Thursday, May 22, 2014

Book Review: Meant to Be Mine by Becky Wade

Book Details
Title: Meant to Be Mine
Author: Becky Wade
2014, Bethany House
ISBN: 978-0764211089
Genre: Contemporary Christian Fiction

Book Summary
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?

Book Review
Okay, my first thought was how stupid can you be? about the main character Celia Park. But once I got past the flashback portion and we got to the present day portion of the story I loved it! 

Set in present day and from the POV of Celia Park and Ty Porter, this story touches on lots of topics: single mothers, marriages, faithfulness, prescription drug abuse, family support (or not), careers... the list goes on. Somehow though, nothing is lost or feels out of place in this novel - everything fits together into a seamless story.

Celia Park and Ty Porter get married in Vegas after four days of dating. Ty wakes up the next morning with regret and breaks Celia's heart. Five years later sees Ty's bull riding career coming to an end and Celia raising a little girl on her own - still never divorced. When Ty shows up to get some closure and meets Celia's daughter things start changing quickly for both of them.

Know what I really loved about this novel? It was a little steamy for a Christian book. Nothing immoral happened, but it definitely had it's share of good kissing scenes. Honestly, I felt like this was a little more realistic while still being clean. Becky Wade is a talented author - she definitely kept my attention throughout the whole book wondering how everything was going to work out.

I also loved all the colorful secondary characters. Celia's Uncle Danny who runs an online surf shop and trying to find the right woman through online dating sites, Ty's family, the owner's of the Sugar or Cream shop where Celia works. They are all fun and add so much to the story.

Overall I loved this novel. It is one of the best Christian novels I've picked up in quite awhile. I am going to be checking out the first novel in the series next because I liked this one so much. I think I've found a new favorite author in Becky Wade. If you like a good contemporary Christian romance with a little spice, this book is for you!

Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers for my honest review. No other compensation was received and all thoughts and opinions are strictly my own.

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