Review: Stay With Me by Becky Wade

June 17, 2020

Title: Stay With Me
Author: Becky Wade
Publisher: Bethany House
Series: Misty River Romance 
Pages: 392
ISBN: 9780764235603
Publication Date: May 5th, 2020

About the Book:
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?

My Thoughts:
Do you ever just want to escape? This year has been one of those years where the idea of just running away to a new place and leaving everything behind sounds delightful!

Well, I found the most marvelous of escapes. Becky Wade just released a brand new series, and goodness did it provide the most wonderful mental break. I have loved Becky's books since I first discovered them, 8 years ago. So when a new one releases, it brings so much joy.

Stay With Me, I will say, even though touches on some very tough, hard topics, they are ones that are faced daily by so many people. I want to give that warning, because I know that there are some topics that do hit harder to some than others. This might be one of them. This book does discuss drug addiction and the affects it has on the people who battle it and their loved ones. The handling of this topic in Stay With Me is done with so much grace, love, and hope, because there is always hope! Hope and love is what is needed in everyones lives and seeing in demonstrated brings joy.

First off, the setting for Stay With Me. It is set in the Blue Ridge Mountains! How fabulous is that! Reading about Genevieve and Sam in this setting really carried me away. Cool mountain air sweeping through a lovely!

Genevieve is such a unique character. She has lived an interesting life, one most people would love to have! She has money, fame, and what looks like a strong faith in the Lord. Like with most things seen through social media, what you see, isn't what you get. She has deep, dark demons she battles. She hides so much from her loved ones and she is lost and alone in all of it. Her past haunts her, she has lived through a huge even as a teenager and it is something we get to flashback on and experience.

Sam....goodness, Sam! He is a character I could keep reading about! He has his own battles he has been waging, but through his battles, he has strengths to help Genevieve in her battle. He is the breath of fresh air her closed up life needs. He helps with his own quiet way.

These two work so well together with their personalities, it a delight to read.
You do feel so much for all of these character. What is written, you can think of someone, yourself or someone close to you who has battled something so difficult and you want to hug these people closer. That is what I love about Becky's writing. It makes you think, it makes you feel. Her stories wrap you up into them and carry you away.

I honestly can't wait to see where this series goes and we learn more about each of these characters we were introduced to.

And on a fun note! The audio for this book was just released last week! I haven't had a chance to listen to it, but I look forward to very soon.

5 out of 5

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.

Thank you to the Author, I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

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