A Love Like Ours Book Cover. Adapted from Baker Publishing Group, 2015.
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? – Summary provided by Bethany House Publishers.
When I started to read this novel, I immediately felt a sense of familiarity and I wondered to myself why this was so. It wasn’t until I got further into the novel that I realized the characters in the novel belonged to a trio series called the ‘Porter Family’. Upon this realization, I settled into the novel and immersed myself into this fictitious world. However, I still felt myself being drawn back to this sense of familiarity and finally the dots connected! This novel paralleled so strikingly to the novel My Stubborn Heart also written by Becky Wade. The main premise of both novels were pretty much the same; a man with emotional trauma who immerses himself in his vocational work; builds a world with no one else except for family and even the latter have no meaningful relationship with this man; the fiercely determined young woman comes into his life and eventually nurtures this wounded man back to health and wholeness.
I was disappointed because I felt as though I was reading version 2.0 of My Stubborn Heart but I forged on and once again Becky Wade’s exceptional storytelling captured me into Lyndie and Jake’s world.
This is a contemporary romance novel; it explored a very relevant topic of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and its impacts on war veterans. I enjoyed learning Jake’s perspective because it opened my eyes to the challenges (asides from the transition to civilian life) that veterans face. I also enjoyed the character development of Lyndie and Jake and the side story of Will and Amber. In addition, I would have liked to see Jake have more interactions with his brother and see the dynamics of their relationships because now, two of the brothers love story had been written. It would have been unique to see Ty and Bo’s perspectives as married men not necessarily to see them give advice to Jake on relationships but just the brotherly conversations of work (i.e. horses) and helping Jake with his PTSD. However, Jake relationship with Lyndie’s mother made up for it (i.e. Jake conversing with another individual who can help with his PTSD) as it took on a patient-therapist role. It was great seeing the final sibling, Dru, be more involved in this novel. I have a feeling her story might be the last of the Porter Family series and it will be neat to see how her story unfolds!
Again, I didn’t like the fact that this novel had many similarities with My Stubborn Heart. Also, I was really confused with this statement that appeared often within the first half of the novel: “if you like that sort of thing”. This statement referenced a particular description of Jake made by Lyndie and thus the assertion the average woman may not like this sort of thing. I was trying to understand why Becky inserted this phrase multiple times…what was she trying to get at? Or maybe I already answered my question? Or maybe I only read it twice and extrapolated it to “multiple”(lol) it’s possible! However, if something is repeated more than once, it must have some significance, right? Anyways, it was also strange to see Amber commenting on Ty’s looks. Granted he was described as a good-looking guy in the second novel of the series but she mentioned it a few times and he’s married now, though (hmmmm). I would love to see a fourth and final series in the book of Dru’s story mixed in with Bo and Meg’s story on their infertility. I think the latter topic is so relevant and it will shed some light and give me as a reader greater insight of the struggles couples face.
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel; I couldn’t put it down for longer than 10 minutes. Becky Wade is an exceptional writer and master storyteller. I can’t wait for her next book release!
I would like to express great thanks to Bethany House Publishers for providing me with this free copy of A Love Like Ours by Becky Wade.