True to You (Bradford Sisters Romance Series #1)

True to You (Bradford Sisters Romance Series #1)

by Becky Wade


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Winner of the 2018 Christy Award Book of the Year

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780764219368
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/02/2017
Series: Bradford Sisters Romance Series , #1
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 198,796
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Becky Wade is the 2018 Christy Award Book of the Year winner for True to You. She is a native of California who attended Baylor University, met and married a Texan, and moved to Dallas. She published historical romances for the general market, then put her career on hold for several years to care for her children. When God called her back to writing, Becky knew He meant for her to turn her attention to Christian fiction. Her humorous, heart-pounding contemporary romance novels have won three Christy Awards, the Carol Award, the INSPY Award, and the Inspirational Reader's Choice Award for Romance. Becky lives in Dallas, Texas with her husband and three children. To find out more about Becky and her books, visit

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True to You

By Becky Wade

Baker Publishing Group

Copyright © 2017 Rebecca C. Wade
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-0-7642-1936-8


Finding oneself at the mercy of a crazed gunman isn't all fun and games.

Nope, thought Nora Bradford. Not at all. Not even when said gunman was an actor toting a fake gun and you'd volunteered your time to play the role of hostage for noble reasons.

According to her sister Britt, Lawson Training Incorporated staged emergency situations just like the one they were in the midst of as the culminating exercise of every course they offered. Today's trainees were civil workers from the town of Centralia. Directly beyond the wall of the room where Nora and Britt had been stashed, the civil workers were attempting to respond strategically to a faux enemy trying to take over this faux office building.

Given the current state of the world, Nora certainly believed in the value of emergency preparedness and response training. In fact, Nora had agreed to come along with Britt today because Britt had framed this outing as something proactive the two of them could do to further the cause of world peace. Nora wanted world peace! It was just that, with every passing minute, she was growing more and more certain of her unsuitability for the role of hostage. Her decades-long love of reading had instilled in her a very vivid imagination.

To her ears, the agitated shouting of the gunman sounded all too terrifyingly real.

Tension had been mounting steadily within her, tightening her shoulder muscles and causing her stomach to constrict with unease, ever since the "attack" had begun. She should have opted to further the cause of world peace by volunteering in her church's soup kitchen. The soup kitchen was more her speed.

Angry yelling carried through the wall, followed by a few shrieks of fear.

Nora swallowed. Shrieks of fear? She could only hope that the volunteers who'd been cast as office workers were taking artistic license.

Britt, of course, seemed oblivious to the ominous commotion. She was four years younger than Nora, the baby of their family, and the bravest of them all.

Britt curled her fingertips around the bottom edge of the room's lone window and tugged. "I think we should try to escape." She smiled at Nora the same way she'd smiled at Nora whenever she'd suggested mischievous childhood adventures. Her eyebrows ticked upward delightedly.

"No," Nora answered firmly. "The gentleman who assigned us to this room told us all we'd have to do is wait." She infused her words with a calm she didn't feel. "Once we're discovered, we're supposed to react to the situation we encounter however we'd react in real life."

"I am reacting to this situation the way I'd react in real life. Which is to view it as a challenge. You know, like those Escape the Room games that are gaining in popularity."

"This is not an Escape the Room game. We're here to help provide an object lesson for the trainees. This isn't about us."

Britt gave the sash a few more hard tugs before stepping back and setting her hands on her hips. Slowly she turned, scrutinizing their environment. It held nothing but a desk and the chair Nora occupied.

Britt's attention stopped on an air vent mounted into the wall near the ceiling.

Nora narrowed one eye to a slit. "There's no way we'll be able to escape through an air vent. People crawl through them in movies, but they're not roomy enough for that in real life. Are they? More to the point, we were instructed to wait. We're not trying to get an A+ as fake hostages."

"Speak for yourself." Britt made shooing motions as she approached.


"Britt —"


Nora exited the chair.

Britt dragged it beneath the vent, stood on it, and peered into the duct.

Just as Nora lowered onto the carpet to sit, a heavy crash reverberated from the other side of the wall, sounding like a huge piece of furniture falling.

Was there any chance that this training exercise had been hijacked by a real attacker?

No. Even so, Nora felt the way she did when sitting inside an airplane as it hurtled down the runway for takeoff. Intellectually, she knew she was safe. Emotionally, she knew planes sometimes crashed.

She longed for the soup kitchen.

"Is the vent conveniently large enough to crawl through?" Nora asked.


"Well, we could always break apart the desk and use splintered pieces of wood to chisel a tunnel through the wall."

Britt hopped from the chair and gave a businesslike nod. "Okay. I'm game."

"I was kidding!"

"It might work."

"It'll never work. Also, we can't damage Lawson Training's property." Nora frowned and straightened the brown bandana she'd tied around her head to decorate her Rosie the Riveter up-do. "Stop eying the desk in that hungry way, Britt."

Her sister returned to the window, her features holding a faint resemblance to those of a young Sophia Loren. This morning, Britt had woven her long walnut-brown hair into a messy side braid that totally worked for her. She wore skinny jeans under a loose silver top. If laid flat, Britt's top would look like a rectangle with sleeves. On the twenty-five-year-old Britt, however, it looked easy and sexy and trendy. Britt didn't care that much about clothes, but the feeling wasn't mutual. Clothes never failed to complement her.

