Nora Bradford appears to be a plain girl who hides herself away in her over-sized, frumpy clothes and her work. But all is not as it seems. Nora once thought her other two sisters were the pretty ones, and that Nora was destined to be the unattractive one. Then she met former Navy SEAL John Lawson and everything changed.
John contacts Nora to help him find his birth mother, and while working together she becomes so smitten with him that she allows her sister to “redo” her image—clothes, hair, makeup—the works! Nora is an ugly duckling no longer, and enjoys the confidence her new look brings to her. However, she holds back emotionally with John because he has a girlfriend. Nora doesn’t want to be someone who breaks up a relationship. She also wonders why John wanted to find out about his biological parents because he remains so mysterious about the true reason for doing a search.
This story is told against the background of Nora being brought up in a family of unlimited privilege while John has made a huge amount of money himself. Nora works in a historical village that she owns and created, since it was a gift from her parents. I really enjoyed the characters in this story, especially the grandmother who finds so many things wrong that it is humorous. British actor Duncan Bartholomew’s sudden appearance also adds some humor along with a little jealousy to this tale. Nora’s story about what happened to her birth mother is shocking, and even more so, the unexpected connection with John that comes from that. There are lots of twists and turns in this tale that keeps the book very interesting.
This story is told from a Christian viewpoint and it is clean and non-offensive. The main character, Nora, has a strong moral viewpoint about not coming between a dating couple—despite how hard it is because she has developed such deep feelings for John. I really appreciated that standing up for moral character is included in this story-line.
True to You is part of The Bradford Sisters Romance Series, but this tale stands on its own so no other books need to be read to understand this one. This five-star book will appeal to a wide variety of interests from adoptive children looking for their birth parents, to those who enjoy romances, or anyone who has interest in doing a genealogical search, as well as, all those who enjoy well-written stories.
The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of True to You through Bethany House Publishing for the purpose of review. I have not been compensated in any other manner. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required, or influenced, to give anything but an honest appraisal.
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