My Stubborn Heart, author Becky Wade’s first novel, is a sweet, Christian romance about two people trying to find their way in life. Having recently suffered a tragedy at work, single, social worker Kate Donovan welcomes the opportunity to take a leave of absence for three months in order to help her grandmother renovate the beloved family estate. The two hire a widowed, ex-hockey player turned home renovator to help them reach their goal. Matt only wants to quietly work and keep to himself, but Kate recognizes a hurting soul when she sees one and determines to draw him out of himself. At the same time, Kate’s grandmother and her company of senior friends decide to do some match-making on Matt and Kate’s behalf.
I love the setting for this book: a country estate complete with chapel in a small town in Pennsylvania. I also enjoyed getting to know all the characters with their unique interests, hobbies, and quirks. It’s a contemporary love story with a subtle message of God’s faithful work behind the scenes in people’s lives. I thank Bethany House Publishers for sending a complimentary copy for this honest review.