Book Review: Meant for Her

Meant for Her is Joy Avery Melville's debut novel. It is also Book One in the Intended for Her series. Joy is already working on Book Two in this same series. This novel is a Contemporary Christian Romance.


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Book Description:

Had it all truly been ~ MEANT FOR HER?

Kidnapped, raped, brutally beaten, and left for dead, Candi Reynolds becomes a prisoner of fear. Faced also with the impact of the unexpected break-up with her fiancé, and an unwanted pregnancy resulting from the attacks, she believes God has forsaken her. Choosing to move back to the Michigan horse farm, owned by her older brother, Dr. Cam Reynolds, Candi essentially goes into seclusion.

Dr. Patrick (Mack) MacKevon, long-time friend of Cam’s, watches from the sidelines at the farm, where his horses are stabled, while Candi struggles to regain a sense of normalcy. His own big-brother tendencies develop into a much deeper emotion over the months he prays for her.

Is it possible for Candi to put all of the pain and trauma behind her and renew her former relationship with the Lord? Will she allow her heart to open enough to discover authentic love, while making decisions of victory on her personal journey to joy?

My Thoughts:

This novel pulls you into the story right from the first sentence. Candi has just been rescued from a horrifying situation: kidnap, rape, as well as physical and emotional abuse. The book doesn’t go into every gory detail of the attack, but rather into the emotional turmoil Candi now finds herself in. The faithful support of a loving, older brother who steadfastly and patiently, without judgment, stands beside her and encourages her helps Candi to feel secure. But he can’t be with her all of the time. Through the friendship of a pastor’s wife and the help of a counselor, things Candi had suppressed come to light and allow her to begin to heal. 

The author handles a very terrifying trauma with sensitivity. Meant for Her is not a page-turner that you can’t put down. But the PTSD would have to be glossed over to keep the action moving at such a pace. Instead, the author takes the reader on a realistic journey from start to finish. Step by agonizing step, Candi begins to heal. However, no one ever gets over such a thing completely. Time, counsel, prayer, and patient friends/family help the victim to return to a new-normal life. But the pain of such a past would leave its scars. 

Candi was a kind-hearted young lady whose personality becomes stifled and changed after her kidnapping. Which men can she trust? And will those horrible men show up again? Dr. Cam, Candi's brother, is a wonderful support and place of safety for Candi to run to. His friend (and hers), Dr. Patrick (Mack) MacKevon is considerate and compassionate when she suddenly fears him although he has been a part of her life since she was a young girl. He stays at a distance but consistently prays for Candi. His heart is more involved than he ever realized and feelings of friendship for his friend’s little sister turn into something much deeper. But he knows Candi isn’t ready for any kind of romance. She needs to heal. He silently waits and watches from the sideline for any clue that Candi is becoming more comfortable around him. 

The story is both heart-wrenching and heartwarming. The characters are well developed. I loved Mack’s Irish brogue and did not find it at all difficult to understand. The accent became a natural part of his character. Accents can be tricky, but I feel the author handled it well. It fit his personality and nickname for her, Candi-girl. The romance between Mack and Candi develops slowly over time, but how could it be otherwise? Mack is a swoon-worthy, wonderfully attentive hero. This is a beautiful contemporary Christian romance that takes place in Michigan. 

About the Author:

Joy Avery Melville’s heart’s desire is to be the author God has called her to be by sharing Him with readers in such a way they long to have a deeply committed personal relationship with Jesus Christ as Lord. 

Fully intending to write Historical Romance—had in fact— she had no plans to deviate from that. God had something else in mind for that ‘call’ He’d made on her life back in 1967. A mere eighth grader at the time, she had no clue about the topics she’d be drawn to write about.

Surrendering to the genre God placed on her heart has given Joy new insight into the hearts and lives of those who too often hurt in silence.

The settings of Joy’s books are near where she lives in Schoolcraft, Michigan with her husband of nearly 46 years and their one-yr-old Yorkie pup, Is-A-Bella Bindi, (Is-a-beautiful little girl) who thinks she’s a much larger breed with tomboy tendencies.

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Anneliese Dalaba

January 19, 2022