Meant to Be Mine
About This Book
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?
Becky Wade is back!!! Not that she really went anywhere—on the contrary, she’s been swimming in the deep end of success ever since her fantastic debut My Stubborn Heart splashed into bookstores in 2012. But I admit, her second book Undeniably Yours had a more reserved feel for me, as if she realized just how big a wave she’d caused in the CBA community pool, and decided to climb daintily down the steps at the shallow end. But Meant to Be Mine is a carefree cannonball off the high dive!
I was concerned about Ty being so lavish with his gifts—a car, a house, a pony, a job, you name it—that I kept expecting some kind of financial ruin plot twist. That he’d be as careless with his money as he was with Celia’s heart. But Becky totally turned it around on me, and instead it went to show how Ty had truly changed and become trustworthy. Not to mention his generosity is an excellent spiritual metaphor for all the abundant blessings from Christ that we so stubbornly try to refuse because we, like Celia, want to be DIY-ers in our own lives. The metaphor is beautifully, heartbreakingly summed up, too, when in the end, the only gift Ty has left to give is the one he loves most—the ranch—and he must sacrifice it in order to finally draw Celia back to him. It was only in sacrificing his heart that Ty was able to reconcile with his bride once and for all—how true is that of our salvation and Christ’s death on the cross! And all Celia could do was accept it.
Speaking of Celia, she definitely helped me appreciate this story so much more than Undeniably Yours because I’m like her—an outsider who pretty much hates all things Texan. But she falls under Ty’s spell, as did I and, I’m sure, every other female reader with a pulse! As for Jake, we caught a slightly bigger glimpse of him in this book than in Undeniably Yours, and perfectly so—just enough surly, miserable setup to make me start rooting for him now, a full year before his story comes out! Also neat to hear about Dru, the fourth Porter. A woman Marine? Love it! Can’t wait to see how she’ll develop as a heroine in the coming books.
I am so, so, so, so relieved to LOVE THIS BOOK! This is the sassy, spunky, no-holds-barred Becky Wade I fell in love with in My Stubborn Heart. And now I totally get why: seeing Bo and Meg in this story made me realize their story was more reserved because they as characters were far more private and reserved in nature, and also dealing with intensely personal conflicts. Plus the addition of a third POV to that book (the villain’s), made it a different kind of external conflict.
I’m not sure I cared for the two opening chapters set in the past. While it was certainly fun to see the full beginning of Ty and Celia’s romance, I would’ve preferred a condensed version in a proper prologue—probably just up to the wedding—then began Chapter One with Ty driving by the chapel and remembering the last time he’d been in Vegas. I think the events of the 12-hour-marriage disaster were touched upon enough throughout the story that I would’ve been just fine not seeing them in “real time.”
I would’ve liked a bit more of a denouement: Addie’s reaction to her parents getting remarried? Perhaps Uncle Danny finding a potential someone? But perhaps glimpses of these will appear in the next book.
If anyone is not in love with bull riding and baking and Disney princesses and cowboy boots by the end of this book, then I suspect they’ve been lobotomized. ‘Cause all I can say is, if the Texan I once dated had been one-hundredth as charming as Ty Porter, I’d no longer be a spinster.
Available May 6, 2014 from Bethany House Publishers