Willow Bradford is content taking a break from modeling to run her family's inn until she comes face-to-face with NFL quarterback Corbin Stewart, the man who broke her heart--and wants to win her back. When a decades-old missing-persons case brings them together, they're forced to decide whether they can risk falling for one another all over again.
Becky’s a California native who attended Baylor University, met and married a Texan, and settled in Dallas with their three children and one Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. She loves penning sweet contemporary romances laced with sizzling chemistry, mystery, faith, banter, and humor. Her twelve novels and five novellas have been recognized with a Carol Award, INSPY awards, and a spot in the Christy Award Hall of Fame.
When she’s not at her computer, you’ll find her power-walking her neighborhood, driving carpool, eating chocolate, doing yoga, or admiring her dog.
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First off, I will say this is a book intended for adult women...I wouldn't hand it to a young teen just because of some frank talk about past choices some of the characters have made.
Personally, I loved it. I think it's one of Wade's best books to date. The Christian message shines through true and clear and the need for a specific trust in the one and only Saviour is explicitly stated. The themes of the story are of forgiveness and redemption. I loved these parts best.
The banter between Corbin and Willow is fun. So is the mystery of what happened to young Charlotte's great-aunt Josephine, who disappeared from their area of Washington back in '77, leaving no trace behind for her worried family.
A very vain plus for me: Willow wears an outfit like the one on the cover. I love when that happens.
Content: lots and lots of kisses; talks of past affairs; three instances of "gosh"
Thanks to the publisher for a free review copy in exchange for an honest review.
I received this book for free from the Bethany House Blogger Review Program in exchange for an honest review.
Full disclaimer, I did not read the first book in this series, which is about Willow’s sister, Nora, but that did not affect my comprehension of the book whatsoever. You could read this book as a standalone if you wanted to and still be able to fully enjoy it. I actually kind of want to read the first book now because Nora is in this book. It turns out she’s a nerdy librarian and so that fact alone just makes me want to read her book.
Overall, this was a really sweet romance novel!
I loved Willow and Corbin’s love story. I loved how they were a couple in the past, but lost their way, and then found each other again. Their romance was incredibly well developed. Nothing felt rushed. Plus, I thought they made a very cute couple.
I also really enjoyed the Josephine mystery. It added that something special to the book. There was a nice balance of the love story and the mystery story. The mystery didn’t overpower the book. Instead it complemented the existing romantic storyline.
This is Christian fiction so there are Christian aspects in the book. There was talk of religion, like God and the Bible, but it was done in the right amount and wasn’t too preachy. I’m not super religious so sometimes I find it to be a bit too much for me. With this book, I thought it was very well done, especially towards the end. I liked how inspirational it got.
All in all, this was a cute Christian romance novel with a little bit of mystery thrown in.
This is a book that I could just fall into, and feel a part of the world and story and characters. I love the author's subtle writing style that drew me in and allowed me to connect with Willow and Corbin without overwhelming me with description or repetition. Willow and Corbin both have big walls up that are slowly eroded when they are compelled to spend time together, helping Corbin's niece Charlotte solve a decades-old missing person mystery. Investigating the case, step by step, brought a steady pace to the book as Corbin also struggles with the inevitable death of his sick father and Willow deals with unwanted attention from fans and her own waning interest in modeling. There is a perfect balance between all the plot threads and the redevelopment of Willow and Corbin's friendship and romance. They share fun banter, even (especially) when they are at odds, their chemistry is crackling with passion, and their relationship develops greater depth as Corbin is determined to show Willow how devoted he is to her. Willow's sisters play an important role in her life and help her as she helps them. We even see a couple chapters from Britt's perspective as a lead-in to the next book, which I can't wait for! I love the spiritual themes that are woven in seamlessly of forgiveness and the importance of turning all our worries over to God and allowing him to guide our lives. Even though this is the second book in the series it can definitely be read as a standalone. Highly recommend!
(I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions expressed in this review are my own)
Becky Wade’s latest, Falling For You, perfectly fits that bill. This novel builds on her list of strong family based novels, but with the fun of a world-class model and an injured professional football quarterback. I could relate to Willow so much! The oldest daughter who has (almost) always been perfect, and can’t confront or forget or forgive the time she wasn’t. And that has become an insurmountable mountain separating her from Corbin. Then a young girl asks for her help untangling a decades old mystery, and Willow’s walls begin to crumble. As they do, she has to wrestle with who she is and who she wants to be. Toe-curling romance wrapped inside a novel that is so much more! Willow’s story is one I won’t forget. Touching. Real. And a great romance.
