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Meant for Me

(The Carlyle Women #1)

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Born at Carlyle Place, the plantation her family has held for over two hundred years, Chloe Kimball was raised to be the perfect Southern lady. Still, she resists being the prize that her parents—an ambitious society maven and an equally ambitious politician—war to control. Surprising even herself, she breaks free. America has just entered the First World War and Chloe ...more
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Published September 28th 2018 (first published September 2018)
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Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Meant for Me was a powerful novel that followed the turbulent life of a young lady named Chloe. I felt so sorry for Chloe and the way she had been raised. She may have had all of the earthly treasures available to a wealthy family, yet she was never truly loved by her parents.

Something Chloe struggled with throughout the entire novel was the desire to escape. Many of her decisions were based on trying to escape some situation that was unpleasant. As Chloe tried to manage everything herself and
This is a Christian historical romance that takes place during the roaring twenties and the beginning of the great depression (1917 to 1930). It is a quick, easy read, but also has a deeper layer: how do individuals deal with insecurity and moral temptation, and what happens to their faith when they undergo trials? The attention to historical details makes the story come alive; it gives you the feeling that you are actually there. The characters are well developed also; you find yourself routing ...more
Bonnye Reed
May 26, 2019 marked it as to-read
Sep 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Meant For Me ( The Carlyle Women #1 )
By: Lyn Cote
Meant For Me is book one in a new series by Lyn Cote in The Carlyle Women. I enjoyed the story it was well written and flowed smoothly. The characters were well developed. I really did not care for Chloe’s father. He was a man that like to control. Chloe loved and lost to the war. Will she ever break loose from her father and find her own way? Will she ever reconnect with her friend whom she seems to have lost . There were tears in my eyes most of
Molly Anderson
Nov 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed-books
Before I start writing this I wanted to warn you,—I have never written a review before, so please give me grace!

This book was most definitely an emotional roller coaster. While reading this I was almost constantly exasperated with Chloe (the main character). Yet, so many times throughout, I understood Chloe’s thought process, and therefore I became super angry with other characters. (Like the mother! Ahhh!) Sad to say I controlled my emotions a lot worst than Chloe did regarding people and
Meant for Me by Lyn Cote
Years: 1917- 1920’s
Location: New York City, Charleston, SC
Format: Kindle
Main Characters:
Chloe Kimball: Southern belle
Roark McCaslin: Neighbor and good friend who always loved her
Kitty McCaslin: Chloe’s best friend
Minnie: Chloe’s maid and the nearly best friend
Theran Black: Chloe married to get away from her father

As a historical fiction book – 4 stars I found the history around the WWI through the 20’s fascinating.

As a secular fiction book – 3 stars. Big gaps in the flow
Pat Allen
Jan 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Not an easy time to grow up

All she ever heard were arguing parents, with one exception. Her daddy liked to fondle their unfortunate young maid. He was revolting, using his daughter to further his political career. She escaped with the first young man who showed an interest. They eloped and had two blissful days together during which she conceived. She and the poor maid had a glorious few months together modelling. Her maid's career took off but when her husband was killed by stomach flu, she was
Oct 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful story! The book "Meant For Me" is a vivid example of life in the early 1900's 0n up to the Great Depression. Chloe Carlisle is a young woman of privilege who is swept off her feet by a young soldier. When they marry and he goes off to WWI, Chloe has to learn how to make it on her own in New York, away from her distant family and friends. It's an emotional story as Chloe journeys through her life, with society's rules determining her path. It makes for a compelling story as she ...more
Sep 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical
It's 1917 and freedom and equality were still seemingly elusive for many. How much would the Great War change their lives? Large plantations were still the same, only known by different names. Houses were run by black people who weren't slaves but neither were they treated as equals. Injustice for these folks was no different that for the poor. Unfortunately it was not much different for Chloe, whose parents, while very rich, saw her as another pawn to be moved wherever they wanted her.
Jennifer Rupp
Nov 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is an author new to me and I’m so happy to have discovered Book 1 of her post-WWI historical series, The Carlyle Women. Meant for Me begins just as America enters WWI and follows Chloe Kimball, a perfect young lady raised in the Southern tradition to obey her parents. She finds the courage to break free of their manipulative bonds through marriage, but the war, dashes all her hopes and soon she finds herself back home and under her politically ambitious father’s thumb. Though America’s ...more
Jan 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
WWI, Prohibition, and the Roaring 20's - through one young woman's eyes

