Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Review: Stubborn Love (Murphy Brothers Story #5) by Jennifer Rodewald

About the Book
Their love survived his accident, but can it survive the long, hard road to recovery?

Tyler Murphy had his life all planned out: finish college, go back to Sugar Pine as his dad’s able-bodied business partner, and most importantly, marry Rebecca Colson. But a fall from a roof leaves him less than able-bodied, and the pain he suffers as a result goes beyond the physical. Wrestling with his new disability seems manageable only by way of the pharmacy. Which is fine…until the refills run out and he’s denied a new prescription.

Rebecca Colson can’t wait for the day she’ll finally become Mrs. Rebecca Murphy. Tyler’s accident and resulting amputation are traumatic hurdles on the road to marital bliss but nothing they can’t overcome together—until Rebecca stumbles onto Tyler’s secret and approaches his family for help. Suddenly, the love of her life turns cold. In his eyes, her betrayal is unforgivable, and just like that, their hopes and dreams disintegrate.

Becca finds herself facing a future she doesn’t recognize—one where each step forward is a step away from the future she’d planned with Tyler. When a recovered Tyler finally seeks her out, he’s not sure he deserves another chance with her—not after the way he broke her heart. Becca is equally uncertain that Tyler has room in his new, very different life, for her. Is it too late to restore their relationship, or will their stubborn love forge a new path for a future together?

Stubborn Love is book 5 in the Murphy Brothers Stories; Christian novels full of romance and redemption. Don't miss this family of seven brothers as they navigate through life, faith, and love.


Stubborn Love was another great one from Jennifer Rodewald. This emotional story really tugged at my heartstrings. I loved visiting the Murphy Brothers again, and even though this is book five in the series, it can totally stand alone.

I really appreciate the way Rodewald brings a story, and the characters in it, to life. There's such an authenticity to them I'll sometimes forget I'm reading about fictional characters. It all feels so genuine and grounded in reality.

This time around, the topic of addiction is addressed in a realistic, thoughtful, and compassionate way. It was hard to watch a favorite character struggle with this, but with it being such a big problem in our world today, I appreciated the spotlight this put on the issue.

Tyler had a tough road to traverse, and he didn't always handle things well. His attitude in the beginning, while understandable considering all he was dealing with, was really heart-wrenching to witness. I wanted to hug him and shake some sense into him all at the same time. The journey he went on, while not easy, was such a great testimony!

Becca was an easily likable character. Steadfast, brave, strong. She didn't always believe she was all those things, but she really embodied them.

I loved the spiritual message woven throughout these pages about trusting God. No matter what we face, good, bad, everything in between, He's there for us. He's got things well in hand. We don't need to worry about a thing. We may not always understand His plans, but there's a purpose for everything. He's got it all under control. What a great reminder!

I received a copy of this book from the author and voluntarily reviewed it. All thoughts and comments are my honest opinion.