On this first day of May, the Pacific Northwest forecast called for a peak temperature of sixty-two. Nora had dressed in her trusty cable-knit sweater. It was three years old and it, too, looked like a rectangle when you laid it flat. Unfortunately, it continued to resemble a rectangle while on Nora's body.

God, who must have diagnosed her to be very longsuffering indeed, had seen fit to give her two beautiful sisters. One older. One younger. Nora's genes had labeled her as the dotty spinster of the trio long before her ill-fated love life ever had.

She checked her watch. Five till noon. "We've been in here for almost forty-five minutes. How much longer do you think it's going to be? I'm craving my iPhone."

"You need a technology detox." More window wrestling.

If Nora had her phone, she could distract herself by checking her messages and social media platforms for communication from Duncan. Shutting her into this room without her phone was akin to shoving Linus into the world without his blanket.

Another booming thud rumbled the air. Two men shouted muffled threats.

Nora closed her eyes and scrolled down a mental list of all the things she'd planned to do on this Saturday. She'd planned to read book six in the Silverstone Chronicles. Design pinnable images for Merryweather's Summer Antique Fair. Make a batch of apple cinnamon soap from a recipe her great-great-grandmother had handwritten in 1888. If there'd been additional time, she'd hoped to do what she always did with leftover time on the weekends: rewatch episodes of Northamptonshire.

It had taken Britt and her thirty minutes to drive here, to the town of Shore Pine. Once they stopped at Mr. Hartnett's on the way home so that Nora could deliver the latest in a long string of bribery gifts, then continued on to their hometown of Merryweather, there'd definitely not be time left in the day to indulge in Northamptonshire.

A scent like that of burning chemicals mixed with sugar wafted to Nora. She glanced to the side in time to see smoke slide into the room from beneath the door. Smoke! "Um." She gestured to it.

"Huh," Britt said. "Cool effect."

Nora carefully drew in breath, making sure the smoke didn't smell like an actual fire. It didn't.

Commanding voices and the clatter of a scuffle drew closer to their location. Like a sewing machine needle increasing in speed, Nora's heart picked up its pace.

"Oooh," Britt said. "I'm liking this."

A grinding sound came from above. The sprinklers that had been embedded in the ceiling descended. "No!" Nora called out.

In the next instant, cold water hit her in the face. Squealing, she drew herself into a ball, tucking her head between her upraised knees and wrapping her arms around her shins. Across the room, Britt hissed with disgust.

"Thank you so much for inviting me to partake in this fun experience," Nora said to her sister, though the words went little further than her ancient clogs. "Next time I feel overly content and dry and warm, perhaps I can come again."

The door to their room banged open. Nora angled her face toward the entranceway just as a man filled the opening. A big man. Square-jawed. His grave gaze swept the square footage in a millisecond. He seemed not to notice the falling raindrops, though they peppered his wet, spiky brown hair and drizzled down his stubbled face. He radiated complete and total competency.

The force of his presence careened into Nora like a hundred-mile-an-hour wind. In response, she could do nothing but hold her ground and blink.

Deep within the building, an alarm began to blare.

A much smaller and more human-looking guy wearing a drenched business suit slipped into the room. The smaller one waved Britt forward. "Follow me, please. I'll lead you out." He moved off and Britt loped out of sight behind him.

Faint displeasure crimped the edge of the big one's lips as the full weight of his attention settled on Nora. The smaller one had been in training, she figured. This one must be the instructor, and he was irritated because his trainee hadn't noticed her in her huddled spot. The trainee had escorted out only the hostage who'd been standing directly in front of him, impossible to miss.

He slanted his body so that she had plenty of room to exit. "This way."

Nora spent a great deal of her time journeying to eras long past and places entirely fictional. Thanks to that and the nervousness she really had been feeling, it wasn't a stretch to imagine that this fantastical person was her real rescuer.

His hair was thick and well cut. It stuck up slightly in the front. She couldn't make out the shade of his eyes. Hazel? Subtle horizontal lines marked his forehead. How old was he? Thirty? Thirty-five? No trace of softness clung to his face. It looked like a face hardened by both experience and fitness. The same went for his tall, strong body.

He'd dressed in a black sweater, brown cargo pants, and worn-in leather Red Wing work boots. "Ma'am?" He regarded her with professional courtesy stretched thin with impatience.

Still staring at him, Nora used her fingertips to smooth water from her eyes in hopes of seeing him better. To be honest, he seemed a little too good to be true.

Then again, she was twenty-nine and single, and she'd purposely filled her life with things other than romance for three years straight. For the most part, she came into contact either with residents of Merryweather she'd known all her life or elderly people. In her regular life, she never met or even caught glimpses of men like this —

He strode to her.

She may have tarried too long. He probably thought her mute or so obstinate that she was playing the part of recalcitrant hostage on purpose.

Nora began to lever herself up, but he swept her into his arms before she could get any momentum. Her lips popped open. Her hand automatically rose to latch around one wide shoulder.

He walked from the room, through the fog-filled space beyond. Water continued to tumble from overhead.

She was being carried by him! Despite her additional weight, he walked with easy fluidity Rescuing damsels from distress just might be an everyday occurrence for him. "B —" she began, then realized she had no idea what she'd been about to say She, who was never at a loss for words.

A delicious masculine scent rose from his skin. He'd braced an arm behind her back and one beneath her bent knees. Her side was pressed against a male torso that had about as much give as a fir tree.

