After four years with her boyfriend, Cadie McCaffrey is thinking of ending things. Convinced Will doesn't love her in the "forever" way she loves him, Cadie believes it's time for her to let him go before life passes her by. When a misunderstanding leads to a mistake, leaving her hurt, disappointed, and full of regret, she finally sends him packing.
But for Will, the end of their relationship is only the beginning of his quest to figure out how to be the man Cadie wanted him to be. With the dubious guidance of his former pro-athlete work friends and tactics drawn from Cadie's favorite romantic comedies, Will attempts to win her back. It's a foolproof plan. What could possibly go wrong?
Bethany Turner is back with more of the heart and humor readers love. Anyone who enjoys a good romance or binges romantic comedies on Netflix will devour this delightful story.
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About the Author
Bethany Turner is the author of The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck and the director of administration for Rock Springs Church in Southwest Colorado. A former bank executive and a three-time cancer survivor (all before she turned 35), Bethany knows that when God has plans for your life, it doesn't matter what anyone else has to say. Because of that, she's chosen to follow his call to write. She lives with her husband and their two sons in Colorado, where she writes for a new generation of readers who crave fiction that tackles the thorny issues of life with humor and insight.
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Four Years Later. To the Day.
What a difference four years can make.
I sniffed and dabbed at my eyes as I scrolled through the countless photos on my phone. Selfies on roller coasters; shots of beautiful scenery, taken on weekends when we got out of the city and drove upstate; Central Park, covered in snow — serving its premiere purpose as a worthy backdrop in every picture I could manage to sneak of him.
Those were always my favorites. The sneak attack photos. When he knew I was taking his picture, it was as if his face wasn't capable of a non- goofy expression. And I liked those too. But when I caught him taking in his surroundings, delighting in ... anything? Well, that was when Will Whitaker was the most photogenic man on the planet.
I hadn't taken a sneak attack photo of him in almost a year. Actually, I had to go back six months to even find any photo of him at all.
If no longer feeling compelled to snap adoring photos of the person you're supposed to be in love with isn't a sign that the relationship's in trouble, I don't know what is.
I threw my phone against the cushions of the couch and stood — finally resolved. That phone call had pushed me as far as I was willing to go. I crossed to the mirror beside the front door.
"Okay, that won't do," I told myself upon witnessing the brown-black mascara circles underneath my eyes. I hurried to the bathroom and grabbed a washcloth. "What's your rush, Cadie?" I muttered. "It's not like you have anywhere to be for 'A day or two. Three at the most.'" I groaned as I repeated his completely noncommittal brush-off.
I couldn't remember the last time he'd been on time. At least not for a date with me. For work? Sure. Kickoff? You bet. He'd never so much as missed a performance of the national anthem. Punctuality was, apparently, completely unnecessary for evenings with his girlfriend. But cancelling altogether? That hadn't happened very often at all before tonight.
The number seemed to magnify and expand each time it entered my thoughts. The number of years had felt like a huge, wonderful accomplishment back when I thought Will and I were building toward something — and a huge, disastrous waste of time now that I finally accepted that we weren't. And if we weren't building toward something, it had to end. That was all there was to it.
Work would be awkward, of course. I wasn't looking forward to that. But it wasn't as if either of us ever had much reason to visit the area where the other worked — and we'd have even less reason now. In fact, I'd be perfectly content if I never had to step on The Field again, whether Will worked there or not.
I dropped the white washcloth covered in dark smudges into the sink. "Who cares?" I groaned.
I stared into the mirror, but I wasn't looking at the remnants of makeup, or the angry red hue of my fair skin, splotchy from crying and agitated further by my careless use of the washcloth. I wasn't even looking at the constellation of freckles across my nose, which had once made me self-conscious until Will convinced me they were one of his favorite things.
I was trying to see deeper than that. What was it about me that would never be enough for him? I knew my flaws, and of course Will knew my flaws. But he still called me his girl-friend. He still professed his love for me. Nothing had ever made him run. Nothing had ever caused him to seek comfort in the arms of another woman or to grow bitter with me.
Nothing had ever caused him to ask me to be his forever, either.
I could play it tough all day long and put up the defenses that had to be in place in order to keep from being destroyed by him, but staring in the mirror, with only my doubts and fears and fragile heart to guide me, I knew I was in very real danger. My heart had been claimed long ago. It belonged to Will Whitaker for as long as it was beating. And I didn't know how it would survive the final, painful realization that he didn't love me quite enough to give me his in return.
I stopped in my tracks, midway between the bathroom and the kitchen, where the cold, congealed marinara sat in its pan and unlit candles sat on the table, taunting me.
Am I actually going to end things?
Tears pooled in my eyes as I thought of it all as an inevitability for the first time. No more trying to figure out how to keep things fresh. No more wondering if something had caused him to lose interest — if something had caused me to lose interest — or if our ho-hum monotony was normal for couples who had been together as long as we had. No more dropping hints about marriage. No more disappointment each time another significant date or special occasion concluded without a proposal.
No more walking through doors that he held open for me. No more laughing together at four years' worth of inside jokes, lost in a language that only he and I understood. No more of that bewitching smile, reserved just for me.