➳A story filled with second chances, finding out the truth behind a hidden secret, and mending your broken heart for the better good of your inner self...
➳I am keeping this review short and sweet for the sake of being generously honest. I am not always a fan of romances from authors I have never read before, and this novel is no exception. The drama, the hidden secrets, it being in the third perspective... it all brings to the lack of entertainment there is in the story FOR ME. For others, this may be the ideal romance story one may be looking for. The characters, "saying" that they have some sort of "chemistry," I will have to neglect that statement and say that I never felt any sort of sparks between Willow and Corbin. They are both described as two strong individuals, which is something that I utterly do like about since Willow is a model in an industry that has its ups and downs in regards to being accepted because of your appearance. Corbin, an NFL player, has its mental struggles of trying to find peace in his life filled with so much attention from everyone.
➳Both ex-es have been put together in a mysterious situation in which one may consider this novel a "mystery" as well as a semi-"romance." Anyways, I am glad I got to read this novel, but I am disappointed that it wasn't what I was expecting. If you are into angsty romances that have gaps filled with drama then I recommend reading this one for sure. Thank you to the publicist for sending me this copy!
➳ARC kindly provided by the publicist in exchange for an honest review...
I have such mixed feelings over this book. (I procrastinated writing this review for over a week—which didn't help, for the record.) It definitely had it's strong points, but I waffled between adoring and despising both of the main characters for most of the book.
First, Corbin. Honestly, the dude is fabulous sometimes. (Spoiler: He toilet-papered Willow's security gate...because she told him not to. What's not to love?!) I liked this guy more than I ever liked Willow, except when all he can think about is kissing her or pulling her shirt off her shoulder...(Get a grip, man.) The side of the story dealing with Corbin, his dad, and their relationship was wonderful, though.
Then there's Willow. Besides the fact that I don't have much in common with the gorgeous model gal, I liked her character most of the time. Aside from when she wanted to cast all the blame for everything that is wrong in the world—or ever has been—on Corbin. Still, she was badly hurt by him in years past, so I made a face and pushed through.
(Spoilers in this paragraph.) My main "gripe" with these two wasn't even the sins in their past. It was the way they handled their current relationship. Corbin is convinced he can win Willow back, so he sets out to do that. But Willow, even while making out with the guy on her couch, keeps telling that they're not together. They're not a couple. This is all over when she goes back to Cali in a few weeks. And that bothered me. She led him on for months—and he let himself be led on—and didn't seem to have a bit of remorse over it, until afterwards. (End of spoilers.)
All that aside... the murder mystery was rather intriguing and not at all something I expected to find in this book. Charlotte was such a fabulous example of a middle-school-aged girl, and I loved her character and her family.
Mrs. Wade is an amazing writer. Her prose is fabulous, her plots are well-woven, and her characters are solid. I just...had problems with some of the content in this one. That said, I'm looking forward to Britt and Zander's story. :)
**I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.**
Ah, to have another Becky Wade novel in my hands – such happiness, followed by a bittersweet feeling when the story is over. Falling for You had me turning the last page with a deep sense of satisfaction of a tale well-told.
Willow Bradford is the oldest sister, and perhaps the one I feared I may connect to the least, but that was not the case. She is a character that I truly connected with, especially as a person that felt she still had unmet dreams (despite being a very successful model), as well as someone with regrets that still weigh them down. I admit that Corbin also took a while to grow on me. As the story progressed, and I got to know him better, he became more real and more likable. His cavalier athlete persona grated on my nerves a bit, and I was happy when the real Corbin started shining through.
Though the romantic thread is a key component of the story, there is still a compelling and unexpected mystery. Corbin’s niece, Charlotte, a particularly determined twelve-year-old, is determined to figure out what happened to her great-aunt Josephine, who disappeared many years ago. Her character adds such a wonderful dynamic to the story. Because she knows Corbin had a past acquaintance with Willow, she’s determined that Willow (and Corbin) are the ones to help her. Thus, the mystery component re-introduces Willow and Corbin back into each other’s lives, and chaos ensues. Okay – not chaos, but delightful tension, melting of hearts, and many sweet moments. It also brings about soul-searching and the untangling of Willow’s guilt, which is tied up in knots with how she feels about Corbin.
Ultimately, Willow realizes that the root of her guilt is something that she has dealt with her entire life, and watching her come to terms with this is so encouraging. Wade never fails to impress me with the hopeful realism that she infuses in her stories. She doesn’t sugarcoat the characters’ struggles and addresses things head-on without giving unnecessary details or making things uncomfortable. It’s very refreshing and uplifting. Life is messy and yucky and just plain sad, but there is still hope.