This was ... incredibly intimate. Her hip was up against the abs of a man she hadn't even spoken one word to. Her palm was gripping his wet shoulder. And all she'd managed so far was "b." She needed to say something. ...

Nora cleared her throat. "S-sorry about my slow response time back there. I was sort of stunned by," you, "the unexpected dousing."

He kept his attention focused ahead. His expression remained inscrutable.

"This is my first fake hostage experience. I'm a hostage rookie." Her limbs had begun to shake a bit from the cold and the wet.

No response.

"I probably would have been able to walk out under my own steam. Eventually."

They arrived at the top of a stairwell. Eep! Stairs. "If you'll let me —"

He carried her down.

A short foyer slid past, then they exited the building through sliding glass doors. The rest of the people who'd been a part of the exercise waited behind a temporary partition.

A small cheer went up at the sight of them. Nora spotted Britt right away. Her sister's eyes rounded with surprise. Or maybe hilarity.

Her rescuer set her on her feet, then met her gaze directly. "I apologize about the sprinklers. They don't usually go off when we deploy the smoke."

"Not a problem. I'm sure that deploying smoke is a tricky business." What was she saying? That wasn't witty That just sounded inane.

"Are you all right?"


"Thank you for volunteering today." He nodded and moved to walk away —

"I'm Nora. Bradford."

He paused and faced her again. "John Lawson."

Intrepidly, she extended her hand. He gave it a firm shake.

"I live in Merryweather," she hurried to say, unwilling to let him go so soon. "I run the historical village downtown."

His chin dipped half an inch.

"I'm the director of the Library on the Green Museum." Mortification caused her cheeks to heat. Why was she rattling off her resume as if trying to impress a prospective employer?

No reply. He wasn't exactly giving her a lot of conversational response to work with.

"I'm a genealogist and a historian. Anyway." She straightened and smiled brightly. "If I can be of assistance with ..." She gestured vaguely toward the building. The distant alarm finally went silent. "... what you're doing here, let me know." Because genealogists were so famously helpful at staging crises.

His eyebrows drew together infinitesimally "Did you say you're a genealogist?"

"Yes." Her pulse and her hope thrummed.

"I may give you a call about something."


Then he was gone, making his purposeful way toward a knot of people she assumed to be his coworkers. She didn't have her business cards on her. They and her phone were stashed in the purse she'd been asked to check in when they'd arrived. However, if John did decide to call her about the mysterious "something," it wouldn't be hard to locate the library's phone number. An Internet search for "Library on the Green" would pull it up in seconds.

A middle-aged man with ramrod military bearing stepped onto a crate and raised his voice to thank the volunteers for their time. He directed them toward a row of tables and invited them to help themselves to the pre-packaged sandwiches, chips, fruit, and bottled waters that waited there.

Everyone broke toward the free food, talking amongst themselves. Nora made her way back to Britt.

"What in the world just happened?" Britt asked.

"Well, when John arrived —"

"John? You're on a first name basis?"

"He carried me in his arms. That's the most intimate I've been with a man in years, so I thought it prudent that we exchange names."

"Why did he carry you?"

"I think I gaped at him a little too long when he arrived to rescue us."

"What do you mean, 'you gaped'?"

"I mean that I literally gaped at him. For a while there I was frozen. I think he got impatient. So he picked me up and carried me out."

Britt gave a disbelieving chuckle.

Nora raised her palms. "Is he or is he not one of the most striking men you've ever seen?"

"He's striking."

"He's mine, since I'm the one he carried and since you have a boyfriend."

"I broke up with Carson."

"What! When did this happen?"

"A couple of days ago," Britt said dismissively "He was getting on my nerves."

"You were so happy."

"I fell out of happiness with him. He was more trouble than he was worth."

Britt's frequent romances always took off like rockets propelled by promise and power and star-crossed destiny. Then, a few months in, they all fizzled like a Tesla fifty miles from the nearest charging station.

The sisters retrieved their purses. No Facebook messages, tweets, emails, or text messages had come in except an automated text from Merryweather's smoothie shop letting Nora know about a weekend sale.

They took their places at the end of the food table line. As they inched forward, Nora kept trying to catch glimpses of John through the crowd. No luck. "So. About John ..." She set a plastic-wrapped triangle of ham sandwich on the recyclable tray she'd been given.

"Still thinking about John?"

"You're kidding, right? I'll be thinking of nothing but John for months."

"If you're that into him, you should ask him out before we leave."


