Meant To Be
Meant To Be
by Jude Deveraux
March 16, 2021 by MIRA
Rating: 2.5 Stars ⭐⭐ 1/2
ABOUT MEANT TO BE BY JUDE DEVERAUX
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. Meant to Be delivers an emotional, smart, funny and wise lesson about the importance of being true to yourself.
OLIVIA’S THOUGHTS ON MEANT TO BE
I normally love Jude Deveraux but this one was just okay. It was hard to follow. We are meant to follow 3 generations of women in one family, but the time shifts were so abrupt and the relationships flip flopped all over the place, but was predictable at the same time. You know exactly who is going to end up with whom. Just when I felt like I was getting to know a character, boom! Her story was over, it was 20 years later and it was on to the next one. I didn’t feel a bond with any of them because I didn’t have time to form that bond. I came the closest with Kelly since I feel her character was the most developed. The book would have been richer and far more satisfying if the focus had been on just 1 or 2 of the women and not all of them.