Meant to Be Mine: A Novel (Paperback)
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From the author of the “funny, sexy, and absurdly entertaining” (Marie Claire) Playing with Matches, a sweeping love story in the vein of Rebecca Serle and Chloe Benjamin about a woman who knows the date she’ll meet her true love—only he isn’t quite as perfect as she always imagined.
What if you knew exactly when you’d meet the love of your life? Edie Meyer knows. When her Grandma Gloria was a young woman, she had a vision of the exact day she would meet her soul mate—and then Grandpa Ray showed up.
Since then, Gloria has accurately predicted the day every single member of the family has met their match. Edie’s day arrives on June 24, 2022, when she’s twenty-nine years old. She has been waiting for it half her life. That morning, she boards an airplane to her twin sister’s surprise engagement, and when a handsome musician sits beside her, she knows it’s meant to be.
But fate comes with more complications than Edie expected and she can’t fight the nagging suspicion that her perfect guy doesn’t have perfect timing. After a tragedy and a shocking revelation rock Edie’s carefully constructed world, she’s forced to consider whether love chooses us, as simple as destiny, or if we choose it ourselves.
About the Author
Hannah Orenstein is the author of Playing with Matches, Love at First Like, and Head Over Heels, and is the deputy editor of dating at Elite Daily. Previously, she was a writer and editor at Seventeen.com. She lives in Brooklyn.
“Delightful. . . . It’s magical, wistful, and leaves you in love.” —New York Post
“I'm a sucker for a good book about soulmates—is true love destiny or a decision?—and Hannah Orenstein didn't disappoint! With its unique premise and a lovable cast of characters (including one super-hot rock star) Meant to Be Mine is beach-reading at its best.” —Colleen Oakley, USA Today bestselling author of The Invisible Husband of Frick Island and You Were There Too
"Meant to Be Mine is a compulsively-readable, effortlessly charming and thoroughly relatable book about the role of fate and the meaning of a soulmate. Orenstein is the master of the modern romance, and in this book she is at her best. Witty, poignant and with a delicious grandmother-granddaughter relationship, Meant to Be Mine will make you want to call your bubbe the minute you finish reading." —Elyssa Friedland, author of Last Summer at the Golden Hotel
"A heartfelt and unique spin on the concept of fate versus free will, Hannah Orenstein's Meant to Be Mine had me turning pages at a breakneck speed. The ending was absolutely perfect."—Tracey Garvis Graves, New York Times bestselling author of The Girl He Used to Know and Heard It in a Love Song
“Orenstein takes a fascinating premise - what if you knew the exact date you’d meet your soulmate? - and spins it into a sparkling celebration of love in all of its forms. This book has plenty of swoon-worthy romance, but it’s also an effervescent love letter to family, New York City, and the magic of a great martini.”—Laura Hankin, author of A Special Place for Women
“[A] fun yet surprisingly emotional romp that’s tailor-made for beachside reading.” —Vogue
“[A] charming contemporary romance ... [Orenstein’s] quirky characters and their heartwarming exchanges will easily win readers over. It’s a cute, mellow love story perfect for hopeless romantics.” —Publishers Weekly
“Meant to Be Mine shines as a celebration of family, friendship and Jewish heritage. It's a fun beach read with philosophical notes about free will and destiny. I love that it includes a recipe for matzo ball soup that was passed down from Orenstein's grandmother.” —USA Today
“Orenstein (Head over Heels, 2020) offers a rom-com-styled novel in the vein of Cecilia Ahern’s PS, I Love You, exploring the power of tradition, obligation, and free will. A perfect beach read, Meant to Be Mine is a fun and flirty story dripping with style and charm.” —Booklist
“What happens when the perfect person comes with not-so-perfect timing? Hannah Orenstein explores this in her latest novel, Meant to Be Mine, after main character Edie's Grandma Gloria predicts when she meets her match and things don't exactly go as planned.” —Marie Claire