Meant to Be Mine (Porter Family Series #2)

Meant to Be Mine (Porter Family Series #2)

by Becky Wade


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2015 INSPY Award Winner
2015 Inspirational Reader's Choice Award Winner (Now Known as Faith, Hope, & Love Reader's Choice Award)

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?

Praise for Becky Wade

"Definitely one for the keeper shelf!"--USA Today on Undeniably Yours

"A sweet contemporary romance that will make for the perfect summer read."--Novel Crossing on Undeniably Yours

"A feisty heroine, romance, and comedy make this a fabulous debut and Wade an author to follow."--Library Journal on My Stubborn Heart

"A perfect 5 out of 5 stars...can't wait to find more from Becky in the near future. This is a must-read for your summer love stories!"--Reviews from the Heart blog on My Stubborn Heart

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780764211089
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/06/2014
Series: Porter Family Series , #2
Pages: 382
Sales rank: 308,554
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

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. Learn more at

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Meant to Be Mine 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 38 reviews.
InTheSpirit More than 1 year ago
Meant to be Mine is not like any other romance novel I have come across to date. There are no similarities or comparisons to be made. It does not follow the typical romance novel pattern. It is not a story of star crossed lovers or Knights in shining armor who rescue the damsel in distress. What it is however, is as real as fiction can get. Meant to be Mine uncovers the reality of selfish human behavior, life, love, redemption, forgiveness, and the sacredness of "for better or worse, in sickness and in health, till death do us part." Love is not a feeling, but a choice. It is not always easy. It can be messy. It requires work, commitment, and the strength of a Savior to propel the "unconditional" that sees past action to the need beneath. It is raw, and real, and arms wide open. And it is well worth every bit of effort it requires. Becky Wade captured all of this and more in this remarkable story. As with all of Wades novels, "Meant to be Mine" was well thought out,brilliantly executed,with relatable characters, and enough emotion to empty an ocean of tears. Seriously, this is not a story for the faint of heart! Becky Wade is one of the most esteemed authors I have on my shelf. I would highly recommend all her books to my closest of friends, family, colleges, as well as anyone else I meet along the way. She is simply amazing. :) WARNING(S): 1. Read at your own risk. 2. Do not keep light weight objects in reach of reading area in case you are overcome with an overwhelming urge to throw something. 3. Should you have any Cowboy memorabilia, temporarily place it in a safe spot until your finished reading. 4. It is possible to feel both love and disdain for certain protagonists. 5. You may want to bake some cookies, brownies, or cake before starting this novel. 6. When baked goods fail, resort to chocolate. 7. When in doubt, a second trip to the store for more chocolate is usually a wise choice. 8. You will need tissues. Lots and lots of tissues! Enjoy! 5 Stars "Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails(...)" 1 Corinthians 13:4-8
BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
Meant to Be Mine is a book that I have been eagerly anticipating since I first heard the premise for the story last year. When I found out that I was going to get a chance to be an early reader and be able to review this book, I was over the moon! And now that I have finished the story, what do I want to do? Well, I want to pick the book up and read it cover to cover again! It really is that good! Meant to Be Mine is part of Becky Wade’s series about the Porter family. The first book in the series in Undeniably Yours and is also a wonderful book. It was so fun to get to see Bo and Meg Porter make appearances in Meant to Be Mine. However, if you have not read Undeniably Yours, you will not have any problem reading Meant to Be Mine. It can definitely stand alone. I am not exaggerating when I say that this is one of the best books that I have read this year. I could hardly set this book down once I started reading. What’s not to love? A hasty marriage, a broken heart, a secret child, and that is only the beginning! Ty and Celia just wiggled their way into my heart and I had to know what happened next in the story! Meant to Be Mine is a story of forgiveness and of learning to trust again, wrapped up in a neat package that has plenty of heartache, new beginnings, and a romance that will please the most romantic at heart. Both of these characters have a lot to forgive the other one for. Celia really struggles with forgiving Ty because she has been hurt so deeply and fears that she can’t ever trust him again. He truly broke her heart. Ty has regretted the way he treated Celia ever since the fateful morning after their whirlwind wedding. His actions have impacted him through the years and he feels very unworthy of Celia. If you love romance, Meant to Be Mine is a great choice and I highly recommend it. If I could give it more than five stars, I would! I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author, through Bethany House Publishers, in exchange for an honest review, which I have given.
