I received a free electronic copy of this book to review.
Having graduated college at 18, Sebastian Grant has continued to leverage his intelligence and determination to become a paediatric heart surgeon. The more accolades he receives, the more he’s driven to pursue. Then he meets high school math teacher Leah Montgomery, and his fast-spinning world comes to a sudden stop. Solving advanced math equations by the age of five, Leah has always wanted to pursue a PhD in mathematics. She willingly put that dream on hold to raise her brother. Now that he is of age, she’s set on avoiding any obstacles to her goal–including romance. When Leah receives surprising news in the process of taking a test for tracking her ancestry, she asks Sebastian to help her comb through aged hospital records to learn more. Soon his presence isn’t so easily ignored. But when Sebastian learns his best friend also has feelings for Leah, he begins to question his resolve to win her. Attaining their deepest desires may require more sacrifices than they ever imagined.
I am a huge Becky Wade fan and when I found out she had a new book coming out I was so excited. I knew that I wanted to be involved in the launch team as soon as I heard about it.
I loved the glimpses of Sebastian that we got in Stay With Me and I was so happy to hear that he was getting his own book. Both Sebastian and Leah are great characters. I love how Becky is able to create interesting and relatable characters that are still unique from other characters.
One of the things I love most about Becky Wade’s writing is how she talks about serious and sometime heavy topics but not in a way that brings you down. There were so many cute, fun moments in this book and they were the perfect balance to the serious moments.
I loved this book and can’t wait for the final book in the series. I’m excited that the others in the Miracle Five will get their stories shared.
What inspired the plot line of Let It Be Me?
A few years ago, I had my DNA tested at Ancestry.com. At one point in the process, they gave me a warning along the lines of, “DNA test results can be confusing or upsetting.” Basically, they made me aware that I might learn something shocking and they wanted to make sure I was ready for that possibility. In my case, my results turned out exactly as I expected. However, my imagination started percolating. The two words that begin every story idea entered my head. “What if?” What if a woman sent in her DNA and learned that the parents who raised her were not her biological parents, as she’d always believed?
The hero, Sebastian, is a pediatric heart surgeon. How did you prepare to write a character with that profession?
For research, I read a non-fiction book that detailed many months in the lives and careers of the people (doctors, nurses, patients, families) who populated The Cleveland Clinic — one of the foremost pediatric heart centers in the USA. I became so involved in these real-life people and the harrowing situations they faced, that I couldn’t put the book down. I spent a weekend reading and highlighting passage after passage. I referred back to that book dozens of times while rewriting. It was a fantastic resource!
Your recent books weave together romance, faith, and mystery. How did you come to that recipe?
Trial and error! I’ve always considered myself to be a romance novelist because I delight in the emotional journey the two characters take as they fall in love. After I had children, I felt led to write Christian romances that honored God. The scenes when God displays His love are the scenes that make me cry! Several books back, I began adding mysteries because concrete story goals (for example, What happened to the missing woman?) gave me a clearer path to follow when writing and also, hopefully, keep readers turning pages in order to uncover the secrets embedded in each book.
What challenges did you face during the writing of this novel?
The pandemic! I wrote most of Let It Be Me during the height of Covid. For six weeks of my deadline, my husband and three kids were all home with me. Many times, I tried to escape to the backyard with my laptop to find spaces of quiet in which to concentrate. It never worked. They always found me!
What blessings did you discover during the writing process?
I think God knew that a difficult and headstrong novel paired with a pandemic was more than I could have managed. Let It Be Me required a great deal of work, just like all my novels do. But it was also a delight. I had so much fun pairing a determined hero with a math genius heroine uninterested in romance. Given that this novel came out of 2020, it will always remind me of God’s faithfulness and provision. This book is a testament to the fact that God equips those He calls and provides joy in the work… regardless of the challenges.
What’s also exciting is all the fun stuff planned to celebrate the launch of Let It Be Me.
Firstly there is a giveaway. Sadly I can’t enter because it is for US residents only, but all of you from the US have the chance to win some awesome prizes. Up for grabs is a $50 cash card, a paperback copy of Let It Be Me, a sterling silver star necklace, an “all you need is love” math tumbler, a book heartbeat women’s t-shirt, and oatmeal choc chip cookie mix. These are some fun prizes that all relate to the book. The giveaway is open until May 25th and just head to the following link to enter.
Author Chat Party
The second awesome event coming up is an Author Chat party with Becky Wade. Join everyone on Facebook, Tuesday 11th May at 8pm Eastern/5pm Pacific (That will be Wednesday 10am for me here in Australia). You can join us on Becky’s Facebook page. www.facebook.com/AuthorBeckyWade
The final fun you can join in with is checking out all the other blogs on the tour who are sharing their own thoughts on the book.
4th May – Becky’s Bookshelves
5th May – Kayem Reads
6th May – Inkwell Inspirations
7th May – Books and Everyday Life
8th May – Melmo 2610
9th May – Inside the Wong Mind
10th May – Debb Hackett
11th May – Kristi Woods
12th May – All The Bookish Adventures
13th May – Fueled By Faith And Caffeine
14th May – Batya’s Bits
15th May – Radiant Light
17th May – Mrs Deaton Reads
18th May – Blessed & Bookish
20th May – Remembrancy
22nd May – Britt Reads Fiction
23rd May – Books, Life, And Christ
24th May – Woven By Words