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by Karen Stivali

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Title:Meant To Be
Authors:Karen Stivali
Info:Turquoise Morning Press (2012), Paperback, 392 pages
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I received this book as a Goodreads ARC giveaway. This was a great book and I really enjoy it ( )
  slvoight | Mar 31, 2013 |
Sometimes things happen for a reason and brings a chance for a once in a lifetime friendship that is simply meant to be ...

Meant To Be is the story of two people who form an unconventional friendship that blossoms into love that only comes when soulmates find each other. It is a story about finding your true soulmate while already in a committed relationship. The story follows the relationship of two couples who become neighbors and the unconventional friendship and love that blossoms between two of the spouses over a span of a few years.

NYU Professor Daniel Gardner and his wife Justine move to the suburbs, and his hope is that the move will be the first step to starting a family. But on the contrary, Justine becomes increasingly more career obsessed.

Marienne Valenti loves her freelance design job, but she is in an increasingly isolated marriage to Frank, who is also career obsessed and shows a growing indifference towards her.

The Gardners and Valentis are neighbors who become friends when Marienne and Daniel first meet while volunteering for a local theater and discover that they have things in common and enjoy each other's company, which leads the two couples to start spending time together. As time goes on, Marienne and Daniel grow closer as they bond over mutual interests, and they begin to rely on each other's company and support as the distance grows between them and their respective spouses. While they share an attraction and blossoming love for each other, they remain faithful to their spouses. This a story of two people whose close friendship evolves into a loving relationship that is simply meant to be.

Meant To Be is a beautiful portrayal of an unconventional friendship between a man and a woman. Written in the third person narrative, author Karen Stivali weaves a subtle tale of romance and love that evolves from an amazing bond of friendship between two people that is genuine and real. Marienne and Daniel's close friendship transforms into a meaningful relationship when the burden of their personal baggage and missing pieces from their respective marriages pushes them together.

I loved the gradual development of Marienne and Daniel's relationship. I was captivated and drawn into their love story. The author does a wonderful job of demonstrating real life in the depiction of how their relationship grows with their engaging dialogue and intimate interactions. I couldn't help but feel for them as they handled the many trials and tribulations that arose, while being able to nurture and grow their bond of friendship.

Meant To Be is simply an amazing story that is heartwarming and genuine, it is one that will make you believe in soulmates, and that some special friendships are just meant to be. Marienne and Daniel's story continues in the sequel, Holding On.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author / publisher in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by Chick Lit Plus Blog Tours.

http://jerseygirlbookreviews.blogspot.com/2012/12/meant-to-be-by-karen-stivali-a... ( )
  JerseyGirlBookReview | Dec 12, 2012 |
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