Stop it, Cadie. I couldn't afford to spend time thinking about all I would lose by ending my relationship with Will — not when there was so much to gain. After all, I had had two very important realizations.
1) I didn't need to get married in order to be happy or fulfilled.
2) My chances of convincing myself I actually believed realization number one would increase exponentially if Will Whitaker was out of my life.CHAPTER 2
About Twenty- five Minutes Earlier ...
Are you absolutely sure, Will?" Kevin asked — all eyes on the guy at the table who really needed to be sure.
"Yes. Of course I'm sure," Will replied, almost as sure as he was trying to convey that he was.
If there were two things Will had learned in his four years at ASN, they were that Kevin loved it when The Daily Dribble staff stuck their necks out and made bold assertions, and that he hated it when their bold assertions proved to be incorrect.
"You can trust me on this," Will continued. "There's going to be a doping story break, some of baseball's biggest names are going to be at the center of it, and it's going to break before the World Series."
"Who's your source?" Lorenzo Bateman asked from across the table.
Will raised his eyebrow. "I think you know I'm not going to tell you that, Enzo."
Enzo sat up taller in his seat in an attempt to intimidate, but he always seemed to be the one person who forgot he wasn't the least bit intimidating, in any way. Lorenzo Bateman worked in legal and sported less of an imposing presence than even Will, the only other person in the room who had never been a professional athlete.
"Okay then," Enzo pushed with a sigh. "How big are we talking?"
Will took a deep breath, ready to put it all on the line. "Big enough that, if my source is correct, we may not have a World Series this year."
"Oh, come on!" Enzo retorted through his laughter.
His deep chortles seemed strangely out of place considering everyone else in the room had been consumed by completely silent shock.
Kevin cleared his throat. "Hey, everyone, can you please give us the room for a few minutes?"
This can't be good, Will thought, though he refused to back down. He was sure about this. Absolutely positive. His source was ironclad, the intel was indisputable, and most importantly, his gut told him he was right.
"That means you too, Enzo," Kevin boomed, and the lawyer made his way out into the hallway along with everyone else. Suddenly, Kevin and Will were alone, and Will was completely aware that his career was on the line.
"Okay, Kev ... listen. I'm sure about this. If I'm wrong, fire me. But if I'm right, I just can't stand the thought of any of the other networks getting the exclusive. Can you?"
"Besides, wouldn't it really be more surprising if it weren't true?"
Kevin did a double take. "You think it would be more surprising if we weren't about to encounter the biggest scandal in baseball since 1919?"
"Yes." Will nodded and remained resolute, though he couldn't help but realize that maybe he'd overshot somewhat. "Surprising" was difficult to defend. But he hadn't come this far to not even try. "We've been hearing the stories coming down the pipeline for years, Kev. And then the stories have magically disappeared. And if they're magically disappearing, someone must be making them magically disappear."
"Sure. Yes. You bet." Kevin lifted his giant frame from the chair at the head of the conference table and began pacing the room. "I'm with you on all of that. I guess what I don't understand is why you're so sure they aren't going to magically disappear this time."
"Because ..." Will took a deep breath and glanced around the room cautiously. No one else was present and the door was shut, but it still didn't feel secure enough. He walked to the windows and drew the blinds before facing his boss and saying, "Because my source is the Magician."
A proud, surreal disposition overtook Will as he reflected on how perfectly he had managed that moment. He felt like Kevin Costner confronting James Earl Jones in Field of Dreams, and Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman taking on Nixon in All the President's Men — all at once.
"What magician?" Kevin asked, shattering the perfection of the moment.
Will groaned and threw his hands up in the air. "You know! The Magician. The guy who has been magically making things disappear."
Kevin's deep, booming laughter filled the room. "I'd bet a month's salary that you've spent every bit as much time coming up with the best way to set all of that up as you have actually working on the story."
"And you would win that bet." Will nodded, undeterred. "It was perfect. Seriously, how did you not get it right away? Should I have worked 'magically' into the setup a little more?"
"I don't know that you could have worked it in more than you did." He sat back down in his chair. "So, walk me through it."
Will sat in the chair next to him. "We protect his identity and he's ready to talk."
"He just wants to go away."
Kevin leaned back in the chair and laced his fingers behind his head. "I bet he does. So, what? We put him on a plane and send him to Tahiti?"
"Papua New Guinea, but yeah ... you get the idea. We get his story, and he's on a plane before we run it. That's the deal. He won't negotiate."
"And then we're left to clean up the mess, and we're left with the burden of proof, and it's as if our source no longer exists."
Will smiled. "Simple, right?"
"Simple was when my job was to get a ball through a basket. Or, actually, simple was before I hired you. We used to talk about the joy of the game, and the thrill of competition. And then I hired this researcher —"
"To research, presumably ..."
"Who seems to think we should be covering hard-hitting news."
"Only part of the time," Will replied with a shrug.
Kevin shook his head and then buried it in his hands. It was from that posture that he muttered, "I trust you. You know that. I've got your back on this. But I also need to make sure you understand that if you're wrong, I won't have any choice but to fire you. You know that, right?"