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True to You 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 78 reviews.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it, but short stories leaves you wanting more. Funny, vulnerable and routed in faith and self discovery. TY
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such a great story and great characters.
Freddikb More than 1 year ago
If ever there was a story written that reminded me of myself, this is it! I do believe I have found my fictional twin! Lover of books, genealogy, vintage clothing and accessories, tea, BBC and PBS. I am still waiting for the family reunion with Nora. Let me introduce her to you. Nora Bradford, genealogist, has known heartbreak. She buries her life in her job, which also includes maintaining a historical village. She has learned to protect her emotions the best she can and disappears into the fictional world of books and British TV shows. When John, a former Navy SEAL, comes to Nora needing assistance in finding his birth parents, he causes the kind of distraction she loves. However, as they get closer to finding out the truth behind his birth not only does she feel her heart opening up again, they also uncover family secrets neither of them were prepared for. Becky Wade continues to be a favorite author of mine and this particular story is my #1 favorite of hers. As I mentioned already, Nora is basically my fictional twin. It was so easy for me to connect with her personality. Throw in family secrets and this was a definite winner for me. A five star book for sure! *I received this book free from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review. What I have expressed are entirely my own thoughts and I was not compensated in any financial way.*
SeeBethanyWrite More than 1 year ago
I’ll admit it: I was skeptical. Not of this book, or Becky Wade’s writing skill. Oh, no. Those things were never in question. But I was skeptical of these characters. Nora Bradford and John Lawson. In the beginning, I didn’t quite love them, and I was fairly certain I would never truly connect with them. I could not have been more wrong about that. When Nora and John are brought together in the name of genealogical research, sparks fly immediately…at least for Nora. John appears indifferent to Nora’s quaint hobbies and somewhat antiquated patterns of speech. In reality, his indifference was more than just for the sake of appearances. He did not immediately succumb to her charms — in part because he had a girlfriend to whom he was devoted (due to loyalty and honor more than love), but mostly because he had more important things than romance on his mind. And in that lies the key to how Becky Wade won me over to these fascinating characters. As the “more important things” on John’s mind gave way to thoughts of Nora, we saw a change in him. Not a shift. Not a revelation of convenient personality traits designed to make us fall in love with him. No, we saw a change. And as we began seeing, simultaneously, who John really was and who he was becoming, I began to care for the character deeply. What’s more, I began to care for Nora deeply as, looking through John’s eyes, I began to really understand who she was, and how unique and complex and wonderful the author had created her to be. I could go on and on about the engaging plot and the endearing supporting characters. And I could certainly rave for days about Ms. Wade’s masterful pacing and the ways she caught me off guard in the most thrilling of ways. But for me, the greatest compliment I can give is that by the end of True to You, I felt truly connected to John and Nora, and I loved every single thing about them.
Fala19 More than 1 year ago
I feel like anything I say won't be adequate enough to express the sheer greatness that is 'True to You'. It was wonderful, funny, romantic, emotional... everything that is good! From the very first chapter I knew I was gonna like Nora. She's infinitely relatable and one of the most likeable heroines I've ever read. Her bookish nature, love of PBS historical dramas, her quirky sense of humor and vocabulary. She was so much fun to read about. And John... sigh... John is the definition of swoon-worthy. He's such a multifaceted guy. He's brooding, strong, and a man of great character, who is bravely trying to cope with his recent, tough diagnosis. Nora and John are complete opposites, but their opposites totally compliment one another. The relationship between Nora and her sisters Willow and Britt was very sweet and genuine. It was nice to read about siblings who were so supportive of each other. Though not featured much and despite her negativity and gruff attitude, Grandma was one of my favorites. I hope she has a bigger role in subsequent books. The genealogy aspect of this book was fascinating, the searching for clues and those clues leading to more clues. It was like searching for missing pieces in a puzzle and so interesting to read about. I was expecting this book to be a funny and lighthearted romance and it was (I laughed out loud too many times to count), but then it took a turn for the more serious with a shocking twist that literally stole my breath. It added a completely new layer of depth to the whole story. I did not want 'True to You' to end! It was a fantastic story that I'm so glad I read! I'm very much looking forward to the rest of this series! Highly recommend!
RockandMinerals4Him More than 1 year ago
First of all, LOOK AT THAT PRETTY COVER. It's so cute! I love the dress, I love the cover scheme, it's adorable! Nora is literally me. She doesn't know how to dress cute (me), she reads way too much (me), and look at this quote: “She'd picked up the Silverstone Chronicles, sunk two hours into reading, visited her favorite fiction blogs, updated her progress on, and switched out her winter wardrobe for her summer wardrobe. She never did make it to the gym, yet here she stood in her yoga pants, Hogwarts Alumni t-shirt, and sweatshirt” MEEEE (Also speaking of which, I need sisters that do The Enhancement Of Hanne on me bc we all know I sorely need it) I like how the Bradfords were so close to each other: the close family feel and the Bible/God references were a plus! (Usually the most “Christian” in a Christian fiction book is two prayers and maybe a church mention). I didn't really like how the Bradford sisters approached/described men in general. Fine, a couple of small descriptions, but nothing about “a delicious masculine scent” or “a male torso that had about as much give as a fir tree” please. (There were also some PG13 kissing scenes that could probably have been a lot less detailed.) As for the writing style, I LOVE how the grandma is portrayed: she's hilarious! There are also several fun points that made me smile. It just really clicked with me. In addition, I really like the small changes of perspective: “the quote emblazoned across Nora’s purple pajama top” or “typed by John Lawson into the Reminders app on his phone” or text messages from Nora to her sisters. They add a nice perspective and an extra depth to the book. As a caveat, there are some topics discussed in the book that I can't give away (because spoilers, see below), but they do deal with violence and, er, adult stuff. Nothing descriptive, but they are mentioned quite a great deal. The story of redemption and forgiveness and love in this book was portrayed very well. That story was amazing. I also really enjoyed the God-moment/coincidence and John's mother's letter was beautiful. My Rating 6/10 Points earned: Cute story that ends well Witty and humorous Small changes in point of view Characters Family/God bonds Redemption and forgiveness and the storyline in general Points lost: Lovey scenes (some may like them, I personally felt they were both too stereotypical and overvividly described) Descriptions of guys’ bodies Adult topics (every third letter, SPOILER: akrfjadlpxle and almwduqprvkdkveajr and fjacjlwuceiocnhsmofjlqvipasvjm) that do tell a beautiful story but are not recommended for audiences below at leas This review originally found on:
