Welcome to my tour stop for
Meant to Be Mine
by Becky Wade
(A Porter Family Novel #2)
by Becky Wade
May 2014 by Bethany House Publishers
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 received a copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.**
I had no idea that this was Book 2 in a series. This one can definitely stand on it's own. I think the series is about each member of this family and the stories tie together, yet are their own. I definitely need to read Book 1 now!
I really loved this book! Ty and Celia made a very rash decision and had to deal with the consequences in a way that really promoted growth in all areas of their lives, but most importantly, spiritually. It's easy to say that you can forgive someone, but when you've been deeply hurt, as both Ty and Celia were (in different ways), forgiveness is a hard process to go through. I enjoyed watching the changes that both of these characters made in their lives to get to where they knew they needed to be.
Celia has put up big, insurmountable walls around her heart. Her life revolves around Addie, her daughter, and her dreams have been put on hold in order to care for and provide for her daughter. Since Addie loves princesses and fairy tales, Celia tries to curb things a little. I loved this part: "Celia herself wasn't a huge fan of princess stories. She worried that they set an unrealistic standard of female beauty and that they communicated the ridiculous idea that girls were in need of princes to rescue them."
Ty is a big-time bull rider and seems to have a very carefree, perfect life. When he seeks an end to his marriage after 5 1/2 years, he stumbles on the discovery of a child that he never knew he had. He does everything in his power to make things right. I loved that he was so faithful to his vows, when most men in his situation probably wouldn't have been. He knows he's not perfect, but he sure almost seems to be.
As hard as Celia tries, she just can't quite cut Ty out of her life. I loved when she was watching him bull ride on TV and jumping up, and shouting, "Ride, cowboy, ride!" She was pretty disgusted with herself, but I thought it was so sweet. I absolutely loved the journey Ty and Celia went on in their discovery of what truly matters in life. The journey to true love isn't always easy, but it can be so much fun, as well as sweet and romantic.
Content: no language; a non-graphic rodeo accident; kissing (very sweet and romantic, but not too spicy); Christian elements--there are spiritual places that really delve into Bible content, but I didn't feel it was overly preachy and it was a part of character development.
About the Author
Becky and her husband lived overseas in the Caribbean and Australia before settling in Dallas, Texas. It was during her years abroad that Becky's passion for reading turned into a passion for writing. She published three historical romances for the general market, put her career on hold for many years to care for her kids, and eventually returned to writing sheerly for the love of it. She’s delighted to be penning warm, wry, and heartwarming contemporary romances for the Christian market. Her CBA debut, My Stubborn Heart, was a finalist in both the RITA and INSPY awards. Undeniably Yours kicked off her Texas-set Porter Family series. Her newest contemporary romance, Meant to Be Mine, has just hit shelves!
These days Becky can be found failing but trying to keep up with her housework, sweating at the gym, carting her kids around town, playing tennis, hunched over her computer, eating chocolate, or collapsed on the sofa watching TV with her husband.
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