A Love Like Ours (book review)

Fall in love with Becky Wade's new book, A Love Like Ours, a story of healing, romance, and cowboys.

 A glimmer of the hope Jake thought he’d lost returns when Lyndie lands back in Texas, 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? This post was organized by LitFuse Publicity.  I was provided with a copy in exchange for my honest book review.  All opinions are my own.

About the book:

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?

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My review:

I fell totally in love with the relationship between Jake and Lyndie.  They are so perfectly different... but so perfectly compliment each other.  They're exactly what the other need.

There is something so magical to me about the idea of childhood best friends finding each other again as adults.  Add in the immediate chemistry that Jake and Lyndie have for each other and it made for a page turner that I just couldn't put down.  Not that it was a simple romance.  It was anything but simple.  The troubles that Lyndie and Jake faced both together and separately made their story (and their family's story) really intriguing.  I found myself routing for them to beat all of their difficulties.  I turned every page hoping that a magic, or fate, or God, would intervene and make it all work out.

I love that while Becky Wade makes the perfect romance... she also tackles huge serious topics.  Not only did A Love Like Ours take on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder... but also the story of Lyndie's sister Mollie's Cerebral Palsy.  It really is a full book.

And THEN there is the little side story with Amber and Lyndie making a deal to go on 3 dates... and the unintentional hilarity that comes from these "dates" just gives that little bit extra.  Becky Wade just has this way of weaving in all of these stories and characters.  Perfect.

About the author:

Becky Wade is a native of California who attended Baylor University, met and married a Texan, and moved to Dallas. She published historical romances for the general market, took time off to raise her children, then felt God nudging her to pursue contemporary Christian fiction. Becky's work has been a finalist for both a RITA and an INSPY Award.

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