Feeling burned out with her career as a social worker, Kate jumps at the chance to help restore her grandmother’s childhood home in Redbud, Pennsylvania. She hopes to spend some time making something beautiful again and recharging her batteries, but she’ll get more than she hoped for when she meets Matt, the former hockey star and current home repairman.
What makes this such a great debut novel is Wade’s voice. The plot is nothing standout although it’s solid: Matt has anger at God since his wife’s death and holds everyone at arm’s length until Kate gets under his skin. That plot has been done before, but I haven’t read it done this well in a long time. I don’t know if it’s the characters or just Wade’s ability to capture a moment and its feelings in just the right way or just her funny voice.
Not only are Kate and Matt well developed and unique, the supporting characters (all elderly, unique hoots) are strong and their stories are fun, especially Velma and Morty. Morty’s affection for Velma could merit his own book. I identified with Kate and loved her spitfire personality and determination. I also loved that Wade made her a little older than many Christian romance’s heroines and unwilling to settle.
My favorite line from the book comes from the demanding Velma, who tells Kate, “Women who have made peace with living alone and women who have a healthy self-confidence can always, but always, afford to be picky.” That line has stayed with me even after I finished the novel. It’s food for thought.
Fans of Christian fiction will love Wade’s first novel and eager anticipate her second one.
I received this book in exchange for my review. My thoughts and opinions are my own.