5 Stars Out Of 5
Best modern romance I've read so far this year
June 24, 2014
Age: Under 18
There needs to be more books like Meant to Be Mine. Books you're sceptical about at first sight, but curious the more you read glowing reviews of them. Books whose excerpts eventually lead you to request a copy of them at the library, which leads you to savour every word in less than twenty four hours once the copy arrives. To me, Becky Wade's latest offering signals she's on her way to her writing career's apogee. Meant to Be Mine was so good â€• it has been a full year since I've enjoyed reading a contemporary romance as much. Here are the reasons why.
Firstly, I am in absolute favour of character development in fictional stories and I've found that characters endear me to them with their words. If the dialogue is entertaining, my attention is held. Becky Wade has fleshed out characters who deliver just that as Ty and Celia Porter are absolutely hysterical people seasoned with just the right touch of sass and stubbornness. The girl is independent, serious, the guy is easy-going, determined... They couldn't be more right for each other. It has been a long while since I've laughed as hard at two characters who are teasingly always looking for each other Achilles' heel. Their dialogues are so witty, I think it's safe to say anyone is sure to get a laugh out of them. My only complaint? I cannot. believe. Ty. and. Celia. are. not. real. I refuse to!
Secondly, the themes flowing through itâ€• and the way Wade conveys her message â€• make Meant to Be Mine a remarkable book for me. I admit, my first impression was that this story would simply be a light one. I didn't know how profoundly it would reach out to me. I didn't know the author pondered on fear, rejection, guilt and more, weaving gorgeous reflections into the tapestry of her work. Celia, for example, mirrors my personalities on so many levels, I could relate to all her fears. Meant to Be Mine has a depth that is not preachy, but instead discerningly encourages the reader to meditate on forgiveness and the grace of God. That, is beautiful.
Thirdly, the story's convivial atmosphere :) In a world saturated with pain, many of us read to find hope ... imagination. In Meant to Be Mine, Wade takes a common premise â€• rich boy, poor girl, both with secrets â€• and tastefully develops it, with no flowery, absurd aspects. Once in a while, there is that story whose background may give us a sense of dÃ©jÃ -vu but whose author voice incites us to continue reading. This was the case for me with Meant to Be Mine. Neither Ty nor Celia is average, and neither is their story. These people are special. Flawed and quirky, but realistically so, and their romance is nothing short of delightful, blossoming at just the right pace and tying the knot of the story memorably. I thoroughly loved losing myself in a world where the hero is truly a knight in shining armour in love with a sweet girl. Loved the atmosphere... the feel of Meant to Be Mine. So creative. It made me laugh, brought me close to tears and, in the end, made me sigh in pure ecstasy.
Becky Wade's writing style is very enjoyable. I'm so glad to say I enjoyed Meant to Be Mine. My copy was borrowed from the library but I want to buy one! I've read all of Wade's books and, to me, this one, as her very best yet, deserves an award.