Then Came You- the prequel to Wade’s new series, The Bradford Sisters- takes the reader on a journey to the past chronicling how the sisters’ father, Garner Bradford, met each of their mothers. The story begins with an excerpt from Garner’s personal journal describing his short love affair with Sylvie- a French beauty with a carefree, no-strings-attached approach to life. After having a child out of wedlock (Willow), Garner is devastated when Sylvie nonchalantly abandons him and their newborn daughter in exchange for an adventurous new life as a nomadic artist. After returning to his Christian roots, Garner meets and marries, Robin- a sweet, church-going young woman- after a short courtship. The two have one daughter (Nora) before Robin tragically dies. Meanwhile, Kathleen is introduced into the plot as an ambitious, career girl landing her first job as an entry level customer service associate at Bradford Shipping. Although Kathleen has no intention of remaining at the company long term, she is quickly promoted within the company. After Garner’s father’s death, he takes over the running of the company and inherits the arduous task of trying to bail the company out of bankruptcy. Part of his efforts include creating an elite task force of employees to help guide the company back to safety and prosperity. Kathleen assumes a position on the task force resulting in her and Garner working closely together. In time the two become attracted to each other, begin dating, marry, and have the third Bradford child, Brittany (Britt).
I thoroughly enjoyed Wade’s unique approach to writing this novella by using journal entries, phone conversations, letters, and voicemail messages. Garner’s journey through love was told from firsthand accounts adding depth to the struggles of overcoming sin, wading through grief and loss, rebuilding one’s life after tragedy, the awkwardness of early romance, and the deep joy of finding one’s lifetime soul mate. The introduction of Kathleen’s own musings adding a two-sided view of their budding relationship sweetened the plot! Loved this introductory novella and can’t wait to read the entire Bradford Sisters collection!
This review contains my own thoughts and opinions. I have not been compensated in any way by the publisher or author for this review.
Becky’s a California native who attended Baylor University, met and married a Texan, and settled in Dallas. She published historical romances for the general market before putting her career on hold for several years to care for her three children. When God called her back to writing, Becky knew He meant for her to turn her attention to Christian fiction. She loves writing funny, modern, and inspirational contemporary romance! She’s the Carol Award, INSPY Award, and Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award winning author of the Bradford Sisters Romance series, the Porter Family series, My Stubborn Heart, and Love in the Details. For more information, visit the author's website at http://beckywade.com.