Kate Donovan is burned out on work, worn down by her dating relationships, and in need of an adventure. When her grandmother asks Kate to accompany her to Redbud, Pennsylvania, to restore the grand old house she grew up in, Kate jumps at the chance, takes a leave of absence from her job as a social worker, and the two of them set off.
Upon her arrival in Redbud, Kate meets Matt Jarreau, the man her grandmother has hired to renovate the house. From the first moment she meets Matt, Kate can’t help but be attracted to him–he’s got a combination of good looks and charisma that draw and tug at her. But she knows there’s zero chance of a romance between them. Matt’s in love with his dead wife, and even if he weren’t, Kate realizes that she’s way too ordinary for him. For Matt Jarreau is no ordinary guy. Kate discovers that he was once a great NHL hockey player who left the sport when his wife–an honest-to-goodness former Miss America–was diagnosed with brain cancer. Matt’s been hiding from people, from God, and from his past ever since. Yet Kate is absolutely determined to befriend him, to try to reach him, to help him in some small way.
No, Kate’s not looking for love. She knows better than that by now. But when the stilted, uncomfortable interactions between Kate and Matt slowly shift into something more, is God finally answering the longing of her heart? Or will Kate be required to give up more than she ever dreamed?
I thouroughly enjoyed this book. This book traveled with me on vacation and it was the perfect choice! I was fully engrossed in this story, which kept me distracted from long airport layovers and airplane turbulence. I have oddly enough worked my way backwards through Becky Wade’s books. I loved True to You and decided I would basically binge read every Becky Wade story I could get my hands on. I lucked into My Stubborn Heart in the bargain section and snactched it up! This story had so much life, and spunk and humor! I thought the characters were excellent and I had such a love for the little Senior group in this story. They added so much charm and humor! I thought Matt’s character was such an honest picture of someone dealing with grief and guilt. It was so hard to read, but that is what made it so good. You could feel the hurt and grief through the pages and it kept you invested in this story until the end. I loved Kate’s honesty and persistence. I loved seeing all of the things the characters experienced to lead them to where the story concludes. Such a rollercoaster of emotions during the last few chapters. Loved this from start to finish.
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