Sunday, May 10, 2015

A Love Like Ours: A Review

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. Though Jake and Lyndie have grown into very different adults, the bond that existed during their childhood still ties them together. 
Will Jake ever be able to love Lyndie like she deserves, or is his heart too shattered to mend?  
My thoughts:
What I loved:
The complex characters. I love that Becky Wade didn't treat PTSD as an "easy fix" where Jake finds love and suddenly has no issues/problems.
I really liked Lyndie. She's strong and independent.
I LOVED seeing the characters from the two earlier books in the series--catching up with old friends.
I thought the faith element was solid and added to the story.

What I didn't like:
Ty is described throughout the series as very good looking. However, in this book, he is married. YET, Lyndie's friend (and side story in the book) gets flustered around him because he's so hot and comments/notices his good looks too many times. It had an uncomfortable feel to it.

Overall, this is a great book. Becky Wade is a fantastic writer, and I can't wait to see what she writes next. 
Note: A portion of the proceeds from A Love Like Ours pre-orders and post-release sales through May 17 will go to support the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund (IFHF), which builds centers on U.S. military bases to aid veterans in their recoveries from combat injuries. Wade selected this charity because IFHF goes beyond addressing physical rehabilitation, also helping with traumatic brain injuries and psychological health conditions. 
I received this book in exchange for my review. My thoughts are my own.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Friday Favorites

Friday Favorites!

My eccentric, sweet Grammy came over the other day. She has dementia, so most of our talks are a repeat of the same stuff. So, it was a surprise to her that I had written not one, but two books. I had to break them out and let her read a little. I love this picture.
The Rockets are in the playoffs! And they won round one! YAY! My friend Jamie and I went to game two. It was so much fun. I can't wait to go next round. Let's go, Red Nation!
I started babysitting for the Figueroas when Emily was just four. Here she is getting ready for her senior prom. I was there to hang out with Chloe, the younger sister, so I was able to take a few shots, see Emily all dressed up with her handsome date, and even get a picture with the young lady who filled my Friday nights with such joy. (I'm going to be so sad when Chloe doesn't need me anymore and I don't get to see this sweet family every week!)
What's your favorite thing from the last week?