While Falling for You could still be enjoyed on its own, I do recommend reading Then Came You (prequel novella) and True to You (book one) as well, so that you can get the full backstory for the Bradford family. After getting another peek at youngest sister Britt in this story, I’m eager to see what happens to her in book three!
I received a complimentary copy of this novel from the publisher, which I chose to review. This review is my honest opinion.
Falling for You is everything right in a romance novels. Becky Wade upped her game and brought me to tears a time or too, laughter (because Corbin is that hilarious), and a bunch of heartfelt sighs at the love blossoming between Corbin and Willow. I absolutely loved it!
First of all, this book had a touch of mystery. I was so intrigued and glued to the pieces that Corbin and his niece, with the help of Willow, went through. It almost made me wish for a little mystery of my won.
All in all, this was a one-nighter, page turning, gotta love Becky Wade type of read.
My heart just sighed with happiness. There is so much to love about Falling For You - a beautifully sweet love story of second chances, a return to wonderful sibling relationships, a decades-old mystery to solve, love, humour, faith, and family all wrapped up in a parcel of deliciousness.
Willow has returned to her family home - taking time off from her modelling career and stepping in to help run her parents’ BnB. Willow doesn’t expect to run into her ex-boyfriend and biggest regret, Corbin Stewart. Willow’s plan is to avoid and ignore Corbin and the hurt she still carries over the way their relationship ended, but when Corbin’s niece Charlotte requests Willow’s help to solve a family mystery, Willow finds it hard to say no, even if it means working (and spending time) with Corbin.
Ahhhh. The sweet romance of second chances. Relationship do-overs are so much fun, and I particularly liked Corbin and Willow’s journey from hurt and shame to reconciliation. At first, I wasn’t sure if I liked Corbin all that much. He seemed a little too showman-like, sure of himself and loudly confident. But he grew on me and, as Willow similarly discovered, it is hard to resist Corbin’s charm. As the story unfolds, it was also easier to see Corbin’s charisma as a protective facade, and the times he lets his vulnerability show were precious.
Willow is a relatable character (aside from the fact that she is a gorgeous model), and she struggles with the desire to be perfect, feeling like she must earn love, and with shame and guilt from her mistakes. She also has a strong desire to protect herself from future pain, and does that by keeping Corbin at arm’s length. The hurt she felt from the past, and her determination to keep her distance from Corbin or see the good in him was palpable. These intense feelings made their change in relationship so enjoyable to read.
I particularly like that alongside the romance, Falling For You had a good helping of mystery. The detective work Corbin and Willow undertake gave them a natural reason for sharing so much of each other’s company, even when they might not have wanted to. Charlotte-12 years old, confident, witty and unafraid to speak her mind- was a wonderful addition to the grouping, offsetting Corbin and Willow’s awkwardness perfectly. The mystery itself was intriguing, well-paced and a great addition to the storyline.
There was so much that I enjoyed about Falling For You: the sisterly relationships Willow shared with Britt and Nora; the honest and forthright way that sexual relationship were discussed; the journey of faith that Willow, Corbin and Corbin’s father all continue or begin; the undeniable connection that Willow and Corbin share; the way the characters grew on me, how they made me fall in love with them, not because of any perfection they might have had, but because of their honesty, vulnerability and humanness. And did I mention how much I liked the romance?
Falling for You is totally delightful and such a sweet story of reconciliation, second chances and forgiveness. It is the second full-length novel in the Bradford Sisters Romance series, and while each book can be read as a stand-alone, the lives of the sisters and their stories overlap a little. As such, it was fun to start Britt’s story. Her story, which will feature in book three, promises to be as wonderful as Falling For You.
The publishers provided an advanced readers copy of this book for reviewing purposes. All opinions are my own.
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Wow! Just, wow! This book is beyond AMAZING! Having read and loved all of Becky's books to date, I knew I would enjoy this one, but it went above and beyond every single one of my expectations which I admit were incredibly high to begin with. I have no words to express just how much I loved every single thing about this book! Willow and Corbin were awesome main characters! I instantly liked Willow and found myself relating to her a lot more than I expected to. Corbin was hilarious, he had me laughing out loud more times than I can count. I loved watching them fall in love all over again, but I especially loved watching them both turn to God in all their beautiful brokenness. The pages of this book contain what just may be my very favorite faith story of all Becky's books so far, it was phenomenal, grabbed my heart and would not let go! I also loved the twelve year old precocious tornado of fun and sarcasm that is Charlotte Dixon! She's such a riot, never a dull moment when she was on the page! Another thing that I loved so, so much about Falling for You was the mystery the characters were investigating, it was so well written and just absolutely fabulously well done! I was pulled into the book from the first page, and to be honest I don't think I've truly left yet, nor am I likely to at any time in the near future! Have I mentioned that I loved this book?! I haven't? Well, shame on me because I LOVED IT SO MUCH I CAN'T HELP BUT GUSH! This one has a permanent spot on my keeper shelf, and is on my list of favorite reads of 2018! Read it, read it, READ IT! You won't be sorry!
