Meant To Be
When NYU professor Daniel Gardner’s career-obsessed wife convinces him to move to the suburbs, he hopes it’s a first step toward starting the family he longs to have. Instead of domestic bliss he finds his neighbor, Marienne Valeti. She loves her freelance de ...more
Meant to Be follows the de-evolution of two marriages and the burgeoning of a once in a lifetime friendship. A story about two individuals, their lives running parallel to one another, becoming entangled and irreversibly connected. Soul mates finally finding their true other half.
When Marienne Valeti and Daniel Gardner, recent neighbors, first meet while volunteering for the local theatre, they discover they have many things in common. And, more importantly, they really e...more
So this turns out super ranty, proceed at your own risk.
Full Rant behind the spoiler tag:
(view spoiler)[This was not a book for me. While it was well written, I couldn't find a thing to like about the main characters I was supposed to be sympathetic to. Both main characters are married to other people for a lot of the story, but there is no physical cheating on their' parts, I know that's bothersome to so ...more
The above three lines were the inspiration behind Karen Stivali’s first full-length novel, Meant To Be. How do we know which purpose someone is filling when they come into our life? We don’t. We can never predict who our “lifetime people” will be.
Marienne Valeti, a graphic artist, had a difficult life growing up as she struggled to fit in with her family and seemed to always fall for the wrong guy, including her husband Frank. But how you could you not adore Marienne? ...more
We have two incredible people stuck in marriages that aren't working but they both have so much honor to them that they stay in hopes that things will work out. When Daniel and Marienne meet the first time you can sense the kins ...more
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 tw ...more
In fact, because I was so disinterested in the main couple, other things I might let slide in a book I was more engaged in, drove me up a wall in this one.
Early on in the book, Maryanne goes on and on about how she's not ...more
Marianne Valeti is a freelance designer, an awesome baker, and married to a career driven husband who has become best friends with Daniel after working together on the set of the local play. Frank, Mari ...more
Daniel and Marienne are both married and are moving through their lives not partic ...more
Meant To Be is an erotic romance with an emphasis on the romance. There are sex scenes, but they're not overly graphic, but this is the perfect tone for the book, which is beautiful and happy-sigh-inducing throughout.
This is the tale of two couples who are neighbours. NYU professor Daniel Gardner has recently moved to the suburbs with his wife, Justine. He hopes this is going to be the next step in his marriage ...more
I’ve read Karen Stilvali’s M/M romance books (and loved them) but this is the first M/F story of hers that I’ve read. All I can say is why did I wait so long to read this? The word epic comes to mind when I think about this story which spans several years. If you read the blurb but didn’t read all the way to the end you might think that this story involves cheating spouses. Let me assure you that it does not!
Daniel and Justine Gardner live in the suburbs a ...more
"I want you," he said as he approached her. "I want you." He ...more
When you are married to one person but attracted to another, what do you do? You continue to live the life you have committed to.
The story follows Daniel and Marienne, neighbours who meet through her husband. Both of them are in imperfect marriages and they spark up a friendship.
As a person who despises cheating story lines, I was pleased to find both Daniel and Marienne respectful of their vows, even when their marriages weren't the best. Having said this, some of their inner monologu ...more
There is a sequel, HOLDING ON, The Destiny Series Book 2, if you want.
This book is a pleasure to read. I love it.
It screams reality. It's realistic. It's refreshing. It's the every day life of grow up peoples. There is no unnecessary drama. No drama plot. No cheating. Just life. There is little to no sexe until the end, and it's not overly descriptive.
This book is not a traditional romance troop between two people. This is Slow burn. The whole book is about ...more
Meant to Be is a love story, but not a traditional romance story. It is about finding the right person after committing yourself to another. Both Daniel and Marienne start out as new neighbors and become friends when the two couples start spending time together. What developed between Marienne and Daniel was real and meaningful for both of them. Each of them are very private individuals but they seem to confide in one another and sh ...more
New neighbors Marienne Valeti and Daniel Gardner get to know each other through their love for community theater. As their friendshi ...more
It was an easy book to read with a good flow. I really loved the banter between Daniel and Marienne. From the first day they just clicked. It was easy to hate Frank and Justine and root for Daniel and Marienne. Maybe too eas ...more
With so many books out there I often look to my favourite authors to introduce me to new authors. That's how Karen Stivali's books have found their way into my life. Meant to Be was my first and definitely won't be my last by this author.
I think I smiled the whole time I was reading this book. Marienne and Daniel are married to other people for the majority of this book. Ordinarily this is something I would shy away from but as th ...more
I had such a hard time putting down this book because I wanted to find out what would happen next to Daniel and Marienne.
I was so mad on what Frank was doing to Marienne when the truth came out at the end, and I was happy with what finally happened at the ending.
I definitely cannot wait to read the next installment to Daniel and Marienne’s story now, and I look forward to reading other books from Karen Stivali as well.
This book may make you mad on the signi ...more
Daniel is married to a woman that he should so not be married to. She cares only about her career and herself. She is an extremely unlikeable character. Daniel is so sweet and tries to be a good husband to her. They move to the suburbs and meet Frank and Marienn. Frank is just as self centered as Justine. Marienn is a sweet nurturing ...more
This book is about two neighbors Daniel and Marienne who meet by chance helping out with the local theater group, and from the minute they meet you can tell they were meant to be together. BUT they are both married to people who are the total opposites of themselves. I know opposites attract but both Frank and Justine seem a better fit together then with their current spouse. This is a classic love story from the beginning ...more
Meant to Be is a well written, passionate, friends to lovers story that is very realistic. Almost too realistic. I started and stopped this book a few times due to the emotions that it evoked. The two lead characters, Daniel and Marienne, are married to other people. They form a friendship and when an event occurs and the four of them are faced with decisions, Daniel and Marienne are there for each other.
This book was a surpris ...more
The spouses in this book are easy to hate. I loved Daniel and Marienne's sweet friendship & that they never fought. Always loyal to each other no matter what ...more