Sometimes the next best thing is what you’ve been looking for all along….
Beth Chandler has spent her whole life pleasing others. She went to law school to make her grandparents happy. She agreed to marry her workaholic boyfriend, Lucas, to make him happy. And, despite her fear of boats, she took a ferry to see Lucas’s parents just to make them happy.
While suffering through a panic attack on the ferry, Beth meets a tall, sexy stranger who talks her down from her fear - and makes her heart flutter in the process. Soon, she has a new reason to panic: her gorgeous, blue-eyed rescuer is Lucas’s brother, Joe. But could she ever leave her fiancé for his own brother…even if Lucas is more focused on making partner than on making their relationship work…and even if Joe turns out to be everything she never knew she wanted?
©2013 Terri Osburn (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
Terri Osburn - yes, if it was narrated by someone else.
I actually thought it was Siri from the iPhone at first... and then assumed it was a computer program. I don't even know how the narrator gets her voice to sound so monotone and computer-like! I couldn't get past it - the only reason I was able to finish the book is because I really liked the story. From now on, I'll ALWAYS play the audio sample before I purchase.
Great Books Don't Promote Violence
Like having a donut instead of whole grain toast for breakfast, sometimes it's fun listening to a light hearted (but not mind-numbing) romantic drama. Yes, some things were obvious from the beginning and the end was not a huge surprise. However the island setting, humor, and a variety of supporting characters including a lovable dog made "Meant to Be" an enjoyable escape from reality.
Joe and Beth were good together. Good to see things work out for them. Gotta say the way they came together was a bit out there for me personally. Glad they didn't really cross the line until Lucas gave the ok. It was just a bit awkward and weird for me. Elizabeth should have been upfront with him from the beginning.
As this story concludes, the song lyrics: ..."Learning to love yourself is the greatest love of all" come to mind. A beautiful story in a beautiful setting with a mix of people who want to enjoy the beauty of life and deep human connections, while interacting with those who haven't yet discovered that vision of life.
Love the idea that sometimes life can get messy on the way to wonderful. Just cherish the gifts, be true to yourself, be as kind as you can - and let the rest take care of itself. A relationship that gives both people room to be themselves is of the essence. This story is about being fully alive. You'll be glad you spent some time here!
I was told to read this by a good friend. Really enjoyed it. Not my typical New Adult angst but it's good to mix it up. Great way to start the summer reading.
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