Friday, May 8, 2015

Bookshelf Friday - A Love Like Ours by Becky Wade

Having read the first two in "The Porter Family" series by Becky Wade, I eagerly anticipated this book. A Love Like Ours is the third and final in the series, and Becky wraps it up with a cherry on top. Here's the blurb, and we'll chat on the other side:)

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?

Honestly, I don't know where to start. There was so, so, so much to love about this book. So let me begin with one of the secondaries, Zoe. It's a small thing, really, but she immediately endeared herself to me with the plight of her height. It was like Zoe had crawled into the younger-me's brain and pulled out my very dialogue. And this is how it is with Becky Wade's characters. Whether they take the main stage or a bit part, they are fully fleshed out and captivating. In all of her books I've never met a character I didn't like (unless, of course, I was supposed to--and even then the writer in me found pieces to like. But I digress...) and it's this very trait that keeps Becky high on my reading list.

Then you add in amazing male leads. Sigh-worthy, strong, flawed, believable guys that pair so well with the heroines of these books. I've come to expect these hero-qualities from Becky's writing, and once again she didn't disappoint. Becky manages to weave similar characteristics into her leading men without them every feeling redundant or stale. Quite the contrary, they leave you trusting her unique voice as an author and standing in line waiting for her next book to come out.

The romance between Lyndie and Jake was so well written and moved at just the right speed. I loved the history they shared and how this added sweet layers to their friendship and budding romance at the beginning. Best of all I truly enjoyed how Becky never fails to weave hope into her manuscripts. With romance, laughter, and engaging characters, Becky doesn't shy away from pointing everything back to God. She doesn't sugar coat, and she doesn't do fluff. She delivers clean entertainment that'll leave a smile on your face, a sigh on your lips, and you passing on the book because you simply can't keep it to yourself.

I highly recommend A Love Like Ours along with the other books in this series. You can purchase them here. Happy reading friends! And for those who might have missed it, here's Becky's devotional from Monday. Have a great weekend!

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