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.
As i sit here scratching my head with confusion as I wonder how on earth I ended up in this predicament. I am a fan of Becky’s and I have read her other books, which I really enjoyed, but for some reason, this one from page one to the very end didn’t really work for me or had me on the end of my seat wondering what would happen next. Both Nora and John didn’t stand out to me. I didn’t find them interesting or intriguing. I have read about other characters who suffers from a similar ailment as John does from other authors to which I was much more engrossed in their story than his.
I alike Nora, am fascinated with family history and genealogy to a point that I’ve looked into my own family free and even enjoy watching ‘Who Do You Think You Are’ on tv, but for some weird bizarre reason, my love for family history did not bode well for me in this story, sadly I did not find it fascinating or exciting.
Another thing that bothered me was Nora and John’s relationship. As I was reading, I just didn’t feel the chemistry with these two – certainly not like any of the heroes and heroines from her Porter Family series. I just didn’t understand how they got from Point A to Point B. I did not feel any build up for them as you usually do with the hero and heroine in books. I just felt like they met – Nora had the instant lust feels for him – they do a little research into John’s biological parents history for one month and BAM, ‘I want to be with you’. It just didn’t work for me. I didn’t have many favorite scenes, but I did like the ‘peach cobbler and sugar’ scene. Also I thought John’s biological paternal side of the family’s connection to Nora was a bit interesting hurdle to throw in for a plot twist and anguish.
Although I didn’t really feel John or Nora, I felt I was more interested and intrigued with Willow and Britt. Even though I felt ‘meh’ about this book, I cannot wait to read Britt’s as she is totally clueless to the fact that her friend, Zander, whom she’s known since they were teens is in love with her. Both sisters – Willow and Nora – can see it, but not Britt. Plus Willow’s old flame, ex NFL star Corbin Stewart – he was a secondary character from ‘Her One and Only’, the last book in the Porter Family series – made an appearance in this book. You could feel the tension and awkwardness role off them on the pages as they come face to face unexpectedly at hers, Nora, and Britts grandmother’s birthday party.
With having mixed feelings about this book, I will however commend Becky for her researching skills into genealogy and searching for the adoptee’s parents. You can tell she did her homework in that department and came up with really great details to actually make you feel like Nora and John were really searching for his birth parents.
As I finish up this review, it pains me to say that this book just plum fell flat for me. I don’t understand my feelings as I’ve stated before how I enjoy Becky’s books and I would even lump her into my ‘Favorite Contemporary Christian Authors’ list, but it is what it is. Would I read it again? Eh… probably not. I just hope Willow and Britts story pulls through better for me.
I was given this book by Litfuse Group and Bethany House for an honest review during True To You book tour.