I received a copy of this book from the author and publisher to help promote it, which did not influence my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions are one hundred percent my own.
Falling For You was such a great romance story. While the characters definitely weren't perfect (who is?), I loved the character growth and redemption story. I did think the romance got intense a little too quickly, but because it was a second chance romance story I understood why it happened the way it did.
I loved the characters. I liked how Willow responded to a certain character's wishes and the ending was fantastic. I cannot wait to read the next book, as there was a little hint of the romance for that one and I am anxious to find out how it goes.
All in all, Falling for You was wonderful. I loved the story and the way it was written. I recommend this book to fans of romance.
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This is second in a series, though you can probably read it as a stand-alone. Characters from the first are present, but not in a way where you'd need to know the first story to relate. The first is way better, though, so I highly recommend reading in order.
The faith side of this is nearly as good as in the first book. But the rest of it is, frankly, weak. Indeed, the first third or so dragged on so long that I got impatient and would have abandoned it if my experience with the first hadn't been so strong. Willow is kind of a wet-blanket and questions about what happened in their past aren't answered until 38% in. And I thought that was a bit long considering how strongly those events pressed on the present day. I mean, Corbin is making these really heartfelt pleas for understanding and he clearly wants a second-chance and feels a little bitter that she shut him out so thoroughly. And I had no idea if I could sympathize with him and want her to relent or if I wanted some more/better groveling first.
For others, like me, who want to know and because I think it would be an actual advantage to know from the beginning, I'll spill the beans in this spoiler:
Anyway, at least the past rift made sense and in a way that both could grow and recover from, if they wanted to. It still felt long, though, and I thought the side-mystery about aunt Josephine was lame and since that was the frame for putting them in proximity I was having a hard time. It smoothed out a little after the revelation and I liked their dating and Corbin's persistence. And I really liked how events from the past played into the present and the difficulty Willow had getting past it because of what he did, but also because of her feelings of inadequacy.
While better than the start, I had additional problems with the ending, too. The biggest, a really stupid promise Willow made (and then kept) without talking with Corbin was such a stupid betrayal of their burgeoning relationship that I had a really hard time not thinking badly of her and her intelligence and devotion for the pain she was causing them both. Man, that was frustrating.
Fortunately, the faith-based parts were as outstanding as ever. If Wade has a primary strength, it's her understanding of faith and the power of giving yourself to God. The struggle of/for faith of her characters stands out as authentic and touching and rescues this from the pits of despair I'd have otherwise consigned this story to. It's a remarkable gift and made the whole experience worth it in the end. But only three stars worth because that was a whole lot to get past to find the valuable nuggets this time.
A note about Chaste: There's no explicit sex in this, but discussions of sex and failure by characters to live up to their faithful standards are a significant part of the story. There are some lovely kisses and a great example of a couple working together to avoid dipping too far into passion and I really loved that. But it may surpass the tolerance of some.
The last book I read by this author was wonderful but this was not. I didn't like Corbin at all. He was a terrible man and I don't believe he really was so reformed at all. I skimmed the last part because while I cared about the mystery I really couldn't connect with them. They both had relationships while they were apart but hers were not totally intimate because she had hated herself for succumbing to him but it sounded like his were. The niece was cute and the mystery was pretty good. That's the only reason I finished it. To find out about Josephine. I just hated the hero. And don't even get me started on his Dad.
Falling For You is the second installment of The Bradford Sisters Romance series, and let me just say...I loved this book from start to finish! I read this book a few years back and absolutely loved it, but when I read it again, remembered all the things I loved about this book and series!
You get a first appearance of Corbin as the confident, suave, powerful quarterback from the book, Undeniable Yours. Also in the the first book of the Bradford Sisters Romance series, True To You, you find out that Willow and Corbin are ex-lovers and the fireworks fly. But not in the sweet romantic way, more like the Taylor-Swifts'-song-"Bad Blood"-kind-of-way. Neither one of them want to see each other again or revist what happened between them in the demise of their past relationship. But when Corbin's neice wants to find out what happened to a long lost family member. She asks for the famous-model Willow Bradford's help. Which puts Willow and Corbin in a situation where the have to finally face each other, and possibly rediscover the love they once had for each other.
