My Stubborn Heart

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Kate Donovan is burned out on work, worn down by her dating relationships, and in need of an adventure. When her grandmother asks her to accompany her to Redbud, Pennsylvania, to restore the grand old house she grew up in, Kate jumps at the chance.

Upon her arrival in Redbud, Kate meets Matt Jarreau, the man hired to renovate the house. Kate can't help being attracted to him, drawn by both his good looks and something else she can't quite put her finger on. He's clearly ...

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Overview

Kate Donovan is burned out on work, worn down by her dating relationships, and in need of an adventure. When her grandmother asks her to accompany her to Redbud, Pennsylvania, to restore the grand old house she grew up in, Kate jumps at the chance.

Upon her arrival in Redbud, Kate meets Matt Jarreau, the man hired to renovate the house. Kate can't help being attracted to him, drawn by both his good looks and something else she can't quite put her finger on. He's clearly wounded—hiding from people, from God, and from his past. Yet Kate sets her stubborn heart on bringing him out of the dark and back into the light...whether he likes it or not.

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?

"A beautiful story that proves sometimes falling in love is a matter of faith. Becky Wade creates characters readers will love."
—Lisa Wingate, national bestselling author of Blue Moon Bay and Dandelion Summer

"I love finding new authors, and Becky Wade is definitely one to watch. Her debut novel offers romance, laughter, and poignancy. The perfect combination for a night out with you and your book."
—Deeanne Gist, bestselling author of A Bride Most Begrudging and Love on the Line

"A feisty heroine, romance, and comedy make this a fabulous debut and Wade an author to follow. Recommended to readers who enjoy Melody Carson." —Library Journal [Starred Review]

"Wade creates charming characters, with great development, who make the reader really invested in the outcome of this heartwarming tale that proves the power of relying on faith." —RT Book Reviews

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764209741
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/1/2012
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 454,268
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Becky Wade is a graduate of Baylor University. As a newlywed, she lived for three years in a home overlooking the turquoise waters of the Caribbean, as well as in Australia, before returning to the States. A mom of three young children, Becky and her family now live in Dallas, Texas. Visit her Web site at www.beckywade.com.

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  • Posted April 27, 2012

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    Becky Wade is the Queen of Emotion. Normally, I am a fast reader

    Becky Wade is the Queen of Emotion. Normally, I am a fast reader, but she had me slowing down to absorb each and every word on the page. I didn't want it to end...even though parts of it hurt to read. A lot.

    Heroine: Kate Donovan has prayed for a husband and has now come to the town of Redbud, PA for a break from her childrens' services/social work job, which having worked in a simliar position, I can understand the need for a break. She's there to renovate her grandmother's childhood home. She's spunky and quick-witted. She's petite and funny. She has a beautiful, pure heart and someone I would love to be friends with. The one thing I wished differently for her was that she wasn't so down on herself about her looks. Yes, she had been dumped a few times, but even the beautiful people of the world have been. I didn't see any past experience in her life that would make her see herself in this light.

    BUT having said that...I suppose when the hero is some beautiful, world famous athelete who could have any woman in the world, ANY simple woman would wonder if she was worthy to be on the arm of that guy.

    And speaking of the HERO: Matt Jarreau is all that! I typically don't like jocks, because of their ego, but he is the exception. The story is not so much about his ability, but about his pain. He is wounded and hiding. Yes, he is beautiful, but he is not superficial, and, man, does he know how to treat a woman...when he sets his heart on her. He has a family who loves him and hates to see him hurt. They pray for him. They pray for someone to reach him. And God answers that prayer.

    But sometimes God doesn't answer our prayers the way we think He should. And that's all I will say about that. :)

    READ IT! You'll be glad you did. My Stubborn Heart is filled with insight and great writing, tidbits to take away and ponder later...and even savor.

    Thank you to the publisher for sending this to me for my honest review.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 28, 2013

    Awesome book! I loved every bit of it- wonderful storyline, grea

    Awesome book! I loved every bit of it- wonderful storyline, great Christian theme throughout, and strong characters. 

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 28, 2013

    A Great Romance! I really liked this book.  I loved the charact

    A Great Romance!

    I really liked this book.  I loved the characters of Matt and Kate.  Both are struggling in their own way.  This is a story of deep hurt and loss, broken relationships, and a loss of faith in God.




    Does God put certain people in our path to help our healing from a loss and deep hurt?  Does he care about us if we have broken relationships?  Can God restore our faith through love, caring, and just being there for another person?




    I really bonded with Matt and Kate and was a cheerleader for them.  I held my breath when things weren't going the way I wanted them to.  I laughed and smiled too with other loveable characters in this book.  I will admit toward the end I cried.  This book really touched me.




    Even though this was the authors debut book I must admit I read her second book, Undeniably Yours, first.  Undeniably Yours was also a 5 star book for me.  I am so looking forward to this author's next book. 

