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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

A Sweet Contemporary Romance!!

                                       "Meant to be Mine"
                            By Becky Wade

If you are looking for an easy summer read, with a feisty main character, romance, and even some humor, look no farther. You will truly enjoy it. This book was a pleasure to read, delightful tale and yes, had some very real , unexpected problems. Becky Wade touched on some delicate subjects, gambling, drinking, taking prescription drugs for reasons other than the intended use, and having a girlfriend when legally married to another woman. However, this was done in a very appropriate manner and was very much part of the storyline. As a Christian, I did not find it offensive or inappropriate. These are very much a part of lives in our world and I loved how they were challenges for these young people to overcome. Only with God's help can you achieve success. and this was clearly the answer.

Ty Porter and Celia Park were an item in high school, in Celia's mind, although not reciprocated by Ty. When they meet again after college, the magnetic pull is even stronger than before. This time, Ty seems to feel the same way about Celia. Their whirlwind romance results in a very quick decision to be married in a Las Vegas wedding chapel. 

The following morning, they wake not only to a marriage certificate but to cold reality- Celia is ready to be Ty's wife, however Ty is far from ready for this relationship! He is a professional bull rider and has no plans to settle down with this hometown girl. Living on the road is his life and he loves it!

The story jumps five and a half years ahead. Celia has devoted her life, forgetting her dreams, so that she can afford to raise her daughter. Ty's achieved all of his goals. Or, at least, he believed he had, until he once again meets up with Celia and into the face of a child he never knew he had. 

Can Celia forgive Ty for the past? Can Ty sacrifice his current lifestyle to win back his lovely wife and gain a sweet daughter???

The well developed plot moves ahead quickly, with many twists and turns. Becky Wade is a champion at adding the unexpected to complicate the situation. She does deal with sensitive topics for Christians, but does so in a very real way, showing that God can win in all paths of life. 

I fell in love with Celia in the first chapter and fought her battles alongside her. She was so easy to identify with, a strong, young mom, with roadblocks appearing in every chapter of her life. Her intense feelings for Ty made me dislike him and to just want him to go away!!! A good book is one in which I can identify with the characters and I sure did it!!!

Congratulations, Becky!! A great book, not what I expected, but that is exactly why I loved it!

Book has been provided courtesy of  Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. and Bethany House. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.  

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