Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Meant to Be Mine By: Becky Wade

Back of the Book

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?

My Thoughts

Now I must admit up front, I have been a fan of Becky Wade's novels for the last few years.  That being said, this book will grab a hold of you in the first chapter and it was only for the sake of my family that I put it down.  Meant to Be Mine was a wonderfully thought out story, I really enjoyed the back and forth banter between Ty and Celia that went throughout the book.  It was a very entertaining read and I found myself holding my breath to see if they could work things out.   This is the second book in the Porter Family novels, and while I would recommend reading Undeniably yours, you don't need to have read it enjoy this book or fall in love with the Porter family.

This is a clean novel with no swearing (that I can remember) and while it does have kissing that is as far as it goes. This is a book you can recommend to family and not have to feel embarrassed by any of the content.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Chances Are By: Traci Hunter Abramson

Back of the Book

Maya Gupta is a survivor. After escaping an impending arranged marriage in India as a teenager, she has thrived in America. But now she faces her greatest challenge yet—cancer has invaded her life, and unless she finds a way to participate in a clinical trial in Washington, DC, this may be one battle she loses. When Maya’s best friend Kari offers Maya the lifeline of a place to stay—her brother’s currently vacant DC apartment—the young woman eagerly accepts and goes to meet her fate . . . Ben Evans’s plans have changed, and he’s heading home for some much-needed rest and relaxation during his off-season in the major leagues. Upon arriving at his DC apartment, however, Ben is shocked to find Maya—his sister’s friend, who he hardly knows—in residence. He soon finds himself trapped between protecting his above-reproach reputation and searching for a way to help a woman he is coming to admire. When Maya’s fight to survive her disease becomes more complicated than ever, she and Ben scheme an extreme solution to her predicament that tests to what lengths they’re willing to go together to save Maya’s life.

My Thoughts

  This was one of the most touching books I have ever read.  I have enjoyed several of Traci Abramson's novels, but was a little reluctant to read the book, due to the fact that the main character has cancer.  But I am so glad I decided to read it.  Traci does such a wonderful job with such a touchy subject and make you fall in love with Maya, cheer for her ups and morn for her downs.  I will admit I did shed a few tears while reading this book but hope that that won't hold you back from reading this wonderful novel.

This is an extremely clean, touching book.