Thursday, March 11, 2021

Review: Meant to Be by Jude Deveraux

Meant to Be
by Jude Deveraux

Publisher: MIRA
Pages: 416
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  Two headstrong sisters are bound by tradition but long to forge their own path.

It’s 1972 and times are changing. In the small farming community of Mason, Kansas, Vera and Kelly Exton are known for their ambitions. Vera is an activist who wants to join her boyfriend in the Peace Corps. But she is doing her duty caring for her widowed mother and younger sister until Kelly is firmly established. Kelly is studying to become a veterinarian. She plans to marry her childhood sweetheart and eventually take over his father’s veterinary practice.

But it’s a tumultuous time and neither sister is entirely happy with the path that’s been laid out for her. As each evaluates her options, everything shifts. Do you do what’s right for yourself or what others want? By having the courage to follow their hearts these women will change lives for the better and the effects will be felt by the generations that follow. 

Kritters Thoughts:  A family saga that spans three generations as they live through history and have most of the typical family and life drama that can take place in one family or another.  The book starts with Vera and Kelly Exton as these sisters are both trying to figure out how they want their lives to unfold and in this time feelings will be hurt and lines will be drawn.  The next two parts follow the lineage of each sister and how the times change.  

I love a book that follows generations and you see families change and evolve and I enjoyed the characters in this book, but for me the plot moved too slow and I honestly got bored a few times while reading.  There were times when reading where I felt as though things could have moved at a better place and the story dragged on.  I was excited when the story changed to the next generation as it poured new energy in, but eventually that one stalled also.  

The writing and setting were good and the characters were enjoyable, so I would read this author again, but would hope for an improvement in pacing and plot evolvement.  I know this author is prolific and I even own a few, so I am surprised to say that this was my first read by her and I hope to try more and see how they go.

Rating: enjoyable, but didn't leave me wanting more

Ebook 2021 Challenge: 19 out of 100

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Harlequin.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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