Review: Stubborn Love by Jennifer Rodewald

As with the other books in the Murphy Brothers series, Stubborn Love is an extremely powerful story that can be read as a stand alone novel if you haven’t read the other books in the series.

I loved the way the author took us on the full journey that Becca and Tyler went on, from happily in love, to trauma, to their lowest point, through part of recovery, and finally to the possibility of a second chance.

It was easy to see, from the outside looking in, how pain and unrealistic expectations allowed Tyler to fall into what seemed like a necessary solution to his problems, but was really an addiction that was changing him from the inside out. It was interesting to see that in some ways he was the same person, but there was another part of him that was beginning to lie, steal, and hide what he was doing to protect himself. I could feel the pain that Becca was going through as she made the tough decision that would lead to Tyler’s recovery, but ultimately doom their relationship.

Later in the book, it was so encouraging to see how both Becca and Tyler had changed. Fortunately for both of them, they each had a support network of friends who helped them to heavily rely on God to get them through the tough things. They had healed in different ways, but there were still things that they struggled with. Their reunion and their reconnecting felt very realistic.

This was such a wonderful story and I wish it could have even had another chapter or two, or an epilogue! I wasn’t ready for it to end because I was so emotionally invested in Becca and Tyler’s lives. I love that this author delves into difficult topics and points to God through it all. Now I am anxiously anticipating another Murphy Brothers story!

(5 stars)

I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.


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.

Purchase your own copy here.

Also available on Kindle Unlimited.

Always You
In Spite of Ourselves
Everything Behind Us
This Life
Stubborn Love


Jennifer Rodewald

Jennifer Rodewald is a Christian author of fiction who is passionate about the Word of God and the power of story. Four kids and her own personal superman make her home in southwestern Nebraska delightfully chaotic.

Born in Colorado, she experienced both the seclusion of rugged mountain living and the busy streets of a Denver suburb during her growing up years. Somewhere in the middle of college, she married a Husker and found her way back to the quiet lifestyle of a rural area, which suits just fine.

Blessed with a robust curiosity, Jen loves to research. Whether she’s investigating the history of a given area, the biography of a Christian icon, or how nature declares the glory of God, her daily goal is to learn something new. Aiming to live with boundless enthusiasm, her creed is vision, pursuit, and excellence, and she incorporates that pursuit as a Christian writer.

Jen lives and writes in a lovely speck of a town where she watches with amazement while her children grow up way too fast, gardens, and marvels at God’s mighty hand in everyday life.

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About Brittany

As a homeschooling mom and avid reader, I get great joy through reading and reviewing books. I focus my reading and my reviews on Christian fiction, primarily Christian romantic fiction. I also review sweet, clean fiction. I hope you will find my reviews helpful in your decisions on what books to read.
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