About the Book
Book: Turn to Me
Series: Misty River Romance #3
Author: Becky Wade
Release Date: May 3, 2022
His promise will cost him far more than he imagined.
Guilt has defined Luke Dempsey’s life, but it was self-destructiveness that landed him in prison. When his friend and fellow inmate lay dying shortly before Luke’s release, the older man revealed he left a string of clues for his daughter, Finley, that will lead her to the treasure he’s hidden. Worried that she won’t be the only one pursuing the treasure, he gains Luke’s promise to protect her until the end of her search.
Spunky and idealistic, Finley Sutherland is the owner of an animal rescue center and a defender of lost causes. She accepts Luke’s help on the treasure hunt while secretly planning to help him in return–by coaxing him to embrace the forgiveness he’s long denied himself.
As they draw closer to the final clue, their reasons for resisting each other begin to crumble, and Luke realizes his promise will push him to the limit in more ways than one. He’ll do his best to shield Finley from unseen threats, but who’s going to shield him from losing his heart?
Turn to Me by Becky Wade is a fantastic Contemporary Romance. In fact, in my humble opinion, it is the perfect read! I LOVED every minute of this story and am so sad my time with these characters is over. I have read all of the Misty River Romance novels and this final installment is my favorite. The pacing of this book is excellent. I could not put this book down and the pages flew by. I was so engaged with Finley’s and Luke’s stories. They are awesome characters. I love Finley’s genuineness. What you see with Finley is what you get. It’s so refreshing to read a character who is so authentically good and gracious and fun and quirky. And Luke … hold on while I fan my face for a minute. OH! MY! WORD! Luke is one of the sexiest, manliest reformed rakes I have ever read, and I adore his character. He is honest about who he is and how he feels. His need to protect Finley is swoon worthy. And his kisses are utter perfection. This story brings the chemistry and then some! I love how Finley and Luke begrudgingly form a deep, real friendship, which grows into a very realistic, very intense romance. They are, for sure, my favorite fictional couple, and it was so much fun watching them on their journey to love.
One dominant topic of discussion in this novel is rehabilitation. Rehabilitation is the “act of restoring someone to health or normal life (through training and therapy) after imprisonment, addiction, or illness” (Oxford Dictionary). Finley is 100% all about rehabilitation. Her love language is showing kindness, grace, and love to others through rehabilitating them. Typically, she focuses her energies on animals who have been hurt or abandoned, but she does not limit her skills to just cuddly creatures in need of a forever home. When she meets Luke, Finley places him on a rehabilitation plan of her own making. She doesn’t tell him that she is rehabilitating him, instead she makes a plan and acts on it daily with Luke none the wiser. What I loved so much about Finley is that she is capable of great personal awareness. Finley lost someone beloved when she was a younger adult. In order to protect herself, Finley prays to God and comes to realize that she is meant to be single. She believes for forever, but God has other plans. As Finley is busy rehabbing Luke, she realizes that what she was really doing was rehabbing herself and her traumatized heart. What I love is that Finley realizes that, yes, God did mean for her to be single. That was an actual plan for her for a time, but it wasn’t His plan for her for a lifetime. It was simply meant to be a period of time for her to heal and grow in her faith. I love this notion so much. We humans are funny. We make plans and goals, and we seem to make them finitely. We become so rigid in the goals and plans we set for ourselves convinced that these things are 100% exactly what God has in store for us. But, as Finley comes to realize, we may make plans for our lives, but God establishes our steps (Proverbs 16:9). What very well may be a plan God has for us for a time may just be that — a plan for a time. It is our job to be still and let God lead. I really loved this timely and thoughtful discussion point that Wade weaves throughout the narrative.
Turn to Me is a seriously amazing read. I love, love, love this book, and cannot recommend this story enough. I really am going to miss my time in Misty River, but I look forward to whatever Becky Wade has in store for us readers next.
I purchased a copy of this novel in eBook form from Amazon.com on May 9, 2022, in order to review. In no way has this influenced my review. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.