I really appreciated how Becky Wade wrote both main characters in this book. She really gave layers to Willow and Corbin individual growth in this story, while making it engaging the whole way through. I felt like their relationship had relatable real-life struggles. There were so many parts in this book that resonated with me. Like Corbin and his relationship and care for his father. I just was like, "Ok! How can you stay mad at this guy! And Willow journey of learning to forgive herself of past mistakes. There were just so many great scenes between both of the characters that will give you a double dose of all the feels! This book is one you want to your reading list immediately! 5 stars!
------------------------------ I waited so long to get this book and I was not disappointed!! I have so many happy emotions right now!
So many things to love in this newest Becky Wade book. Willow, her family, her profession, her appetite ... all super fun and readable! Speaking of appetite, supermodel Willow and her sisters seem to be eating delicious, high calorie foods all the time. I mean I loved it but is it realistic for a supermodel to be able to eat that much? Willow's relationship with Charlotte and the project they worked on with Corbin was such a great way progress the plot. I thought Willow got a tad bit redundant with the "I love him but I can't have him" sentiment but not hardly enough to outweigh all the delicious banter between these well-developed characters! The message of the gospel was perfectly woven into the story without being preachy. I really liked Corbin. He's my kind of hero. Very sure of himself. He knows what he wants and goes after it. I will be anxiously awaiting book three in The Bradford Sisters Romance.
*Update: This is one of my all time favorite books! And now I can add that it is also a favorite audio book, as well.*
This book was amazing! The newest addition to the Bradford Sisters Romance series is one you do not want to miss!
These characters captured me as I watched their interactions and wondered what exactly tore Willow and Corbin apart years ago. As past heartaches were revealed, I grew more and more attached to these characters. These two had a great chemistry. I just loved every single scene they were in together, and seeing how they responded to each other.
I was also intrigued with the mystery that Willow and Corbin agreed to help solve. Watching them dive into the past to help Corbin's niece find answers was fascinating.
Corbin and his dad had a very touching storyline throughout the book. These were difficult circumstances they were navigating, and their individual faith journeys were beautiful to read about.
I have loved each story in this series, and Falling for You has jumped into the spot of favorite for this series so far. It is also on my all-time favorites list now. Heartfelt and deeply beautiful, this story is one I will read again and again!
I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
Becky Wade has earned herself a spot on my shelf of must read authors! She knows how to weave a captivating romance that I'm invested in from the beginning. Her Bradford sisters series started off strong with True to You and Falling for You did not disappoint. I did connect a little more with Nora than Willow but that's simply because I'm also a book worm with a penchant for period dramas. Willow and Corbin's last attempt at a relationship did not end on a good note and when they're thrust together again they both resent the sparks that immediately start to fly. Corbin is a different man than he was the first time they were together and quickly realizes Willow is the one for him. Willow is still struggling with guilt over their last relationship and has built walls around herself. As a mystery of a missing woman slowly starts to unravel Willow is realizing Corbin is exactly what she wants and needs in a partner but still struggles to let him close. I truly enjoyed the mystery and seeing Willow and Corbin's relationship blossom. I would recommended this story for fans of contemporary romance and am eagerly waiting for the next installment!
Falling for You continues the "Bradford Sisters Romance" series with a story that is both enchanting and moving. Becky Wade is quickly becoming a favorite author! The relationships between sisters are so dynamic and realistic... but the real gems in the story are the emotion-filled romance and intriguing mystery!
A quaint setting and easily-relatable characters are just the tip of the iceberg with this heart-filled story. Beneath the surface lie layers of unforgiveness, family complexities, a tough faith journey, banter & humor, mystery, and the vulnerabilities of romantic connection.
Falling for You encompasses so many emotions and moments of truth. Just when it seems like the characters are making progress, another layer of Willow and Corbin's past relationship is revealed, increasing the tension and complexity of the story. I love that Becky Wade can make me laugh, cry, and swoon in a matter of pages. Mostly, I love that my own faith can be challenged through story -- and what a lesson it is! For Willow, it's a lesson in trust and forgiveness. For Corbin, a lesson in surrender and waiting. For them both, fully depending on God's strength becomes essential.
I'm looking forward to Britt's story (finally!) next! This story already made me crave chocolate. :)
Thank you to Prism Book Tours and Bethany House for the review copy. This is my honest review.
This was super cute! I loved the banter between Corbin and Willow. And secondary character Charlotte was a gem, especially at the beginning of the novel. The ending made me tear up and that doesn't happen often with books.
