Her One and Only / by Becky Wade. (Porter Family, 4) 1.16.2018

Bethany House ISBN 9780764211102

Adult Rating: 4

Award-winning author Becky Wade returns with the final novel in her Porter Family series, a contemporary romance set in Texas, this one featuring the only daughter in the family.

In Her One and Only, former Marine Dru Porter works as a bodyguard, and her newest client is Gray Fowler, a ruggedly handsome football player. Sparks fly as they get to know one another, even though Dru goes out of her way to avoid a romance with Gray. Determined to find Gray’s stalker, Dru digs into his relationships and his mysterious past for clues to the stalker’s identity.

Wade creates a family of siblings with flaws, genuine emotion, and growing faith. She already excels at character development, creating characters the reader can relate to and care about. Characters from the other Porter Family books continue their story (Meg and Bo Porter have twins after dealing with infertility, miscarriage and pregnancy complications) and readers of the earlier titles will greet them like old friends.

With Her One and Only, Wade weaves suspense into this final book in the Porter Family series. With several plot twists, the stalker’s identity and Gray’s reaction will be a surprise. The book’s overall theme is about letting go, offering forgiveness, and moving on. For example, Gray grew up in an abusive home situation which colors his relationships with others. He cannot have a real relationship until he lets go of the past, and he allows God to lead him through forgiveness and opening up to trust others.

Recommended for adult collections in public libraries; suitable for older teen readers as well. Fans of Susan May Warren’s Christenson Family series will also enjoy this series.

Carol R. Gehringer, CLJ