Guest Post: Bethany Turner’s Fave Scenes from Wooing Cadie McCaffrey

Posted May 20, 2019 by Carrie in Author Interview, Bethany Turner, Christian, contemporary, romance / 26 Comments


Y’all. One of my very favorite author-people (meaning I love her as an author AND as a person) is here today to share some of her fave scenes from her new novel (releasing tomorrow!) Wooing Cadie McCaffrey. Bethany is hilarious and her debut novel The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck had me laughing out loud – and then crying – and then swooning – and then a lot more laughing and crying and swooning. So I’m super excited for this new novel too!

about the book

GENRE: Inspirational Contemporary Romance
PUBLISHER: Revell
RELEASE DATE: May 21, 2019
PAGES: 352

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?

Bethany Turner is back with more of the heart and humor readers love. Anyone who enjoys a good romance or binges romantic comedies on Netflix will devour this delightful story.

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My 5 Favorite Scenes in Wooing Cadie McCaffrey
by Bethany Turner

It had been more than three weeks since he’d seen her, and the sight of her was enough to replenish his soul and make it feel as if it were being sapped dry, simultaneously.

Will Whitaker. My goodness. I know he’s not real. I know he’s a figment of my imagination. I know he is flawed and often clueless. None of those things, however, have proven enough to get in the way of my complete and total crush on him!

Before I knew what was happening, he had one arm around my waist and the other under my cake. He gently lowered the cake onto the desk, and then looped his arm under my knees. Pretty instantly I was back on the ground, on my feet, but there was a brief second when he was carrying me in a manner of which I knew Charlotte, Emily, and Anne would all approve.

Bless Cadie’s heart. She’s just had this big grown-up moment, on her 30th birthday, in which she puts away the unrealistic dream of her own Bronte-worthy love story, and then Will walks through the door for the first time—saving her from a horrible cake debacle, and taking away any resolve to lower her standard for romance.

If you and I somehow end up at the top of the Empire State Building together, or having a fight in the rain, or if we’re forced to be partners in a dance contest, or you wake up to “I’ve Got You, Babe” and you’re forced to relive the same day until you get it right…just know that it wasn’t my doing. But also know that if I thought it was what you wanted, I’d climb however many flights of stairs I had to climb, watch The Weather Channel obsessively and pick fights with you as necessary, learn how to tango, and change every calendar to February 2nd for the rest of my life.

This is from a letter Will writes to Cadie, and that letter cemented Will Whitaker in my heart for all time. He’s broken, he’s lost, he’s resolute, he’s questioning…he’s a complete jumble of emotions. The only thing that never wavers is how desperately in love he is.

“Dance with me, Cadie,” he said, not waiting for an answer before placing one hand on the small of her back and gently pulling her closer.

The New York skyline. Snow. Tony Bennett. There’s this completely unexpected picture perfect moment on the Staten Island Ferry, and it happens right in the midst of the pain. I love that scene. Will and Cadie let their guard down, and when they do, their mutual scars fade away…if only for a moment.

I reached up and covered my damp head with my hands to prevent icicles from forming. Will had gone to a lot of trouble to recreate romantic movie scenes, and I was going to be very disappointed in myself if the best I could pull off was Jack and Rose’s goodbye in Titanic.

Cadie is, overall, pretty sensible. Pretty straightforward. So there are few things I enjoy more than seeing her make a fool of herself in the name of love!


Bethany Turner is the award-winning 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.

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What about you? Which of the scenes that Bethany shared most makes you want to read Wooing Cadie McCaffrey? OR is it the cover and/or the blurb that has you running to put it in your Amazon cart?

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26 responses to “Guest Post: Bethany Turner’s Fave Scenes from Wooing Cadie McCaffrey

  1. Melissa Joy Romine

    I might have actually dog eared my book on scene #5 above. It is the best scene (one of the best).
    A Favorite Line – “There will never come a time when I’m not madly in love with her, and at the end of the day, it will always be her. I will always choose her.”

    • OH, MELISSA! I can’t even tell ya how much I melted when Will said that line. (Notice I didn’t say “when I wrote that line.” When Will said it. Ha ha!) I may have actually pumped my fists into the air in rom-com glee. I’m glad you loved it too!

  2. Valerie S.

    This is such an awesome “sneak peek” into this book. I’m so excited to read it!! (waving muppet arms!!)

  3. Caitlyn Santi

    WOOCAM is happiness in book form! 😍 I loved all these scenes as well as so SO many others!

  4. Pam K.

    I was fortunate to read an ARC of Wooing Cadie McCaffrey. I loved Will. He is clueless at times, but oh, so sweet. It’s a really fun book to read.

    • WOW, Phyllis! Thank you! I can’t tell you how much that means to me. And thank you for the amazing memes you have been sharing. Every time I see one, I just get positively giddy. You picked some of my favorite quotes!

  5. CARRIE!!! Thank you so much for having me on Reading is My Superpower! This was seriously so fun, to pull together my favorite scenes and revisit these characters. Thank you for the amazing support—not just of me, but of Christian Fiction. You are the best!

    • Carrie

      BETHANY!!!! You are so welcome … and you have an open invitation to hang out here! Because you’re all the AWESOME 🙂

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