BeverlyLytle More than 1 year ago
This was a disappointing read for me. For a contemporary Christian fiction book, I struggled with many of the details of the story. Gambling, drinking, taking prescription medications for reasons other than their intended use, cursing (although no foul language is directly used within the book), having a girlfriend while married to another woman, and using your money to wheel and deal to get what you want are all attributes that I do not find appealing, especially in a Christian. Many readers, as well as characters in the book, have gone crazy about the physical appearance of Ty Porter. The heart has so much more to offer than the physical appearance, and I was disappointed that the author chose to focus so heavily on physical looks. Even right up through the last chapters, there were many things going on that involved the above mentioned activities. I would much rather have seen the characters finding freedom through Christ from these areas in their life than continuing to participate in some of them. This was a slow and difficult read for me. I often found myself laying it down for a day or two and not wanting to pick it back up. I am glad I finished the book so I could finally get the big picture. I do think the book overall has a very good storyline. A good attempt was made by the author for redemption in the lives of the characters, but it came much later in the book than I would have preferred. I think the story felt rushed to completion. Forgiveness and reestablishing trust were the spiritual themes expressed within the story. I especially liked Meg and Bo and the influence they were in Celia’s life, as well as the friendship Meg showed to Celia. A copy of the book was provided to me by the author in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.
CandiceSuePatterson More than 1 year ago
First of all, you can judge this book by its great cover. Kudos to cover designer Jennifer Parker and photographer Mike Habermann. Secondly, I can't say enough about this book. The story begins right in the middle of the action at a Las Vegas casino where Ty convinces Celia to get married. The next chapter rips your heart out when Ty changes his mind and they go their separate ways. Then the plot twists even further when Ty returns five years later to apologize to Celia and discovers a daughter he never knew he had. I don't want to reveal too much, but the rest of the story is their journey of working together for the good of their daughter.  What amazed me most about this story is how Becky took a guy with irredeemable actions and made him so irresistible (Celia's not the only one who feels that way) that I melted into a puddle of goo every time Ty graced the page. I loved Celia's strong character. She's a lover, but she's a fighter too. Especially when it comes to her daughter. Ty and Celia's banter and bickering had me laughing out loud. And I love the quirky secondary characters that Becky always puts into her stories.  If this book isn't on your to-read list, PUT IT THERE! You won't be disappointed. I read and review several books a year, and I've been an avid reader of romance for years now. I can safely say that Meant to Be Mine is my favorite Christian romance novel EVER. I read this book over a week ago, and it's still with me. Meant to Be Mine will hold a permanent spot on my bookshelf so I can read it over and over again.
LoraineN More than 1 year ago
Basically two people make their fair share of mistakes and have to learn to forgive and move on so that they can learn to trust again. Toss in a heated romance and a precocious little girl and you have the makings for a good read. I enjoyed watching Ty and Celia overcome those mistakes and find true love. Full review at my website.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this story, and at times couldn't put this book down.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was very well written!! I loved the whole series!
KayMKM More than 1 year ago
I love this second book in the Porter Family series. Although if you missed the first book, this one can easily be read as a stand-alone novel. It is a wonderful story with complex characters that can easily be thought of as friends. The author is so adept at making the story real to readers that I felt like I was right there in this Christian fiction romance. This gripping story pulls the reader in from the first line, “Will you marry me?” After that, it is a roller coaster ride all the way to the end. I recommend this book to everyone who enjoys contemporary Christian romance. Do not miss Meant to Be Mine.
mackenzie_carol More than 1 year ago
