Review: A Love Like Ours by Becky Wade

Sunday, May 24, 2015
*Note: This is book #3 in the Porter Family series


Becky Wade Is the New Name to Know in Contemporary Romance
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?

My Review:

Lyndie and Jake have been best friends for as long as they can remember but once Lyndie is forced to move away, they begin to slowly drift apart until they no longer talk. Now years and years later, Lyndie is back and carries hope that she will once again be friends with the childhood best friend she has never been able to forget. However, things aren't that easy. A lot of things have happened within the last couple of years and Jake is no longer the boy she remembered way back when they were kids. He's moody and serious and barely ever wants to talk to her. He feels resentment towards her because she moved all those years ago. Yet, at the same time, he also feels this incredible, unexplainable draw to her. I had no doubt while reading this beautiful story that Lyndie was exactly what Jake needed to crawl out of this shell he has crawled into after the awful events he had experienced during his time at war.

I have to say- Jake was definitely a tough nut to crack. He didn't want to let himself become close with Lyndie again- therefore, he tried his best to ignore her and be rude to her in hopes that she might get the clue and leave him alone. Lyndie knows better than that though. She is bright and optimistic and just the light that Jake needed to fight against the darkness that constantly consumed him. We got to watch him slowly show a bit of his old self around Lyndie. He found comfort in her and she did as well. I loved their story and seeing them find their way to one another. There were scenes so heartbreaking, but scenes so beautiful that they truly touched me. I had to read this book as a stand alone but I will most probably try to read the first two in the series.

Disclaimer: I received an ARC provided by Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.

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