22 May 2020

My Stubborn Heart | First Line Friday + The Friday 56

First Line Friday is hosted weekly by Hoarding Books.
The Friday 56 is hosted weekly by Freda's Voice.

Happy Friday!

I've been on a rereading kick lately, which has made me so, so, so happy. My print copy of this Becky Wade book I loved several years ago arrived yesterday, and I'm thinking it definitely needs to go on my to-reread list. It fits my current reading mood perfectly.

First Line: There once was a girl who'd been praying for a husband since the fourth grade.

From Page 56: Fall. Kate loved it. Loved the holidays. Loved wearing jeans and her quilted trench coat that she'd saved and saved for. Loved the temperature.


Kate Donovan is burned out on work, worn down by her dating relationships, and in need of an adventure. When her grandmother asks Kate to accompany her to Redbud, Pennsylvania, to restore the grand old house she grew up in, Kate jumps at the chance.

Upon her arrival, Kate meets Matt Jarreau, the man hired to renovate the house. Kate can't help being drawn by both his good looks and something else she can't quite put her finger on. He's clearly wounded, yet Kate sets her stubborn heart on bringing him out of the dark and back into the light . . . whether he likes it or not.

When the stilted, uncomfortable interactions between Kate and Matt slowly shift into something more, is God finally answering the longing of her heart--or asking her to give up more than she ever dreamed?

Now, feel free to leave a line from a book near you in the comments below.
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  1. I'm pretty sure I read this book and loved it! I hope you can stop by:



  2. Ok, I LOVE that opening line! I hope she gets the best she can for herself in this one! Have a great weekend!

  3. Love the cover and snippets, sounds like a wonderful love story! Happy weekend, stay safe!

  4. Happy Friday!

    My Stubborn Heart is one of my favorites, and has such an amazing opening line.

    On my blog this week, I'm sharing the first line from Carolina Breeze by Denise Hunter:

    "Before she even opened her eyes Mia Emerson knew it was going to be the worst day of her life."

    I hope you have a lovely weekend :)

  5. I'm already liking Kate from that line, seems like such a cute character!

    Happy weekend xx
    Sara @ Sara In Bookland

  6. My first line is from the suspense novel by Patricia Bradley, STANDOFF.
    What had he gotten himself into?

  7. Such a romantic cover, and it sounds lovely! I'd read on!
    Here is my Friday Post. Stay safe and well.

  8. Happy Friday! My first line is from "Grand Encounters" by Jen Turano:

    "I know you mentioned you've sworn off gentlemen forever, but Mr. Tall, Dark, and - need I say - Delicious is here again, and, unsurprisingly, he's sitting in your section."

  9. Happy Friday!
    On my blog I'm sharing the first lines from The Socialite by J'nell Ciesielski. I'm currently on chapter 14, so I'll share from there.
    "Kat tipped the glass of wine to her mouth, but didn’t part her lips. She hated reds, especially dry ones, and they gave her a splitting headache."
    I hope you have a great weekend filled with awesome reading time! 😀❤📚

  10. Happy Friday!

    Love, Love Becky Wade!!!
    On my blog my first line is from The Memory House by Rachel Hauck" She was never afraid of the dark."

    Hope you have an awesome weekend!


  11. I feel that I would really enjoy this book during this period!
    Konna @ The Reading Armchair

  12. Today, I'm sharing the first line from Formula for a Perfect Life by Christy Hayes: "Kayla Cummings stared at the two lines so long her vision blurred." Have a good rest of the weekend!


  13. I love romances that evolve around house renovations. This sounds like it will be a sweet one. I hope you are enjoying it! Have a great week!