"All right then." Kevin sighed. "Set it up. Let's talk to the Magician."
"I knew it!" Will exclaimed as he pushed his rolling office chair back from the table and pumped his fist in the air. "You like it. I knew you would. I really think every reference we make, we need to call him the Magician. We might actually want to talk to legal and see if we can get a trademark on that —"
"Don't make me every bit as likely to fire you for being right as for being wrong."
Will nodded. "Got it."
Kevin put his hands on the table as he stood. "Okay, I'm heading home."
Will glanced at his watch and then slapped his forehead. "Oh, man. Yeah, me too."
Just as he began to stand from his chair, Kevin put his hand on Will's shoulder and pushed him back into his seat. "I don't think so. I want a full preliminary report on my desk before I get here in the morning. Timeline, expenses, backup sources —"
"Okay. No problem. I'll get in here early and get it done. But it's Cadie's birthday, Kev. She's making dinner, and —"
"She's making her own birthday dinner?"
Will shrugged. "It's also our anniversary. She wanted to. I'm already late, so —"
"Sorry, man." Kevin's firm grip became a kind pat. "And please tell Cadie I'm really sorry. But I think you're going to have to make it up to her later. It's not just your career on the line here. You've got an entire program — an entire network — counting on you. If we miss a single step, it will be disastrous."
Will sighed deeply and nodded. "I know. You're right."
"But seriously, tell Cadie happy birthday from Larinda and me. Maybe you can both take some time off and get away for a little while once we're finished with ... The Magic Show?" They both scrunched up their noses and shook their heads. "Well, whatever. You'll make it up to her. And if this all goes down as quickly as you seem to think it's going to, you should have some free time in a day or two. Three at the most."
"Sure thing," Will said, though all he was thinking was, It would be difficult to make up for missing a birthday dinner.A birthday dinner and an anniversary? That's where we're going to need some magic.
"And tell her I miss the days of having time to get her Over the Hill cakes. Of course that's your fault, Whitaker." He grabbed the door handle and grumbled, "This job used to be simple ..." as he walked out of the conference room.CHAPTER 3
A Day or Two Later. Three at the Most ...
I just wasn't sure how much longer I could avoid him. Thankfully, he was busy and I was busy — Will on The Field, me on The Bench — so it wasn't as if we kept running into each other. Quite the opposite. I hadn't been in the same room with him since the afternoon of my birthday. But I hated the feeling of knowing he might peek around the corner at any moment. Worse, I knew he could peek around the corner and think that everything was okay between us.
I used to love waiting for him to peek around the corner. It was like this glorious anguish, knowing that he was just about fifty yards away, doing his thing, and that he could possibly be in need of something administrative at any moment. Knowing that at any moment he could pop his head into my office and sternly say, "McCaffrey. Lunch. Let's go." He could never remain stern for more than a second or two before an enormous smile would break out on his face, and I would grab my purse and kiss him in the doorway. Whoever was walking by would whistle or clear their throat and then he would throw his arm over my shoulder and we would escape to our own little world for an hour or so.
For so long, for years, I couldn't imagine ever growing tired of that.
But for a day or two, maybe three, I had lived in absolute dread that I would hear his voice. "McCaffrey. Lunch. Let's go." And how would I respond? I had no idea. All I knew for sure was that I wouldn't grab my purse and kiss him in the doorway. I couldn't allow myself to act as if we were still us.
I was absolutely dreading that, and so ready to just end things. I mean, I was dreading that too, of course. But I was ready for it to be over. I was ready to stop waiting for the moment when he thought everything was normal, and I had to tell him it wasn't.
But it would be really difficult to end things without talking to him.
Apart from a couple of texts, we'd exchanged no communication with each other since he called me to cancel our plans — if you don't count interoffice memos, which were also shared by sixty of our co-workers.
"Maybe he's breaking up with me!" I suddenly exclaimed in a hushed tone to my best friend, Darby, as we stood at the copier.
"What?" she asked as she shut the copy room door behind us. "Not possible."
"Why is it not possible? Why wouldn't he? That would totally explain it. That would explain why he's been avoiding me, and why he ditched me on my birthday, and why he hasn't bothered to call. That's it, Darby. He's dumping me."(Continues…)
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I loved this book! Bethany Turner creates the wonderfully unique stories! Her characters are so real and face real difficulties that we would all face. Her characters are so human. I loved how they turned to God during their troubles. I really loved this book! I can’t wait to read more from Bethany Turner! I received a complimentary copy from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.
I have mixed feelings about this book. There were parts I loved and parts I didn't care for. I loved all the mentions of some of my most favorite romcoms, or as I like to call them, ChickFlicks. Bethany hit most of my favorites along the way in "Wooing Cadie McCaffrey." and it was fun to see them mentioned. I enjoyed the characters in this book, especially Kevin and Ellis! I loved the way they joined forces with Will to help him win Cadie back. That was hilarious and sweet and definitely my favorite part of the novel. I didn't love Cadie's parents, they drove me NUTS! Some of the misunderstandings and such drove me crazy, and Cadie annoyed me at times. Overall, the book was cute and a perfect light summer read. There were some aspects that surprised me in the book, but they were handled well. I would give this between a 3.5 and a 4 star review and I will round up to 4 for goodreads etc. I received this book from the publisher and was not required to post a positive review. All thoughts are my own.
