Blog Tour Review & Giveaway: Meant to Be Mine by Becky Wade

A book tour hosted by Prism Book Tours.

Welcome to my tour stop for
Meant to Be Mine
by Becky Wade


Meant to be Mine (A Porter Family Novel, #2)Meant to Be Mine
(A Porter Family Novel #2)
by Becky Wade

Christian Romance
May 2014 by Bethany House Publishers


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?

   


My Review

I had very high expectations for Meant to Be Mine, as it is from one of my favorite Christian Romance authors, so I was extremely pleased that it definitely met those expectations. I loved it!! It had a perfect mix of romance, heartbreak, well-fleshed characters, inspiration, hope, and a small-town setting.

I loved, loved, loved these characters!!! Celia sacrificed so much for her daughter. She basically gave up everything, including all her dreams, to raise her. She had a pretty stressful life, but she had so much love and happiness too. I loved her feistiness and the way she talked straight with Ty, challenging him. Their dialogue was fabulous and cracked me up while making me swoon all at the same time. Ty was a dashing and tortured leading man. He had his own demons that he needed to deal with. He carried a lot of guilt around with him and hid a lot with his good looks and charm. He was also extremely loyal and kind. I loved how he built his relationship with his daughter, Addie. Oh, and I loved Addie! She was so adorable and really made this story into something more than just a romance. She was one smart little cookie and so perceptive.

There were a slue of side characters: Bo, Meg, Ty's parents, Uncle Danny, the cafe owners, Tawny, and Jake. It was great to see Bo and Meg from Undeniably Yours! I'm hoping will continue to see them in the following books. Celia's Uncle Danny was such a fun and crazy character too. He really cracked me up! I just love how well the characters all played their roles in the story and just how much they added to it. I really want to know more about Jake and Dru, the other two Porter siblings. I'm hoping for two more books, one for each of them, in this series. Maybe the next one could start with a wedding that didn't occur in this book. That's all I can say...

The pacing of the story was perfect! I felt a roller-coaster of emotions and even teared up just a little in spots. There was plenty of tension, but lots of fun, and then tender and inspirational moments. Wade, again, wasn't preachy with the inspiration. It felt personal and realistic to these characters, especially in how Celia and Ty struggled to forgive each other and themselves. Forgiveness, especially under the circumstances these characters found themselves in, was definitely not easy. I was cheering them on and hoping that it would all turn out. 

Truly a well-written, heartfelt, and enjoyably sweet story! If you enjoy reading Romance, Christian Romance, or are just looking for a good story, I would highly recommend grabbing a copy of Meant to Be Mine!

Content: Clean

Source: From the publisher/NetGalley/author, which did not affect my review in any way.


About the Author

During her childhood in California, Becky Wade 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 for the general market, put her career on hold for many years to care for her kids, and eventually returned to writing sheerly for the love of it. She’s delighted to be penning warm, wry, and heartwarming contemporary romances for the Christian market. Her CBA debut, My Stubborn Heart, was a finalist in both the RITA and INSPY awards. Undeniably Yours kicked off her Texas-set Porter Family series. Her newest contemporary romance, Meant to Be Mine, has just hit shelves!

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.



Tour-Wide Giveaway

Prize #1: $50 Visa gift card and a paperback or ebook copy of Meant to Be Mine (open internationally)
Prize #2: 1 lb. of Starbucks coffee and signed copies of Undeniably Yours and Meant to Be Mine (US Only)
Prize #3: Box of See's Chocolates and signed copies of Undeniably Yours and Meant to Be Mine (US Only)
May 4 - 18
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32 comments

  1. kindlemom15/5/14, 6:04 AM

    Thanks for posting this so we can see all the stops and enter the giveaway. :D

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  2. kindlemom15/5/14, 6:05 AM

    This looks so adorable!

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  3. Samantha Kensell5/5/14, 7:23 AM

    Ha tough question. Honestly I have too say no. I want to believe but I don't

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  4. Heidi Robbins5/5/14, 9:27 AM

    Great review! I liked this book so much more than I thought I would! The characters were so vivid and the theme of forgiveness was handled so well.

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  5. I did indeed! Until I met my husband 18 yrs ago, & knew I had found my "someone".....

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  6. Yay. Glad to read a glowing review of this, Tressa. Soon I hope to get to Meant to Be Mine as Becky is one of my VERY favorite contemporary authors. Actually she's the author who made me fall in love with inspirational contemporary romance all over again way back with MSH so needless to say, I am always giddy to read a new novel by her. :)

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  7. Great review, I'll have to add this to my tbr list :)

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  8. I believe that there is a perfect person out there for everyone.

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  9. Meredith Richardson5/5/14, 5:24 PM

    Yes, I believe that everyone has a soulmate

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  10. Jennifer Ingman5/5/14, 5:29 PM

    Yes, I do believe in true love and that someone was out there waiting for me, my husband. We used to say we weren't Romeo and Juliet. But we are real and he is my heart.

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  11. Donna Reynolds5/5/14, 9:40 PM

    Yes I do believe their is one person for everyone I already found mine.

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  12. Brooke Barenfanger5/6/14, 8:36 AM

    Yes. But I haven't found him yet...

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  13. My husband was meant to be mine.

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  14. Nurmawati Djuhawan5/8/14, 9:10 AM

    i believe it..
    thx u for the giveaway...

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  15. Yes I do believe that :)

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  16. It is! I love her books!!

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  17. Well, a little hope can go a long way. ;) I believe in it, but I've got a fabulous husband. I don't really believe in one specific person though because I think you can find love and then keep that love by how you and your significant other manage it. It's a two-person kind of thing.

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  18. It was. I loved how she didn't brush over the forgiveness thing. She was so realistic in showing how hard it is and that we don't normally just forgive instantly and everything is all peachy.

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  19. She basically did that for me too with Contemporary. I loved that book!! Probably one of my all-time favorites ever. I like that she lets her characters sit in their problems a little. It feels more real because in life problems aren't just solved in a page.

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  20. Or at least love with someone. ;)

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  21. *sigh* So sweet! I've got a great marriage and I just love my husband to death, so I know what you mean. :)

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  22. I'm glad you did. Makes life easier, I think.

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  23. I think it can be so hard to find him sometimes. Thanks for sharing, Brooke!

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  24. See, those are the best stories. :)

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