Book Review: A Love Like Ours by Becky Wade

ABOUT THE BOOK:

A Love Like OursFormer 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?

REVIEW:

Fresh off the success of the rest of the books about the Porter family, Becky Wade continues her series about the handsome and charming brothers in her third book of the Porter family series, A Love Like Ours. Starring the third youngest brother, Jake Porter, this novel centers on this wounded marine and his charismatic former-best-friend turned leading lady as they regain their lost friendship. A Love Like Ours is set amongst horse farming and racing—Jake as a trainer and Lyndie James as a rider. With the backdrop of training these beautiful creatures as a metaphor for the healing and redemption both Lyndie and Jake experience in this story, A Love Like Ours is an enjoyable contemporary romance sure to stir the hearts of readers familiar and new to Wade’s novels.

While A Love Like Ours is the third book in the Porter family series, Lyndie and Jake star in this story. I have not yet read the first two books in the series, but I did not have any trouble connecting with the characters or following the story continuations brought in from Wade’s earlier novels. Jake and Lyndie are precisely what readers—especially females—want from a romance: the typical “Tall, Dark, and Brooding” as Wade so aptly nicknames her leading male, and the charming, beautiful, and optimistic female. Both of Wade’s characters performed exactly as needed for A Love Like Ours to progress; however, while I loved Jake Porter’s character and saw depth and growth through his character arc, I did not enjoy Lyndie’s character.

As a former marine who saw battle, Jake struggles with PTSD and with trusting and healing following his return home. His challenges reflect his work on his horse farm and his relationships with others. Wade takes Jake on a personal reflective and redemptive journey through truly beautiful scenes both interpersonal and with other characters. I found Jake’s conversations, questions, and growth as believable and authentic. Jake’s journey made me want to go deeper into my own relationship with God, which is just what Christian fiction is supposed to do for readers.

With Lyndie, though, I found myself wanting to put A Love Like Ours down for long periods of time. This leading lady came across, to me, as spoiled, stubborn, and argumentative. In addition, her reasoning for some of her choices seemed unrealistic for a character of her age, and her living situation—while desirable for anyone in Lyndie’s position—came across as fantastical. I found it hard to relate to Lyndie, so even though I thoroughly enjoyed Jake’s character and the other elements of the story, such as the romance and familial relationships, I could not wholly devote myself to this novel.

Becky Wade is a stand-out author of contemporary Christian fiction, and I will most definitely read the other books in her Porter family series, as well as anything else she writes for genre.  I have high hopes for her first two books in the series, and I am looking forward to her upcoming–and final–Porter family book about the one-and-only girl of the siblings, Dru. A Love Like Ours is not my favorite of her books, but it is still a wonderful and enjoyable novel that I rate highly for its romance and faith elements.

Rating: 4 stars

P.S. For a review of my highly-rated favorite book of 2014, Becky Wade’s My Stubborn Heart read this review.

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write  positive review, and the opinions I have expressed are my own.  I disclose this statement this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Becky Wade

Becky’s a California native who attended Baylor University, met and married a Texan, and settled in Dallas.  She published historical romances for the general market before putting her career on hold for several years to care for her three children.  When God called her back to writing, Becky knew He meant for her to turn her attention to Christian fiction.  She loves writing funny, modern, and inspirational contemporary romance!  She’s the Carol Award and Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award winning author of My Stubborn HeartUndeniably YoursMeant to Be Mine, and A Love Like Ours.

Find Becky online at the following sites:

Website: www.beckywade.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/authorbeckywade

Twitter: http://twitter.com/beckywadewriter

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5298259.Becky_Wade

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/beckywadewriter/

Instagram: http://instagram.com/beckywadewriter

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