Thursday, May 16, 2013
Book Review: Undeniably Yours by Becky Wade
When Meg Cole’s father dies unexpectedly, she’s forced to return home to Texas and to Whispering Creek Ranch to take up the reins of his empire. The last thing she has the patience or the sanity to deal with? Her father’s Thoroughbred racehorse farm. She gives its manager, Bo Porter, six months to close the place down.
Bo knows he ought to resent the woman who’s determined to take from him the only job he ever wanted. But instead of anger, Meg evokes within him a profound desire to protect. The more time he spends with her, the more he longs to overcome every obstacle that separates them and earn her love.
Just when Meg realizes she can no longer deny the depth of her feelings for Bo, their fragile bond is broken by a force from Meg’s past. Can their relationship–and their belief that God can work through every circumstance–survive?
My Thoughts: This is the first novel by Becky Wade that I recall reading, even though I have a couple in my eBook library. The premise sounded promising and interesting. The story of a young girl, raised by her father who felt like they were from different worlds is one I've read before. I enjoyed the author's depiction of Meg's panic attacks (I don't feel I'm giving anything major away here). I know how debilitating those can be.
Meg is going through an intense time in her life. She's young and has been thrust into a world that she never wanted, and doesn't feel equipped for. How often does that happen to you? To me? We are put into situations where we think we aren't good enough. We aren't capable and we can't do it or don't want to do it. But it is in those moments when God is working, perhaps behind the scenes to get us through. To lift us up. His faith in us knows no bounds. This story reminds me of that in a whisper. It is the journey of discovering who you are, who you can be, who you are meant to be, who you are meant to be with, and Who's your are. Who doesn't need that reminder? This story provides that wrapped in a package of romance, with ribbons of mystery, and a bow of self-discovery.
While I enjoyed the romance between Meg and Bo, some of it felt a little rushed to me. I can't explain more without giving away things, but it just felt odd to me. Perhaps it's that I've never felt that in my life so I don't know how that could feel... but anyway I loved some of the secondary characters.
Would I Recommend This Book: Yes, I would recommend this book to someone looking for a contemporary romance, that's an easy read. A quick escape. However, this isn't one that I would add the the top of the reading pile.
I think this story was written well with a romance and just a dash of mystery thrown in. There were parts of the book that I wanted to skip past, though I'm not sure I could put my finger on why. While I enjoyed this one, I am hoping that the next book in the Porter family series will "hook" me a little more.
My Rating: 3/5 stars.
(I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I am under no obligation to provide a favorable rating. All opinions expressed are solely my own.)