Title: Meant to Be Mine
Author: Becky Wade
Genre: Inspirational Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Bethany House
Release date: May, 2014
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, Addie. 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?
Meant To Be Mine would have been just another ‘secret baby’ plot, but for Becky Wade turning this into a rather moving story of ordinary people struggling with their dreams and hopes, and trying to work out a relationship with each other despite all the hurt of the past.
For quite a while I found Ty’s character to be rather shallow, until I delved deeper and realized that the author had cleverly created a somewhat different hero – warts and all – struggling to find a way to forgive himself and to be worthy of Celia and Addie.
Celia’s reluctance to forgive and trust him and to reach for her own dreams is also fascinating. She sometimes uses her love for her daughter as a crutch – not letting go, not moving forward.
How this couple attempt to work out their relationship and move past their unresolved history and with the help of God, learn trust and forgiveness, makes the story very believable and heartwarming.