“Spot on with characters and descriptions.” — Lynnette Bukowski, Founder/CEO of LZ-Grace Warrior Retreat Foundation and Widow of U.S. Navy SEAL
It started as a chance encounter on the beach, and ended 24 hours later when they parted to go their separate ways.
Or so they thought.
WHEN LAUREN CANTRELL said goodbye to the guy she had just met on the beach, she had no way of knowing their paths would ever cross again. But fate had another unexpected meeting in store for them—this time in a place where danger was part of the culture and the stakes were life and death.
THE LAST PERSON in the world Michael “Rad” Radcliff expected to see at a special ops briefing in Afghanistan is the girl he met at the beach two weeks ago—the one he can’t stop thinking about.
From the sundrenched beaches of Ocean City, Md., to the snowcapped mountains of Afghanistan, this thrilling tale of espionage and intrigue takes readers on a spellbinding journey into the secret lives of our nation’s quiet heroes—and answers the question:
What do you do when the person you most want to protect is the one risking everything to make sure you survive?
MEANT TO BE recounts the dedication of our military, the honor and sacrifice of our soldiers, and a relationship that is tested and sustained by the powerful forces of love, courage and resolve.
"MEANT TO BE is a love letter to the men and women who serve and sacrifice for the freedom we enjoy." - Kim Lowe, SOS Aloha Blog
"Sweetly sentimental and moving." - Publishers Weekly
"Nerve-wracking scenes of chaos and danger." - Foreword Reviews
"Realistic, moving, and uplifting. Shows the meaning of commitment--to country, and to love." - Jocelyn Green, award-winning author of the Heroines Behind the Lines Civil War series and co-author of The 5 Love Languages Military Edition
"5 STARS! A captivating and mesmerizing read." - Cheryl E. Rodriguez for Readers' Favorite
"A heart-tugging, well-written novel that [readers] won't want to put down until the last, bittersweet page." - Kate Maisel, Stars and Stripes
"An engrossing, page turner this reader just can't seem to stop thinking about. Five perfect stars from me." - Evie Bookish Blog
Name: Jessica James
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Jessica James is an award-winning author of suspense, historical fiction, and military fiction ranging from the Revolutionary War to modern day. She is the only two-time winner of the John Esten Cooke Award for Southern Fiction, and was featured in the book 50 Authors You Should Be Reading, published in 2010.
Her novels appeal to both men and women and are featured in library collections all over the United States including Harvard and the U.S. Naval Academy. By weaving the principles of courage, devotion, and duty into each book, she attempts to honor the unsung heroes of the American military—past and present—and to convey the magnitude of their sacrifice and service.
When not writing, James stays active working part-time as a stagehand where she assists with shows ranging from country bands and stage plays, to operas, comedy acts and ballets.
James resides in Gettysburg, Pa., and is a member of the Military Writers Society of America, the Independent Book Publishers Association, and the Romance Writers of America.
2015 Foreword Reviews’ INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award finalist in Military/War
2015 NJRW Golden Leaf Award for Romantic Suspense
2014 Valley Forge Romance Writers Sheila Award Finalist
2014 John Esten Cooke Award for Southern Fiction
2014 Reader’s Crown Award Finalist
2014 Next Generation Indie Award Finalist in Fiction/Religious
2013 USA “Best Books 2013” Finalist in Fiction/Religious
2012 Bronze winner Foreword Magazine Book of the Year in Romance
2011 John Esten Cooke Award for Southern Fiction
2011 USA "Best Books 2011" Finalist in Historical Fiction
2011 Next Generation Indie Award for Best Regional Fiction
2011 Next Generation Indie Finalist in Romance
2011 Next Generation Indie Finalist in Historical Fiction
2011 NABE Pinnacle Book Achievement Award
2010 Military Writers Society Award in Historical Fiction
2009 HOLT Medallion Finalist for Best Southern Theme
2009 Nominated for the Michael Shaara Award for Excellence in Civil War Fiction
2008 Indie Next Generation Award for Best Regional Fiction
2008 Indie Next Generation Finalist for Best Historical Fiction
2008 IPPY Award for Best Regional Fiction
2008 ForeWord Magazine Finalist for Book of the Year in Romance category