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Meant to Be Mine by Becky Wade

About the Book:Book - Meant to be Mine
Author: Becky Wade
Publisher: Bethany House
Source: Author
Publication Date: 2014
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Series: Porter Family, book 2
Genre: Fiction; Contemporary Romance
Rating: 5 out of 5

Review: If I didn’t already adore the novels that materialize from the pen of this author, this book surely would have melted my heart – it’s exactly the kind of story that “gets to me” with its lighthearted moments of hilarity carefully balanced against the emotional, believable trials the characters are experiencing – plus it’s plot is one that, for unknowable reasons, I adore. Speaking of those characters, the Porter family has just gotten more complicated when champion bull rider Ty Porter meets up again with the girl who harbored a crush on him throughout high school: Celia Park. Seeing Ty again in Vegas seems like a stroke of serendipity to Celia. Marrying him seems too good to be true, yet after spending four blissful days together – during which, Ty makes Celia feel precious and loved, that is exactly what Ty proposes. The morning after their impromptu wedding is nothing like a fairytale and Celia walks away. Five years, later, Celia hasn’t seen Ty since that day and is struggling to raise her young daughter, Addie. When the past prompts Ty to find Celia in Oregon, her world suddenly changes and the life of joy she’s made for herself is suddenly no longer her secret to keep.

There are books that a reader admires and enjoys for reasons maybe, because the characters are easily relatable or they’re over-the-top entertaining (our funny bones thank these types), then there are those books that leave their reader without the proper words or coherent thought needed to string together the words to describe what you felt, thought or enjoyed about said book. For me, that is what Becky Wade’s third novel was all about. It’s a testament to that novelist’s talent and ability when it reads like each of their successive books have not just gotten better, they’ve risen to a level of maturity (in faith, in characters, in storytelling) that is hard to capture. The second novel in Becky’s beloved Porter family series is an emotional roller-coaster that inspires its characters to face tough decisions about themselves, their feelings and what is going to be best for a 5-year-old little girl.

There’s something magical about a love story that isn’t the typical boy-meets-girl and instead explores marrieds – whether they’re newlyweds or more like Celia and Ty, constantly sparring. Not necessarily the kind of “magic” we think of in relation to fairytales, more the most genuine version of it, a kind of heartwarming, real quality to it that makes the romantic tension blossom and really – I’m sorry but this is true – be without fault. Some readers will find fault with Ty. Which, don’t mistake me, I understand. He does treat Celia wrong and leaves her without much recourse and a broken heart to boot. That being said, I never felt like he was “all bad” or as if he need to be slapped solidly across the face. Maybe it was because I had total faith in its author or perhaps because, while yes, he erred in judgment and let his sweet talking do the talking, I felt that he was also genuinely sorry for how he treated Celia – and not to spoil anything but how he lived subsequent to that heartbreaking day is a testament to that. And even though he’s worth spending time on as is Celia, I’m not entirely sure why I’ve not mentioned the one character who stole the show and consequently my heart. That is Addie. The teal glasses wearing five-year-old seems a favorite with many readers, and let me tell you, readers, this is all true. Young Addie falls into none of the clichés of her peers. She’s a delight. She’s precious. She’s a fairytale addict (with a twist) and she’s perfect. I liked that she was never used against one parent or the other and was instead the one person whom Ty and Celia dearly loved enough to consider before each of their decisions.

In keeping true to my policy of sincerely, and honestly sharing what I think about a book, I have to be honest. I do have a quibble with Meant to Be Mine. No, it’s not the heart-stopping kiss in the rain or the dialogue that is both sassy yet realistic it’s the fact that until May 2015, we are being asked to wait to get our hands on brother, Jake Porter’s story. An entire year, peeps!? This will simply not do.

Note: My sincere apologies to Becky and the publisher for the delay in reviewing this novel! Thank you very much for the opportunity to review the book.

Synopsis: Ty Porter has always been irresistible to Celia Park. All through high school–irresistible. When their paths cross again after college–still irresistible. This time, though, Ty seems to feel exactly the same way about Celia. Their whirlwind romance deposits them at a street-corner Las Vegas wedding chapel.

The next morning they wake to a marriage certificate and a dose of cold reality. Celia’s ready to be Ty’s wife, but Ty’s not ready to be her husband. He’s a professional bull rider; he lives on the road, and he’s long planned to settle down with the hometown girl he’s known since childhood.

Five and a half years pass. Celia’s buried her dreams so that she can afford to raise her daughter. Ty’s achieved all of his goals. Or thought he had, until he looks again into the eyes of the woman he couldn’t forget and into the face of the child he never knew he had.

How much will Ty sacrifice to win back Celia’s trust and prove to her that their spontaneous marriage can still become the love of a lifetime? – Goodreads

Sincere thanks to the author for providing a complimentary copy of this book for reviewing purposes.

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