Saturday, May 31, 2014

Book Review: Meant to Be Mine by Becky Wade

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"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?"

Meant to Be Mine's cover is a foreshadowing of the sweetness held between its pages. From Celia's delicious baked desserts to the sizzling romance between Celia and Ty, Meant to Be Mine is one sweet read!

The book began with a gripping beginning––the words "Will you marry me?" Unique, since a romance usually ends with these words. Honestly, the whole premise was unique––which is what kept me reading. The plot was different, the characters interesting, and the descriptions breath-taking.

However, a couple of the character's spiritual testimonies were slightly disturbing. Ty and Tawny's relationship to be exact. Ty was a married man and it seemed as if both were supposed to have a relationship with God. Why wasn't he completely off-limits? 

The witty bickering between Celia and Ty was humorous––although, over time, it became somewhat irritating and redundant. Addie, their daughter, was a cute child and I enjoyed the fact that she wasn't the usual precocious and exuberant five year old. She was quiet––when she wasn't talking about Disney princesses––and serious and intuitive. 

The small, Texas town setting had to be one of my favorite aspects of this book. The vivid descriptions brought it to life––from the cute Victorian homes to the delightful town square. I also enjoyed Celia's spiritual awakening and her journey to forgiveness. The redemptive ending (complete with an unexpected twist) and Ty's sacrifice for love was a delicious ending to a sweet book. Beware, if you are on a no-sweets diet, be prepared to toss that to the wind. Celia's baking is mouth-watering (yes, I could practically taste it;) 

I give Meant to Be Mine 3.5 out of 5 stars (moral issues are always a deal-breaker for me). It can be bought at Amazon.

** I received a complimentary copy from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review, which I have given **

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