Saturday, April 20, 2013

Review: Undeniably Yours by Becky Wade

Book Cover and Synopsis:
When Meg Cole's father dies unexpectedly, she becomes the majority shareholder of his oil company and the single inheritor of his fortune. Though Meg is soft-spoken and tenderhearted--more interested in art than in oil--she's forced to return home to Texas and to Whispering Creek Ranch to take up the reins of her father's 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's determined to resent the woman who's decided to rob him of his dream. 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--her wealth, his unworthiness, her family's outrage--and earn the right to love her.

But just when Meg begins to realize that Bo might be the one thing on the ranch worth keeping, their fragile bond is viciously broken by a force from Meg's past. Can their love--and their belief that God can work through every circumstance--survive?

My Thoughts:
You might think Meg has it all, having recently inherited her father's share of a multi-million-dollar company. But money and status aren't everything. The scars and mistakes from Meg's past have left her emotionally damaged, living in fear of many things and often verging on panic attacks. This could make her sound like a rather irritating character, but that is simply not the case. I actually found her emotional state quite interesting, and I was easily able to sympathize with her fears. As the story progresses she slowly begins to make progress, and it's extremely encouraging to watch as she heals and grows, gradually escaping from her shell of fear.

Bo is just about the perfect romance novel hero. Everything he does is for Meg's benefit, even before their feelings are realized. Upon their initial meeting, Bo immediately discerns Meg's emotional state and determines to be a much-needed friend and ally to her, despite the cruel fact that she is closing down the horse farm he manages. Time after time he is there for her, no matter what the circumstances. They are worlds apart in status, yet Bo can't help but care for her. And though he doesn't realize it, Bo has a calmness about him that comforts Meg's wounded heart, a tranquility that always manages to draw her back to him.

Something I really liked was how the two main characters didn't wait until the last chapter or page to admit their feelings.... though their relationship develops sweetly and very gradually, there is still about a quarter of the book remaining when they confess to having feelings! It was really nice to see past this point, instead of the book ending immediately after the "I care for you" scene, as many books seem to do. Bravo!! ;)

Becky Wade is a unique voice in the Christian fiction genre, her writing has a modern quality that is very realistic for our times. Her characters are real--just like anyone you might know--with imperfect pasts, and a variety of 21st century difficulties and concerns. Through their troubles they try to look to God for wisdom and strength, and it's extremely encouraging to see them succeed and overcome their problems. I whole-heartedly recommend Undeniably Yours; pick it up, I think you'll be glad you did!

My Rating: 5 stars

Thanks to the publisher (Bethany House) for providing me with this e-book for review via NetGalley.    

1 comment:

  1. Glad you liked this one, Val! Me, too. My review is coming soon. :)