I told myself I was giving up reviewing contemporary fiction because I never enjoy it and then I feel mean writing a review. But...then I saw the blurb for the first book in this series, True to You. Guys, it's about a genealogist. Who works/lives in a historical village. And loves period dramas. Obviously this girl was my book twin, right? So I immediately put in on my to-read list but never got around to it. Eventually, Falling For You became available for review, and I chose it, figuring it would give me the needed push to go out and actually buy the first book. And it did! Except I read the first book and...I didn't like it. And it wasn't just a "meh-wasn't-for-me" sort of of deal like most contemporary books end up being- it was an active, hopelessly disappointed sort of dislike.
Except I'd already accepted the second book for review, which meant that I had made a huge mistake. Falling For You arrived and sat, glaring at me accusingly from my bookshelf in all its spring-like, elegant glory. I put off reading this book for as long as I dared but yesterday it was time to finally bite the bullet and take it on in one fell swoop.
Thankfully, this book had some positives. I did like it better than the first book in the series, and I can honestly say there were some genuinely funny lines and scenes that had me smiling (some so good they would have been post-worthy had I not been so lazy in jotting them down.) I never warmed up to Corbin, but for the most part, I did like Willow.
But...there were still a lot of detractors for me. We know early on that Willow and Corbin had a really bad break-up years earlier, but it takes the story a while to uncover just what happened. A large portion of it is due to the fact that Willow had ignored her Christian convictions in entering into a relationship with Corbin--not only because he wasn't a Christian, but because their relationship was also sexual. Now, the two meet again years later. Corbin is now a Christian and, still in love with her, hopes to win her back. Willow wants nothing to do with that. She tells him this...and then by the last 1/3 of the book agrees to go on a couple dates with him...and kiss him...all the while telling him she still wasn't going to take him back, that they have no future together, and all of this is just "casual."
Me: well, that's the worst idea I've ever heard of. That's not how you say "no?"
Because Willow was so regretful of the physical relationship she they had had, and how it clouded her judgement, I just don't see how "getting lost in his kisses" was really going to help her here.
Overall, while this book was marginally better than the first book, I can't say I'd recommend this series. And for me, the contemporary Christian fiction genre remains a landmine field better left untrod.
I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
Falling for You by Becky Wade Genre: Romance Format: Kindle Timeframe: Present day Location: Shore Pine, WA Characters: Willow Bradford: Model, sister to Nora and Britt Corbin Stewart : Ex-NFL quarterback Charlotte Dixon: Corbin’s 14 year old “niece” Nora and Britt: Willow’s sisters
Second book in the Bradford Sisters series. Nora was the sister featured in True to You. In Falling for You the eldest sister, Willow, has her own story and boy what a punch!
As with the first book, the storyline is set around an investigation/romance. This time a person assumed dead is not, and 14-year-old Charlotte wants to find her. Through her "uncle" Corbin she enlists the famous model, Willow Bradford. Mind you, the fact that Willow accepts the invitation to speak with Charlotte in Corbin's presence is a wonder in itself. She can't stand to even look at him. Corbin's a man she once loved and was terribly hurt by, and can't forgive. As it turns out this mystery and this irresistible girl can't be ignored.
I have really enjoyed this series. Clean with some modern issues that are dealt with in a fairly satisfying way. Plus the characters are such a kick. Even the grumpy Grandma and the nearly-deaf Russian cook, Valentina are so much fun. Ms. Wade adds some laugh out loud conversational humor, which I thoroughly enjoy. Corbin is so funny and so charming it's hard to not root for him.
I love how the faith issue is dominant. Salvation by grace alone can be hard to hear and understand, but is shared, and done well. I love that repentance is also an issue for one character. Well said from Corbin "...people would rather think of themselves as good than face their mistakes". It made an impact on his father who was facing his mortality and needed to take God seriously.
Very good book. Looking forward to the Britt/Zander installment next year!
I am a bit conflicted with my rating. Mainly due to a great start which grabbed my interest, but somewhere along the line the story seemed to slow down for me and I found myself not that eager to grab it during my reading time. Even the mystery around the disappearance of Charlotte's aunt ended up in a bit of a let down (I was expecting a bit more of a thrill).
However, the author has a great talent with her stories and descriptions she provides. The more books I read by her, the more I appreciate her talent with words.
Corbin was about as trustworthy as a toddler with a permanent marker.
She didn’t need Vitamin D. That smile was sunlight to her.
I could relate to Willow, I am also quite a rule follower and did what was expected when I was younger. I could also understand her struggle to forgive and trust Corbin again. Corbin, I had a like-dislike relationship with him. Some times I loved his humour and especially how he was around his niece, Charlotte.