Meant to Be Mine is the second book in Becky Wade’s Porter Family series, coming after Undeniably Yours. I absolutely melted through the first book in this series, and I have to say, I did absolutely the same thing through this one. Becky is one of the most talented authors I have ever encountered, and the only reason I’m upset about how I have devoured her books is that pretty soon, there won’t be a single one of them that I haven’t yet read. But then that means she just should get on to writing new ones. Anyway, I fell for Celia and Ty’s story, and the characters themselves, by the time I had read, oh I don’t know, the first page of this book, because this story is fabulous. Celia is by far one of my favorite heroines of all time. She is one amazing single mother, though she should never have been one in the first place (but then we wouldn’t have this heart-melting story I guess, and we can’t have that), and I cannot help but admire her for that. Besides that, I just love everything about her. Her quirky ways, her apparently hippie-like style, the way she always has the perfect comebacks for everything that Ty says to her; all of them combine to make the perfect character—and the perfect girl for Ty—and I cannot help but love her immensely. My word, but Ty makes me want to melt in my boots! He is one impressive cowboy, let me tell you that! There is just something about him, maybe his love for his newfound daughter, maybe his affinity for Celia, I don’t know. Whatever it is, it made me fall in love with him immediately. But, if I’m honest, I’ve always liked the slightly bad-boy types, so I’m not surprised that I fell for him so fast. Besides, he is—other than the first part of this book that tells what got them into this mess in the first place—so wonderfully sweet and kind and caring with Celia, and with Addie, and I just can’t help but love him for it. All in all, this story just about knocked my socks clean off before I had even made it halfway through, though I cannot say if I liked it better than the first one or not. I would say it is a very close tie, because both of them are completely and utterly fabulous books that I couldn’t help but add to my all-time favorites list. So, I also give Meant to Be Mine all five stars, because I absolutely loved it. And I cannot wait to read the rest of the series! (This review is from my blog,
LisaD More than 1 year ago
This was a Great book. I loved it. Celia is so loving and feisty and is a great match for the handsome Ty Porter. I really liked Bo and Meg from the first book in this series, Undeniably Yours, but I think i may have liked Ty and Celia just a little bit more. A fun and loving read with the banter and chemistry between Ty and Celia. Their little girl Addie is adorable and just adds even more to the book. I fell in love with the Porter family after the first book and now i love them even more and can't wait to read about the rest. Another great book by Becky Wade.
booksandbeverages More than 1 year ago
There’s some genres, I must admit, I pre-judge before even opening the book. I admit, this is a bad reading habit. This has nothing to do with the writers or publishing houses, this is strictly on Jamie. One of the many awesome reasons I love the INSPYs though, is it forces me to read genres I don’t normally read. I truly am thankful for that! So to say I was pleasantly surprised by Becky Wade’s Meant to Be Mine is a bit of an understatement. What I appreciated most about the story of Celia and Ty was that it was real. The mistakes they made, the people they were and became weren’t unrealistic or over dramatic. It was simply how life can sometimes be. Maybe it’s because I could relate to Celia, but her feelings, actions and journey were one I know many can relate to and be encouraged by. Plus with a fun cast of characters, this story is enjoyable, encouraging and reminder how God can use and redeem our past choices – both good ones and bad ones. Have you read any of Becky Wade’s books? What’s something you’ve seen God redeem in your life? Originally posted at:
Shay14 More than 1 year ago
I absolutely devoured this story! It was amazing. From beginning to end, I was rooting for Celia and Ty. I loved Addie and it was nice getting to reconnect with Meg, Bo, and Jake (I can't wait to read his story!). Being back in Holley, Texas was like putting on a comfortable pair of jeans and worn in cowboy boots. The story flowed effortlessly and kept me up late into the night to finish. I absolutely loved Celia and Ty. Their spark, spunk, and downright witty banter back and forth made the story that much more enjoyable. Celia is smart, sassy, and a devoted mother. She is independent to a fault. Ty is impulsive, handsome, and heartbreakingly charming. If he was a real person, I feel like I would have been head over heals for him just like Celia was. Their spark was undeniable to the reader, though it took them a while to accept it themselves.  The message of the book was all about forgiveness. Both Celia and Ty have to work through some pretty major bitterness, regret, and self-loathing to accept the forgiveness from each other and most importantly the God who loves them. The sacrifices both characters have to make are symbolic of the sacrifice Jesus made on the cross for us, so we don't have to die and go to hell.  Overall, this was an amazing story and I look forward to reading more from this wonderful author!
allimo81 More than 1 year ago
My favorite of the Porter Family series!! I love the chemistry between Ty and Celia!!
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TCramer More than 1 year ago
