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.
~ My Rating
~ My Review
True to You was a delightful and fun contemporary. I've always enjoyed the 'person-searching-for-their-biological-mother/father/parents' storyline, and this one certainly did not disappoint.
After reading the prequel novella to the Bradford Sisters Romance series (Then Came You), I knew I would want to read the rest of the series. So when True to You came available through Bethany House, I grabbed it. I didn't get to read it right away, but when I did, I was immediately pulled into the story.
Nora and John were both unique characters. It wasn't like "oh, they're like so-and-so from that other book". They were their own people.
Nora is a genealogist and historical village owner (how cool is that, y'all?) who spends her free time watching her favorite British TV series, reading books, and consuming cartons of ice cream. She 'dresses like a librarian', steers clear of her ex-fiancé, and tells herself she's content with her life as it is... But she's not.
John is a retired Navy SEAL, who now owns his own business. He's serious and focused, knowing exactly how his life will play out. Until...he gets a startling diagnosis that rocks his world. Now on the search for his biological mother, he enlists the help of one Ms. Nora Bradford...and things pick up speed from there.
So, yup. *nods* This book was amazing. Aside from the main characters, I LOVED the relationships between Nora and her sisters, and John and his adoptive parents. Also the grandmother...in her mink coat. She was hilarious. ;)
There was a few things in the book that I didn't care for, resulting in the dropping of one star. *minor spoilers throughout*
First, all the kissing. mean, they kissed...multiple times...on their first date? Really?! Yeah, I didn't really care for that. Not okay.
Also, the character of Nora's employee Nikki. She flirted shamelessly with any man she happened to meet...which really annoyed me. I think her character could have still had the same effect, even if that had been toned down a bit. I didn't particularly appreciate some of her remarks.
Another thing. I wouldn't knock off a star for this, but it did make me go "whaaaa?" When their baking...and he smears sugar on her face...and then kisses it off. Am I the only one who was slightly grossed out by that? XD
*end of spoilers*
All the way around, I super enjoyed this story. Can't wait to read more in the series! :D *is legit dying for Britt's story*
**I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.**