I was a daddy’s girl. So I’ve always loved stories that feature tender father/daughter scenes, like . . .
- Atticus Finch including precocious Jean Louise in his nightly newspaper reading.
- Or shy Matthew Cuthbert picking out a dress with puffed sleeves for Anne Shirley.
- Charles Ingalls playing the fiddle as Half Pint and Mary fall asleep.
- Oh, and that scene from Little Women, where Father March comes home from war, and Amy wraps her arms around his leg, determined to hold on and never let him go.
For me, Meant to Be Mine evoked that feeling.
Becky Wade’s novel tells the story of estranged husband and wife, Ty Porter and Celia Park. The main action takes place five years after an impromptu wedding, which ended with Ty informing Celia the marriage was a mistake. However, their time together produced a tiny, glasses-wearing miracle named Addie—which Ty discovers when he feels an urge to see Celia again after many years apart.
The first time Ty meets his little girl Addie, this story lassoed my heart and galloped away for a wonderful ride.
Check out Ty’s response to spending time with her: “If she turned that sunray of a smile on him again and asked her to buy him a boat or a pony or a swimming pool, he’d probably buy those, too . . . Addie fascinated him. Enchanted him. Wrapped him around her pinkie . . . He expected it would take him a good while to win her heart. But it hadn’t taken her long at all to win his.”
This father/daughter magic works on Addie’s mother Celia, as well. As Celia watches Ty with Addie, her heart begins to yearn for a renewed relationship with her Heavenly Father. Yet even this involves her estranged husband as God leads Celia through the painful process of forgiving him.
I love how God restores this family by wooing the hearts of the parents to Him—-just like a doting, in-love-with-His-kids, always-there-for-you Father. And, of course, there’s plenty of romantic sweetness & sizzle along the way!
What I liked best . . .
- The fun, flirty conversations between estranged-but-still crazy-about-each-other Celia & Ty
- Imagining what kind of cowgirl boots I’d wear if I were visiting the Porter family (Everyone in Texas wears boots!)
- Celia’s creative take on princess stories
- Every time the Porter family got together
- Uncle Danny’s surfer dude adventures
- Meeting long-timed marrieds Jerry and Donetta
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Follow this link to purchase your copy of Meant to Be Mine. ***Thanks to Becky Wade and Bethany House for providing a copy for me to review.
About the author: Becky’s a California native who attended Baylor University, met a Texas boy, and settled in Dallas. She published historical romances for the ABA, then put her career on hold for several years to care for her three children. When God called her back to writing, Becky knew He meant for her to turn her attention to Christian fiction. She loves writing funny, modern, and inspirational contemporary romance! 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!
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