REVIEW: A Love Like Ours by Becky Wade

 

A fun book with a cute cover! Isn’t the heroine’s smile adorable? I thought she was perfect for the part.

I’m giving A Love Like Ours . . .

4.5 out of 5 horses

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Synopsis

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?

What I Expected

Before A Love Like Ours, I’d never read a book by Becky Wade. I’ve talked with her briefly on social media, but I don’t know her personally. I do know that I’ve learned to trust and love Bethany House’s books, and so I figured Becky Wade’s writing would fall right in line. And it certainly did!

Characters

Jake – Provider. Protector . . . both strengths and weaknesses in this veteran suffering from PTSD. I was intrigued to see the world from his point of view. And (SPOILER!) I’m glad he wasn’t 100% “healed” because of love (though he did improve once he began seeking God, which is wonderful). His love for Lyndie was fierce–intensely loyal–and I think there’s something there that appeals to romance readers. However, he also didn’t have much control over his emotions, letting most things come out through the filter of anger.

Lyndie – A woman with a sense of humor and everlasting patience! Having been a childhood friend of Jake, she knew what he was like before the horrors of war consumed him. Though it was difficult for her at times, she continued to have faith–continued to look at him through the lens of love. She knew his heart, deep down beneath the rough exterior and eventually figured out how to break through the barriers.

Spiritual Takeaway & Themes

As an inspirational romance, the spiritual takeaway and themes stem from a Christian worldview. For me, the thought that God is seeking you and never too far away, no matter what you’ve done, is huge. And the theme of never giving up on someone you love–for better or worse–was starkly evident as well. They created a strong spiritual thread throughout the book that gripped me and coaxed me to continue reading until the last word.

Romantic Tension

Lots of romance. Sweet to spicy, there was all of it. Their passion for each other spanned the physical and emotional. Eventually, once they were both seeking God, then their passion spanned the spiritual, too. I appreciated how they were friends before getting romantically involved and that their relationship was never perfect; they still had misunderstandings and differences keeping them apart. The only thing that bothered me was having a secondary romance in the story. Two secondary characters had a love story as well, and while I understand the woman was a character from previous books, it was hard for me to stop the main love story to side-track into this secondary one. Soon, I found myself skipping those sections so I could get back to Jake and Lyndie’s story. That may not be everyone’s experience, just mine.

Overall, I recommend the book! You can buy it at Amazon, Bethany House Publisher’s website, and of course, check your local bookstore. If they don’t have it, ask for it to be ordered. If you want to know more about Becky Wade, you can visit her site here.

 

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