Tuesday, May 19, 2015

A Love Like Ours by Becky Wade

From the publisher:
Former Marine Jake Porter has far deeper scars than the one that marks his face. He struggles with symptoms of PTSD, lives a solitary life, and avoids relationships.

When Lyndie James, Jake's childhood best friend, lands back in Holley, Texas, Jake cautiously hires her to exercise his Thoroughbreds. Lyndie is tender-hearted, fiercely determined, and afraid of nothing, just like she was as a child. Jake pairs her with Silver Leaf, a horse full of promise but lacking in results, hoping she can solve the mystery of the stallion's reluctance to run.

Though Jake and Lyndie have grown into very different adults, the bond that existed during their childhood still ties them together. Against Jake's will, Lyndie's sparkling, optimistic personality begins to tear down the walls he's built around his heart. A glimmer of the hope he'd thought he'd lost returns, but fears and regrets still plague him. Will Jake ever be able to love Lyndie like she deserves, or is his heart too shattered to mend?

Becky Wade spoils readers for Christian Romance.  There is really no author like her for this genre.  If I want to read a romantic story that will make my heart flutter and my smile unstoppable, I read her.  But what is amazing about Becky is that she writes not only amazing romance, but she allows God to be such a central part of her characters and book.  And she does it in such a way that it doesn't feel forced at all.  It is a natural part of the setting and characters.  

If you have never read Becky Wade I recommend going and reading all of her books.  You won't be sorry you did.  Not only will your romantic heart be happy but you will be spiritually blessed as well.

Jake's story has been a long time in coming.  from the first book of the Porter family series readers have known that Jake's story needed to be written and come to life, and that he needed a deep healing.  Jake's character doesn't get a "quick fix" of love and God.  Rather it will take time.  It is realistic and humbling to read what many of our brave men and women must go through upon coming back from their tours fighting for our country and others.  It made me appreciate our heroes in a new way.  

Lyndie's character was perfect.  A blend of hope and whimsical love.  She is the perfect balance of strong and tender for Jake and their love was really tender to read.  Her relationship with her family and the idea that "God is good" whether in good or bad times was very moving.  It is a reminder that I need.  God is good, no matter the outcome, but so often it is easy to see how much God loves us, despite the awfulness of the world.

Thank you Becky for writing such a wonderful book.  I hope you never stop writing!

I received this book free from the publishers in exchange for my honest review.

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