the pages. Both are human. Both are Christian. Both want desperately to do the right thing by all involved. That doesn't prevent them from wanting, and I liked how that part of their relationship was not ignored. The characters are realistic and flawed, right down to their mistakes, selfishness, and judgements.For readers who have already read the prequel novella, Then Came You, they will know a little about Nora's history and the story she shares with John as he shares with her his story of sacrifice while in the navy and his search for his birth family.True To You perfectly sets the scene for the next books in the Bradford Sisters Romance series. Both stories are poised and ready to go but I secretly hope that Britt's story will be first. I think her best friend has suffered in silence long enough. But then there is a certain NFL player who aggravates a certain other Bradford sister, so either way will be fine with me. One again, Becky Wade has crafted a story that is delicious to read, handles tough themes with grace and poise, and weaves God's love and truth together with scintillating romance. I can't wait to follow the Bradford Sister through the remainder of this series.The publishers provided an advanced readers copy of this book for reviewing purposes. All opinions are my own.Find more reviews, reading age guides, content advisory, and recommendations on my blog Madison's Library.
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  • Karen
    March 15, 2017
    This book was not exactly what I was expecting but I loved every bit of it. The characters are complex, the story is raw, and the writing is amazing. This new series is going to be a winner. *I received a NetGalley copy of this book*
  • Valri Western
    March 21, 2017
    I love a hero who is the strong, silent type! However, make him vulnerable and that's the ultimate for me! I don't know how Becky Wade keeps crafting such unbelievable families and characters but once again, she's outdone herself! I couldn't imagine that she could create another family as good as her last series, the Porters, but the Bradford girls are going to be just as good, I can tell already. And, the men who love them as also going to be amazing if this first book is any indication! In "Tr I love a hero who is the strong, silent type! However, make him vulnerable and that's the ultimate for me! I don't know how Becky Wade keeps crafting such unbelievable families and characters but once again, she's outdone herself! I couldn't imagine that she could create another family as good as her last series, the Porters, but the Bradford girls are going to be just as good, I can tell already. And, the men who love them as also going to be amazing if this first book is any indication! In "True To You", our hero is John and he's the perfect Navy SEAL - strong, silent, gentlemanly, etc. but life has thrown him a big, huge curve and suddenly he's very vulnerable! That's what makes him the perfect hero for me AND the best guy for Nora Bradford, although on paper, you probably wouldn't put the two of them together! Nora is "bookish" and retro and loves all things historical. She's into genealogy and the history of their town, even dressing NOT in the latest fashion! She has been burned badly in relationships and feels things deeply, but still, is such a giver! I loved her and her personality! John needs her for her skills to do something for him and they embark on a journey that neither one of them can imagine the outcome. There are so many twists and turns to their story that you have to just keep expecting the unexpected! I also loved Nora's family and can't wait to delve into their stories more as we get new books! Her sisters are going to be fun as we learning more about them.**I would highly recommend this book. It's fun, yet soul-searching and is a great way to begin a new series. There are so many things to take away from this book! It's excellent!
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  • Heidi
    March 12, 2017
    Delightful characterization, a whimsical setting, and Nora's quest to help John find his biological mother (and hopefully win his heart) all make True to You a wonderful start to this talented author's new series, The Bradford Sisters Romance. Becky Wade consistently writes satisfying romance with nuanced characters that wrestle with deeper truths. In this story, John and Nora must both grapple with the truths that are revealed about their pasts as well as the uncertainty of the future.True to Y Delightful characterization, a whimsical setting, and Nora's quest to help John find his biological mother (and hopefully win his heart) all make True to You a wonderful start to this talented author's new series, The Bradford Sisters Romance. Becky Wade consistently writes satisfying romance with nuanced characters that wrestle with deeper truths. In this story, John and Nora must both grapple with the truths that are revealed about their pasts as well as the uncertainty of the future.True to You is the kind of fantastic inspirational romance fans of this genre can count on from Becky Wade. I'm excited to read more of this series in the future.Many thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for a complimentary advance copy. All opinions stated here are my own.
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  • Kay Defreese
    December 11, 2016
    Watch for a review coming the beginning of April.
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