4 Stars Out Of 5
September 2, 2014
Becky Wades novel, Meant to Be Mine, is an engaging read where country boy meets city girl.
In Beckys 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! Theres nothing this home boy, hero cant do! Hes 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 Celias 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 Celias 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. Its 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 didnt 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! Its 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 hes 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 Celias 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 havent been together for five years they are still married. It doesnt 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 dont always agree with the characters life choices in Becky Wades novels (Im 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.