Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Stay With Me by Becky Wade {A Book Review}

**I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley for consideration. All thoughts are 100% my own. 

A mysterious letter alluding to a secret in her parents' past brings Genevieve Woodward back to her Blue Ridge Mountains hometown, but she's also in need of a break from a high-profile career that has left her dangerously burned out and concealing a powerful secret of her own. When she wakes inside an unfamiliar cottage to find the confused owner staring down at her, she can no longer ignore the fact that she needs help.  

Sam Turner has embraced his sorrow and his identity as an outsider. The solitary, disciplined life he lives on his historic farm is the life he's chosen for himself. The last thing he wants is to rent his cottage to a woman as troubled as she is talkative. Yet, he can't force himself to turn her away right when she needs him most. 

As Genevieve researches her family's history and her and Sam's emotions deepen, they will have to let go of the facades and loneliness they've clung to and allow light to illuminate every hidden truth.  

Becky Wade is a bestselling author of heart-pounding and faith-filled contemporary romance novels and the winner of the 2018 Christy Award Book of the Year. She's a native of California who married a Texan and now lives in Dallas with her husband and three children. To find out more about Becky and her books, visit www.beckywade.com.

While I have read one other novel by Becky Wade in the past and found it to be enjoyable, I must admit it wasn't one that for me pushed her into that status of one whose books could not be missed. Stay With Me, however,certainly has me rethinking that. This book absolutely is one NOT to be missed.

Right from the very beginning, this book drew me in. Let's be honest, it didn't start off like your typical Christian romance. In fact, we meet our leading lady, Genevieve as she's passed out in a stranger's cottage, having taken pills that left her more than a little hazy. Like I said, not your typical opening... but it certainly grabbed my attention! 
I loved that the author took on such a heavy and even taboo topic in this book. We often think of addiction as being something that non-Christians struggle with, but that's not always the reality--- especially with a prescription drug addiction that can start from a valid need for pain management that eventually leads to dependency, as is the case for Gen. While this may be a work of fiction, I still believe it can open our eyes to that very real issue in our world today.

Still, despite that uneasy topic, there was a lightness and sense of hope about this book that kept it from being too heavy. The romance played a big part in that. I loved the banter between Gen and Sam, bringing lightness to a book with many darker themes. I truly felt the chemistry leap off the page, and found myself rooting for them to overcome the obstacles in their way... as this is the first in the series, I hope to be able to catch up with them again in later books in the series because I wasn't quite ready to say goodbye. (I feel like we also got a glimpse of what will be the start of a story line for a future book, and I must say, I am READY for it!) Of course, a great mystery added in and a beautiful message of God's grace makes this all together a fantastic read, and one that I would certainly recommend!


Post a Comment

"Pleasant words are as a honeycomb: sweet to the soul and health to the bones." Proverbs 16:24