After four years of dating, Cadie McCaffrey is convinced Will Whitaker doesn’t love her enough for a future together and decides to break up with him. Will on the other hand has vowed to love Cadie forever and decides to “woo” her back. In order to “woo” her, Will enlists his coworkers at ASN and Cadie’s best friend, to help with romancing her and convince Cadie of his love. This book reminds me of one of those movies where the two main characters keep missing one another by mere moments, at times it is frustrating and at times comical. Their timing is always just a bit off. My favorite character was Will, although sometimes clueless about romance, he truly loves Cadie and will do anything for her. One of the things that drives a wedge between Cadie and Will, is their physical relationship. I thought the author handled the topic well showing how it tarnished their relationship but also displayed God’s ability to restore and forgive. I also liked the secondary characters, which added dimension and substance to the story. Darby, Cadie’s best friend, was a loyal and trusted friend with Cadie’s best interests always at the forefront. The story was well written; the author did a good job of explaining the erratic and nonsensical emotions of the main characters. I also appreciated the way she told the story sometimes in the present and sometimes in the past to help the reader get a better overall picture of the circumstances. I enjoyed the book and the unique plot. I would recommend this contemporary fiction story to mature readers, due to some of the subject matters discussed.
Let me first preface this by saying I'm not a huge fan of fluffy Hallmark romances on Netflix. I love romance books but generally want more substance. So maybe I was not the intended audience. WOOING CADIE MCCAFFREY is the second book I read by Ms. Turner and it probably will be the last as this book was a miss (the first was too). I wanted to like it, I like chicklit, I like the humor, and I like romance. But... First of, for some reason I couldn't care less about the characters. Then the sex is taken too far (which is realistic but I didn't want to read about it.). Then the 30 something year olds have zero communication skills (and after a 4 year relationship one would think there would be some. I fall under the conservative reader label and this is not a book for those who also fall under that label. It was well written, there is a (rather disjointed) faith message, and I loved the cover. I was given a copy free. All opinions are my own.
My Review: My Thoughts: 35 pages and I am done. The book didn't have a filter for thinking about how she was no longer in love with her boyfriend. And they had no problems talking about when she had the, um, well, 'sex talk' as a character put it with her boyfriend, another word used was 'seduction'. I was done, the attitudes were bad enough but that was it for me. If you're all right with that kind of talk in a book go for it. I do suggest you pass this one over though. And the cover made me want to try this one so badly. I received an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review and am truly happy to provide it — all the thoughts are my own.
The prologue! Oh the prologue! It was the best part of the book. It hooked me in. I loved the meet-cute idea. The words flowed and the story expanded and I was excited to read the story. Then the story jumped back in time. Then jumped back a little more. Then jumped around some more. It takes a lot of concentration for all that jumping around. I was honestly a little annoyed by that. The writing was still good but I was like what happened to the vibe from the prologue? I liked that vibe. I want that vibe back. I was annoyed at the hopping around and wished the story would have just progressed from the meet cute. I think the jumping around was an interesting way to write the story but I felt like a lot of the details got left out because of this. I felt like I had missed something important. I didn't understand why Cadie was so frustrated with Will. It seemed unnatural and a little petty. I needed some more substance. I felt like there could have been more but I felt like I had missed it. It's almost like I should have read a previous book. It was a super cute rom-com but not as developed as I would have hoped. I really thought Cadie was funny and loved how cute Will was but it kind of stopped there. I was also confused why there were so many work details included. They detracted from the story and I didn't feel like they helped in anyway. Overall this was a cute read but not one of my favorites. I give it 3 stars. I received a copy of this book from the publisher. I was in no way required to write a positive review. All thoughts are my own.
In this fun, yet heartfelt story, Cadie McCaffrey battled disappointment that came from unmet expectations, guilt, and the loss of a relationship that she thought was going to end in a happily-ever-after marriage. I could easily see this movie playing out on the big screen as a wonderful romantic comedy. But, it really was so much more. My heart ached for Cadie, yet also for Will. I absolutely loved the way the author occasionally jumped from present to past, by mentioning a situation during a conversation in the present day scenario, then allowing the reader to see what actually happened in a chapter dedicated to that event. Throw in a bunch of fun chapter titles, and I could not get enough! There was so much miscommunication in this story! That will frustrate some readers, for sure, because a sit down conversation during certain points in this four year relationship would have prevented so much of the confusion. Yet, for me, I enjoyed seeing how everything built upon itself. Will and Cadie had a lot to figure out and the journey was delightful to read about. I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
This was such an adorable book! I loved how it managed to combine funny moments with heartwarming ones in a book that I didn’t want to put down! Even the prologue in this book was wonderful (and I usually find those to be pointless). I also found the way the relationship was handled to be very relatable! Communication is so important in relationships and this really highlighted that, as well as how we shouldn’t make assumptions! Overall it was a great read and I’m looking forward to Turner’s next book!
