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 anybody's husband. As a professional bull rider, he lives on the road and can't bring himself to settle down.
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 face of the one woman he couldn't forget and into the face of the child he never knew he had.
How much will Ty sacrifice to make Celia's dreams come true, to win her trust, and to prove to her that their spontaneous marriage can still become the love of a lifetime?
My Review: Meant to be Mine was really cute. There were several moments when I nearly laughed out loud(but had to refrain since it was late and I might wake up my family). I liked Celia, Ty, and little Addie. They were great characters. I wasn’t sure if I would like Becky Wade’s newest, as I read her debut novel when it came out a while back and was disappointed. I never read Undeniably Yours because My Stubborn Heart wasn’t what I thought it would be. However, after seeing Meant to be Mine’s adorable cover, I thought I would give this author a second chance.
I really enjoyed the humor and raw human emotion that Meant to be Mine has. The theme of the story was forgiveness. Celia could not forgive Ty and Ty could not forgive himself. The story felt very real, if at times dramatic. But the dramatic part of it was great!
I enjoyed seeing how Ty and Celia’s relationship with God grew and flourished throughout the book. Their relationship with God influenced their relationship with one another continually. When they finally trusted God, and listened to Him, everything fell into place.
I felt there was far too much kissing in this novel, though the characters were married. It brought the physical aspect of Celia and Ty’s relationship to the focus. Though they both personally dealt with drawing nearer to God, they rarely spoke about it to one another about Him. God should be the focus of every relationship, especially a marriage relationship.
The ending of the book kind of reminded me of the movie Fireproof in the way Celia and Ty were reconciled. It was a wonderful ending. I think I might give Becky Wade's next book a chance since it looks like it will be about Ty's brother, Jake, who has been jaded by war and doesn't believe in God anymore. That would be an interesting story to read.
All in all Meant to be Mine was a fun read, and went somewhat deeper than I expected it to go. I give it 3 out of 5 stars.
**I received a kindle copy of this book from the publishers through Netgalley for my honest opinion, which I have given. The opinions stated in this review are mine and mine alone.**