Meant to Be Mine by Becky Wade
Meant to Be Mine is an unconventional love story. Celia has always been in love with Ty, but they’ve never actually been a couple. They meet up in Vegas and begin a whirlwind romance that ends in marriage (after 4 days!). Celia couldn’t be happier, but then Ty reveals that he’s in love with someone else. The story picks up 5 years later when they next see each other.
This book is such an easy read! I love not having to “work through” a book. Every character is extremely realistic and Wade endears us to care for each one. One of my favorite things about Meant to Be Mine is that it’s set in my great state of Texas! I have to admit, I probably moved this book up a star when Wade first mentioned the Texas Rangers. Being that I never miss a game, I couldn’t help but love the couple in the book who have season tickets and constantly sport their Rangers gear. Apart from that, the spiritual aspect of the book is extremely well written. If you like the way Karen Kingsbury approaches religion in her books, I think you’ll like Wade’s work as well. She doesn’t force the story. For instance, at a point in the book Celia’s prayers are answered, but the answer is no. A lot of Christian Fiction tends to sugarcoat life and have everything turn out perfectly all the time, but that’s not at all realistic. Wade did a great job of keeping things balanced. The book is mainly romance, but there’s a little bit of suspense thrown in as well. I’d recommend Meant to Be Mine to anyone who likes Christian Fiction or Christian Romance. If you like Meant to Be Mine, make sure to check out Undeniably Yours, the first book in the Porter Family Novel Series!
More Info from LitFuse:
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?
Maya Angelou once said, “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” Where does a writer find inspiration? What’s the hardest part about writing a story? What do you hope your writing achieves? We’ve asked Becky Wade, the author of Meant to Be Mine, to tell us the story behind the story. To celebrate her latest release, Becky is giving away a $200 “Dream Come True” prize pack! Click here to learn more and enter to win!
Tell us a bit about the story behind your latest novel. Where did you find inspiration?
I was inspired to write Meant to Be Mine by my love of “secret baby” plot lines. In this particular story, Ty and Celia get married in Las Vegas at the spur of the moment (after dating for four days). They realize the next morning that the wedding wasn’t such a good idea and part ways. The story picks up five and a half years later, when Ty tracks Celia down in order to inquire about a divorce. What he discovers? Celia has a daughter—his daughter.
What was the hardest part about writing your novel: Getting started? Keeping it going? Finding the perfect ending?
With Meant to Be Mine, the revision phase was the hardest. I edited it and polished it before I submitted it to my editors, same as always. But for the first time, my editors came back with heavy revision requests. It took me all summer to accomplish the rewrite. There were times when I wanted to toss the book out the window. I’m glad I didn’t, because in the end, I’m every bit as proud of this story as I am my others.
What trait do you love most about your main character?
I love Celia’s spunkiness. She holds her own against Ty (who is as confident, joking, demanding, and charming as can be) very admirably.
When readers get to the last page, what do you hope they take away from the story?
I hope they take away God’s message of forgiveness, grace, and amazing love.
What are you working on next?
I’m currently working on the third book in the Porter Family Series. This one stars Jake Porter, the most wounded and brooding of the three Porter siblings.