Saturday, May 23, 2015

A Love Like Ours by Becky Wade

I love a book that makes you feel.
 A Love Like Ours is the third in Becky Wade's Porter Family series and features Jake Porter, a former Marine suffering from PTSD. Becky teams the brooding hero with tenderhearted Lyndie, his childhood best friend.

I've read every novel in the series so far, so obviously I had to read this one. And I'm glad I did.

Let's start with the prologue. "Twelve-year-old Jake Porter never felt a hundred percent right unless Lyndie James was beside him. She was his sidekick. Or maybe he was hers. She was the one with the flair and the imagination. He was the one with the even temper and the sense. They were a pair."
That almost beats the prologue from My Stubborn Heart (which is my favorite prologue of all time).

Becky Wade writes about Holley, Texas in a way that makes me want to visit the unfortunately-not-real town.  In A Love Like Ours, the reader is allowed to catch up with the characters from previous books all while enjoying Jake and Lyndie's story.
Speaking of Jake...he's the wounded hero, literally and emotionally. The one we want to be healed. The one who's seen more tragedy than most of us can imagine. The one who can't help continuing to love his former best friend, Lyndie.
She's the girl with the bubbly personality and her own pile of trials. After growing up with a sister with special needs, Lyndie has what it'll take to get through to Jake. She thinks...except he's a bit surlier than she predicted. And a bit inclined to avoid her.
The tension between the two will keep you reading chapter after chapter in search of the happy ending.

"Where there's God, there's hope...and where there's hope, there can be healing." (From A Love Like Ours)

 This is another witty, heart-squeezing tale from the talented Becky Wade, sure to earn a permanent spot on your bookshelf.

And the great news is you can buy it here.

From the Back Cover:

Former Marine Jake Porter has far deeper scars than the one that marks his face. He struggles with symptoms of PTSD, likes 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 a 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 up 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?

*I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*