True To You – a Netgalley Review

Review of: True To You
book by:
Becky Wade

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On September 28, 2017
Last modified:September 28, 2017


After a devastating heartbreak three years ago, genealogist and historical village owner Nora Bradford has decided that burying her nose in her work and her books is far safer than romance in the here and now.

Unlike Nora, former Navy SEAL and Medal of Honor recipient John Lawson is a modern-day man, usually 100 percent focused on the present. But when he's diagnosed with an inherited condition, he's forced to dig into the secrets of his past and his adoption as an infant, enlisting Nora to help him uncover the identity of his birth mother.

The more time they spend together, the more this pair of opposites suspects they just might be a perfect match. However, John's already dating someone and Nora's not sure she's ready to trade her crushes on fictional heroes for the risks of a real relationship. Finding the answers they're seeking will test the limits of their identity, their faith, and their devotion to one another.

True to You by Becky WadeTrue to form, Becky Wade has utterly drawn me in with another ridiculously well-written story. She amazes me.

I’ve long been a fan of Becky Wade’s writing, and in the past I’ve checked out her books at the library. She’s an author whose books I eventually want on my bookshelves. ๐Ÿ™‚


First, I have to tell you that True to You is part of a series called the Bradford Sisters. Prior to this novel, there’s a prequel/novella entitled Then Came You (which is CURRENTLY–as of 9/28/17–FREE on Amazon for Kindle) that sets the stage. However, True to You is stand-alone, meaning that you don’t have to read Then Came You in order to understand the story.

Beautifully and masterfully written, Becky Wade sets the stage for the story by introducing Nora Bradford. Nora is a genealogist, librarian, and overall bookish lady who loves PBS dramas. Though sweet, helpful, and looking at life with optimism, Nora had her heart broken. When she was dumped for another woman, the result left her heart scarred.

Former Navy SEAL John Lawson owns his own disaster training company. As a Medal of Honor recipient, he has also written his own book detailing his experience in Yemen and also had a movie made for him. But when John receives a diagnosis that will dramatically affect his life, he decides to find his birth parents. And in comes Nora.

Initial Thoughts

True to You drew me right in. I could relate to Nora. If there was ever a character I was drawn to immediately, it was Nora. From her intense love for vocabulary, to her quirky penchant for tea, the library within her home, to the unique way she dresses and does her hair, all the way to her PBS drama devotion. Totally get her.

John’s character is gruff. I don’t know a better word for John. He has been through some stuff, and now his whole world has been turned upside down with his diagnosis. He’s tough but he’s afraid. He wants to take it like a man, but he wants to run away, too. And he tries to. He was written very well; and like any good writing, I wanted to reach through the pages and shake him sometimes.

Final Words

The plot of True to You is deep and engaging. It didn’t feel like your typical cookie-cutter boy meets girl, add one or two arguments, then they make up and get married kind of novel. There were thought-provoking situations, gripping scenes, and chew-your-lip struggles. In addition, there was a lot of humor and light-hearted banter thrown in the mix, making a well-rounded story.

Nora’s two sisters and her grandmother make appearances in the novel, and they are very entertaining and unique. Grandma cracked me up with her woe-is-me attitude and hilarious pessimism.

I cannot WAIT for book two in the series! If you love clean, romantic contemporary fiction with a spot of humor in the mix, check out True to You. You won’t be disappointed.

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