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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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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Bethany Turner has changed my reading preferences. I never even knew how much I liked RomCom until I read her first book, The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck. And now, she’s on my top MUST-READ list. Wooing Cadie McCaffrey takes happily-ever-after and flips it around in the most uniquely told romance of man wins woman’s love. Will Whitaker is determined to win Cadie’s love again and the lengths he’ll go to will keep you laughing and endear this hero to your heart. There is nothing predictable about Wooing Cadie McCaffrey. Ms. Turner reaches into the depths of a Christian woman’s heart to always do the right thing in a confusing world of changing expectations and norms. This romance offers a wild adventure ride and you’ll have a blast the entire time.
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.
The cover is super cute and I loved the description of this book. I loved Turner's first book and was excited to read this book and was so happy, that Net Galley gave me another chance to read it. Will and Cadie have a really cute meet cute. He comes in for a job interview at her work, the same day it happens to be her birthday. He has black frosting on his teeth and they share a laugh. 4 years later, on their anniversary and her birthday, things start to fall apart. It took me a long time to get into this book and to keep reading it. Some chapters leap at different points in their story. Will is made to be a huge jerk and Cadie the innocent victim. I didn't care for Cadie most of the time and with Will's idea to woo her and win her back, and when she wasn't even happy with that? I almost wanted to stop reading. But I kept reading because I loved the references to romantic comedies. I felt the length was really long and could've been summed up a lot sooner. Cadie, supposedly is 34 years old but she acted like a young 20 something who had never dated before. Maybe she was so dramatic because they had sex (when they were supposedly waiting) but she was very immature. She felt so right and that Will was wrong. I don't think he deserved her.
This was the first book I read by Bethany Turner. I enjoyed so much this Christian fiction story. Everyone knows that a romance story will have a happy ending, but I was wondering how that would happen in this book, since things did not seem to go as planned most of the time for the couple. I laughed a lot and shed a few tears as I read and was rewarded with a great ending that was realistic. The book I finished prior to beginning this one was difficult to get interested in and took a while to read because of my lack of focus. This book was the total opposite. I read it in two days and was totally captured by the wonderful work of Bethany Turner. I will definitely be reading her other book very soon!
So thankful that #netgalley allowed me to review this book because I LOVED IT! Since I really enjoyed the first book of hers that I read ( The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck), I was not sure if this one would be equally as good. But it definitely was. There is a longtime saying that "the course of love never did run smooth," and that truth definitely played in this book. What I appreciate about this author is that she does tackle tough topics, and her characters have real life struggles. No sugar coating at all. If you are looking for a safe book that you could share with your grandmother, then this one is probably not for you. But if you want to read a true-to-life story that will challenge you to consider how you can apply more truth to your own relationships, then I highly recommend this one.
This was a cute story. First time reading this author and the story turned out more religious than I expected, which means I was distracted since it's published by Revell. We get the story of Cadie and Will when they met 4 years ago and they are adorable. In present time, Cadie thinks Will doesn't love her as much as she loves him because he hasn't proposed or even brought up marriage. I liked Will a lot except for his lack of gumption regarding one thing. Cadie seemed a bit wishy-washy for a while too. The themes of forgiveness and trust are the main message. I received a copy from the publisher via NetGalley and this is my honest opinion.
After four years together, Cadie pulls the plug on her relationship with Will, convinced that he isn't her forever love. For Will their break up is a wake call of sorts, and he goes on a quest to be the man that she needs him to be. Great for fans of romantic comedies, this book is told from both Will and Cadie's perspectives, as they looks back separately at their relationship, from their first meeting, through their years together, the good times and bad, up to the present day. I liked that Will worked hard to win her back, and was respectful of her parent's wishes despite it putting him at odds with her. He is a good man, and hard worker. Darby is a good friend to Cadie, giving her good advice and standing by her side while also helping Will understand what Cadie needs from him. This book nods at pop culture and romantic comedies, while putting a more realistic spin on their story. Overall, an enjoyable read, sugary sweet at times like a Hallmark Movie, but with a Christian spin. I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
I adore Cadie & Will! Cadie is unabashedly uninterested in sports despite being surrounded by the athletically inclined on a daily basis. I admire this trait, Cadie is comfortable being herself, even when she has different interests and skills than those around her. Will is a delightful underdog hero! He’s a bit nerdy and a low-key mister steady. Will puts forth a herculean effort to do things right including dragging his man’s man buddies along for the ride (which is hilariously entertaining). His frustration is as palpable as Cadie’s desperation as they engage in miscommunication and heartwrenching disappointment. Cadie and Will are believers and (like the rest of us) they occasionally mess up and learn to move on. I literally could NOT put this book down until I read every page. Sleep, food, these things are trivial when engrossed in a Bethany Turner novel. Priorities, people. Priorities. This book will be joining the author’s debut among my all-time favorites and I enthusiastically recommend it! I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was under no obligation to post a review. The opinions expressed are my own.
