Stay with Me by Becky Wade – Book Review, Preview

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Stay with Me by Becky Wade – Book Review, Preview

Stay with Me

by Becky Wade

Series: Misty River Romance #1
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Published by Bethany House Publishers
Publication Date May 5, 2020
Genres: Christian Fiction, Clean Romance, Mystery
Setting: Georgia Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 25-34, 11-14
Written for: Adults
Pages: 396


A mysterious letter alluding to a secret in her parents' past brings Genevieve Woodward back to her Blue Ridge Mountains hometown, but she's also in need of a break from a high-profile career that has left her dangerously burned out and concealing a powerful secret of her own. When she wakes inside an unfamiliar cottage to find the confused owner staring down at her, she can no longer ignore the fact that she needs help.  
Sam Turner has embraced his sorrow and his identity as an outsider. The solitary, disciplined life he lives on his historic farm is the life he's chosen for himself. The last thing he wants is to rent his cottage to a woman as troubled as she is talkative. Yet, he can't force himself to turn her away right when she needs him most. 
As Genevieve researches her family's history and her and Sam's emotions deepen, they will have to let go of the facades and loneliness they've clung to and allow light to illuminate every hidden truth.  

I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.

Also in this series: Let It Be Me

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A miraculous rescue when Genevieve was only twelve led her into a career as a Bible study teacher and writer. An injury to her ankle led her down a slippery slope she wasn’t even aware she was on. The secrets she hid strangled her relationship with God, making Him seem distant. . .

When the handsome Australian farmer and restaurateur, Sam, discovered Gen in his guesthouse, he confronted her with a truth she was loathe to accept. The mirror he shined into her heart reflected an image she was ashamed of. And determined to correct.

Determined, also, to solve the mystery behind the anonymous letter she received, Gen worked with her sister Natasha to ferret out the secret her parents are clearly concealing. The truth was almost more than they could handle and threatened to send Gen back into the mire she had only begun to escape!

The story of the Miracle Five is slowly revealed as introductions to each chapter. The events of that week had a profound impact on all five, four of whom remain close friends to this day. It is strongly hinted that we will learn more about Ben and Sebastian and that their story is going to be profound! I hope Luke’s story will also be told in a future book. He needs a happy ending!

Genevieve’s older sister, Natasha, was also one of the “Miracle Five”. She was a riot! I loved her obsession with everything Jane Austen and her year of “living Austenly”. She would quote Austen’s works whenever she could fit them into the situation, invited friends over to play whist, and shunned television for more appropriate pursuits like knitting (which she was terrible at) and listening to the pianoforte. Her poor husband!

Stay with Me is a story of overcoming. Of trusting God, even when He seems far away. Of breaking down walls. Of allowing God to be strong in our weakness. Of learning that we can never repay God for what He has done for us – and He has never once expected us to!

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Stay with Me by Becky Wade – Book Review, Preview

Take a Chance on Me

by Becky Wade

Series Rating:
Publication Date February 25, 2020
Genres: Christian Fiction, Clean Romance
Setting: Georgia Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 25-34
Written for: Adults
Pages: 97


When baker Penelope Quinn steps in to help her brother’s family through a medical crisis, she’s forced into close proximity with charming Air Force fighter pilot Eli Price.
Penelope has one iron-clad dating rule—she does not date airmen. Months ago, she relaxed her rule with Eli and immediately lived to regret it. After a long deployment, he’s now back in Misty River and, to her dismay, she finds him just as tempting as always.
Eli’s spent months thinking about funny, feisty, creative Penelope. He once leveraged his focus and drive to become a pilot, his childhood dream. Now he's set on leveraging that same focus and drive in order to convince Penelope to give him one more chance.
This romantic prequel novella introduces readers to the quaint mountain town of Misty River and a brand-new series from Christy-winning author Becky Wade!

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  • The Vivian Award is organized by Romance Writers of America. I was so encouraged when I learned that Stay with Me had been nominated in the Inspirational Romance category. Thank you!
  • Many thanks to the readers who judged this award and named Stay with Me a finalist in the contemporary romance category!!
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  • Author Becky Wade Reads Aloud from her contemporary romance, Stay with Me
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  • Loving her is a risk he can't afford... and can't resist.  When acclaimed Bible study author Genevieve Woodward receives an anonymous letter referencing her parents' past, she returns to her hometown in the Blue Ridge Mountains to chase down her family's secret. However, it's Genevieve's own secret that catches up to her when Sam Turner, owner of a historic farm, uncovers the source of shame she's worked so hard to hide.    #Christian #romance #book
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  • Download Take a Chance on Me, the prequel novella to Becky Wade's Misty River Romance series for free! Good news for those of you who prefer reading in print -- it's also available in paperback!
  • Genevieve loves coffees and lattes!
  • During the course of the story, Sam makes Genevieve Paleo waffles. #cleaneating #paleo
  • In Stay with Me, there's a scene in which Genevieve visits Sam at his farm house and he makes Paleo banana muffins for her. #Paleo #muffins
  • At one point in the story, Genevieve eats mouth-watering Paleo waffles at Sugar Maple Kitchen
  • Natasha is enjoying "A Year of Living Austenly" and often quotes Jane Austen. This part of Stay with Me was so much fun to write!
  • "Not today, Satan" becomes a refrain Genevieve says frequently as she's healing.


About Becky Wade

Becky Wade is the 2018 Christy Award Book of the Year winner for True to You. She is a native of California who attended Baylor University, met and married a Texan, and moved to Dallas. She published historical romances for the general market, then put her career on hold for several years to care for her children. When God called her back to writing, Becky knew He meant for her to turn her attention to Christian fiction. Her humorous, heart-pounding contemporary romance novels have won three Christy Awards, the Carol Award, the INSPY Award, and the Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award for Romance. Becky lives in Dallas, Texas with her husband and three children.

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