By: Becky Wade
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Third Person • Fiction • Three POV • 384 Pages
About the Book (Backcover Blurb):
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.
Warning: This Review Contains Spoilers
Why I Choose this Book:
I’m fairly sure it was a case of cover delight. Meaning, the cover is delightful. Also, the blurb said it was about an adopted person trying to find his biological family, and that’s always intriguing to me. (And, just so you know, the blurb I read before requesting the book is not the above blurb, and mentioned nothing about the fact that one of the main characters was already dating.)
What I Thought about this Book:
Disclaimer: Romance isn’t a genre I read very often, and contemporary romance is a genre I read even less. Therefore I probably should have paid better attention instead of being taken in by the beautiful cover. All that to say, if you like this genre, then you’ll probably like this book. But I don’t like this genre, and I didn’t like this book. (Oops.)
This book drove me a little bit nuts. There were elements I liked, but also elements I really didn’t like. For instance, the part about searching for the parents was interesting and I wished it would have been a lot more of the main plot. I also liked the one sister’s chocolate shop, that sounded cool and it made me want to visit. The sisterly dynamics were another winning point. I have four sisters, with four of us being in a row, so I can totally relate to the sisterly aspect of the book. It always makes me happy when books include great sibling relationships. The way the chapters ended also gets a thumbs up. Each chapter ended with either text messages, emails, or phone conversations.
As for what I didn’t like… Well, I’m not going to go into the entire list, because suffice to say, the book didn’t draw me in. I didn’t like the romance element, a huge reason for that is because the main male character was already in a relationship. This information happens to be in one of the blurbs, but not the blurb that I read. Sure, he waited to show the main female character his feelings until he’d broken up with his girlfriend, but he waited a total of two weeks. That just feels wrong to me, but who knows? Besides, there were situations that the main characters put themselves in that they *really* shouldn’t have – including in thoughts that weren’t appropriate, etc…. And on that line, I’ll go ahead in mention there were lots of little comments throughout the book that I found to be unnecessary and inappropriate. I think they were intended for a humorous effect (such as a lady in her 50s who commented rather often (and in detail) about how good looking the male main character was), but that really brought the book down for me. It was rather gross. (On that note I will say the author made me happy by having the main male character like the main female character for her personality rather than her looks. That’s always a plus. Sadly the same couldn’t be said the other way around.)
There were a lot more things I disliked about the book, but once again, I see no point in bringing them up.
There was a plot twist in the book that came unexpectedly and I was amazed by it. I didn’t like it, but it was rather well-crafted and impressed me. The plot twist made me wonder what the point of it really was, but then suddenly I had a light bulb moment where the book made so much more sense regarding redemption, and all at once I could see how the book had a lot more value than I had realized. Just, it didn’t apply to me, so it hadn’t made a big difference to me. Vague, I know. But I don’t want to do too many spoilers.
I highly doubt I’ll be reading any other books by this author, and I sadly can’t recommend the book.
I’m giving True to You 2 out of 5 stars, and 3 out of 10.
*I received this book from Litfuse
Sadly, the giveaway has already ended (because this is the last day of the blog tour), but I already shared the information via my blog.