Meant To Be: A Novel of Honor and Duty

Meant To Be: A Novel of Honor and Duty

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by Jessica James
     
 

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Winner of the 2015 Golden Leaf Award for Romantic Suspense

It started as a chance encounter on the beach, and ended 24 hours later when they parted to go their separate ways.

Or so they thought.

WHEN LAUREN CANTRELL said goodbye to the guy she had just met on the beach, she had no way of knowing their

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Winner of the 2015 Golden Leaf Award for Romantic Suspense

It started as a chance encounter on the beach, and ended 24 hours later when they parted to go their separate ways.

Or so they thought.

WHEN LAUREN CANTRELL said goodbye to the guy she had just met on the beach, she had no way of knowing their paths would ever cross again. But fate had another unexpected meeting in store for them—this time in a place where danger was part of the culture and the stakes were life and death.

THE LAST PERSON in the world Michael “Rad” Radcliff expected to see at a special ops briefing in Afghanistan is the girl he met at the beach two weeks ago—the one he can’t stop thinking about.

From the sundrenched beaches of Ocean City, Md. to the snowcapped mountains of Afghanistan, this thrilling tale of espionage and intrigue takes readers on a spellbinding journey into the secret lives of our nation’s quiet heroes—and answers the question:

What do you do when the person you most want to protect is the one risking everything to make sure you survive?

MEANT TO BE recounts the dedication of our military, the honor and sacrifice of our soldiers, and a relationship that is tested and sustained by the powerful forces of love, courage and resolve.

“Sweetly sentimental and moving. An endearing page-turner offering a unique view of military life.” – Publishers Weekly

“A tapestry of emotion deeply set inside the bravest of Americans: the soldier.” — Military Writers Society of America

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From the Publisher
"Sweetly sentimental and moving. An endearing page-turner offering a unique view of military life." - Publishers Weekly

"A tapestry of emotion deeply set inside the bravest of Americans: the soldier." - Military Writers Society of America

"Expertly crafted from beginning to end. A truly extraordinary read. Would prove to be an enduringly popular addition to community library collections." - Midwest Book Review.

"A love letter to the men and women who serve and sacrifice for the freedom we enjoy." - Kim Lowe, SOS Aloha

"Realistic, moving, and uplifting. Shows the meaning of commitment-to country and to love." - Jocelyn Green, Award-Winning Author

"A love story that portrays honor and devotion to the call of duty. Captivating and mesmerizing." - Readers' Favorite

"Reminds me of American Sniper and Lone Survivor, but accompanied with an epic and beautiful love story that is completely unforgettable." - Lauren Hoff, United States Air Force

"Spot on with characters and descriptions. Strong women. Larger than life men. Well done." - Lynnette Bukowski, Ombudsman to Special Operation NSW Commands

"An engrossing, page turner this reader just can't seem to stop thinking about. Five perfect stars from me." -Evie Bookish Blog

"The military-themed makes a compelling case to land on the summer reading lists of those who enjoy a heart-tugging, well-written novel they won't want to put down until the last, bittersweet page." - Kate Maisel, Stars and Stripes

"A powerful testament of how love can truly transcend everything." - Jorie Loves A Story

Publishers Weekly
05/25/2015
James uses the idyllic setting of Ocean City, Mary., as a man and woman quickly fall into a whirlwind romance. Rad meets Lauren as he is jogging on the beach; despite being brushed off, he meets her again on the boardwalk, and she agrees to go to the Ripley Museum with him. Their romantic day on the boardwalk together turns into a most memorable night as she meets his friends at a beach bash, and their romance continues until almost dawn. Neither Rad nor Lauren disclose any information to the other about their jobs or what paths led them to Ocean City, and they go their separate ways. But not much later, through circumstances related to their military careers, they see each other again. In this difficult new situation, however, both Lauren and Rad need to set aside their personal feelings to complete their respective assignments. Sweetly sentimental and moving, James’s novel is an endearing page-turner offering a unique view of military life and the difficult choices faced by those involved. (BookLife)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781941020135
Publisher:
Patriot Press
Publication date:
08/09/2016
Pages:
320

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Meet the Author

Jessica James is an award-winning author of suspense, historical fiction, and military fiction ranging from the Revolutionary War to modern day. She is the only two-time winner of the John Esten Cooke Award for Southern Fiction, and was featured in the book 50 Authors You Should Be Reading, published in 2010.

Her novels appeal to both men and women and are featured in library collections all over the United States including Harvard and the U.S. Naval Academy. By weaving the principles of courage, devotion, duty, and dedication into each book, she attempts to honor the unsung heroes of the American military-past and present-and to convey the magnitude of their sacrifice and service.

James resides in Gettysburg, Pa., and is a member of the Military Writers Society of America, the Independent Book Publishers Association, and the Romance Writers of America.

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Reviewed by Cheryl E. Rodriguez for Readers' Favorite Meant to Be by Jessica James is a love story that portrays honor and devotion to the call of duty. Lauren Cantrell sits mesmerized by the ocean, she can’t believe she is finally vacationing at her childhood getaway. So much has happened... so much more to be done. One moment, onc chance encounter changes everything. Romance and a relationship was the last thing on her mind. But then, there he is – strong, handsome, magnetically charming and with such a gentle voice. Rad appeared out of the blue, swept her off her feet. In one day, he had captured her heart. How could she have let her guard down? Could they really turn one day into a lifetime? Parting, heading into their separate, covert lives, would their paths ever cross again? Both of them would lay down their lives for God and country - one a spy, the other a soldier. But nothing had prepared them for what would happen. One highly classified mission would change their lives forever. The memory of one magical day becomes the lifeline that entwines their twisted fates. Some things in life are just “Meant to Be.”  Jessica James declares the heartache and victory of the military culture in her novel, Meant to Be. The opening sequence pulls the reader immediately into the story. The polished manuscript was a captivating and mesmerizing read. I was so caught up in the story and the characters, I read it in one day! James paints her scenes with sensory descriptions, from the depiction of the power and lure of the ocean, to the horror and reality of war. Her characters are strong, dynamic, but balanced. Lauren is bold, brave, yet feminine. Rad represents the epitome of a special forces warrior, yet is calm in manner and speech. The minor characters are really not minor. Much like the cohesive brotherhood of a special forces team, they are essential to the story’s outcome. The plot is full of action, meaningful dialogues, pleading thoughts and intense external and internal conflict. Jessica James doesn’t pull any punches  – she really “cowboyed up.” James portrays both sides of the warrior’s life – the home front and battlefront. She lays the military life out - the duty, guts and glory in a strikingly daring narrative. Meant to Be is one of the best books I have read!