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story of grace and forgiveness. Loved it
Pooke More than 1 year ago
Ugly Duckling? Nora Bradford appears to be a plain girl who hides herself away in her over-sized, frumpy clothes and her work. But all is not as it seems. Nora once thought her other two sisters were the pretty ones, and that Nora was destined to be the unattractive one. Then she met former Navy SEAL John Lawson and everything changed. John contacts Nora to help him find his birth mother, and while working together she becomes so smitten with him that she allows her sister to “redo” her image—clothes, hair, makeup—the works! Nora is an ugly duckling no longer, and enjoys the confidence her new look brings to her. However, she holds back emotionally with John because he has a girlfriend. Nora doesn’t want to be someone who breaks up a relationship. She also wonders why John wanted to find out about his biological mother because he remains so mysterious about the true reason for doing a search. This story is told against the background of Nora being brought up in a family of unlimited privilege while John has made a huge amount of money himself. Nora works in a historical village that she owns and created, since it was a gift from her parents. I really enjoyed the characters in this story, especially the grandmother who finds so many things wrong that it is humorous. British actor Duncan Bartholomew’s sudden appearance also adds some humor along with a little jealousy to this tale. Nora’s story about what happened to her birth mother is shocking, and even more so, the unexpected connection with John that comes from that. There are lots of twists and turns in this tale that keeps the book very interesting. This story is told from a Christian viewpoint and it is clean and non-offensive. The main character, Nora, has a strong moral viewpoint about not coming between a dating couple—despite how hard it is because she has developed such deep feelings for John. I really appreciated that standing up for moral character is included in this story-line. True to You is part of The Bradford Sisters Romance Series, but this tale stands on its own so no other books need to be read to understand this one. This five-star book will appeal to a wide variety of interests from adoptive children looking for their birth parents, to those who enjoy romances, or anyone who has interest in doing a genealogical search, as well as, all those who enjoy well-written stories. The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of True to You through Bethany House Publishing for the purpose of review. I have not been compensated in any other manner. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required, or influenced, to give anything but an honest appraisal.
Fitzysmom More than 1 year ago
It's always such a delight to dive into a new series by a favorite author. True To You is Becky Wade's latest series that features three sisters. This first book gives us Nora Bradford as our heroine and John Lawson as our hero. The two couldn't be more different. Nora is bookish and loves all things history. John is a here and now type. He is a decorated Navy SEAL and uses that background to further his thriving business. As with all of Becky's novels, True To You, is at times funny and at others sentimentally touching. Both John and Nora have emotional wounds in their past that cause them to put up walls around their hearts. When the truth would set them free they choose to hide it. It's a common struggle among each of us that makes this book appealing. During the course of the story we meet the other two sisters and the significant men in their lives. (A great preview of the stories to come.) We don't actually meet the parents because they are off on a mission trip but we do get a nice glimpse of the girls' grandmother. She's so cranky it's downright funny. There are many scenes in the book that I love but if I had to pick just one it would be a conversation between John and his birth mother. I loved her insight into the circumstances of his adoption and his life that followed. The dialogue was beautifully written and will definitely strike a chord with readers. I believe that True To You would make a lovely summer read for your book club. It's a light read without being shallow. To help the discussion along Becky and her publisher have included Questions for Conversation in the back. Even if you're not part of a book group you should snatch this one up as a treat for yourself! I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.
Debragg More than 1 year ago
Author Becky Wade has done it again. She always writes a beautiful story and "True To You" is one of her best.   Nora Bradford owns a village and she has decided that she does not want any romance ever again. She has been deeply hurt and does not want to go through this ever again. John Lawson is an ex Navy SEAL. He finds out that he has a condition and because he was adopted he needs help to find out his lineage. They are opposites but will opposites attract in this case like others? Will they have enough courage to see if they might have a future? I give this book a 5/5. I was given this book for a review by Bethany House Publishers and all opinions are mine.
lesacap1262 More than 1 year ago