This is the second book in the Porter Family Series and the third one cannot come out fast enough. I won the first book in this series, Undeniably Yours, stayed up until 1:00 am finishing it, and then ordered Meant to be Mine right away. I was up until after midnight the next day finishing this one. I loved them both but if I’m forced to choose, Meant to be Mine is my favorite. This is one of my favorite reads all year and I’ve read in excess of 100 books this year. I absolutely love the bantering back and forth in this story. This book had me in tears on one page and then laughing hysterically on the next. If you enjoy romantic fiction that is heart inspiring then you will love Ty and Celia’s story. Both characters are so fun. Be prepared for Ty to charm you … he’s such a ladies man. 5 stars easy!
LizR1990 More than 1 year ago
I was taking a step out of my literary comfort zone when I read Undeniably Yours by Becky Wade last year. Contemporary fiction isn’t usually my cup of tea but I thoroughly enjoyed myself and was very excited to get my hands on Celia and Ty’s story. I absolutely LOVED this book and was not disappointed in the least! Celia Park has loved Ty Porter since high school and after a whirlwind Vegas romance ends in an impromptu marriage she thinks her life is set. When she awakes the next morning to find Ty has changed his mind she finds things are quickly spinning out of control. Years later, when Ty tracks Celia down and discovers they have a daughter he begins to realize what he thought he wanted all these years is not even close. Ty and Celia’s story is a heavy hitter in the emotional ring and I definitely had a few outbursts of blubbering. Although there are just as many happy moments to pick you back up again. I’ve enjoyed relationships with some good verbal sparring ever since I met Beatrice and Benedick and Meant to Be Mine did not let me down. Celia and Ty can throw down with the best of them and they really had a great chemistry. I also liked the interesting/complicated family dynamic between them and their daughter. I’m seriously looking forward to the third book in this series so I can get to know Jake Porter better. He is a guy with what appears to be a lot of issues to work though and I believe he will be a wonderful hero in his own right. ***I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own. ***
SylviaM More than 1 year ago
Becky Wade’s novel, Meant to Be Mine, is an engaging read where country boy meets city girl. In Becky’s previous book, Undeniably Yours, we are introduced to Ty Porter (brother to the hero in that book) and now find him as the male protagonist in this one. Of all the Porter brothers, Ty is the most popular. According to the people in the small Texas town where he has lived all his life, Ty is handsome, charming, smooth-talking, witty, a dare-devil, and three-time champion, bull rider! There’s nothing this home boy, hero can’t do! He’s perfect - or is he? Five and a half years ago while in Las Vegas, Ty Porter ran into a female pal from high school. Flirting and having fun with this friend, Celia, leads him into an impromptu marriage at a cheesy, Las Vegas wedding chapel. Celia Park, has had a crush on Ty Porter since high school and is surprised, but thrilled and flattered to marry him. All good times have to come to an end. In this case a screeching halt! The two part ways when reality hits. Unbeknownst to Ty, Celia has taken something precious home with her from that memorable night. A beautiful, baby girl shows up several months later. Addie, this now five-year old, is Celia’s life. Ty has been getting wealthier and more popular in his bull riding career. Neither of them has filed for divorce! I loved the idea for this novel. Any story of a previously, married couple who meet again after sharing such an intimate history always makes an exciting plot. Meant to Be Mine is full of chemistry, banter, and romance from beginning to end. The heroine, Celia, is pretty and petite . She has an extreme diet of healthy eating, but baking baked goods of all sorts is her weakness. I loved reading about Celia’s baking sprees and the different desserts she would turn out from her kitchen. I enjoy baking myself, so could really identify with Celia in this occupation. Celia is also a worrier to the point of overprotectiveness for her daughter. I understood some of it, but much of what the author called worry seemed more like possessiveness to me. It’s not often I read about a heroine who is struggling financially, trying to make ends meet. That situation is so true to life and made for a refreshing plot point in this novel. Ty, rich and handsome, applies his usual charm and southern politeness to this new, awkward situation in which he finds himself. I think that would be so difficult and heartbreaking for a man to meet up with his former wife only to find out he has a five-year old child of whom he never knew! I love the way Ty handled the situation by jumping in whole-heartedly. He immediately wanted to love that girl and provide for her. Father and daughter have a very sweet relationship eventually. I thought Celia was crazy for not wanting to accept money from him for their child. Here he was willing to pay child support and she keeps snubbing him. That didn’t make sense to me at all. Since this is a romance novel I had high expectations in that department. In Meant to Be Mine we get lots, and I do mean LOTS, of physical interaction between these two. The chemistry is flying! It’s not only physical though. Becky Wade has done an excellent job in writing flirty, witty dialog for Celia and Ty. I loved all their bantering