He knew he was in trouble. He’d been a beast on the gridiron, but he was a marshmallow where Charlotte was concerned.
Other times he came around as bit of a player, arrogant, overbearing and manipulative when not taking no for an answer. However, at the end of the book we finally saw his heart and he became real with his emotions and won my affections. I think his personality fit perfectly with Willow, to not see life so serious. And I loved his matter of fact believe in what God says.
“Why all the guilt? The way the chaplain explained it to me, once we ask God for forgiveness, we’re forgiven. Right?”
What I liked most about this story was the broken and realistic characters. Willow and Corbin made mistakes in the past, realised they are sinners in need of a saviour and that it is a daily decision and journey.
Lord God, make something beautiful out of our mistakes, in your time.
Fans of contemporary fiction will love this story.
Falling for You is another great example of why author Becky Wade is my favorite contemporary author. In this second book of the Bradford sisters’ romances, we get oldest sister Willow and her story and what happened between her and her love, former NFL quarterback Corbin. This was a great addition to this already strong sisterly bond and shows what happens when you think you are not perfect enough for yourself. Having a hard time forgiving herself and living with the guilt and shame of her past with Corbin, Willow has turned inward and now strives harder to be the perfect older sister and daughter and a moral example to young women who look up to her and her modeling career.
Corbin has had a change of heart and now is pursuing living a better life then what he did. Enter his cousin’s preteen daughter with an unusual quest and per her instructions he must include his ex-girlfriend Willow to help them. Willow and Corbin have a lot of chemistry, love, and hate flowing between them. It was a constant tug of war for both of them to hold on to their emotions until both decided to try their love once again.
There is a mystery story along with theirs and through a series of flashbacks we get to see just what happened to this couple the first time around. Family secrets are brought to life and certain requests are made that certainly looked like they could derail this rekindled romance. I really enjoyed this second installment even though it was a rocky road for these two to move on from the past into a future that would be better for them.
I received a complimentary copy of this novel. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.
I have mixed feelings about this book. Some parts were really good,and other parts were just boring. I liked the mystery aspect, but at the end I feel like I didn’t get a good ending to the mystery. I wasn’t a huge fan of Charlotte. I don’t know why though. The romance was okay. There were moments when I thought it was sweet, and there were moments where I was just like no. Willow wasn’t my favorite and neither was Corbin. They had there good qualities, but they aren’t characters I loved. It also took me FOREVER to read. It usually never takes me this long to read a book. I will have to say the cover is pretty, and I love the dress on the cover. I am excited to read the rest of the series, and I hope the next two are better than this one.
Falling for You is the second book from Becky Wade’s series, A Bradford Sisters Romance. What a wonderful, clean, fun, delightful, suspenseful, and romantic story. I love the interactions between Corbin and Willow. They had perfect chemistry. They made me laugh out loud at times and had me emotional at others.
I give Falling for You 4 1/2 stars and I highly recommend it. I believe many readers would relate to the power of forgiveness, moving from the past, and redemption.
I received this book from the publisher. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.
Becky Wade has done it again. A brilliant, funny, swoon-worthy but also courageous book. Corbin and Willow's journey will have you laughing, intrigued, captured and possibly a little teary. If you're already a Becky fan you will adore this book. If not, I recommend that you start with the first book in the Bradford series, True To You to get the fullest reading enjoyment. As for me, the next (and final *sob*) installment in the Bradford sisters cannot come soon enough!!
True to You by Becky Wade was one of my favourite reads of 2017. It was a contemporary Christian romance about a librarian who dabbled in family history research, so how could I not love it? The heroine of True to You was Nora, one of the three Bradford sisters—a librarian, a pastry chef, and a famous model. It was pretty obvious the series was going to give us stories for each sister.
After reading True to You, I was keen to read the other two stories. Falling for You is the second novel in the series, and it’s the story of the internationally famous model and the retired football star.
Injury has forced Corbin Stewart to retire from football. He’s bought a house in Shore Pine, Washington, to be near his only remaining family. What he didn’t know was that it also put him near ex-girlfriend Willow Bradford, now on a sabbatical from modelling, living in nearby Merryweather and managing her family B&B.
Charlotte Dixon, Corbin’s twelve-year-old niece, has discovered a family secret. She’s convinced Willow Bradford will help her uncover the mystery behind the secret, and convinces Corbin to introduce her to Willow. Willow agrees to help, even though helping will bring her into too much contact with ex-boyfriend Corbin. Who is still devastatingly attractive, despite the way he broke up with her four years ago.
