Author: Becky Wade
Review by Grace Olson
Taken from Bethany House’s website description of A Love Like Ours:
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?
A Love Like Ours was a nice, sweet read that I really enjoyed. With her signature style of engaging, flawed characters set against a good plot, Becky Wade delivered another great book.
In A Love Like Ours, we have the youngest of the Porter brothers, Jake. I really liked how we saw early on how Jake was when he was a kid, and how protective of Lyndie he was even then. Then that was contrasted with who he is when the book picks up again, post-PTSD for Jake. I really felt for him, as I can’t truly imagine what it must be like for our Veterans who have PTSD. He had his flaws, but at the same time Becky was able to make him that hero that Lyndie needed and the reader would love. His journey back to accepting God into his life and seeing that God does, indeed, forgive him, was also so good to read about.
I loved Lyndie’s tenacity to care for those around her. She never gave up on Jake, even when he hurt her terribly. It was sweet to also see her with her sister. I like how Becky gives her heroines interesting occupations as well. I mean, horse jockey/exerciser as well as a book illustrator? That’s pretty cool, and it was awesome to read about the world of modern Thoroughbred racing and training, pre-American Pharaoh’s win of the Triple Crown.
In all, this was another sweet, inspirational story, perfect for relaxing on a rainy day or on your summer vacation.
About the Author
Biography from Bethany House’s website: Becky Wade is a native of California who attended Baylor University, met and married a Texan, and moved to Dallas. She published historical romances for the general market, took time off to raise her children, then felt God nudging her to pursue contemporary Christian fiction. Becky’s work has been a finalist for both a RITA and an INSPY Award. Learn more at http://www.beckywade.com.
I was given a review copy of A Love Like Ours from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I received no monetary compensation for my review. The opinions expressed are my own.