back and forth. The biggest problem I have with this book is understanding what these characters think the sanctity of marriage is. On one hand, Ty state that he believes that marriage is for life. Remember this couple is not divorced. On the other hand, he says he’s waiting for an ex-girlfriend to break up with a guy so he can possibly marry her instead of sticking with his wife! Even while he says this to Celia’s face, he keeps kissing and flirting with Celia. Meanwhile, Celia thinks that if Ty still loves this previous girlfriend then maybe God intended for those two to be together. It may be true that the hero married in haste and should have stuck with his old girlfriend, but he made his choice and has to stick with it for better or worse. Even if Ty and Celia haven’t been together for five years they are still married. It doesn’t give either of them, as professing Christians, permission to look elsewhere or to keep a backup waiting in the wings. Becky Wade included some good spiritual lessons for her characters to learn and I was happy that they eventually sought some sort of relationship with God. Forgiveness is the main spiritual theme running through this novel. Some books go overboard on a supporting cast. Becky Wade did a good job creating interesting and sometimes quirky family members and friends. I wish they would have had more page time. I loved the description of Holley, Texas and would love to see a series by this author set in the middle of this town. I understand, though, that the nature of this series has farm and ranch settings. Even though I don’t always agree with the characters’ life choices in Becky Wade’s novels (I’m a little more conservative), I do still enjoy reading them. Becky writes fast-paced, romantic, contemporary novels that one can always count on for good entertainment. Meant to Be Mine is no exception.
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
Meant To Be Mine, a story of a one night stand, or married love for one night, and then not seeing each other for almost five years! That doesn’t quite sound right, but what Ty Porter tells his wife of about eight hours, the morning after their wedding, will and does break Celia Park’s heart. I can’t even imagine, the pain she felt, trying to place myself in her shoes, and the reality of what he says. Flip ahead the five years, and that is where most of this book takes place, and we meet the result of that one night of married bliss, her name is Addie, precocious and loveable almost five year old. Enter a new or old depending on how you look at it Daddy, that you have never met. Now Ty, a professional and well to do Bull Rider, can give the little one anything she desires, but her Mom, is like a brick wall, and doesn’t want either of them hurt again. Can Ty replace the trust he has lost, can Cellia offer what is so very hard, and Forgiveness as Christ has forgiven her? Wow! Yes it will take a lot hard praying, and trying to put myself in her shoes, it would be very hard. There are quite a few chuckles to be had, and a lot of bantering here. Ty comes from a family, which everyone would love to have, you can feel then wrap their arms around you, and they are there for you with more than a hug. Can these two become a family and make it three? Or will the love of Ty’s life become available and finally say yes to him? How much is either Celia or Ty willing to sacrifice to forgive and make a home together? Once you start on this journey with them, you won’t be able to put the book down until you have all of the answers! Enjoy! I received this book through Litfuse Publicity Book Tours, and was not required to give a positive review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a awesome book
VicG More than 1 year ago
Becky Wade in her new book “Meant To Be Mine” Book Two in the Porter Family series published by Bethany House Publishers brings us into the lives of Celia Park and Ty Porter. From the back cover:   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? I have a problem when I feel that there is going to be a lot of heartache that the characters will be going through I tend to back away from reading the story.  However I enjoy Ms. Wade’s writing and really liked the first book in this series so I bit the bullet and picked up this book.  I was correct there is a lot of sorrow and emotional pain that we suffer with along with the characters.  However Ty and Celia are such great characters that we go through it with them knowing that, somehow, these two will get together and God will make it all right.  Ms. Wade has taken what could become soap opera melodrama and kept it real and human.  Ty and Celia are wonderful characters that live and breathe on the pages and we root for them all the way through the book.   “Meant To Be Mine” is a marvelous story filled with great romance, forgiveness and learning to trust again.  This book  does not disappoint at all.  I enjoyed it and I am already looking forward to the next book in this series. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. 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.”
MelissaF More than 1 year ago