I received an advanced reading copy of “Wooing Cadie McCaffrey” by Bethany Turner for an honest review of the book. This is another fabulous and funny book by Bethany Turner. If you are familiar with her first book “The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck”, you will not be disappointed in this one. You will enjoy it just as much! If you aren’t familiar with Sarah, go get them both. Wooing Cadie McCaffrey is a fun story that follows your typical romantic comedy formula – boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy wins girl back. But there are a few quirks along the way. It is full of humor and pop culture references that will keep you smiling along the way and some moments of laugh out loud hilarity. At one point a tough subject is broached and the characters have to figure their way through it. It was a twist I wasn’t expecting and it was handled very well. The main thing I take away from these types of romances is that communication is very important – otherwise the main characters wouldn’t be in their current situation. Which always makes me want to talk to my husband more and more clearly! I highly recommend this book. It really is a fun and fast read and full of humor you won’t soon forget!
I love Bethany's writing style, it is fun and light. Yet her books pack a big spiritual punch. She doesn't shy away from tough subjects and deals with human brokeness and weakness and the consequences of those actions. Both these characters frustrated me. I wanted them to just speak the truth and say what they were going through. But because of their hope that the other would read their minds things never seemed to go according to plan Overall, I really enjoyed this book and the facts that it dealt with real life things that people struggle with. A copy of this book was given to me. All opinions are my own.
This book was surprisingly refreshing. I don’t normally like just romance; I find them dry and too descriptive. But this one worked. It had enough cute banter and excellent side characters and drama and romance to keep me glued to my seat. I really loved the author’s writing style, and I would for sure read another book by her. Read this book if you like cute romance
Author Bethany Turner is back with another rom-com that sometimes made me giggle, other times had me frustrated with the characters. But that’s the point; they are living real situations and are less than perfect. Cadie and Will seemed to have problems communicating, which frustrated me. Which is often real life. At their age shouldn’t they be better at it? But maybe it’s more that they seemed to be trying to protect their hearts? Regardless, their miscommunications will having you chuckling and then shaking your head. This book is Christian fiction but the characters are not perfect and they….well, I’m not going to spoil it for you. But I’m thankful for a God Who forgives and helps us to move on. Some have called part of the book as inappropriate content. I call it human failing. I don’t want a book where the characters are perfect. I can’t relate to them. As for the complaints about it being “too Christian”, umm…..it’s Christian fiction. I appreciate the fact that God has a huge part in this story. The story moved at a decent pace and I enjoyed the flash backs. Cadie sometimes irritated me but I really liked Will. He was trying so hard. If you enjoy a rom-com that has some more serious moments then give this one a try! I received a complimentary copy of this book but was not required to leave a review.
** “ ‘What am I going to do about what? I don’t suppose there’s much to be done. It’s not like I can press Command-Z on this one.’ I sighed as I stared blankly at the trusty iMac on my desk. How much easier life would be if it were like a spreadsheet — no mistake would be permanent, and you could sort and filter until things made sense.” ** Bethany Turner’s “Wooing Cadie McCaffrey is like a rom-com taken directly from the big screen, filled with oohs and aahs, and spits and spats. Cadie McCaffrey is 34 and been dating her boyfriend and co-worker Will Whitaker for four years. However, she begins to question whether their relationship is ever going to land somewhere — marriage — especially after the past tepid year they’ve had. And in a moment of desperation, when a huge mistake occurs, Cadie finally decides Will will never love her enough and breaks up with him. But Will isn’t ready to give up on their relationship, and attempts to give Cadie her big romantic moments — taken straight from her favorite romantic comedies. What follows is a path of misunderstandings, miscommunications, incorrect assumptions, doubt, enlightenment, do-overs, self-growth and forgiveness. Both Cadie and Will learn they must communicate their true intentions and feelings; and learn to forgive themselves and each other, as well as seek forgiveness from God. “Wooing Cadie McCaffrey” can be difficult to read at times, as it hits on some of our own deepest flaws, revealing those ugly sides of us we each like to hide. Also, parents, please be aware this book does cover seem very real, mature subject matter that faces those in the dating world, so you may want to save this for your older teens. However, I do feel this book could open up some very frank conversations about relationships and standards. Packed with an oh-so-sweet ending, this book has delightful characters, including some tough (or maybe some not-so-tough) former athletes that work at the same sports network as Cadie and Will. Besides being a heart-touching rom-com, Turner’s novel hits on some deep lessons too, like overcoming the thought of why can’t I be enough; settling for the safe and familiar; feeling like we are disappointing our selves, our loved ones, and most importantly, God; what happens when we compromise our standards; and God’s grace is bigger than all our sins. Fans of novels like “Bridget Jones’s Diary” and Shannon Hale’s novels for adults, like “The Actor and the Housewife,” will enjoy this book. Five stars out of five. Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, provided this complimentary copy for my honest, unbiased review.
