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The Romance Reviews (TRR) - Meant To Be

Meant To Be

Jennifer Labelle
Meant To Be
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Publisher
Secret Cravings Publishing
Release Date
February 2011
ISBN
9781936653560
Genre
Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance

SUMMARY
Jenna Baker is shaken up after her recovery with a near death experience. As if, being haunted with visions and losing her husband in a car accident weren't hard enough. Could she be losing her mind? She finally moves on, only to have the husband she thought was dead suddenly reappear.

After the shocking task of convincing Jenna that she's not seeing his ghost, Tyler becomes overwhelmed with guilt for saving himself and leaving her to almost die. Jenna's recovery takes its toll while Tyler's vulnerability gets the best of him. He's harbouring secrets that will devastate her and as Jenna unravels the truth her life takes an unexpected journey.


Book Review by I ♥ Bookie Nookie (reviewer)
Nov 25, 2011   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
257 people found the following review helpful
MEANT TO BE is an emotional roller coaster with a fantastic combination of love, lies and loss. The story got off to a slow start and I was a bit confused at what was reality and what wasn't. After laying a solid foundation of the heroine, Jenna's history, the story really began to amp up about 2/3 of the way through and ended with a satisfying conclusion.

Young mother and wife Jenna Baker wakes up in the hospital from the drug induced coma she had been forced into after a terrible car accident nearly took her life only to find she is having difficulty distinguishing the difference between the visions that are plaguing her mind and reality. After some of her visions become reality, she finally understands that they are actually premonitions of events in the future. I found myself experiencing the confusion that Jenna must have felt. I couldn't tell if her cheating husband, Tyler, deserved a medal or a swift kick in the butt.

After a series of events unfold and her visions of the future continue with alarming regularity, it is clear that Jenna must find peace in her life. When Jenna dreams of a handsome and charming Irishman, she knows she must uncover if this man is her destiny. She must decide to continue on in her life with her current husband or to literally find the man of her dreams in hopes of making the "happily ever after" her reality.

The mystery that was laced in with the romance kept me guessing until the very end. All along, I was rooting for Jenna to get her happily ever after in whatever form that came. MEANT TO BE is definitely a tearjerker, so be sure to have a tissue handy while you are reading! So, if you are looking for a sweet romance with a lot of twists and turns, then grab this story for an evening read and you'll get just that and more!
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Book Review by DH Starr (author)
May 31, 2012   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
256 people found the following review helpful
MEANT TO BE by Jennifer Labelle, is a story about loss and love. It is about losing oneself, and the strength that comes from rediscovery. But mostly it is a story about the journey we all go through; this wild ride which throws us obstacles along the way. And it shares the rewards which come from believing that things happen for a reason; that certain things are meant to be.

The story opens immediately with a gripping event, a serious car accident, one that draws the reader in powerfully. We are brought through heart-wrenching events, only to realize a few chapters later that nothing was as it seemed. As the first portion of the story unfolds, we live inside Jenna Baker's head, experiencing the various emotions which she must manage and which cause her world to crumble around her.

And then the story takes a turn, forcing Jenna to examine her life, reconciling the disparity between how she imagined things would turn out and how life actually unfolds. A strong woman, Jenna has enough pride to make choices best for herself and her son, but in doing so, she is walking into a realm of loneliness and uncertainty.

The story then takes another turn, and we follow Jenna as she travels with her best friend, Sam, and begins the healing process of re-opening her heart and letting someone in. But the rewards of making oneself vulnerable are accompanied by the susceptibility to being hurt. As Jenna struggles to reclaim her chance at happiness, we are drawn through the final leg of her journey, experiencing yet another set of raw human emotion.

As a lover of character-driven plots, this story hit the mark for me. Jenna's character was rich, deep, and complex. She experienced the world through multiple lenses and we, as the reader, joined her as she made sense of her world. As each leg of the story evolved, the characters and experiences flowed in a smooth and natural way. While reading, I found myself constantly reassured by the internal thoughts Ms. Labelle included, answering questions before they became plot holes.

With that being said, there was one element to the story which I didn't quite understand and which prevents me from giving the story a 5-star rating. After the initial events take place, Jenna awakens to her new life with a strange gift; her dreams seem to be somewhat clairvoyant. Given the unusual and sudden shift which takes place at the beginning of the story, I found I was waiting for the other shoe to drop and for the story to take yet another major shift. However, when this shift never occurred, the question about why Jenna had her premonition-like dreams, an important component of the story, was never answered and left me wondering why they were included.

Overall, the story was a wonderful read, one I would recommend.
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