Oh. My. This book is amazing. I am pretty sure Becky Wade is my favorite contemporary romance author. She writes like I want to write. This is Becky's third book, but only the second one I've read by her. I loved Undeniably Yours and wondered how Meant to be Mine could be even better. But I have to say I am pretty sure she topped it. Meant to be Mine had my heart aching from the first pages. I don't know how she does it but she writes so real I feel it in my core. This was a book that had my mind so engaged I didn't get sleepy at all, yes, that sounds strange. I usually read before I go to sleep and I will read until I get tired. Well, I never got tired as I read this book and I finally had to just put it down and make myself sleep. Celia is a wonderful, fun heroine. She's a struggling single mom trying to scrape by. I am sure there will be many readers how will relate to her. I love her sense of humor, she is one funny lady :) And there's Ty...sigh. Wow, Becky describes him maybe a bit too vividly;) He's definitely flawed and has these plans that really aren't God's. He is way too charming for his own good. I can't forget about sweet Addie, Celia and Ty's daughter. She's so sweet, I can hear her little voice in my ear as she talks to Ty for the first time after the finds out he is her daddy. So precious. Overall I have to say this is probably the best contemporary romance I have read this year. If you are looking for something to grab your heart and a bit edgy this it the book for you. A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Writingsof_Rosie More than 1 year ago
Oh my goodness!! Meant to be Mine is definitely my new favorite by Becky!! I was hooked from the very first chapter. Putting the book down was torture! I wanted to dive right into the pages of the book and shake some sense into Celia, then I wanted to play princesses with cute, adorable, Addie, and lastly I wanted to smack Ty. Seriously, could two people really be so stubborn? Nonetheless, I loved them both and I admired Ty trying to make things right with Celia. (minor spoilers ahead!) If there was one thing that frustrated me the most it was probably the "we can kiss, but we're just friends" deal Celia and Ty struck up. Making out when no one was looking? Really? They're both so intelligent it drove me nuts thinking that they could make stupid decisions. Other than that, they acted within common sense. (end spoiler alert) Celia, as Ty put it, is beautifully imperfect. She strives to take care of Addie to the best of her ability. She protects the little girl like a Momma Grizzly. I was glad to see Celia become gradually more independent and trustworthy of others. Whether she realizes it or not, she really changed from the Celia we first meet toward the beginning. It's a good change, though. I'm not going to say too much about Ty. He made a lot of mistakes in his past and it was sad for me to think he was inflicting penance upon himself (i.e. no church, no women, etc.). He ran away from the thing he needed most: God. He probably changed for the better as much as Celia did. I'm glad they both found what they really needed. To quickly sum up then, Meant to be Mine is a treasure, forever to stay on my bookshelf. I fell in love with the simple way Becky writes and, of course, her characters. (I desperately wish I could hug Addie!!) She takes simple Christianity concepts and makes her characters struggle. The battle isn't easy, but watching them overcome is encouraging. I highly recommend this novel to those who enjoy contemporary romance with a deeper theme/message and I also recommend to girls sixteen or older for readability and content. I received this book from Bethany House in return for an honest review of my opinions, which I have done. Thanks!
busymomoftwo More than 1 year ago
The story starts with a look back at the weekend that Ty and Celia got married in Vegas, five and a half years ago. After the first two chapters share the details of the weekend, the story quickly jumps back to the present day, where Ty once again finds himself in Vegas, this time for a bachelor party and we learn that Celia is working and raising a daughter in Oregon. Inspired by seeing the chapel where they were married, Ty looks up Celia and heads to town to visit her. She assumes that he is finally coming to ask for a divorce, but when he learns that he is a father, things begin to change. The story that unfolds is heartwarming. Becky Wade does a great job of developing the characters and pulling you into their lives. The characters were so realistic. They were selfish and struggle to forgive. They run from God when they most need Him and only realize that He was there all along, once they finally return. I enjoyed that Celia is a strong, proud woman who wants the best for her daughter and does her best to protect herself and her daughter from Ty. I loved how Ty did his best to take care of his daughter, and her mother, not seeking anything in return and doing some of it without them knowing. I found myself rooting for them to really see what they have and to make it something more before it slips away. This is the first book that I have read by Becky Wade, but it turns out that she has other books and that this novel is the second Porter Family Novel. Since I enjoyed this novel so much, I am already planning to find a copy of the first book in the Porter Family Novel series, so that I can catch up on Meg and Bo's story - characters that I met in this book. A complimentary review copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.