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May 7 2015 5 07 /05 /May /2015 00:49

"A Love Like Ours" by Becky Wade is the third book in the "Porter Family" series, and is published by Bethany House. I've been waiting and waiting and WAITING for this book, as it is on the top of my I-WILL-ABSOLUTELY-DIE-WAITING-TO-READ-THIS, when will this ever come out?? bookshelf. Becky Wade quickly jumped near the very top of my favorite authors list, and she (thankfully!) did not disappoint with this book.

Lyndie and Jake were best friends when they were kids. He always protected her and stayed by her side when his older brothers would go off and play somewhere else. She could always make him smile. Her fanciful, whimsical imagination and love for animals endeared her to him and made him want to look after her. The two were inseparable.

Then Lyndie's family moved. Her younger sister Mollie has cerebral palsy, and she always follows her family wherever they go to find the best medical support. It's twenty years later, and Lyndie's been in California, riding and training horses and helping her family take care of Mollie. When they decide to move back to Holley, Texas, Lyndie is excited to reunite with Jake Porter, her best friend. It's not as easy as it sounds, however. Jake is scarred, physically, but mostly mentally, from his service as a Marine in Iraq. Suffering from PTSD, the most handsome of the Porter brothers stays in a barely furnished apartment, trains horses, and rarely says more than two sentences per conversation. Will Lyndie's happy, lively personality be enough to warm his heart and reawaken their friendship?

I loved this book! The characters were so true to themselves in their responses to one another, and didn't seem unoriginal or overlapping with previous ones. We as readers also get to visit Amber, Jayden, Meg, Bo, Celia, Ty, Addie, and Uncle Danny from previous books, making the community of Holley, Texas come alive and the story seem more complete. I enjoyed watching the characters grow towards one another once again, regaining their childhood friendship. The story and its redemptive, healing themes were intense at times, but overall fit together well and was not overdone. I would highly recommend this book!

Thank you so much to Bethany House publishers for providing me with a complimentary electronic copy of this book to read and review. All opinions are my own; I was not required to write a positive review.

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