What can I say about this exceptional read? This story blew all my expectations out of the water. I plain and simple loved this storyline. The characters were real and flawed, their relationship was beautiful and yet broken. The first half of the book I was solely on Cadie’s side. The second half of the story I was totally team Will. They have an adorable cute-meet and an enduring love that is worth fighting for. I liked that this story had a lot of cute movie moments. I laughed and cried while reading this story. When I was not reading I could not keep from thinking about Will and Cadie. I was rooting for them from the start and though it was quite a bumpy ride, author Turner does not disappoint us in any way shape or form. I like that Will and Cadie were Christians, but they were by no means perfect ones. I buddy read this one with my daughter (she’s 21) and we certainly had differing opinions but it was a book both of us had a hard time putting down. I would say this is a more mature story line but oh so very important. I enjoy author Turner’s writing. Both of her books are worthwhile and out of the box for Christian romance. I believe this one is my favorite and goes in my top five of this year. I received a copy of this novel from the publisher. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.
This is my first read by Bethany Turner, hmmmm what rock have I been under? I will definitely be looking up her other book now. Cadie Feels unappreciated in her romance with Will. They have been dating for four years and there has been no proposal yet. Men can be pretty oblivious to our needs and wants in a relationship. They think things are sailing along smoothly but we as women need more, a little hand squeeze,a quick kiss,communication and definitely a marriage proposal if we've been with you for four + years. Will is totally taken off guard when Cadie breaks up with him and it wakes him up to her wants and needs as they communicate better than they have in a long time. This book illustrates how a lack of communication leads to wrong assumptions. Several flashbacks show their romance in a more positive time as we get the feeling of how it was in earlier dating days. Some sweet laugh out loud moments along with serious topics this couple will need to work through. I am so glad I found this author's books! Published May 21st 2019 by Fleming H. Revell Company I was given a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions expressed are my own.
In this inspirational romance, the characters’ meet cute is charming. Beyond that, I struggled with the story. Both Cadie and Will have apparently forgotten that communication is a two-way street, and neither has been direct with each other. If Cadie had shared her expectation of a proposal, perhaps it’d have opened Will to explaining why he didn’t feel like he could propose sooner. Or maybe it’d have made Cadie mad for another reason, but at least they’d be communicating. I’m not diminishing the seriousness of their relationship issues, but I found aggravating Cadie acting like a dramatic teenager and Will acting desperately (they’re both in their mid-30s). Growth happens when the characters get to know each other beyond the surface and dig into personal and faith-based issues. And I did like the ending, mostly because it references a movie that I so enjoy. -- Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell Books. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions are expressly my own.
Wooing Cadie McCaffrey is a fun and entertaining read by Bethany Turner. I loved Will and Cadie's story. I found myself laughing at times and tearing up at others. I give Wooing Cadie McCaffrey four and a half stars. It is such a beautiful and story story of love, faith, forgiveness, and having second chances. I look forward to where Miss Turner takes her readers to next. I recommend it for readers who enjoy sweet and clean contemporary fiction. I received this book from the publisher. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.
All of those recommendations from well-established authors like Colleen Coble and Carla Laureano—they’re so right. Bethany Turner is an author to watch. I loved The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck, and Wooing Cadie McCaffrey may have surpassed that one for me. These characters struggle and sin but grace meets them exactly where they are. I love the rom-com feel of Bethany’s writing. It’s fun and entertaining. This book made me laugh out loud on more than one occasion. Full of pop culture references itself, this book made me think of a 90’s rom-com, just cleaner and with a spiritual lesson. But don’t let the pretty packaging fool you, this story has heart and an important message that touches the soul beneath it all. The characters in this story don’t have it right. They mess up, sometimes in big ways. Ways that real-life women have and have potentially lived with the guilt ever since that moment. That’s what Bethany Turner tackles in this book. She’s discrete in her writing, but on the nose about the consequences of sin, but even more than that, the grace of God that meets His children wherever they are. I was reminded of that again while reading this book, and it still floors me. He calls us to higher living, higher loving of Him, but He’s gracious when we fail and seek His forgiveness. Bethany Turner is a fresh voice in Christian fiction, I only wish that I could pause a bit longer to truly enjoy it, as I flew through this novel, just as I did her previous one. She’s quickly topped my go-to list for contemporary romance and has already won over this now long-time fan. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.
