05 May 2015

Noela Nancarrow reviews A LOVE LIKE OURS by Becky Wade

A Love Like Ours
A Love like Ours
Bethany House Publishers  (May 5, 2015)

Reviewed by Noela Nancarrow
5 Stars *****

Riding towards Love, Hope, and Faith

The widespread expanse of the Whispering Creek Ranch accommodates panoramic views stretching across low green hills, a striking lodge-style mansion, white-fenced paddocks and pastures with magnificent horses, grand barns, and a top of the line training track. Sadly, the beauty of this vista belies the solitude and suffering of the ranch’s horse-trainer Jake Porter.

Jake wrestles with PTSD from his time serving in Iraq. Feeling broken in too many ways, he has since lived a mostly isolated life training Thoroughbred racing horses for his brother, never allowing anyone to get close. When his close childhood friend Lyndie returns to Holley, Texas, he strives to keep those barriers erected around him. But Lyndie, never losing the fearless spirit she once possessed as a child, begins to slowly break through his rigid barricades. As much as Jake longs to allow this vibrant and exquisite girl fully into his life, he believes he must keep her safe - on the race track and from himself.

Small in stature though big in personality, the determined Lyndie has managed to obtain a job exercising Jake’s racing horses, and believes that she and her severely disabled sister Mollie can bring about healing to both Jake and his promising stallion Silver Leaf. Now grown up, Lyndie finds herself once again alongside Jake, only now so much has changed. Muscled, lean, and devastatingly handsome despite the scar on his face, Jake’s quiet composure has survived but his tortured eyes beneath the Stetson guards a deeply scarred man. His limited and brusque words silently proclaim his pain. Initially only wanting to help mend him, Lyndie now finds herself falling for this tall, dark, and brooding man. Can Lyndie bring healing, or will her heart become as shattered as his psyche?

Author Becky Wade has sublimely harmonized ‘A Love like Ours’ to impart the heart-rending angst of Jake’s PTSD whilst also delivering a breathlessly intense romance and the perfect measure of humor throughout. The standout for me though, was the convincing portrayal of PTSD in Jake. The chills that passed through him were so tangible I literally felt them race through me also. The characters are written with such gripping sensitivity, the romance so tender yet so passionate, and their faith journeys so inspiring, it is easy to Highly Recommend this book!


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You can purchase this book at these places and others: Amazon, CBD, Barnes & Noble

GIVEAWAY: We're giving away TWO copies of Becky's newest book this week! There will be three posts and the two winners will be drawn from all three post's comments so leave a comment here. You can comment on each post this week to have THREE ENTRIES!!

Visit Becky at www.BeckyWade.com


36 comments:

  1. Sounds like a winner to me! Thank you for the giveaway!

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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    1. Yep Melanie, A love like Ours raced to the finish line with a story that is definitely a winner!! :) All the best with your entry!

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  2. This is going on my reading list for sure. Sounds powerful.

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    1. That's great Shawna, you'll love it! And yes it's a powerful story, in many ways. One that stays with you long after you finish. Thanks for coming by Shawna!

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  3. Hello Ladies of OWG! Thank you for the great review of A LOVE LIKE OURS. I've not read any of Becky's books. Thank you for the chance to do so. Have a Terrific Tuesday.

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    1. Hi Caryl!! I sure hope you get the chance to read one of Becky's books soon also, because I know you'll love them just as much as we do! Bless you!

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  4. Noela, this review is absolutely breathtaking! As is the book! I'm looking forward to reading Becky's next novel, and I'm so glad we "found" her. Love becoming acquainted with "new to me" authors' books!

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    1. Diana, aww thank you so much for your kind words!! :) Becky is one of top favorite contemporary authors and every book of hers is an amazing read, so if you can squeeze in her others in the meantime you'll be in for a treat!!

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  5. Oh yeah, can't pass up an opportunity to win this book! Seen great reviews and positive feedback on different blogs about it, thanks for the chance!
    Really enjoyed the review today!

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    1. Thanks so much Trixi, I'm so glad you came by! You're in with a great chance to win this fabulous book, but do leave your email if we don't know you so that we can contact you easily should you win, thanks!

