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Meant To Be (Fated Loves, #2)

Meant To Be (Fated Loves, #2)

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by Edie Claire

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From the Fated Loves collection by USA-Today bestselling author Edie Claire, a 4.5-star Romantic Times Top Pick and winner of the Romance Reviews Today Perfect Ten Award!

When nothing is as it seems,
all you can do is trust your heart...

On the eve of her thirtieth birthday, Meara O'Rourke can't help but feel alone.


From the Fated Loves collection by USA-Today bestselling author Edie Claire, a 4.5-star Romantic Times Top Pick and winner of the Romance Reviews Today Perfect Ten Award!

When nothing is as it seems,
all you can do is trust your heart...

On the eve of her thirtieth birthday, Meara O'Rourke can't help but feel alone. With her last remaining relative newly buried and her potentially disastrous engagement freshly broken, she makes a resolution to begin her life anew -- only to have an unexpected phone call turn her whole world upside down. Her biological mother Sheila, whom she met only once six years before, lies in critical condition in a nearby hospital. And though the woman once refused to see her daughter ever again -- her last wish is just the opposite.

A few whispered words, and Sheila is gone. But the questions she has put into her daughter's head, and the historic stone inn she has unknowingly bequeathed, sweep Meara up into the whirlwind of another life -- and a legacy of deception. When Meara begins to have memories of a place she's never been, she realizes that while finding out the truth about her birth and adoption could answer all her questions -- it could also tear her apart.

"A marvelous story that skillfully interweaves romance with the mystery... Claire makes each element of this terrific tale count." June 2004 Top Pick -- Romantic Times Bookclub Magazine

"An absorbing family mystery... there's no denying that this story is suspenseful." -- Publisher's Weekly

"One of the best books I have read this year... An element of suspense runs through the pages, and the endearing tale builds to a crescendo of excitement and thrill while warming the heart. Meant To Be is a powerful story of love, healing, discovery and truth... I closed the covers wishing I could stay inside the green world of Meara and Fletcher's mountain. Ms. Claire has woven a tale that touched my soul and will live as a cherished keeper to read again and again. I am pleased to award Meant To Be our finest honor, RRT's Perfect 10" Perfect 10 Award -- Romance Reviews Today

"Intriguing and thought provoking... don't be surprised if you need a tissue or two along the way. Edie Claire has written another keeper." Rating: 9/10 -- Contemporary Romance Writers

"Edie Claire has a flair for creating a strong and suspenseful narrative that still contains satisfying elements of love and romance... the suspense which continues unabated through the length of the novel holds readers utterly captivated while the compelling story and growing romance tug at their heartstrings... richly imagined and very insightful, Meant To Be is destined for the keeper shelf." -- Road to Romance

"This very involving novel combines the best of suspense and romance... The revelations continue almost until the final pages, and will keep the reader thoroughly engrossed." -- Romance Reader's Connection

"A wonderful book! The story displays a depth of emotion and character that is truly refreshing... a joy to read." -- Fallen Angel Reviews

"The feel of a thoroughly modern subject with a slightly Gothic mood." -- New and Previously Owned Books

"A story that will tear at your heart... excellent offering from a premier author." -- Writers Unlimited

"Meant to be written, read and remembered in your heart decades after you've turned the last page. Edie Claire is an exceptional author and keeper of the heart." -- Writers Room Magazine

"A paragon of superbly written, compelling women's literature." -- My Shelf

Originally published in 2004 by Warner Books (Warner Forever).

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Stackhouse Press
Publication date:
Fated Loves , #2
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Meet the Author

No matter the genre, USA-Today bestselling novelist and playwright Edie Claire strives to infuse all her writing with both warmth and humor. Her family-friendly Leigh Koslow cozy mystery series, a favorite of animal lovers that was originally published in 1999, was reborn in 2012 to become a Nook Top-5 bestseller. Her romantic novels range from women’s fiction with romantic elements to a blend of romance and mystery, beginning with her traditionally published contemporaries, the award-winning Long Time Coming and Meant To Be (now a Nook #2 bestseller), and continuing with her exciting new series of interconnected romantic novels, Pacific Horizons, whose characters follow the migration of the humpback whales to some of the most gorgeous locations on earth.

Edie has worked as a veterinarian, a childbirth educator, and a scientific/technical writer. A mother of three, she lives in Pennsylvania and aspires to become a snowbird.

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Meant To Be 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyable, suspenseful. Great sexual tension without being graphic. Pulls the reader into the main character's search of why she was given up for adoption. In tune with the preservation of nature and wild space
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is my first reading of this author. Loved it. I found it engaging and entertaining. The fact that it lacks sex and murder is appealing to me. There is enough of that in real life; I don't need it when I escape into a book for refreshment. Questions around adoption will always unwrap packages of surprise. It was thrilling that Meara O'Rourke finally found a 'happy' ending to her adoption journey.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not as good as Longtime Coming, pleasant read. MAF
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Full of beautiful description of a wonderful part of our country. Plot a little vontrived, but nonetheless a great story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed reading this fast paced romantic that kept me wondering what would happen next. Quite a few twists in the plot that makes you anxious to know the truth.
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katrinaKM More than 1 year ago
Enjoyable read. Romance predictable. Interesting characters. More realistic about adoption ie when you find your birth parents it is not always a fairy tale ending!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this author. The three books that I have read have been wonderful I can't wait for more
snow60bunny More than 1 year ago
Really exceptionally good read. It is one of the best I have read. I would highly recommend this book and any others from this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nothing special AD
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This wasn't my favorite of Edie Claire's books, but I truly love her writing and was drawn in and couldn't put it down like the rest of them. This book has sexual frustration between the two main characters but never becomes smutty. It's an interesting story line and there is enough mystery to keep you reading. Edie Claire is a great author. She has become one of my favorites!
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This book had everything I want in a good read. Packed with emotion, but also suspense at every turn. Edie Claire is a powerful writer, and, this book, too, did not disappoint!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Boring not very suspenseful romance. Ms.Claire's Leigh Koslow mysteries were sprightly and entertaining, but she since she switched to 'women's fiction,' her characters have become flat and one-dimensional, and her plots contrived. Think bad Phyllis Whitney and you have Meant to Be.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
great love story recommend to all
Guest More than 1 year ago
Just north of Pittsburgh, thirty year old schoolteacher Meara O¿Rourke receives a phone call from a Laurel Mountain hospital stating that her mom was near death from a car accident. Meara informs the caller that her mom died a month ago after suffering from a long term illness. When the hospital administrator mentions Sheila Black, Meara realizes that the woman in the trauma center is her biological mother, whom she met once.

She arrives at the hospital where her mother warns her that Rosemary died before Sheila also passes away. Attorney David Falcon informs Meara that Sheila was married to Mitchell Black who died in the crash and that Rosemary was Mitchell¿s deceased first wife. She also learns that she inherited part ownership of an estate including the nineteenth century Sheepsworth Inn. Mitchell¿s angry son Fletcher displays hostility towards Meara. He wants her to leave and will buy her out. Instead a stubborn Meara who does not want any part of the estate refuses to sell because she believes he plans to destroy this pristine land. Meara learns more about her biological mother and Mitchell to the point that she loves him, but he remains nasty towards her, making her wonder if its time to leave while her heart still beats.

This is an engaging romantic with some suspense that occurs late in the novel. For the most part, the tale is more of a character study as Meara tries to understand her mother and Fletcher, which in turn enables the audience to better understand the lead female protagonist. Fans will appreciate this insightful tale though the intrigue comes towards the second half.

Harriet Klausner

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