Before I get into the book review, etc., I’d like to just share something. This is a reread for me of this book. I read it when it came out years ago and loved it. I loved it even more this time. Both the main protagonists in this story love God with all their heart. They try their best to live their lives in a way that pleases Him. I love this about Becky Wade’s stories. She takes us to church! There was one thing about this book (well, more than one) that stuck with me and I’ve used it over the years. Meg Cole suffers from anxiety and she prays a prayer a lot and it is simply, “God, come.” I have used that prayer many times since reading this book and it is simple, but very effective. So, here we go.
About The Book:
2014 Carol Award Winner for Romance
2014 Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award Winner for Long Contemporary
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?
“Definitely one for the keeper shelf!”–USA Today HEA Blog
“Wade does a wonderful job of creating relatable characters as she explores the forces that shape a life.” “Wade does a wonderful job of creating relatable characters as she explores the forces that shape a life.”–Booklist
“Wade’s series starter is an enthralling story of overcoming challenges and trusting God… [Meg and Cole] are a couple you’ll be rooting for to have a Texas fairy-tale ending.”–RT Book Reviews
About Becky Wade
Becky is the Carol and Christy award winning author of heartwarming, humorous, and swoon-worthy contemporary inspirational romances.
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.
These days, you’ll find Becky in Dallas, Texas failing to keep up with her housework, trying her best in yoga class, carting her three kids around town, watching TV with her Cavalier spaniel on her lap, hunched over her computer writing, or eating chocolate.
My Rating: 5 stars!
I loved Becky Wade’s first book, My Stubborn Heart. I thought, “Now here’s an author I want to read more of.” I wasn’t disappointed in this book. It just blew me away. For real.
Meg Cole’s father has died and left her in control of Cole Oil. Immensely wealthy, Meg is desperately unhappy, suffering panic attacks frequently. She decides to close the horse farm her father started and calls in the farm manager, Bo Porter, to give him the unhappy news. Bo convinces her to give the farm 6 months to produce before closing. Meg reluctantly agrees.
Meg has endured a divorce that left her broken inside, but she is a strong believer, trusting God to take her through every difficulty. She hates Cole Oil, doesn’t want to work there, but doesn’t know what to do about it. She begins to trust God for this and He does give her answers.
Can Meg trust Bo? Will he be after her money? There are many questions in this book and Becky WAde answers them all and answers them well.
This book ministered to me on many levels. There are, I believe, several allegories here. First of all,what I love most about Wade’s writing is that she gives a large portion of her writing to the goodness and faithfulness of God. This is not just a swear free, sex free ‘nice’ book. This is true Christian fiction, giving God first place, which He deserves.
There is romance and what a romance. I’ve never felt the depth of love in a book the way I did here between Meg and Bo. And it wasn’t dirty. You CAN find that in a book. I applaud Becky Wade for this if nothing else. But she writes so strongly of God’s love and faithfulness, how He provides strength through others when we need it.
This was an amazing book and one I’ll be proud to display on my book shelves. I wish she’d write faster. This is not a book you can finish, put down, and immediately pick up another book to read. No, you want to dwell on it, savor it and think of it long after you close the pages.
If you do not read this book, you will miss out on an experience that you’ll never forget.
August 21, 2019 I have just finished a reread of this book. I loved it even more this time around, Bo Porter stole my heart completely. No woman in the world would not want to be loved like Bo loves Meg. He is all in, all the time, no holding back. Bo Porter is most likely the best romantic hero ever.