Kate Donovan is burned out on work, worn down by her dating relationships, and in need of an adventure. When her grandmother
asks Kate to accompany her to Redbud, Pennsylvania, to restore the grand old house she grew up in, Kate jumps at the chance,
takes a leave of absence from her job as a social worker, and the two of them set off.
Upon her arrival in Redbud, Kate meets Matt Jarreau, the man her grandmother has hired to renovate the house. From the first moment
she meets Matt, Kate can't help but be attracted to him--he's got a combination of good looks and charisma that draw and tug at her. But she knows there's zero chance of a romance between them. Matt's in love with his dead wife, and even if he weren't, Kate realizes that she's way too ordinary for him. For Matt Jarreau is no ordinary guy. Kate discovers that he was once a great NHL hockey player who left the sport when his wife--an honest-to-goodness former Miss America--was diagnosed with brain cancer. Matt's been hiding from people, from God, and from his past ever since. Yet Kate is absolutely determined to befriend him, to try to reach him, to help him in some small way.
No, Kate's not looking for love. She knows better than that by now. But 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?
I opened up this book with an open heart and mind. I didn't know what to expect but I was ready to make the plunge into Becky Wade's written world. Due to the craziness of my life lately, when I picked this up and began to read I felt transported Redbud, Pennsylvania for a little while. It was a very pleasant trip too!
Ms. Wade did an awesome job with her debut and I am pleased to say her characters were very well rounded and full. To the point I was laughing and crying with the characters. Kate is definitely my favorite character. At some points in the book I felt I had a connection with her, how she was feeling, etc. It made my reading experience all the more amazing.
Generally, I don't read the "boy meets girl" type plots but I'm glad I read this one. The humor entwined with the romance warmed my heart on the rainy day I read it. I look forward to see what Ms. Wade has planned for the future!
I highly recommend this book!
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