Bethany Turner’s latest novel, Wooing Cadie McCaffrey, will have readers falling in love with the irresistible Will Whitaker as he tries to win back his girlfriend Cadie by using inspiration from many of her favorite romantic comedies. Bethany Turner takes readers on a fun, humorous journey of romance and second chances with numerous pop culture references sprinkled in throughout the novel. Fans of romantic comedies, such as You’ve Got Mail, Sleepless in Seattle, Dirty Dancing, Serendipity, and so many more, will love the references to their favorite movies. Readers will laugh out loud at the antics of Will and his athletic football friends as they watch the romantic comedies and try to help him win back Cadie. In Wooing Cadie McCaffrey, Bethany Turner realistically describes the struggles and temptations that Christians face when dating in the 21st century, while still trying to stay true to their religious beliefs. Other Christian fiction novels often gloss over these issues or do not mention them at all, but Bethany Turner continues to bring a needed voice to Christian fiction. This book is very highly recommended for readers of Christian fiction who love romance and humor. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell through NetGalley and was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine. After reading the ebook from NetGalley, I enjoyed the book so much that I also purchased my own paperback copy.
I give this book 5 stars. Wooing Cadie McCaffrey by Bethany Turner is a laugh out loud, quirky book. Cadie McCaffrey works in New York for American Sports Network in the department that has more to do with number crunching than sports. Will is the new wonder boy after breaking a huge story in his job as a researcher. The book centers around what is happening after they have been dating for four years. Cadie keeps hoping Will will pop the question. An event threatens to end their relationship. This is the story of how they try to work back towards a happily ever after. Bethany Turner came on the scene last year with The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck. Cadie McCaffrey has her signature wit and style. The author is not afraid to portray real and flawed characters, nor is she afraid to show how Christians sin and work though to repentance but she does it with comedy and flair. For the romantic soul who loves Rom Coms, this book is just the ticket with all the pop culture and movie references. It will bring back memories of all our favorites. And the sports references make it all the more entertaining. What could be funnier than the two big jock supporting characters Ellis and Kevin as they go all out for Will and watch romantic movies! For an extremely funny and nostalgic read— pick this book up today! *A copy of this book was provided courtesy of Baker Publishing through Interviews and Reviews. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*
Cadie has her list of what her dream guy would look like. Then she banishes the list and thinks no one is out there for her. Then Will enters her life. And he becomes everything she ever thought until one misunderstanding. One mistake. One journey that took a hard turn and Cadie found herself on a different path of learning who she was, how to allow God to forgive her, how to forgive herself and how to move on from life choices. Bethany Turner does it again. The first thing I noticed about this book was the cover. I knew I wanted to read it based solely on the cover. And having read Bethany's previous book, I knew this one would not disappoint. With a whimsical writing style, Bethany takes a situation that can have devastating affects on the heart, on relationships, and on ones self and turns it into a redemption story of how God forgives us. This story is so down to earth, so "normal", so every day living. And it's amazing. I really did not want this book to end as it just made your heart feel good. You found yourself rooting for the characters to figure it out because you just know they can and restoration CAN happen. What a great book to remind the reader that no matter the mistake, the misunderstanding, the hurt, that God ultimately wants you to draw close to him and he wants to restore and redeem. Revell Books sent me this complimentary copy to review for them. Opinions expressed are my own.
This is a very fun and funny romantic story. Caddie and Will are going along real well in their relationship and then they hit a big snag. The biggest problem I saw was that they lost their ability to communicate. They both needed to learn that they had to start communicating. I enjoyed the mishaps. I received a copy of this book from Revell for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
I haven’t read many Christian comedy romances and this one was definitely unique. Catie and Will are both in their 30’s, unmarried and very involved in their careers. They begin seriously dating and develop a loving and comfortable relationship. But after 4 years of hoping proposal Catie becomes frustrated. Will drops hints of marriage but never takes the next step. She finally breaks up with him. Will truly loves her and determines to do all he can to woo her back. There were so many things I liked about this book! First and foremost was the humor! So many times I was laughing out loud. I feel Ms. Turner realistically portrayed the relationships and interactions of young adults today. The lack of communication between the two was also spot on. It is an area so many people are lacking in and with disastrous results as with Catie and Will. I admired that they couple were saving themselves for marriage and wanted God’s best. I was not comfortable (even though it was handled very tastefully) when their passion went too far. I saw regret and shame for failing, but not a true repentance toward God. I thought it was wonderful that Catie honored her parents and was concerned about sharing what she had done. Yes she was an adult and didn’t have to, but it showed respect. In spite of their not saving intimacy for marriage, the author did a wonderful job of stressing God’s forgiveness and starting over. It introduced the concept that no man or no woman is perfect and all a person needs. Commitment to one another requires forgiveness, acceptance, compromise and work! A sweet book with many important messages for couples. I received this book from Revell Publishers in exchange for an honest review. The opinions I have stated are my own.
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.