Published by Bethany House on May 5, 2020
Genres: Fiction, Christian, Romance
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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 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?
I’m sitting here with tears, trying to process all the layers of this amazing story.
So much pain. Hope. Redemption. Forgiveness. Love.
This story pretty much had me hooked from the very first page. (You see, I had already read the prequel novella, Take a Chance on Me, and knew that I loved this series, so I didn’t really have a chance… )
Stay with Me‘s heroine is Genevieve, or rather, Gen. She is an inspirational speaker, almost a Christian celebrity. She’s given lots of seminars, and really seems to have it all together. But does she really? Bit by bit, you get to know her and see who she really is…
When the story begins, Gen is thrown into Sam’s life in a most unconventional way. He literally finds her in a bed in his little guest cottage (Goldilocks, anyone?!) Gen is everything Sam dislikes, so he does what he can to get rid of her. He’s determined to not get burned again, and he is very sure that she is everything he doesn’t need to be involved in. But she keeps popping up. And they get to know each other. Gen wants a place of her own, and she is convinced that his little cottage is the perfect living space for her.
I really enjoyed all the tension that happens between these two. So much going on. They are totally polar opposites.
Gen was a very intriguing character. I wanted to dislike her and all that she’d been doing. But, in spite of myself, I found myself rooting for her. She was living proof that there is always hope.
Stay With Me is a story of love coming after deep pain. I also liked the bit of mystery, suspense, that was woven into this story. I can’t wait to get to know more of the people from this delightful town. Becky Wade’s Stay With Me is absolutely incredible and I can’t wait to see what’s next.