When acclaimed Bible study author Genevieve Woodward receives an anonymous letter referencing her parents’ past, she returns to her hometown in the Blue Ridge Mountains to chase down her family’s secret. However, it’s Genevieve’s own secret that catches up to her when Sam Turner, owner of a historic farm, uncovers the source of shame she’s worked so hard to hide.
Sam has embraced his sorrow, his isolation, and his identity as an outsider. He’s spent years carving out both career success and peace of mind. The last thing he wants is to rent the cottage on his property to a woman whose struggles stir his worst failure back to life. Yet can he bear to turn her away right when she needs him most?
If you’re a fan of Christian contemporary romance, you likely know Becky Wade‘s work. I haven’t read a lot of her books yet, but of the ones I’ve read, Stay with Me seems to pack the biggest spiritual punch.
Gen and Sam both deal with their fair share of guilt, shame, and regrets. Wade explores how God’s grace and mercy and forgiveness can meet us where we are, saving us as only our Savior can. And the growth of both characters, both spiritually and emotionally, through this exploration is incredibly inspiring.
So not only are you getting a fantastic love story (the romance is spot on), but occasionally Wade straight up takes us to church: “She’d rather be known as a woman who’d wrecked her life and was nonetheless loved by Him than as a woman who was good. After today, she’d lose the respect of many. But she would still have Him. And He was everything.” Yes and amen.
And if that isn’t enough, Wade also weaves a bit of a mystery into this novel. I was completely in awe once it was finally revealed and handled.
Overall, Stay with Me is a fantastic read that I highly recommend for fans of contemporary romances with a bit more depth. It’s available now.
A huge thanks to the publisher for a complimentary copy of this book. All expressed opinions belong to me.
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Sam. Our wounded loner is born to be a caretaker and he’s just so dang good at it. He’s patient and gentle with Gen, even if he’s a little rough around the edges in the beginning. It’s impossible not to love him. And he can cook! Gen puts it so well: “Who cared if a man could golf or fish or play baseball? The most seductive (and practical) talent any man could have was a talent for cooking.”