Then Came You: A Bradford Sisters Novella by Becky Wade

Then Came You

A leather-bound journal. A single father. A woman in pursuit of freedom.

Garner Bradford, heir to the troubled Bradford Shipping empire, doesn’t know much about babies. But he’s going to have to learn fast because he’s just become a single father to his newborn daughter. As he confesses through his journal entries, he’s not entirely sure how to keep a newborn alive, whether or not he’ll ever patch together his shattered heart, or how to forgive himself for his mistakes.

Career girl Kathleen Burke is wholly uninterested in settling down. She has big dreams, and none of them include Garner and his small hometown in Washington State. Yet she can’t seem to get her handsome boss out of her head or her heart. There’s something extraordinarily tempting about his beautifully sad green eyes. . . .

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Then Came You

This did not go at all how I expected.

Most books let alone novellas have a relatively short time frame they work in. This goes through years. Garner has a rough life and through it, all tries to do what is right. Just when you think the worst is over he gets hit again and again.

He comes from a religious family.

So he writes about how he feels and the shame he goes through. It is really sad because people, maybe religious people more so, aren’t (at least in my belief) supposed to. I also think we are our own worst critics. What you feel other people think of you could be completely wrong but unless you call them out on it, you don’t know.

Kathleen, I can relate to better.

You grow up with these big ideas of how your life is going to be and it doesn’t always go the way you expect. She has a very loving helicopter mom who disapproves and judges Garner. She doesn’t want Kathleen working around him. Kathleen is a strong person and wants to make it on her own.

She has dreams and tries hard to achieve them.

Working at Garner’s families’ company was not in her plan but it was something she did on her own. She stays while she waits for her dream job and finally she gets her chance. Working close to Garner, she develops feelings for him even though she tries not to. To cope with these feelings she starts writing him letters that she never intends to send.


This is a great little story that is a prequel to 3 upcoming books by Becky Wade. It lacks cuss words and smut that runs rampant these days in the Romance genre. It does a good job of showing both sides of the story. Since it is a novella it is a quick read and I  hope you give it a chance.

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