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    2. Oh dear, I'm so sorry! I didn't realize I had to leave an email (oops)...here it is for you :-)
      teamob4 (at) gmail (dot) com

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    3. Thank you so much Trixi!! It just makes it easier to contact you speedily. We do put the winner's on the sidebar but not everyone remembers to come back to check.

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  6. Thank you for the lovely review.

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    1. Thanks Mary, all the best with your entry!

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  7. I'm looking forward to reading A Love Like Ours because I read the other Porter books and really liked them. Also, my former husband suffered from PTSD so that gives me an added connection to the book. I'm guessing (hoping) this book has a happy ending, though it doesn't always happen this way in real life. I guess that's why I like happy endings in the books I escape in.

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    1. Yes Pam, you can be assured it does have a happy ending! I feel the same way and love that escapism too! :) I think we all need that from time to time! Pam I think you'll really appreciate Becky's sensitive yet powerful take on PTSD. Blessings and all the best!

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  8. Great review! I love the title, the cover and I can't wait to read it. I know its great!

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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    1. I love your enthusiasm to get this book Melanie lol, but you've already entered this competition! You're other comment is first on this page! I so hope you get to read it soon!

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  9. I have a loved one that suffers slightly from PTSD, it is such a sad thing. I am so glad that Becky has addressed it and I am looking forward to reading this one. Thanks for the interview and the giveaway!

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    1. Oh I'm sorry to hear that Loraine, any degree of PTSD is very sad as you say and speaks of tragedy I wish no-one would have to face. I think this story of Becky's will touch you immensely. All the best with your entry and God bless!

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  10. Can't wait to continue with the Porter Family series!

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    1. Such a cool family, right Patty? Love those Porter's!!

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  11. Great review Noela. sounds like a great story. Love these ranch stories. I'm sure she will help him heal. :) Would love to win her book. Thanks. Thanks to my OWG girls for a chance. Love you all. GOD bless you all . Maxie
    mac262(at)me(dot)com

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    1. It's not an easy journey Maxie but it's worth the trip! ;) I hope you can read it soon sweet Maxie, love you too!! God bless!!

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  12. Great review, Noela!!! I am having a really hard time reading much lately as I try to recover from the surgery. You always do such a great job, Aussie Angel!

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    1. Thank you so much Carrie!! I loved this story... Made me smile heaps but also shed tears. Praying for you sweet friend!!

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  13. Wonderful book!

    douglas.emilee@yahoo.com

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  14. Hi Nolea,

    Sorry I've not been on here for a long time, been super busy, hope your are doing well.
    I've not ready any of Beckys books and I would love too read this book. I love reading Country Christan Romance books.
    Please add me too your contest
    oh.hello.hiya@gmail.com

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    1. Hi Danie, so lovely to see you here again! Thanks for coming by to read about Becky Wade's new book. I'm sure you'd love all her books actually, so here's hoping you get to try out this one soon!

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  15. Such a beautiful review, and such a touching story - Noela, thank you!!

    I'm anxious to have a better understanding of the effects on one from PTSD - my brother flew a cargo plane during the war in Vietnam, my nephew was a chaplain in Irag - thankfully, neither had to personally deal with PTSD. I should know more about horses than I do, also, since I live very near Churchill Downs - where the running of the Ky. Derby occurred last Sat. - and was raised on a farm (with ponies and mules). However, I was knocked off a pony backwards, when I was a child, and was never too fond of riding them afterwards - although they are beautiful creatures.

    So many things to love about "A Love Like Ours", can't wait to read it (the fact that Porter is my maiden name, only enhances my desire, lol)!!

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    1. Thank you for sharing your experiences Bonnie... I enjoy learning new things about you! How exciting that you were raised on a farm with ponies and mules... Although not so exciting to have fallen from one. I hope you weren't hurt. Glad to hear your brother and nephew weren't affected by PTSD... It just sounds so awful what the sufferers continue to go through. Becky's story expresses it so movingly. Cool about your maiden name... another interesting Bonnie fact! ;)

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  16. Love her books! Can't wait to read this one! Thanks for the review!

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    1. YW and all the best with your entry Melissa!! Becky delivers on this one too! :)

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  17. Thanks for the chance to win.
    lientjiehuman@yahoo.com.au

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