I may as well admit it, I’m officially old – at least Wooing Cadie McCaffrey managed to make me feel my age. Actually, this novel is very well written and witty with a heavy dose of serious real-life situations and faith thrown in for good measure.
Cadie and Will are both immensely likeable people and quite suited to each other but life has gotten in the way. This has left Cadie feeling dissatisfied and determined to end their relationship which leads in turn to a misunderstanding and a big mistake which makes Cadie even more determined to end it. At this point I wanted to shake her and ask “Why now?!” Of course she didn’t listen and I had to continue to observe their sometimes awkward encounters with increasing frustration. Happily everything turned out well by the end of the story.
I applaud the author for tackling some touchy situations with total honesty. The truth is that even Christians make mistakes but God is there to redeem them all if they are truly repentant and continue to follow Him. I feel that this would be an excellent book for older teens, especially if they can learn from Cadie and Will’s mistakes.
I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book provided by Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group. A favorable review was not required. All views expressed are my own.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
After four years with her boyfriend, Cadie McCaffrey is thinking of ending things. Convinced Will doesn’t love her in the “forever” way she loves him, Cadie believes it’s time for her to let him go before life passes her by. When a misunderstanding leads to a mistake, leaving her hurt, disappointed, and full of regret, she finally sends him packing.
But for Will, the end of their relationship is only the beginning of his quest to figure out how to be the man Cadie wanted him to be. With the dubious guidance of his former pro-athlete work friends and tactics drawn from Cadie’s favorite romantic comedies, Will attempts to win her back. It’s a foolproof plan. What could possibly go wrong?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Bethany Turner is the author of The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck and the director of administration for Rock Springs Church in Southwest Colorado. A former bank executive and a three-time cancer survivor (all before she turned 35), Bethany knows that when God has plans for your life, it doesn’t matter what anyone else has to say. Because of that, she’s chosen to follow his call to write. She lives with her husband and their two sons in Colorado, where she writes for a new generation of readers who crave fiction that tackles the thorny issues of life with humor and insight.