Wow is my first response when I finished this book. Becky Wade is a gifted writer. I was hooked from the beginning and it is a page turner. One of the things I loved about this book is the way the characters turned to God, When they couldn't see s solution for their problems, they sought God for the answers. This is a definite must read.
I absolutely loved Becky's debut novel, My Stubborn Heart so I had very high expectations for Undeniably Yours. I'm very happy to say that it surpassed them all! I'm actually writing this review after reading the book for the second time, which officially makes it a favorite.
I loved so much about this book, that I'm not sure where to start! The storyline intrigued me from the beginning. I was curious how Becky would take an idea that is predominate in historical writing and use it for a contemporary book. For those unfamiliar with it, the idea is a "servant" falling for their much wealthier "master." In this case, we change those to "employee" and "employer."
I adored Meg! She is so sweet, funny, and remarkably normal! While we don't have much in common, I quickly fell in love with her and found her very relatable. She is so kind and caring. She often thinks of herself as a "softie," and I enjoyed watching her grow throughout the book as she begins standing up for herself and chooses to follow the path she believes God has for her.
I also loved Bo from the start! He is the kind of hero that will make you wish he were real. He is so kind, loyal, and so sweet with Meg. I immensely enjoyed their relationship, watching it grow and rooting for both of them!
The secondary characters were great as well! Sadie Jo, Lynn, Amber, Jayden, Mr. Son - I loved them all! They are the kind of unique, quirky characters that add depth to a story. It wouldn't have been the same without all of them a part of it.
As much as I enjoyed the storyline and the characters, my favorite part of the book is the spiritual aspect. Bo and Meg each had something they had to learn, and following their journey really touched my heart. Bo has to learn to see himself as equal to Meg. He starts out believing he is unworthy of her, because of her station in life. One of my favorite quotes from the story is Meg saying to him, "You think God views us any differently, Bo? He doesn't. He doesn't care one bit about all the outward things. To Him, we're equal. We're both loved the same, valued the same. We both need to find our worth in God's view of us. To look for it anywhere else is a big mistake." (page 254. Excerpt used with permission from the author) This really spoke to me. So many times I've based my worth on something other than what God says about me.
For Meg she had to learn to fully trust God. She has spent most of her life worrying and trying to do everything just right. She believes she is trusting God, but not until she faces some difficult things and rises above several challenges, does she find herself able to really let go and trust Him. This also struck a chord in me, as trust is never easy and trusting Someone you can't see is even harder - as least for me.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys sweet romance with a compelling storyline that tugs your heart and challenges your faith.
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.
Meg Cole is in desperate need of some peace. She's been thrust into a role as an oil heiress that she doesn't want. If her father hadn't died unexpectedly, she could have continued to live her life as an art museum administrator. Instead, she's suddenly expected to run an oil empire she doesn't care about. But one man, Bo Porter, is a source of calm in a sea of turmoil. Only problem is she gave him six months to shut down the thoroughbred racehorse farm her father owned. Throw in unexpected house guests, a search for someone she doens't want to find, and a hunt to find herself, and this story is as richly layered as it is charming. At its essence, it is all about being willing to listen to God and become the person He wants us to be. If that includes a man who is the peaceful eddy in your whitewater life, then all the better.
This romance has layers of mystery, but it takes a strong third seat to the romance and spiritual thread. I thoroughly enjoyed this story and the characters. The romance was ideal, the attraction zinged. And I can't wait to read more Becky Wade books now.
Undeniably Yours by Becky Wade is a faith based romance that will knock your socks off. Meg Cole just inherited millions from her father along with an oil business and a horse farm. She would rather get rid of both. Bo Porter is the manager of Whispering Creek Horses. He has 6 months to convince Meg not to sell the horse farm. Meg is stressed, overwhelmed and having panic attacks the last thing she wants is to be around horses that terrify her. Bo is determined for her to keep the farm and will do anything to protect her, but how far is he willing to go? After having her heart broken by her ex husband Stephen and being taken advantage of she is wary of men. She has a hard time trusting and is always wondering if they like her or are they after her money. When Amber and Jayden, Stephen's ex and son show up on her doorsteps Meg is faced with a new direction God may be leading her. Bo has fallen head over heels for Meg but is careful not to cross the boss / employee line or the rich / poor one either. Finally as Meg begins to allow her heart to fall for Bo, she is faced with a big betrayal that could destroy their fragile bond. But then she is kidnapped by Stephen, will her and Bo ever get a chance? I highly recommend you read Undeniably Yours to find out how God works it all out. I want to thank The Book Club Network Inc. for this book. And thanks to the author Becky Wade and Bethany House for writing and bringing good clean Christian books to readers like me. I can't wait to read another book by this author