The Love Like Ours
Bethany House Publishers, May 5 2015, $13.99
As a child growing up in Holley, Texas Lyndie James knew she loved Jake Porter. Their friendship ended when the preadolescent Lyndie moved to California. Though she has not seen Jake since they were tweener BFFs skipping stones, Lyndie never forgot her first love. Now two decades later Lyndie returns to Holley to take care of her ailing sister.
Iraq War Marine veteran Jake returns home suffering from PTSD. Though he has doubts whether he is ready to hire his childhood buddy to work with thoroughbreds at his family Whispering Creek Ranch, Jake does so anyway. As her enthusiasm for life reenergizes Jake, he reconsiders his lost belief in a God who allowed the horrors he witnessed and participated in the war. Soon the one-time best buddies fall in love, but though this is what she has wanted forever, he feels unworthy.
The third Porter sibling contemporary (Undeniably Yours and Meant to be Mine) is an uplifting Christian romance starring a pert lead female (perhaps to perky) and a fractured former marine. The delightful storyline focuses on hope if a person has faith in the Lord and his/her beloved mate. The flashback to the prime cause of Jake’s mental state enhances a wonderful tale.