Name of the book: Undeniably Yours
Name of the author: Becky Wade
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (May 1, 2013)
A Disclaimer: This book was given to me by the Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.
From the Back Cover
When Meg Cole's father dies unexpectedly, she's forced to return home to Texas and to Whispering Creek Ranch to take up the reins of his 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 knows he ought to resent the woman who's determined to take from him the only job he ever wanted. 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 and earn her love.
Just when Meg realizes she can no longer deny the depth of her feelings for Bo, their fragile bond is broken by a force from Meg's past. Can their relationship--and their belief that God can work through every circumstance--survive?
Meg had a very rich father. With all the money and no time for her, Meg always felt that it was more of a bane rather than a boon. This feeling proved right when she got married to a no good philanderer, Stephen McIntyre. She was abused in this marriage both mentally and physically. Not only that, before leaving her, he had robbed her of two million dollars, a gift from her father.
This had demoralized her and she always wanted to prove to the world that there was nothing wrong with her. This meant impeccably dressed and poised at all times. This is how she appeared to Bo Porter when he first met her.
A hard working Texan, with a love for horses. Now Meg was threatening to close down the Ranch. All he needed was six months to make the business profitable. But his involvement with Meg was putting the whole deal in jeopardy much to the chagrin of his brother Jake and his co-workers. Could Bo prove them wrong?
Meg is a poor little rich girl who was made the captain of the ship after her father's demise. She did not like it one bit and was advised by her advocates to slowly let go of the operations she did not like. In her radar, the horse farm her father owned was proving to be very expensive and time consuming . It was now managed by Bo Porter.
When he was asked to shut down the farm , he bluntly refused. Much to Megs chagrin, she felt the compulsion to agree to this. Later she felt glad that she had done this. There developed a beautiful friendship between them.
A friendship which gave her security, peace and at times of stress or old wounds revisited- it felt a gift from God. With Bo at her side felt like God's chosen one- till she did not discover that he was looking into her financial statements. Would Bo prove to be another Stephan?
What I liked....
Both Meg and Bo are beautiful characters - not only in their relations but with those touching their lives.
Some of the scenes were humorous ( especially when they both had to look after Amber's baby).
There is a lot to learn from this story. About relationships, giving back to society when you have more than enough and also coming out positively from an abusive relationship.
Being a Christian Romance, there was of course a good measure of biblical reference thrown in- all indicating the strength behind Meg’s coming out of an abusive relationship, her heart’s desire to help those who have faced with familiar situation and so many such situations. Meg started out as a weak character but with each turning of the pages emerged as a strong woman. Well etched characters!
What I did not like…..
I found this story a tad too long and at times repetitive. But it is not boring. I just felt like skipping at times for the simple reason to know why Bo did what he did. Though all the ingredients are there to make this story very readable, Megs constant conflict within herself was a bit overboard.
As mentioned above – a bit repetitive. If the conflict within Meg could be shortened a bit, this would have been a more enjoyable read. There are moments I had to put down the book and go to another book thinking I have had enough of this. But strangely I always came back to this book. I am glad I finished it - for the ending was well worth it.
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About the author….
During her childhood in California, Becky frequently produced homemade plays starring her sisters, friends, and cousins. These plays almost always featured a heroine, a prince, and a love story with a happy ending. She's been a fan of all things romantic ever since.
Becky and her husband lived overseas in the Caribbean and Australia before settling in Dallas, Texas. It was during her years abroad that Becky's passion for reading turned into a passion for writing. She published three historical romances with Avon Books, then put her career on hold for several years to care for her three kids, then recently returned to writing sheerly for the love of it. She felt led to move to the genre of contemporary Christian romance and couldn’t be more thrilled with it.
These days Becky can be found failing but trying to keep up with her housework, sweating at the gym, carting her kids around town, playing tennis, hunched over her computer, eating chocolate, or collapsed on the sofa watching TV with her husband.