What an amazing ride! This story was delightful, charming, heartwarming and heartbreaking, and even funny! So much depth in this story! I can't wait to read about the other Bradford sisters! The writing is unbelievable in this book, it moves you, makes you cry, makes you giggle. The lessons are there and woven into the story so well, and the ending theme that God has got this! You just need to trust him. The two main characters were amazing. Nora and John. The book was told from both perspectives. I loved reading Nora's take, and then hearing John's thoughts. It made the story so incredible. You are vested in both characters and understand them so well. The storytelling is so easy to read yet so much detail, you can visualize the characters and all the settings. Nora is a librarian, genealogist, and historian. John Lawson is an ex-Navy SEAL, was adopted, and has a need to seek out his birth parents. A chance meeting, Nora offers her services, and the story begins. As the secondary characters were introduced - sisters, Willow and Brit, her grandmother, co-workers, to name a few, you really got to know them all too! The conversations, events, and moments of dialogue were so well-written, what a joy. What's next for Nora and John, will they find his birth parents, are they just business associates, what about his girlfriend, and Nora’s obsession with books and her favorite TV show! At the end of each chapter the author inserted little messages from one character to another and these were total fun. Facebook messages, texts, notes back and forth, which were satisfying and shed more light, or were just funny. I can't say enough about how much I enjoyed this book for all the reasons mentioned, it's just a great story, and writing is so compelling I just couldn't put it down! I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House/Baker Publishing to read and review. The review is honest and completely my own.
SignGirl58 More than 1 year ago
I'd been counting down to the release of "True to You"! Becky Wade introduced the Bradford Sisters Romance series with "Then Came You," a sweet novella, and I wanted to see who Nora and her sisters have become. Nora, for example, now loves her library and small town and is intrigued with research, specifically genealogies. Enter stoic and untouchable John Lawson. They need to find answers quickly for his peace, but will they get in over their head? I loved Wade's cadence and great characters and I read "True to You" as quick as possible. (I even started reading her last series once I closed this book so that I wouldn't have to leave her stories!) If you like Karen Kingsbury for her sweet yet heart-strings-attached family stories, you'll love Wade and this series!! The only downside of reading "True to You" already is that I have to wait for books two and three. Quite a problem to have! I received "True to You" complimentary from Bethany House Publishing and I was happy to share my opinion.
KatrinaEpperson More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful story!! I was immediately intrigued by Nora. She is the middle sister in the the Bradford household. She has always been quiet and some what bookish. She is the director of the Library on the Green Museum. While growing up she and her family had visited a historical village and she had been fascinated. 8 years ago her father had bought land and 3 historical buildings which they had decided to rent out in hopes of increasing tourism. At her college graduation he gifted her with the village which she manages and has increased to 12 buildings now. At present she has her eye on a Hartnett Chapel, which is perfection at it's best, but has been unable to convince the owner to sell. She is a historian and a genealogist, but the one thing she definitely knew she wasn't was the role of hostage in a mock training exercise. She believed in emergency preparedness, but she should have thought this decision over before agreeing to her sister's suggestion. Of course the one thing it did do was give her the first of many glimpses she was have of John Lawson. {sigh} John Lawson owns and runs Lawson Training Incorporated, but his history includes 6 years with the United States Navy SEALs where he was awarded the Medal of Honor. He has had a book, Uncommon Courage, and movie released about his life. John approaches Nora to enlist her help in doing some ancestry work in helping him find his birth mother. As straightforward as everything sounds Nora knows that having a name is not always as easy as it sounds. As they dig toward John's family history they find many roadblocks, but endeavor to knock them down. Of course there's an attraction between John and Nora, but John has a girlfriend of many years plus he has a secret that he doesn't want revealed. I loved both characters, plot and setting. This story takes the reader on twists and turns never expected and leads to a bit of a mystery. This plot actually tackles several tough issues. The story has elements of forgiveness, mystery, and love. This is the first book in Wade's new series and is great foundation for the next book which I am anxious to read. **I received this book from the author via the publisher. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
book4children More than 1 year ago
I love Becky Wade's novels. Her characters feel like real people with histories, personalities, and quirks. True to You is the start to a new series, and it's a great start. Nora was jilted by love a few years ago and is unwilling to trust her heart to anyone else. John is a former Navy SEAL and is reeling from an unexpected diagnosis that he inherited from his birth parents. As an adoptee, John must go in search of his birth mother, and he needs Nora's help to track her down. Unlike Becky's other heroines, Nora is shy, bookish, and a bit of a nerd. She dresses in lumpy clothes and styles her hair like an elderly woman. In a nutshell, Nora has already accepted spinsterhood at the ripe old age of twenty-nine. John is every woman's dream come true. He's handsome, considerate, and kind, but he's also tough, introverted, and quiet. He's also stubborn. John deals with some big stuff. He's got a lot on his plate, and his diagnosis nearly derailed him. John deals with some big stuff. He's got a lot on his plate, and his diagnosis nearly derailed him. I loved the dynamic between John and Nora. The way John fell slowly but steadily in love with Nora and the way she instantly fell hard for him. The other thing I loved about this book is the dynamic between Nora and her sisters. All three of them together make an interesting combination, and I enjoyed watching them support and commiserate with each other. Epistolary storytelling is gaining in popularity and I welcomed it in this book. At the end of each chapter, some form of communication helps tell the story—emails, texts, Facebook messages, book quotes, and phone conversations. If you're already a fan of Becky Wade, I probably don't need to tell you how much you need to read this book. However, if you've never read any of her books, now is the time to hop on board! You don't need to read her books in any sort of order, but some of them fit together in a "series" since the characters belong to the same family. Regardless, you can read her books in any order you want. Cover Love: Um, yeah! I can't get over how pretty this cover is. I love how Bethany House (the publisher) always creates their own covers. They don't use stock imagery. I loooooove Nora's dress on the cover and the promise of a happily ever after. Content: Some innuendo/suggestive thoughts and allusions to past sexual assaults. There are no details, though. I consider this book clean and even though the intended audience is adult, teens might also enjoy it. Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher.
BTSCelebs More than 1 year ago
