We kicked off the evening with prayer and dug into Becky Wade's discussion questions. Some peeps might think romance is hokey and fluff, but I think this book led us to some of our more meatier discussions.
Topics like losing loved ones whether through illness, sudden tragedy and even suicide. We talked about how the hero in this book differed in the way he handled his wife's death than the hero in the last book we read.
We discussed our experiences of God telling us "no" to something we desperately wanted and what happened during the season of our life after than tough two-letter word.
We laughed and we choked up.
Out of 5 stars, My Stubborn Heart came in at 4.5! Here are few comments made about the story:
"I don't normally like romance, but this heroine was funny in a quirky way, so I liked it."
"I really like the older couple and their antics."
"I don't know the heroine thought there's someone for everyone. I don't believe that's true."
"I got so angry when the story didn't go the way I thought it should. She finished well, but I liked how not only could the characters not see what God was doing, we couldn't see what He i.e. the author was doing and I felt that frustration."
(Jess here--there's a lesson in that above statement. I don't know if Becky Wade intentionally meant for that spiritual meaning to weave through the storyline, but God did.)
"I really liked the hero, he wasn't the stereotypical jock."
In response to that statement it was said: "Well anyone who will quit their career when it's at its peak, doesn't have an ego problem."
Here's a peek at My Stubborn Heart by Becky Wade:
Kate Donovan is burned out on work, worn down by her dating relationships, and in need of an adventure. When Kate's grandmother asks Kate to accompany her to Redbud, Pennsylvania, to restore the grand old house she grew up in, Kate jumps at the chance.
Yet, she discovers a different kind of project upon meeting the man hired to renovate the house. Matt Jarreau is attractive and clearly wounded -- hiding from people, from God, and from his past. Kate can't help but set her stubborn heart on bringing him out of the dark and back into the light... whether he likes it or not.
During her childhood in California, Becky frequently produced homemade plays starring her sisters, friends, and cousins. These plays almost always featured a heroine, a prince, and a love story with a happy ending. She's been a fan of all things romantic ever since.
Becky and her husband lived overseas in the Caribbean and Australia before settling in Dallas, Texas. It was during her years abroad that Becky's passion for reading turned into a passion for writing. She published three historical romances with Avon Books, then put her career on hold for several years to care for her kids, then recently returned to writing sheerly for the love of it. She felt led to move to the genre of contemporary Christian romance and couldn't be more thrilled with it.
These days Becky can be found failing but trying to keep up with her housework, sweating at the gym, carting her kids around town, playing tennis, hunched over her computer, eating chocolate, or collapsed on the sofa watching TV with her husband.
Do you read romance novels (inspirational or otherwise)?
Why or why not?