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May 16, 2015

A Love Like Ours {Becky Wade}

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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?

My Thoughts:
This book was completely amazing. A tell of friendship and love, I was hooked from the very beginning and couldn't turn the pages fast enough.

Lyndie and Jake were the best of friends as kids but lost touch after a family move separated the two of them. As soon as Lyndie returned to Texas she was determined to seek Jake out and rekindle their friendship. Turns out things weren't that easy.

Lyndie is a woman with a huge heart. She cares for her family, her friends, and her animals. She sees the good in people and truly believes that God can help everyone - no matter what is going on. Her ability to stick with Jake through most of the events of this book made her a hero in my eyes. Her persistence to get Jake to come back to God just shows how big her heart really is. She was willing to give up on her dream for him. In most cases I would have been upset about this, but the situation in this book made it come off as a act of pure love.

Jake is hurt - badly. He has given up on life, friends, God, and everything around him. He just wants to work and be left alone. But as soon as Lyndie walks back into his life everything changes. There were things about Jake that really irritated me, but I have never been around someone with PTSD so I'm sure that his actions were typical of those who suffer from this disease. Every time he would insult Lyndie, my heart would ache for Jake and for him to find his way back to God.

And then he does. And I can't really tell you what happen without spoiling this story - but it's good! This story just shows that God can release us of all our demons and bring us right to the people who are right for us, and those who are meant to be in our lives.

This was my first book from Becky Wade, but I am a true fan.

During her childhood in California, Becky frequently produced homemade plays starring her sisters, friends, and cousins. These plays almost always featured a heroine, a prince, and a love story with a happy ending. She's been a fan of all things romantic ever since.

Becky and her husband lived overseas in the Caribbean and Australia before settling in Dallas, Texas. It was during her years abroad that Becky's passion for reading turned into a passion for writing. She published three historical romances with Avon Books, then put her career on hold for several years to care for her three kids, then recently returned to writing sheerly for the love of it. She felt led to move to the genre of contemporary Christian romance and couldn't be more thrilled with it. 

These days Becky can be found failing but trying to keep up with her housework, sweating at the gym, carting her kids around town, playing tennis, hunched over her computer, eating chocolate, or collapsed on the sofa watching TV with her husband.

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