The first book in author Becky Wade's A Bradford Sister's Romance series is raw with emotion. "True To You" is truly a gripping love story between Nora Bradford and former Navy SEAL John Lawson. The tragic past of their parents intertwined in the most horrific way possible. However, Nora and John somehow redeemed their parents lives by the exemplary lives they lead years after their deaths. John's heartbreaking health issue, that triggers his search for his birth mom, takes his life in the direction he never dreamed it would. Of course, Nora is the one orchestrating the search and sticking by him through thick and thin. During the novel, we also get formally introduced to Nora's sisters, Willow and Britt, and their love lives. It definitely makes it easier for readers to enjoy their books when they are released. I had mixed feelings when reading this one. For a Christian novel, I felt Nora's co-worker Nikki was a bit too forward with her language. Unrelated to Nikki.....the phrase "annoyed the tar out of" being used just didn't sit well with me for personal reasons. Other than that, the love story is pleasant, but it comes at a price when you discover the main couple's parents dark past. The ending of the book is the highlight because the couple decides to truly rely on God. I do recommend the book to lovers of chick flicks and mystery books. It has mainstream appeal with a good dose of religion.
Indywrites More than 1 year ago
#TrueToYou is the first story of the new Bradford Sisters series and by introducing Nora Bradford, the simplest and sweetest of the sisters, Becky has won hearts of all the 'girl's next door.' As a smart, pretty and an excellent businesswoman who is also a workaholic trying to keep her emotions and beauty buried under work and dull clothes, Nora is perfect but she doesn't know it. John is a Navy Seal – need I say more? Yes, he is handsome, drool worthy, honest as well as kind even though he is diagnosed with a disease that can’t be stopped. His list of attributes is pretty much endless but I loved him just for his sincerity. Becky has managed to mix and successfully present a perfect combination of old world charm with a modern-day romance. At times, I felt lost in the historical village and the sweet, obsolete words. Indubitably, she has spun a book that will be much-loved for the romance that blooms along with the delicate handling of such sensitive issues of finding one's birth parents. The author has handled the issue of adoption and the case of difficult birth parents as well as the devastation of the crimes against women that unfold when they search for John’s birth mother with such delicate finesse. While reading I felt the author herself had witnessed such emotions to write so expressively. Family relations are never easy and when life and death along with love mix then it is more so. Becky does a superb job in #TrueToYou and I look forward to reading the next books in the series. The book has a lot of heavy stuff knitted within the romance, familial love despite the troubles Nora and her sisters have faced, and it is not just heartbreak. The faith and trust displayed by John and Nora as well as her grandmother in this #ChrisFic helped me realise how paths are smoothed when we trust. This is the first book and it expertly introduces the sisters as well as their ‘interests’ and we get a glimpse into the love lives of all three of them. It has whetted my appetite to read about the others as well. I found the surprise entry of Corbin decidedly fun, sending Willow in a spin. Britt and Alexander “Zander” Ford and their friendship meanwhile showed the difficult path of true love. Adolphus Brook or Duncan Bartholomew adds a juicy twist to the story and of course, deserves his own love story, I can see enough twists and turns while he finds love. This could be a series of many books, friends, family and not just the three sisters. I am off to read the prequel Then Came You (Bradford Sisters Romance #0.5) A book filled with desperation, doubt and so much sincere love. True To You made me laugh, cry and reaffirm my faith in love, good romances and a power that keeps all things just right. Enjoy this romance and celebrate life. (I received a copy of the book #TrueToYou via Litfuse from Netgalley)
BBulow More than 1 year ago
True to You is definitely in my top two favorites of Becky Wade’s novels. In fairness, I haven’t read all of them yet, but so far, Nora is the character that I’ve connected to the most. It didn’t take much more than the first chapter before I found myself loving her quirkiness. There were so many things I found endearing about her – the fact that she is a librarian, her bookish-ness, her love for British television shows and her love of genealogy. I was expecting Nora’s story to be sweet, but I was not expecting the major plot twists as well as some of the heavy-hitting revelations for the characters. Nora is all aflutter when she meets John, making one think that a typical romance is about to begin. However, soon after they start looking into John’s birth family, the story takes a deeper turn, ending in a way that neither of them could have ever expected. John is one of the strongest male leads I’ve read about in a good while, but also one of the most vulnerable. His struggles feel so genuine and realistic, and I truly empathizes with the life-altering information that he finds through Nora’s genealogical search. I really appreciated how the author goes straight to the point and doesn’t shy away from temptations that arise in real-life situations, and the complexities that come along with that. It just felt very human and honest. Nora and John have amazing chemistry, yes, but also just respect each other as people and as children of God. And, oh, the plot twists! One is a bit cutesy, but also really fun. It falls more along the lines of something I might expect from a romance novel, and I actually had a feeling it might happen, I just wasn’t sure how it would all go down. Then, what I would consider the real plot twist happens, and I was honestly floored. It transformed an already engaging, romantic story into a complex and layered story about individual trials as well as the breaking point of John and Nora’s relationship. I found the relationship between Nora and her sisters completely endearing, and I’m so eager to read Willow’s story. The snippets that were from her perspective had me intrigued, and I also thought it was fun that there is a connection in her story to the last book in the Porter family series. I also thought the adoption thread was handled with sensitivity. My husband was adopted, and if he hadn’t been, his life would have been drastically different, so different that he and I likely would have never met if he hadn’t been. I know that God took a situation that could have been bad for him and used it for good. John’s parents are so gracious and loving towards him; their reaction toward him was heartwarming. There is such a strong redemptive note throughout this entire story, and the culmination of it was beautiful. Becky Wade doesn’t shy away from temptations and suffering, but she also portrays grace in a moving, authentic way. Trusting God didn’t mean their problems went away, but it did ensure that they had peace even in the midst of trials. True to You is one of my favorite reads of 2017 for sure. It was a stellar start to a new series, and I’m giddy thinking about how there are at least two more books to come after this! I received a complimentary copy of this novel, which I chose to review. This review is my honest opinion.