Falling for You follows the same pattern as True to You and the free prequel novella, Then Came You. It intersperses the present-day story with letters, emails, and text messages from the past and present. It’s a novel (!) way to tell a story, and it works as we see the past and present stories of Willow, Corbin, and others.
And it’s a strong story. It’s the romance of two people who messed up years ago, and have to work out if there’s a way through that mess to find happiness. Part of that mess was because while Willow is and always has been a strong Christian, Corbin called himself a Christian but didn’t live the life (football star, remember?). He’s now become a Christian, but finding life hard.
Willow has her own problems with faith, and they are so deep-seated it actually takes her a while to realise they even exist. This, to me, was the depth in the book—Willow coming to terms with her past choices, and what that means for her faith. And there was a fascinating suspense plot around Charlotte’s secret.
I loved True to You because I related to Nora, the librarian. She’s bookish, and that meant I could relate to her in a way I can’t relate to an internationally famous model. But I could still relate to Willow as a woman who has made mistakes, who has to learn what forgiveness really means.
Falling for You is a touching tale of love lost and love found again, underpinned by an intriguing mystery, and the power of God to forgive. Now I’m looking forward to the third book in the Bradford Sisters series, the story of the pastry chef who doesn’t realise her best friend of forever is in love with her (and has been forever). He knows it. I know it. Her sisters know it. But she doesn’t, and that’s a trope I love.
Thanks to Bethany House and NetGalley for providing a free ebook for review.
I have been a huge fan of Ms. Wade's since her debut book, My Stubborn Heart, first came out several years ago and she has yet to disappoint me, so of course I expected to love this one. Especially since I've been looking forward to Willow's story since finishing book one last year! Even though I had to wait much too long, I am pleased to be on this end of the waiting and happily swooning over Corbin now. ;)
I must say, one thing that I so appreciate about Ms. Wade's stories is how she takes difficult subjects and touches on them realistically yet gently at the same time. Hard things make for harsh choices sometimes, yet there is always threads of hope interweaving through the chapters, so that I continually stay sympathetic to the very real struggles her characters are dealing with. It's those bits of hope that keep me turning pages, just waiting for the moment when it becomes a bright shining light instead of a gentle little glow!
I loved how I connected with Willow's emotions consistently. We are nothing alike, but somehow I could understand her fears and her uncertainties. So many times I wanted to reach in the story and give her a hug, or just simply remind her that she could let go of her control a little bit. But I especially loved how she set her standard high and strove to stick with it, no matter how hard it might be. And it was hard! Yet a glorious reward happened because of her choice and it ended up bringing about a most wonderful scene. I love those reminders of the beauty in hard things!
But it wasn't just Willow that I connected with. It was all three of the Bradford sisters. I was so happy for little glimpses of Nora and John's life now! And Britt...ah, now I really can't wait to find out more of her story. The sisters relationship is definitely a favorite aspect of this series. They make me feel like if I actually met them in real life that they'd be just as wonderful as I'm imagining! One of my very favorite fictional families.
The romance is, of course, just as swoony and delicious as you'd expect from Ms. Wade. Corbin and Willow's chemistry is off the charts! As I said before, Corbin is certainly a keeper, but I do have to admit that he had to grow on me a bit. He was just a little too confident at first. Yet I began to realize what a facade he'd been fostering and, like Willow, it wasn't long until he'd charmed me over to his side. He's awfully irresistible!
All in all, this book seems to have a little bit of everything. Mystery! Romance! And precocious twelve-year-old girls who understand their uncles way better than anyone else. Charlotte was a really sweet addition to the cast of characters and became one of my favorites. Her small nudges certainly help get the ball rolling in the beginning, for which none of us are unhappy! :D
There are many more reasons that I could name in order to try and convince you to give this one a try. But ultimately? All I've really got is that it's by Becky Wade and that should totally be enough to convince you! So what are you waiting for? Go read it.
**I received a complimentary copy from Bethany House & Netgalley. All opinions expressed are my own.
I love love love what Becky Wade is doing with this series! The Bradford sisters are an authentic and endearing trio with all the usual hiccups and blessings of sisterhood.
Willow Bradford might be a celebrity but she’s still a regular gal with hopes and dreams that don’t consist of jetting all over the world and making a pile of money. Corbin Stewart, his charismatic charm, and his earnest fledgling faith captured my reader heart as his frustrated goading evolved into persistent wooing and a relentless endeavor to love.
Faith and family form the solid foundation of this second-chance romance and intriguing mystery. Wade gives us characters that set up permanent residence in our reader hearts. I am already looking forward to reading these stories again and again. There is no doubt in my mind that the third installment will be just as delightful as the first two have been.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was under no obligation to post a review. The opinions expressed are my own.