5 Stars Out Of 5
Another engaging romance by Becky Wade
September 9, 2013
The first Porter Family novel, Undeniably Yours, is set in the fictional town of Holley, Texas. Becky does a beautiful job at conveying a sense of place and has created compelling lead characters in Bo and Meg. To put it simply, Becky is very good at writing romance, and I enjoy reading it. Romance fans will enjoy Bo and Meg's story and be eager to see more of the Porter family as well.
I enjoy Becky Wade's romances because I easily get caught up in her characters and the emotion of her writing. In Undeniably Yours, Becky has created two compelling lead characters and placed them in an impossible situation: rich female boss, regular country boy employee - separated by wealth, job position and social ranking. I knew she would somehow resolve this invisible barrier imposed by society, but the fun is in how she gets us there.
Becky creates a great sense of place with her descriptions of the small Texas town of Holley and Meg's family ranch with its thoroughbred farm. Whispering Creek Ranch resembles the famous Southfork and I loved her description of its interior: "Everything in the place was either costly, a shade of brown, or lifted off a dead animal."
Meg and Bo are likeable and engaging lead characters. Texas oil heiress Meg Cole is quite different from what her job title implies. She is fair, gentle, tenderhearted and vulnerable; she suffers from anxiety and doesn't feel the job she inherited is what God wants from her. Meg is first attracted to Bo because she feels a calmness and quietness in his company.
Former Marine Bo Porter is a humble, honorable, and self-sacrificing character who has finally attained his dream of running a thoroughbred racehorse ranch. In the very first scene of the book, Meg tells Bo she's closing the ranch down - and from there, we watch Bo struggle to deal with the heartbreak of losing his ranch while wanting to protect Meg and be the ally she needed. After hilarious evening of babysitting a young child, Meg describes Bo as "a man christened with the miraculous ability to gentle horses, nervous women, and one-year olds."
Becky may go a little beyond what some readers of Christian romance are comfortable with as far as descriptive adjectives, characters cursing under their breath and being placed in compromising situations, but I think she just writes in a more realistic style that shows people's imperfections. And everything fits the Texas setting well.
The supporting cast was great, and I especially hope we see more from Meg's Asian gardener, Mr. Son. He treated the young boy with dignity and expectation, and their interaction was one of my favorite parts. "Mr. Son might not look like a traditional baby whisperer. But he had a way - a stiff, prickly, and unusual way - with children. Just like with his acres of flowers, he could coax them to bloom."
Readers will enjoy the suspenseful conclusion and spiritual themes as Meg discovers her ministry in the "more" that God intended for her life. There's also a great stewardship message as Meg realizes that none of it is actually hers . . . "Not the bank accounts, the properties, the staff, the possessions, nor the controlling interest in the company. All of it belonged to Him."
I am glad Undeniably Yours is the first of a series because I definitely want to see more of Bo and Meg, as well as the other Porter siblings. I'd also love to see further development of Mr. Son's character. I highly recommend this book to all romance fans.
This book was provided by Bethany House in exchange for my honest review.