Meant to Be Mine
By Becky Wade
Published by Bethany House
376 Pages 

ABOUT AUTHOR: During her childhood in California, Becky frequently produced homemade plays starring her sisters, friends, and cousins. These plays almost always featured a heroine, a prince, and a love story with a happy ending. She's been a fan of all things romantic ever since.

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 with Avon Books, then put her career on hold for several years to care for her kids, then recently returned to writing sheerly for the love of it. She felt led to move to the genre of contemporary Christian romance and couldn't be more thrilled with it.

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.

Back Cover: 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?

Review: Thanks to The Book Club Network for the review copy of a book that introduced me to Becky Wade. She’s written a story that instantly captured my heart, whisked me up into a sweet romance and later dropped me in the middle of a drama between a handsome cowboy and an innocent young lady.

The book starts out in Las Vegas the couple is gambling and drinking then they end up in the wedding chapel. I thought where is this book headed and do I want to go there? Oh, I’m glad I stayed connected because the ride was glorious and memorable. I salute Becky Wade for writing such a thought provoking and fun romance book with well-timed humor.  It’s like nothing I’ve read before. Honestly after reading the first chapter I flipped the book over to check out who the publisher was. The cover said Bethany House. They were a company I could trust. I’ve read many books published by then. I read on. 

Celia Park (young lady) met Ty Porter (cowboy) in High School. It was love at first sight for her. They saw each other after college in Las Vegas. They had four magical dates together in Las Vegas; for Celia it was a love connection she’d dreamt about all through high school. This was her destiny so when Ty felt the same way (finally) she didn’t hesitate to get a taxi and head over to the 24 hours wedding chapel with Ty and tie the knot. Celia couldn’t believe this moment was finally happening; nor could she believe the scene the morning after they walked down the aisle; one unbelievable moment followed by another left Celia deflated searching for answers that would not come. She had turned to God in her time of need and He had a deaf ear (so she thought). Each went on their separate ways, Ty hit the road doing his bull riding thing. Celia went on to having a baby she’d never tell Ty about.  She didn’t want to tangle with him ever again.

This author connects readers with the twenty something crowd who started their lives out in church and completely relied on themselves when they got to college. There was no need for God there. What they grasped in church was the fact that they had to be good to make it in that social setting and the other thing was they couldn’t measure up. They tried and now they were living life on their own terms. I like how this author naturally talked about this matter. Also talk about having a relationship with God can be natural is intercity interwoven into the story seamlessly. Becky Wade has gotten into the mind of this group; shares their view, hopes, fears and dreams. Loved it.

Celia thinks, “Her version of Christianity had been about avoiding drinking, lying, curse words, and sex before marriage. Sure, there’d been stories of the cross and the song, “Jesus loves me” but what had been the result? Her belief that religion meant trying to do – or not do- stuff in order to please God.

…She had everything she’d thought she wanted. A healthy happy daughter. A home; a job at a bakery, the ability to pay her bills. And still, the yawning hole within her remained. The void within her was larger than any mortal person could satisfy.”

I loved how Celia and Ty are trying to figure how to fill the whole in their hearts. They’ve done everything they thought would fill it to no avail. They needed help. Help to forgive one another and themselves. They couldn’t do it in their own strength. Forgiveness isn’t natural. Not when you’ve been hurt to the core of your being. The self-protection shield was up for both of them. They needed a God intervention. The author shows the reader this and lets Celia and Ty figure out this fact on their own. Each realized that they had to be willing to be willing to forgive or their relationship was doomed before it began.

Another thing I LOVED about this book is the author’s humor and fun loving characters. Here’s a peek at what I’m talking about. Celia’s Uncle Danny went on an on-line date. Things take an unexpected turn.

Ty asks Danny’s date, “So, Betty?”
“How are you feeling about your date with Rip Van Winkle here? Ty nodded at Danny sleeping on the couch. “Best date ever?”
Celia burst out laughing.
Betty giggled into her napkin. “Maybe the most memorable.”
“Tell it to me straight, “Ty said, “You want to marry Danny don’t you?”
Another round of giggles from Betty.
“No, Ty. I don’t want to marry him.”
Snore. Snore. Snore.
“You sure? Consider the advantages Betty: He’s laid back. Not difficult to entertain.”
“It seems, “Celia said to Ty, “that the old broken pelvis routine has failed to win Betty’s heart.”

This is one of the many scenes in the book that had me smile from ear to ear and laugh out loud a time or two. This is the first book I’ve read by this author it definitely won’t be the last. I highly recommend this book as a book club pick. It also had good discussion questions at the end. This is a fun read that had me thinking about Celia, Ty and their situation for days after I closed the book. Just saying, I loved every minute with this couple and their family. Didn’t want it to end.

Nora St. Laurent
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  1. Wonderful review. Thank you for sharing.

  2. Thanks for your encouragement Katrina. This was a fun, and moving book. I enjoyed every second reading it! Thanks for stopping by!

  3. I'm reading this book right now and love, love, love it. What Nora doesn't mention much about is that TY is a professional bull rider and as a rodeo fan, I'm enjoying that aspect of the story along with Becky's writing voice that is very unique. When you pick up a book and have to put it down, then you find yourself hankering to get back to it soon, you know the book is a winner!

  4. Hi, Pam I didn't talk much about Ty because I didn't want to give special moments away. I loved the surprises the author had for the readers. I agree with you about staying up late until I finished this story. I gripped me! Thanks for stopping by Pam!