Every so often, a book comes along that so wholly consumes you that you simply can't put it down until you've read the last page. And when you do finally reach the end, hours after beginning to read, you wish you could just start all over again. Meant to Be Mine is one such book.
After a whirlwind romance and spur-of-the-moment wedding leaves Celia Park heartbroken and pregnant, she decides that her estranged husband Ty Porter doesn't ever need to know about their child. But when Ty learns he has a daughter, he determines to be a good father—even if Celia still wants nothing to do with him. The two form a tenuous friendship for the sake of their daughter, and it soon becomes apparent that the attraction that sparked their original romance is still a powerful force. But Celia's reluctant to trust Ty with her heart again, and Ty's not sure he's ready to give up his plan for his life.
I loved so much about Meant to Be Mine that it's hard to even know where to begin. The romance, of course, is fantastic. It's that sigh inducing, toe curling, happily ever after kind of romance, but it's also not inordinately easy. Celia and Ty face serious trials on their way to love, and everything about their journey struck me as realistic.
The characters are also a strong point. Celia and Ty both have strengths and weaknesses, and I love that while they changed for the better throughout the novel, surrendering their lives to Christ didn't magically make their struggles go away. I also love, love, love their daughter Addie. She's perhaps the most adorable child I've ever read about in fiction.
Becky Wade's books are always fantastic, but Meant to Be Mine is so much better than I'd dared to hope. I have no doubt it will find itself near the top of my Top 10 of 2014 list come December! 5 stars.
Becky Wade is a graduate of Baylor University. As a newlywed, she lived for three years in a home overlooking the turquoise waters of the Caribbean, as well as in Australia, before returning to the States. A mom of three young children, Becky and her family now live in Dallas, Texas. Visit her website at www.beckywade.com. Disclosure of Material Connection: I purchased this book myself and reviewed it of my own free will. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Also, some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase an item, I will receive an affiliate commission. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
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