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Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Stay with Me by Becky Wade: #SWMPrism Review & Giveaway

On Tour with Prism Book Tours

I'm thrilled to be a part of this book tour and to share my thoughts of Stay With Me, Becky Wade's newest book and the beginning of a new series. Be sure to follow the other blog posts on this #SWMPrism tour and don't forget to enter the giveaway at the bottom of the page!


Stay with Me
(A Misty River Romance #1)
By Becky Wade

Christian Contemporary Romance
Hardcover, Paperback & ebook, 368 Pages
May 5th 2020 by Bethany House Publishers

Loving her is a risk he can’t afford . . . and can’t resist.

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 an 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?

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Whew! Once again I have been reminded me of the power of God's love and the wonder of God's grace and it wasn't from the Holy Bible. I just finished Stay With Me and I doubt that I can write words that will fully do it justice. Author Becky Wade transported me into one person's struggle to recover from opioid addiction after a serious injury and another person's determination to live his life alone, using several underlying stories and a shocking mystery to reach her goal. As I learned about Genevieve Woodward's near-death experience as a young girl I gained understanding as to why she has dedicated her life to leading others to God. As Sam Turner's guilt over his girl friends's death comes to light it becomes clear why he is determined to live a 'safe life' by focusing on diet, exercise, sleep, and work. It also explains why he is so determined to keep Genevieve from traveling a path to destruction but it does come at a cost. By allowing himself to befriend her and to eventually fall in love with her, he realizes that safety isn't always good and solitude is against God's Plan. God wants us to enjoy a sense of community and to interact with His other children.

Stay With Me is a powerful story of honesty, acceptance, forgiveness, and trust. Wade has filled it with statements that need to be savored and remembered.

"If she was going to be okay, truly okay again, then that outcome could not depend on anyone except herself and God."

"I pray, and pray, and pray. The God I know rescues people from dungeons." 

There are also many questions waiting to be answered. Gen was rescued from being trapped by an earthquake but can she be rescued from the dungeon of addiction? Will Sam allow himself to give up a life of solitude? Aren't we required to offer others the same grace and forgiveness that Christ has given us?

Stay With Me has everything that I enjoy in Christian fiction! A heartwarming romance, a mystery to be solved, and a hero and heroine who are special, but oh, so flawed! They aren't perfect and this is why I loved them so much. Wade has proven herself to be a master in writing Christian romance and I wish that I could give it a higher rating than 5 stars. I can't wait to read the second book in the Misty River Romance series. 

I received a copy of this book from the author and Prism Book Tours. There was no obligation for a positive review. These are my honest thoughts.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Other Books in the Series

Take a Chance on Me
(A Misty River Romance #0.5)
By Becky Wade
Christian Contemporary Romance, Novella
ebook, 97 Pages
February 25th 2020

When baker Penelope Quinn steps in to help her brother’s family through a medical crisis, she’s forced into close proximity with charming Air Force fighter pilot Eli Price.

Penelope has one iron-clad dating rule—she does not date airmen. Months ago, she relaxed her rule with Eli and immediately lived to regret it. After a long deployment, he’s now back in Misty River and, to her dismay, she finds him just as tempting as always.

Eli’s spent months thinking about funny, feisty, creative Penelope. He once leveraged his focus and drive to become a pilot, his childhood dream. Now he's set on leveraging that same focus and drive in order to convince Penelope to give him one more chance.

This romantic prequel novella introduces readers to the quaint mountain town of Misty River and a brand-new series from Christy-winning author Becky Wade!

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About the Author

Becky Wade is the 2018 Christy Award Book of the Year winner for True to You. She is a native of California who attended Baylor University, met and married a Texan, and moved to Dallas. She published historical romances for the general market, then put her career on hold for several years to care for her children. When God called her back to writing, Becky knew He meant for her to turn her attention to Christian fiction. Her humorous, heart-pounding contemporary romance novels have won three Christy Awards, the Carol Award, the INSPY Award, and the Inspirational Reader's Choice Award for Romance. Becky lives in Dallas, Texas with her husband and three children.

Tour Schedule

There is also a bookstagram tour with its own giveaway. Follow on Instagram.

Tour Giveaway

One winner will receive:
- A $100 gift card
- A paperback copy of Stay with Me
- A hand-knit scarf
- A pair of earrings
- A package of “Georgia Blues” coffee
- A package of apple oatmeal muffin mix


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