Wooing Caddie McCaffrey is the latest book by Christian romance author Bethany Turner. I'm not usually one to choose a romance novel but I'm a sucker for a good book cover and this one drew me in. Wooing Cadie McCaffrey is not like typical romance novels which are trashy or even like the typical Christian romance novels which are trashy in disguise. This book was more of a romantic comedy type read and the author generally strayed away from inappropriate content which made it enjoyable. Wooing Cadie McCaffrey details the romantic relationship between main characters, Cadie McCaffrey and Will Whitaker. Cadie and Will meet while working for the fictional American Sports Network (ASN) and basically experience love at first sight. They seem to be growing in their relationship but as time goes on Cadie begins to believe that Will has lost interest in her and the relationship isn't going anywhere. As you read the book, you will realize that there are things Will is going through that Cadie is unaware of that result in her thinking that way. This was hilarious to me because it reminded me of a moment that occurred when my husband and I were dating and I thought he was no longer interested in me. (I went to bed crying and he had no idea that anything was wrong!). Cadie ends up breaking up with Will but their close friends and colleagues hatch various plans to help Will get her back. Cadie's best friend Darby suggests Will watch all the well known romantic comedies to obtain some ideas of what he can do to win Cadie back. Will misunderstands Darby's suggestion and begins attempting to recreate romantic moments from the movies. These parts were fun to read and I enjoyed the nod to famous romantic comedies. There is a point in the story where the main characters do end up having premarital sex. I believe the author included this to demonstrate that even Christians fail and that there is forgiveness for sin however, I don't think this scenario was necessary to paint that picture. The way in which the author wrote about this isn't detailed or inappropriate. She does refer to the act as sin and the characters do discuss repentance and forgiveness which I am thankful for. While it could be an accurate representation of what may be happening in Christian dating circles I felt that the story would have been just as good (or even better) without mentioning it. Premarital sex aside, Wooing Cadie McCaffrey is a clean and lighthearted read. Wooing Cadie McCaffrey comes from a Christian publishing house, but it doesn't have much theological depth. Since this is a work of fiction though, this wasn't an issue for me. (Although I'm probably stating the obvious, I don't recommend looking to works of fiction for obtaining Bible knowledge.) I finished Wooing Cadie McCaffrey in three days because I just had to know if Cadie and Will would make it. Overall, I really enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more from Bethany Turner. I received Wooing Cadie McCaffrey compliments of Revell Books in exchange for my honest review.
Wooing Cadie McCaffrey by Bethany Turner is a delightfully addictive romance novel with laugh-out-loud humor, a unique tone, and numerous romcom movie references. The story was cute from the beginning, but once I hit chapter ten, I didn't want to put it down. My favorite character in Wooing Cadie McCaffrey was Will. He made mistakes, but his personal ambition and dedication to Cadie made him absolutely swoon-worthy. Conversely, Cadie made mistakes, but I found her slightly annoying. Her refusal to communicate during difficult times seemed immature for a woman in her mid-thirties. Fortunately, there's character development and I found myself rooting for them to get together in the end. Though much of Wooing Cadie McCaffrey is humor and fun, deeper themes are present. The novel captures the real life tensions that Christian couples experience as they desire to be together, but aren't completely prepared to marry. The story explores how a lack of communication can negatively affect a relationship, but I wish there had been more page time dedicated to Will and Cadie actually practicing good communication... Maybe I just didn't want the novel to end. *wink* I recommend Wooing Cadie McCaffrey by Bethany Turner to readers who enjoy romantic comedies. I read this novel twice before writing this review and I found it even more fun the second time around. Disclosure of Material Connection: I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
This was an interesting book in many ways! We start at the end of the relationship between Cadie and Will- with a few well-placed flashbacks to help us feel the romance of their early relationship as well as experience some critical stages of decline. They seem so in sync, yet the miscommunication of such vital topics as expectations, marriage, and the future cause a rift between them- and they think it is for different reasons. I felt so badly for Will who is pretty much blindsided by the breakup, but admired his fortitude and determination to keep her in his life. The corporate setting brought a dynamic to the story showing how the professional lives of Cadie and Will intersect with their personal relationship. Powerful themes of regret, forgiveness, faith, and devotion are woven together with fun pop culture references, specifically from romantic movies, that make cameos as Will fights for the love of his life. (I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own)
Bethany Turner takes us on an emotional ride through Cadie and Will's dating life. They met on Cadie's 30th birthday, and as Cadie called it, it was the perfect "meet-cute" moment. It is what Cadie has been waiting for all her life. What she fails to realize is that life is not a romance movie or book...well maybe she does since she accepts the fact that "Cary Grant does not exist in my Millennial world". The book fluctuates between past and present and I really liked the different chapter titles. Chapter 1 is Four Years later. To the Day., Chapter 2 is About Twenty-five minutes earlier., Chapter 3 - A Day or Two later. Three at the Most. and so forth. The fluctuations give us a peek into Will and Cadie's dating life over the last four years - their expectations, adventures, and desires. We also see the issues that neither seems to be able to verbalize and I think that is the crux of their issues - lack of communication. It isn't as if they don't communicate, but they don't talk about the important things like where they see their relationship heading, what they want out of life, and their faith and beliefs. Cadie is strong in her faith and beliefs, whereas with Will, we know he has beliefs but not sure exactly what they are or to what extent his faith extends. Fast forward four years later (from the prologue to chapter 1) and it is Cadie's birthday and their dating anniversary...remember, they met on her birthday. Anyhow, Will has an opportunity to springboard his career at work and this is the culmination of their conversation issues. The story really starts at this point and with unplanned sex. Nothing could ever go wrong there, right? Cadie and Will had agreed that they were waiting until marriage and considering that Cadie's parents are church/faith leaders this puts a lot of pressure on her...basically like good ol' Catholic guilt. Both Cadie and Will have a lot to learn from this experience and it takes some frank conversations with her parents and with each other before there can be any hope for them. Will and Cadie have a great support system and it is ultimately what helps them through this crisis, along with some honest and frank conversations. There is a lot of humor that made me chuckle in various situations and then there are moments where I am holding my breath that all will work out for these two. One of the lines that I felt summed up the situation for Cadie was "it's simply a matter of you deciding whether or not you want to spend your life with this man - and what it might take to do that." After all that she had learned by this point was she willing to do what it takes? And was Will willing to do what it takes? Overall a very enjoyable book. For a Christian romance, I was surprised that the faith portion was fairly light. There was a lot of focus on the one instance of sex (that is behind closed doors) and after a while, it started to overshadow what I think was the heart of the issue - communication. We give it 4 paws up and look forward to what this author has in store next for us.