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2012

    MCS

    Great story. Clean romance story.
    I loved it, couldnt put it down. I would love it if they made a movie out of it.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2014

    Very good story

    Loved Kate, her grandmother, and the quirky old timers. This was a deep read with the kind of roller coaster of emotions that I enjoy in a book, and I love the faith and clean romance. A few holes in the story at the end and left some questions, but I'd recommend it for the good story! Review by CherishD

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2012

    Excellent!

    A wonderful book about waiting for God's timing. Had a hard time putting it down!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2012

    Soooo Good

    You know a book is good when you turn the last page and sit there grinning as you replay the story in your mind. This was a really great read with excellent characters. I experience so many emotions while reading this book. I laughed, I got teary, I was apprehensive, I had uh-oh and ah-ha moments. There's also a great lesson about being obedient to the voice of God and being in position.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 27, 2012

    WHAT A GREAT FIRST NOVEL!!!! I couldn't put it down! The story

    WHAT A GREAT FIRST NOVEL!!!! I couldn't put it down!
    The story is about Kate and her grandmother who come to Redbud, Pennsylvania for three months in order to oversee renovations to Chapel Bluff , her Gradmother's childhood home from the 1800s that’s been in Gran’s family since it was built. While Kate & her grandmother are there they enlist the help of carpenter Matt Jarreau, who was once an all-star hockey player, married to a real-live Miss America winner. But, tragedy has left Matt a shell of a man, and after Kate meets him she truly believes that she can bring him back around. Over the course of those three months, Matt and Kate both undergo an amazing transformation, and God shows Kate that it’s always better to trust His lead than to follow your own plans. & that when he says no...it is sometimes no, not yet. I loved that Kate’s faith was smart, and not pushy. She felt God lead, but was also intuitive to the needs of those she was in relationship with — she held off at times, and other times knew to push a little more it was the perfect combination. I also loved the romantic tension between Kate & Matt. Very well-done, and kept the story moving at a good clip. The little love-triangle didn’t hurt, either. It really helped you see how much Matt cared for Kate. I loved the romantic scenes in this book....Matt was absolutely perfectly romantic. I also loved how Mrs. Wade described everything in such detail that i felt like i was there. There was so much to love about this book! The seniors!! Who wouldn't love them?!?! They provided comic relief, and they were too cute. And, I loved how the sensitive topics of grief and loss were handled throughout the book — very realistically. It was a perfect book!! I will be looking for more of her books in the future.

    P.s. Thanks Bethany House A Division of Baker Publishing Group for sending me the free copy!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 27, 2012

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    A wonderful Christian contemporary novel

    I loved everything about this book. The main characters are fantastically written and seem like people that I would be friends with if they existed in real life. And the secondary characters and storylines are just as great. This book has romance and laughter and friendships and stories of forgiveness and living life after tragedy. I especially like that, even though this is a Christian novel and has strong elements of faith and discussions of God, the characters never came across as fake or "holier than thou".

    If you're a fan of Christian contemporary romance novels, definitely check out My Stubborn Heart. And be sure to not start reading it until you have a large block of free time ahead of you- you're not going to want to put it down!

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher to review for myself. All opinions posted here are mine and mine alone.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 23, 2012

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    This was one of those books I had no doubt I would love from the

    This was one of those books I had no doubt I would love from the very beginning. I literally began reading it the moment I received it in the mail.... even though I had weeks before I needed to write a review for the blog tour. I'd never heard of Becky Wade before Litfuse offered me the chance to be on the author's blog tour. I'd never heard of the book either, but something about it caught my attention from first sight. Perhaps it was the cover, which was done extremely well. Or perhaps it was because it was about a rather hot, once-famous, wounded and brooding hockey legend hiding in his small hometown of Rosebud, PA working as a contractor just to stay busy. And btw, Rosebud is sincerely the cutest name of a town I have ever heard of. Oh, and the heroine is also as cute as a button, an Audrey Hepburn-look-alike with long red hair. Oh, and there's a two hundred year old elaborate mansion to be refinished, a seventy-something grandmother reconnecting with her school-hood friends-- and this gorgeous, silent man doing all of the renovations.
    I wouldn't say that the book was divided 50/50 between the two main characters-- I think Kate's perspective took up more words than Matt's did-- and I have to say that I liked it. The reader got just enough of Matt's side of the story to understand what kind of torture he was going through.
    I don't read a ton of contemporary romance-- mostly historical-- but I must say if there were more there like this one, I would be eating them up. There was never a dull moment, and I just wanted to keep reading and reading and reading-- and I did so although I was sick with a head cold and really should have been getting my much-needed rest! I liked the title-- it described Kate to perfection-- though to her credit, she wasn't stubbornly seeking a romantic relationship with this broodingly handsome Adonis of men, but stubbornly offering him her friendship-- which ended up making all the difference. And I loved Matt's character. As a widow, still deeply disturbed by his young wife's death, Becky Wade did a masterful job in getting him through his grief and to a place where he could love again. He was so well-written!
    I also have to say something about the prologue and the epilogue. They were written omnisciently about the two main characters and turned out to be perfect thing for “book-ending” his book cover to cover. I am so looking very forward to seeing what's next from Becky Wade. I love finding new authors to follow!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2014

    loved it

    What a pleasure it was to read this book, a nice story!

