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Paperback, 368 Pages
May 5th 2015 by Bethany House Publishers
Deeply scarred from a day he wishes he could forget during his military service, Thoroughbred trainer Jake Porter has given up on love. He struggles against symptoms of PTSD, lives a solitary life, and avoids relationships.
When Lyndie James, Jake’s childhood best friend, returns to their hometown of 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 trusts her with his prized racehorse, Silver Leaf, then battles his hopes for his horse against his increasing fear for Lyndie’s safety.
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. Will Jake ever be able to love Lyndie like she deserves, or is his heart too shattered to mend?
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MY REVIEW: Loved it! FOUR out of 5 STARS!
Award-winning author Becky Wade presents a touching story of Jake Poster, a wounded military hero, and the childhood friend who helps him find healing for his heart and mind. Lyndie James is an exercise trainer who recognizes the hurt in her friend Jake who reluctantly hires her for Whispering Creek Ranch. While she gets to know his troubled stallion, Silver Leaf, she re-aquaints herself with Jake, seeing the parallels between him and his stallion. Like a true friend, she is compassionate and hopeful, knowing that the real healing comes from God.
Character-driven, A Love Like Ours was a joy to read — and re-read. As Lyndie and Jake get to know one another again, Lyndie breaks through the walls Jake has built (and those surrounding Silver Leaf) to be an instrument of hope and healing. Wades characters are flawed individuals, ones the reader can relate to and cheer for. Her novel captivates the reader from the prologue.
I have read all three Porter Family novels and they are clean, contemporary romances, full of positive examples of faith in action. Dealing with PTSD is a challenging issue, but Wade handles it deftly. The book is not too heavy or too focused on the romance without addressing the troubles plaguing Jake. There are some flashbacks to the military incident that cost the lives of Jake’s buddies and caused his physical scars, but it is done tastefully and realistically. Kudos to the author for an excellent job!
I recommend this series to adults who enjoy a feel-good contemporary romance where the main characters are easy to relate to, and where faith issues are central without being heavy-handed.
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During her childhood in California, Becky Wade 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 for the general market, put her career on hold for many years to care for her kids, and eventually returned to writing sheerly for the love of it. Sheís delighted to be penning warm, wry, and heartwarming contemporary romances for the Christian market. She’s the Carol Award and Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award winning author of My Stubborn Heart, Undeniably Yours, and Meant to Be Mine.
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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