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A Love Like Ours by Becky Wade | Book Review

A Live Like Ours by Becky Wade, a Porter Family Novel

Jake Porter and Lyndie James were inseparable as children, growing up in Holley, Texas.  Then, Lyndie's dad got a job in southern California and the family moves.  Years later, Lyndie and her family return to Holley as a horse trainer and wants a job.  Coincidentally enough, Jake - now a Veteran from the war in Iraq- owns and operates a Thoroughbred horse ranch with his brother.  He also suffers a pretty severe case of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder from the war.  Despite his best efforts, he can't manage to push Lyndie away as they work together day in and day out.

I admit it- the first hundred or more pages of this book, I was cringing.  You see, it seemed initially that this was going to be a book where the basic plot line is as follows.  Boy and girl are (re)connected.  Girl is answer to everything that is wrong with boy's life.  Between God and girl, boy is healed and the lived happily ever after.  Thankfully I was wrong.  I was really afraid for a while that a book that is aimed at bringing awareness to such a hot topic right now as PTSD was going to [potentially] tell readers that pretty, sweet girls and church can heal everything a Veteran has been through.

Anyway, it didn't go that far- though I did find that just the pure thought of Lyndie when Jake had a nightmare was enough to calm him down was a little ridiculous.  This started happening almost immediately after they had met again as adults.  Wade does also touch briefly on the (sometimes slim) merits of the VA and counseling when it comes to dealing with Post-Taumatic Stress, and does so in a clever way.  The majority of the book is demonstrating how Lyndie handles Jake as he pushes away, and is at times downright mean to her.

A Love Like Ours by Becky Wade is, when you get right down to it, a modern day love story.  It takes place… now, with events and issues that we're all aware of, and may have had to deal with on a first-hand basis.  This is also the 3rd of 4 books about the Porter family and their ranch in Texas.  The 350 pages of the story read fast, and is a perfect summertime / beach read, and it brings a little more awareness to a growing problem in this day and age.

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Book provided for review from Bethany House Publishers

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  1. First, can we say that I just love how your rating is paw prints?!?! This sounds like a good read, I like that it wasn't all peachy and wrapped up in a nice bow.

  2. Hahaha I love the little paw prints! I must say, I was far less neurotic if they didn't come out even, either, when I was making the images. It's a good little fairy tale book, but would encourage females in real life, to not expect their female-ness to bring a guy out of the depths of PTSD!

  3. Sounds like this would be a good summer read! Thanks so much for joining the Link-It To Me Link Party, I hope you will party with us again next week!

  4. It is a cute little story. Definitely what I look for a beach read!


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