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  • Posted May 23, 2014

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    This is such a fun, lighthearted read. I thoroughly enjoyed Beck

    This is such a fun, lighthearted read. I thoroughly enjoyed Becky Wade's writing style. The story is both humorous and fun, yet it has a powerful message. I fell in love with the little town of Redbud and Chapel Bluff through the pictures the author painted. The interaction between the characters was comical and the dialogue felt very realistic.

    I loved Kate Donovan. Her character was smart, funny, strong, and yet so human. Her actions spoke of her faith in God, but she wasn't written as a saint. She recognized her faults and worked to keep them in check. It's refreshing to see a Christian author write such human characters. Matt Jarreau's character really struck me, on a very personal level. His actions and personality at the beginning of the story spoke of his great loss and his anger and bitterness toward God. He, also, was written as a very human character. It's hard to capture the emotion and grief a person goes through after a loss, and Becky Wade did an amazing job. The supporting characters were just as great! I loved the "seniors" and their role in the story. Their interaction with Kate and Matt kept the story fun and interesting.

    The romance between Matt and Kate was well written, yet not overplayed. The Christian message was two fold. For Matt, learning that God forgives and is always there for you, even when you can't see Him or feel Him through your hurt, was the hardest. Kate's role in Matt's life was to help bring him to that realization through her interactions with him. Kate, while strong in her faith, struggled with learning that God's way is the best way, even when you don't think so.

    Overall, this is a fun, lighthearted romance with a great message. I highly recommend it!

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  • Posted March 17, 2014

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    Kate is every woman--weary from waiting for her dream to come tr

    Kate is every woman--weary from waiting for her dream to come true, wondering if God will deliver. She's humble, selfless, and deeply connected to God, yet weak like we're all weak. She hears God, she obeys Him, and then she gets mad at Him for what He asked her to do. Anyone who tries to walk with God gets this. I love that anger motivates Matt to do the right thing at the conclusion. The Bible says, "Be angry, but don't sin." Anger usually gets a bad rap, but sometimes God uses it to push us to do the thing He wants us to do. Looking forward to reading more of Becky Wade's work.

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  • Posted February 21, 2014

    This is one of those books that I could read over and over again

    This is one of those books that I could read over and over again. When contemporary fiction is done right, it is one of my favorite things to read.

    Kate and Matt both have issues they need to overcome, but they need each other. They come to rely on one another. Their relationship grows slowly and steadily throughout the book, and it doesn't come without a fair share of setbacks and heartache. Their story is so sweet and so filled with hope that it will be sure to leave a smile on your face.

    The supporting characters are very entertaining. All the seniors that Kate, and eventually Matt, end up spending most of their time with are a hoot. Big hats at tea time, antique shopping, and wily matchmaking are all afoot when these old folks are around. I am so glad that I took a chance on this book because I absolutely loved it.

    Content: Clean

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2014

    Inspiring.

    Such a joy to read an inspirational Christian romance!! Kate represents a faith that is so difficult to maintain.....trusting when God says "NO" when all you want to hear is "YES".
    Would recommend for people of any "dating" age....from 16 to 60++!!

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  • Posted December 21, 2013

    While this is your typical Christian contemporary romance, this

    While this is your typical Christian contemporary romance, this book resonated with me on many levels. I sympathized with Kate, and I am sure I have a guy in my life very similar to Matt. This debut Christian romance does not disappoint, and it has a wide audience appeal. Everyone from the incurable romantic, to the sportsperson to the amateur antique hunter will probably find something to like in this book.




    Almost until the last several pages, I was completely immersed in this story. I found it humorous at times, and sometimes I found it even somewhat emotional. Becky Wade was able to strike the perfect balance between Kate and Matt, and I did not feel any of the romance between them was sappy.




    That is until the end. I was disappointed that the author seemed to speed through the ending--almost like she had to wrap things up too quickly. I also did not like the fact that Kate dropped out of church and still ended up discovering God's will. I get tired of stories that end too abruptly, but since this is a debut novel, I will give the author some slack. The fact that she made me like a contemporary romance certainly shows me she is a good author since contemporary romances are not normally "my thing." 




    This is a fast read, and for the incurable romantics out there, you will not be sorry you picked up this book!




    I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not financially compensated in any way, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2013

    Just the right length and good story line

    The author writes well, captivating the reader early on. The romance builds at a decent speed and the characters are credible. There is no inappropriate intimacy and that's a good thing in my humble opinion! Overall it was a good read and I look forward to reading more Becky Wade works.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2012

    Touching!

    Absolutely a beautiful story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2012

    Wonderful story

    I loved this book and had a hard time putting it down once I started reading. The characters really grabbed my heart and I couldn't wait to find out what would happen to them. I want to read more by this gifted author. This would make a great book for discussion.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2012

    Awesome

    Great story

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