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Meant to Be: A Novel by Emily Giffin
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Meant to Be: A Novel (original 2022; edition 2022)

by Emily Giffin (Author)

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A restless golden boy and a girl with a troubled past navigate a love story that may be doomed before it even begins, in this "glorious, satisfying" (Adriana Trigiani) new novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of All We Ever Wanted and The Lies That Bind. "I'm a sucker for an iconic, against-all-odds love story, and Meant to Be truly delivers."--Tia Williams, author of Seven Days in June The Kingsley family is American royalty, beloved for their military heroics, political service, and unmatched elegance. In 1967, after Joseph S. Kingsley, Jr. is killed in a tragic accident, his charismatic son inherits the weight of that legacy. But Joe III is a free spirit--and a little bit reckless. Despite his best intentions, he has trouble meeting the expectations of a nation, as well as those of his exacting mother, Dottie. Meanwhile, no one ever expected anything of Cate Cooper. She, too, grew up fatherless--and after her mother marries an abusive man, she is forced to fend for herself. After being discovered by a model scout at age sixteen, Cate decides that her looks may be her only ticket out of the cycle of disappointment that her mother has always inhabited. Before too long, Cate's face is in magazines and on billboards. Yet she feels like a fraud, faking it in a world to which she's never truly belonged. When Joe and Cate unexpectedly cross paths one afternoon, their connection is instant and intense. But can their relationship survive the glare of the spotlight and the so-called Kingsley curse? In a beautifully written novel that captures a gilded moment in American history, Emily Giffin tells the story of two people searching for belonging and identity, as well as the answer to the question: Are certain love stories meant to be?… (more)
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In Meant To Be, author Emily Giffin transports the reader to New York City, that follows the love story of Cate Cooper and Joseph Kingsley III.

Cate Cooper had a difficult childhood in Montclair, NJ. Her mom Jan married a narcissistic cop named Chip, who belittled them and was very abusive. Cate was discovered at the age of sixteen by a modeling agent in Atlantic City, and to escape the abuse at home, she began a successful modeling career in New York City, that eventually led to her becoming a sought after salesperson for a designer with prominent clients after she retired from modeling.

Joe Kingsley comes from a long line of privilege and wealth, his family has been prominent in business, the military, politics, and New York society. Joe is expected to carry on the family legacy, especially following in his father's footsteps.

When Cate and Joe meet on the beach in the Hamptons, what ensues is a love story that brings two people from very different backgrounds together. As their love story unfolds, Cate and Joe deal with complications from their backgrounds, individual life issues, long-held secrets, and discover the true meaning of love, friendship, and family.

In Meant To Be, author Emily Giffin easily captivates her readers' attention with this beautifully written tale that is loosely based on John F. Kennedy Jr. and Carolyn Bessett-Kennedy's love story. This seamless and flowing storyline provides the reader with a wonderful description of NYC and the Hamptons, and characters who draw you into their lives with a strong emotional pull, along with their complexities, flaws and secrets.

Meant To Be is a wonderful story told in the first person alternating narrative that engages the reader to follow along as Cate and Joe's love story unfolds with plenty of drama, long-held secrets, trials and tribulations, life challenges, and family issues. The alternating storylines will keep the readers on their toes, but it all culminates in a heartwarming ending that will leave them with a smile on their face. I would be remiss if I didn't mention how much I loved following the same Camelot theme that the world knew during the Kennedy era. I loved reading about Joe and Cate's backstory and how even though their relationships with their families were definitely complicated, they were able to prove that they were Meant To Be!

The reader will be kept engaged as this wonderful story unfolds. With a cast of interesting characters, and a richly vivid description of New York and the Hamptons, Meant To Be is a compelling story about love, friendship, family, and second chances in life.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

https://jerseygirlbookreviews.blogspot.com/2022/08/meant-to-be-by-emily-giffin-b... ( )
  JerseyGirlBookReview | Aug 22, 2022 |
Lovely book. Retelling of the Kennedy family focusing on the younger generation. ( )
  shazjhb | Jul 10, 2022 |
Cate Cooper is the daughter of an abuse woman who escapes her tortured life by becoming a model. On a.modeling assignment, she meets the scion of a wealthy and famous family. This novel is a thinly veiled story of the romance of John F. Kennedy and his wife. ( )
  Gingersnap000 | Jun 30, 2022 |
Fictionalized story based loosely on JFK Jr/Carolyn Bessette. The story is new enough and familiar enough to keep you reading. All the characters are well written, with strong voices lending well to the story. A nice escape down memory lane while longing for what was Meant To Be. Another win for this accomplished author.

Thanks to Ms. Giffin, Ballantine Books and NetGalley for this ARC. Opinion is mine alone. ( )
  LoriKBoyd | Jun 7, 2022 |
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A restless golden boy and a girl with a troubled past navigate a love story that may be doomed before it even begins, in this "glorious, satisfying" (Adriana Trigiani) new novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of All We Ever Wanted and The Lies That Bind. "I'm a sucker for an iconic, against-all-odds love story, and Meant to Be truly delivers."--Tia Williams, author of Seven Days in June The Kingsley family is American royalty, beloved for their military heroics, political service, and unmatched elegance. In 1967, after Joseph S. Kingsley, Jr. is killed in a tragic accident, his charismatic son inherits the weight of that legacy. But Joe III is a free spirit--and a little bit reckless. Despite his best intentions, he has trouble meeting the expectations of a nation, as well as those of his exacting mother, Dottie. Meanwhile, no one ever expected anything of Cate Cooper. She, too, grew up fatherless--and after her mother marries an abusive man, she is forced to fend for herself. After being discovered by a model scout at age sixteen, Cate decides that her looks may be her only ticket out of the cycle of disappointment that her mother has always inhabited. Before too long, Cate's face is in magazines and on billboards. Yet she feels like a fraud, faking it in a world to which she's never truly belonged. When Joe and Cate unexpectedly cross paths one afternoon, their connection is instant and intense. But can their relationship survive the glare of the spotlight and the so-called Kingsley curse? In a beautifully written novel that captures a gilded moment in American history, Emily Giffin tells the story of two people searching for belonging and identity, as well as the answer to the question: Are certain love stories meant to be?

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