“Well then, Cadie McCaffrey, I think that’s just about the most romantic thing I have ever heard in my entire life,” the confused protagonist is told in Bethany Turner’s novel, Wooing Cadie McCaffrey ~ What ~ This three-hundred-and-thirty-seven-page paperback targets those interested in contemporary Christian romance. With no profanity but the use of slang words such as heck and crap, topics of premarital sex may not be appropriate for immature readers. The ending includes an excerpt of the author’s prior book, acknowledgments and the writer’s biography with advertisements. In this quirky romantic tale, millennials Cadie and Will have been dating for four years without the promise of marriage to Cadie’s chagrin. Thinking that he is her one and only, she starts to question their relationship as she considers he no longer is in love with her as he climbs the corporate ladder where they both work. One who expects a happily-ever-after based on romantic movies, she misunderstands his intentions after they break the rules and she rejects him. With the help of his work cohorts, it is up to Will to win and woo her back, even if he is forced to look like a love-craved fool. ~ Why ~ I enjoy stories that are written in first person, and this one is partially from Cadie’s perspective. I like the author’s breezy writing style and references to movies, books, and songs of her generation (and some of mine). The book deals with love, sex, marriage, and relationships in a carefree platform that sometimes mention Christ and His forgiveness. ~ Why Not ~ Those who do not like stories of how unmarried Christians deal with disagreements, romance, and premarital sex may not like this read. Others may feel it does not focus enough on relying on God or going to Him for answers and help as there are no references to Scripture, just quick prayers to resolve ones’ problems. I found Cadie to be somewhat of a spoiled brat who was self-absorbed, never realizing many of the misunderstandings were her fault. ~ Wish ~ Although I enjoyed the author’s easy-breezy writing style, I found the main’s characterization often grating, where she is considered too perfect and wonderful by others. I prefer all pronouns of God capitalized for reverence. ~ Want ~ If you like a romance between two young people in love who must mature by stepping back and reevaluating their relationship through mistakes and promises, this may be an innocuous read that is predictable. Thanks to Revell for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.
When I began reading Wooing Cadie McCaffrey I was expecting a charming, fun story with a good dose of pop culture, but I got way more than that. This story possessed a depth I hadn’t anticipated. Amongst all the hilarity and rom-com film references, there was an immense amount of heart. This author knows how to captivate readers. I was drawn in—from the initial, humorous meet cute between Will and Cadie to the genuinely satisfying ending. The engaging first person point of view placed me directly into Cadie’s mind which was a funny yet tender thing. One minute I’m snort-laughing and the next I’m nodding my head because I’ve experienced a lot of this character’s doubts. She’s so relatable and that makes her endearing. Now Will is completely oblivious. I’ve found myself saying “poor guy” on several occasions. It seemed his heart was always in the right place even if his head was somewhere in the seventh inning of the 1982 world series. The man breathed sports, but you could tell his heart beat for Cadie which caused me to root for his success in his effort to woo her back into his arms. All around I loved this story. This book painted the picture of Christianity—portraying that the blotches of messiness and scribbles of failure are nothing compared to the strokes of grace, forgiveness and knowledge that God’s arms are always open, wooing us back into His awesome embrace. **I received a copy from the author. All opinions are my own.
When I pick up a Bethany Turner book, I know I’m in for a treat and a rollicking good time. She has the most delightful sense of humor and creates fantastic, realistic, endearing characters that make you want to be best friends with them. Cadie and Will are such fun—from the hilarious meet-cute to the break-up and on to the wooing, they kept me laughing and sometimes wanting to knock their heads together. Turner isn’t afraid to tackle some of the messy, gritty, tough parts of life, but she also turns them into learning experiences. I loved the tender message of forgiving others and also forgiving yourself, which is sometimes even harder to do. Will is such a swoon-worthy hero, but he doesn’t have a clue when it comes to wooing his girlfriend back. Everything seems to backfire on him, even when he’s trying so hard to get Cadie back. Why can’t things work out like they do in the movies? (Speaking of movies, the references are fun and add charm to the book). Will just won’t quit trying though, which frustrates Cadie to no end. “How am I supposed to move past him if he won’t get out of the way?” I must admit I spent a lot of time wishing they would just communicate with each other. Of course, that would have destroyed a lot of the story line and made it into a novella. For a refreshing, fun, romantic (yet angsty) read, grab this book! It’s one for the keeper shelf. I’m already looking forward to more from this author. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from the publisher. All opinions are my