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Monday, May 25, 2015

A Love Like Ours

A Love Like Ours follows Becky Wade's Meant to Be Mine as the third book in the Porter family series. Lyndie James and Jake Porter were childhood best friends, but family circumstances led to Lyndie moving away for many years. In the meantime, Jake served in Iraq in the Marines, and he now suffers from the scars of PTSD, living a solitary life and keeping relationships at arms length.

Lyndie is an interesting character--she is fiercely independent and spunky--and not intimidated by Jake. Family is of utmost importance to Lindy. Her sister has special needs, and Lindy's love and loyalty define her.

Determined to prove that she can handle a job at Jake's ranch, Lyndie begins to get through to Jake as her optimism rubs off on him a little bit.

Jake was a background character in Meant to Be Mine, and I wanted to read more about him then, so I enjoyed following his story in A Love Like Ours. Becky Wade does an excellent job of portraying Jake's PTSD. His struggle to regain a sense of normalcy is handled realistically without turning him into a one-dimensional character. 

Becky Wade is one of my favorite Christian authors, and the way she incorporates the characters' faith throughout her books is spot-on. She avoids stereotyping them, but instead shows that they are flawed and still have a lot to learn. God's presence is evident throughout A Love Like Ours

Recommended for summer reading!

The publisher provided a review copy of A Love Like Ours.