Having read the first of the Bradford Sisters Romance novels, True to You, that follows this prequel novella, I thought I was prepared. I thought I had a good idea of what to expect. Perhaps I didn’t pay close enough attention to the references to the parents of the three sisters and their circumstances, but I was unprepared for the rawness of this story.
From lust, to comfort, to friendship that blooms into love, the novella traces the trajectory of his adult life and the three relationships that led to Garner Bradford being the father of the three sisters of the series. Guilt and heartache are byproducts of choices made with the first two relationships, and make him resistant to pursuing a relationship with Kathleen, the woman who is his wife in True to You.
The epistolary form gives this story an air of discovery. Written as a series of diary entries and other pieces of correspondence, the reader is led through Garner’s relationships, Kathleen’s career aspirations, and the relationship that eventually blooms between them. Glimpses of the personalities of the three sisters, as well as Kathleen’s mother, were possibly more interesting having already read the first novel of the trilogy.
An interesting prequel, well written, unvarnished, and unexpected, bringing the prodigal son story to mind. I’m looking forward to continuing to read this series with Falling for You, due out from Bethany House in May.
Then Came You by Becky Wade (Bradford Sisters Romance, 0.5) | Becky Wade, March 2017 | ebook, 160 pages, also available in paperback and as an audiobook
This review refers to a free e-book for kindle, downloaded from Amazon.com. All opinions expressed are my own.
A leather-bound journal. A single father. A woman in pursuit of freedom.
Garner Bradford, heir to the troubled Bradford Shipping empire, doesn’t know much about babies. But he’s going to have to learn fast because he’s just become a single father to his newborn daughter. As he confesses through his journal entries, he’s not entirely sure how to keep a newborn alive, whether or not he’ll ever patch together his shattered heart, or how to forgive himself for his mistakes.
Career girl Kathleen Burke is wholly uninterested in settling down. She has big dreams, and none of them include Garner and his small hometown in Washington State. Yet she can’t seem to get her handsome boss out of her head or her heart. There’s something extraordinarily tempting about his beautifully sad green eyes. . . .