Book Review: True to You

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.

While adorable and full of cutesy romance, I really felt like this book carried an important theme, one I wished would have been introduced sooner in the book so I could really say it’s the feature of the book. The feature of the book is clearly the romance, which is well-written, adorable, and quite honestly just a joy to read. While there is a love triangle that I really didn’t like, I felt like it was dealt with well and that Nora made the right decision.
Now let’s talk about that important theme. This book carries it well and it kind of works with how far it was into the book, but this theme is: that a person’s worth and future isn’t decided by who they’re related toβ€”it’s decided by God, and their actions are what make them, not the actions of their father or mother. I feel like that’s something really important, especially to children of abusive parents.
A lot of Christian romances like this are books where the content generally is no worse than a Christian YA, which is why a lot of Christian youth tend to read YA and adult romances in the Christian section. However, this book may have a trigger for some people, as it deals with rape (not shown, but there are characters shown who have been previously raped). This isn’t something that a lot of Christian books deal with, and I think some even shy away from dealing with it, but it’s a prominent part of the world today and it is something that needs to be talked about. I think it was so brave of Becky Wade to write a novel which shines a light on rape, and the fact that good things can come out of something so brutal and so awful.
As one of three sisters, like Nora, I really felt that I could relate to her, especially in the sense that she viewed herself as the least pretty of them, she loves books, and she dyes her hair red. (#twinssss) It isn’t often I see myself in a character, but I really did see myself in Nora. She’s such a fun and quirky character, and I loved the dynamic she had with her sisters, and I truly enjoyed seeing her story play out.
While this story tackles some really important things, it still maintained a feel of lighthearted contemporary and at times was so funny. I really loved getting to know Nora and all of her family and I cannot wait for the next Bradford Sisters book!

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Let’s talk! What’s a tough subject that you’d liked to see more of in books, both YA and adult?

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