NDowning More than 1 year ago
I liked this book. I’m a Becky Wade fan anyway, so I’m sure that should be taken into consideration when reading my review. I like Becky’s style of writing. Her characters are rich and life like. The story draws you in and you truly don’t want it too end. There were a few plot twists that I didn’t see coming and that made it even better. This is the first in the series and I am excited to read the upcoming books. Okay, I have to say the one negative thing about this book that really bothered me…the cover. Why did they have to cut the top of her head off? Why not cut off her feet instead? But really…I didn’t judge the book by it’s cover. The book was good. I would give this a five out of five stars. Bethany House provided me with a copy of this book for an honest review.
MelissaF More than 1 year ago
I love Becky Wade’s books so I was anxious to start this new series. Nora is such a sweetie and kind of dorky, which made me like her even more. She isn’t some seductress, although she might like to be, but she’s anything but smooth. I really liked her and could identify with her insecurities. John is truly a hero and when we meet him he is most definitely that. Becky did a great job of not letting the reader know too soon what his diagnosis was. Although I was wanting to know what exactly what was going on with him. The town of Merryweather is super sweet too. I want to visit there This really is a great story and I can’t wait to read about the other Bradford sisters. A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher. All opinions are my own.
parmilespages More than 1 year ago
Nora Bradford is a historical village owner and loves to research the past. When former Navy SEAL, John Lawson, learns she is a genealogist, he recruits her to search for his birth mother. A medical condition has made the search for his biological parents an urgent desire for him. As they work side by side, they discover that they compliment one another even though in many respects they are opposites. Set in the present, this story exhibits the elements of a well-planned story line. There are interconnections throughout the narrative that bring the characters together and highlight relationships. I especially loved the connection Nora had with her sisters. They had a very caring and sisterly bond, even though they had separate interests and personalities. At first, the story moved a bit slow for me and I wasn’t relating to Nora but as the book progressed she became more endearing. The plot was very creative and new, with unexpected twists and turns surprising the reader. My favorite part of the book was the ending and the way the author resolved the conflict. It was very tender. Another noteworthy aspect of the book was the way the author wove biblical concepts into the story. She brought in aspects of God’s sovereignty and redemption as the characters struggled with the conflict presented. This book is part of the Bradford Sisters Romance series and I could see upcoming stories being introduced. I am looking forward to reading about Willow and Britt. I would recommend reading this book.
Nicnac63 More than 1 year ago
True to You is INDUBITABLY good! Oh, how I love this story. I’m so happy this is part of a series, because I’ll be able to revisit these incredibly easy-to-love characters I’ve become enamored with. Becky Wade is an absurdly talented storyteller. She flavors her books with perfect measures of faith, humor, and romance. She is climbing so high on my list of favorite authors that she risks altitude sickness. One of the greatest features of this book is its uniqueness. I’ve never read a story that battles the same struggles and obstacles as this one does. True to You is unpredictable, endearing, and extraordinarily memorable. (Try as I might, I can’t seem to keep the adverbs from this review. Saying it’s good, unique, and memorable just doesn’t do it justice. So I’m peppering it with LY words because I just can’t help myself.) Nora Bradford is quirky, funny, and genuine. I sunk into her life with ease, and fell in love with her privately owned historical village. I adore her personality, her vocabulary, and the way she relates to others. Her sisters are a hoot, and I even grew to enjoy her irritable grandmother. John Lawson is the perfect hero. He’s gentlemanly, strong, and everything else yummy. He’s the type of fictional hero that makes you forget all other fictional heroes. Seriously, I can’t think of another male lead in a book that compares. He has his flaws, he has his limits, and he has rough days ahead, but all those things make him even more desirable and praiseworthy. This book is one of THOSE books. You know, one of those that pulls you in, drags you through the dirt, wrings the tears out of you, and makes you giggle and swoon. It’s also one that makes you sigh as you read the final page, and has you counting the days until the next book in the series is released. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House and NetGalley.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I do not even know any other way to start this review other than to say that I just absolutely loved this book!! I have been a devoted reader of Becky Wade's books for years and loved My Stubborn Heart and the Porter Family series, but she has outdone herself this time! I think what I appreciated most was the relationship between two unlikely characters (a former Navy Seal and a book-loving genealogist) that she makes so believable. Nora and John meet when John decides to look for information on his biological parents due to an inherited condition he is diagnosed with and hires Nora to help him in his search. As the search continues and their relationship is developing, they deal with family secrets, guarded hearts due to former heartbreaks, etc. No spoilers here, but there is quite the plot twist at the end. Readers also get to know a little more about the other two Bradford sisters as well in this novel and I really look forward to reading their stories as this series continues. I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
CandiceSuePatterson More than 1 year ago
Story crafting at its finest! This book made me laugh, had me in tears, made me swoon, and threw me a twist I never saw coming. As always, Ms. Wade's characters were lovable, witty, and just quirky enough to make them human. The setting was unique and enchanting. I read just enough about Britt and Willow, Nora's sisters, to totally hook me into reading future books in this series. Upon closing the back cover, all I could think was, "Wow!"-- a habitual reaction I've come to expect from all of Wade's novels. True to You is a magnificent start to a wonderful new series. I give this book five stars, only because I can't give it more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is officially one of my favorite books ?