Fast-paced story about the impulsive decisions made by a young woman as the U.S. enters the Great War. Chloe is desperate to escape her parents and the atmosphere at Carlyle Place (formerly Plantation.) As her life changes drastically from her visions, Chloe makes decisions that never seem quite what her heart desires. Very well written historical fiction that covers the tumult of the war years through to the start of the
Jan 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
During World War I, Chloe Black is feeling like a failure. Lyn Cote writes about the difficulties a High Society woman faces in New York not only during the war but also throughout the Nineteen Twenties. The novel is full of History. There are the racial issues between Blacks and Whites. While Jim Crow brews, the main character, Chloe, renews a friendship with the woman who is the help in her parents' home. Lyn Cote makes this relationship very interesting. She tosses it like a pizza and who ...more
Mar 22, 2019 rated it liked it
I liked the storyline and the plot (these could be the same things?) and the characters. But there were sections in the story that just did not ring true to the character, and also some of the fairly important characters were never heard about again. Later I understood that this is a series and those characters will probably be written about in those books, but the way they just disappeared bothered me.
Laura Meyer
Nov 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Wartime and love

A griping book by Lyn Cote full of love and loss. The choices that can shape our lives can also change it in an instant, while readjusting to that new direction can take an intense toll on people. Will love ever get the chance to bloom? Will true freedom ever be enjoyed? Are glass ceilings really meant to be broken? Discover for yourself in "Meant For Me"!
Nov 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A super read.

The only negative I will say is that I found a few errors in this book. The character who was wounded and left with an arm permanently bent was said in a couple of places to have used his arm in ways that would have been impossible but other than that this is a great read.
Feb 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
This made me think more about changes that came due to WWI and the people who lived through it.
So many changes so quickly were made to both society and the country and the world.
This book follows one of the Carlyle women through about 15 years of her life as she comes to adulthood and the way her life changes as the Great Depression hits.
Lula Wilson
May 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful true life love story

This book featured failures and ended with success. It parallels life as it seems and truly is. Just as I am is the theme throughout the story. It makes me want to read the next era!
Gloria Nettles
May 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Early 20th century times

Fascinating story of families in the early 20th century and how the changes in the world (war and it's aftermath and economic depression) effected their love life and families.
Mary Beth
Apr 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Born at Carlyle Place, the plantation her family has held for over two hundred years, Chloe Kimball was raised to be the perfect Southern lady. Still, she resists being the prize that her parents—an ambitious society maven and an equally ambitious politician.
Melissa Henderson
Oct 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A life story full of heartache, family strife, loss and love. A mesmerizing tale with intense characters and fascinating storyline. Another good story by this author. I was given a complimentary copy of the story. This review is my own personal opinion. No review was required.
Tracy Wainwright
Dec 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Good read

An enjoyable story with a decent amount of depth. At times the transitions seemed choppy or rushed, but overall the story was very good and did well at covering a wide time span. I enjoyed reading a book from an era which is seldom touched on.
juanita dennis
Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Meant for Me

Destiny is what is going to be regardless of what you do to alter it. Keep on living it will happen
Nov 25, 2018 rated it really liked it

This book is one brings you to the time when world war started and how young women from families with money were treated.
Sally Stackhouse
Jan 28, 2019 rated it liked it
An OK read. The book starts off well and is interesting in places but seems to lose its way towards the end which is a shame.
Sarah Bradford
Oct 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Very good. Looking forward to reading Book 2.
Nov 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Troublesome Woman

This book dealt with long lasting friendship and love. Parents who deceived their daughter and a woman who wasn't sure who to love.
Feb 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Meant For Me

Oh how I love novels set in this era. This one was wonderful. I can’t wait to read the other books in this series.
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