Becky Wade. Then Came You: A Bradford Sisters Novella. Minneapolis, MN: Bethany House Publishers, 2017. E-novella.
An increasing number of authors and publishers are producing e-novellas to introduce new series or expand upon characters and stories. While many of these stories are eventually released in collections, they are periodically released as stand-alone novellas, including this week’s featured book.
Becky Wade releases the first novel in her new Bradford Sisters series this May. To kick off this series, she has recently released a novella (in electronic and print formats) entitled Then Came You, which offers some of the backstory related to the Bradford sisters’ parents and their history. Garner Bradford will inherit the Bradford Shipping empire, but he is convinced that day will arrive far into the future. First, he faces his own personal challenges, as he finds himself suddenly thrust into the position of single father. After rapidly gaining responsibilities as both a family man and eventually the head of the corporation, he must face his past to become the man he needs to be for all of the people depending on him. Along the way, he meets Kathleen Burke, a woman interested in moving up in her career, in spite of the efforts of her family and their wishes for her to take on a role in the family business. When Bradford Shipping faces dark days, Garner and Kathleen must work together to solve the business’ challenges, as well as those that keep them apart.
Ms. Wade utilizes a combination of correspondence types to tell Garner and Kathleen’s story. Filled with heartbreak, hope, and redemption, Then Came You offers a fascinating introduction to the Bradford Sisters series.
Overall, I thought Then Came You was well worth the read. While I initially had mixed feelings about the structure of the story, it does offer compelling and integral history of the Bradford family, particularly the parent figures of the series’ main characters. At 158 pages in the printed edition, Then Came You remains firmly grounded in the novella length and format. However, the writing style and pacing varies widely, based on the style of correspondence used in each section, which varies between journal entries, phone calls, letters, and other forms. After reading True to You, the first novel in the series, I would highly recommend that readers of the series also read the novella. While True to You and the rest of the series may be able to be understood without the novella’s backstory, Then Came You provides rather vital information for the series and its characters to be best appreciated by readers.
Fans of Ms. Wade’s other novels and novellas will likely enjoy reading Then Came You. Readers of the Bradford Sisters series will particularly appreciate the backstory offered in this prequel to the series.
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