Edie Meyer knows exactly when she’s going to meet the love of her life. It has dictated almost every step she’s taken: who she dates, her profession, her entire worldview. Edie’s grandmother, Gloria, has a special intuition: she is able to predict precisely when everyone in her extended family will meet the one with whom they are intended to spend the rest of their life. When Edie meets a musician, Theo, on the exact date her grandmother specified, Edie is convinced he is the person for her.
But although a relationship between Theo and Edie begins to blossom, the two don’t have the smooth road to love Edie envisioned. Instead, Edie remains conflicted over how she dealt with a previous relationship, and differences between her and Theo — from family to religion, even to marriage — become clear. After two life-altering events occur, Edie is forced to confront what’s been bothering her: If this is truly the love that is meant to be, how can there be so many things that don’t fit?
Meant to Be Mine is a heartwarming and well-written romantic story, with relatable characters and a wonderfully described setting. The concept of bashert is present through much of the novel, and the pieces of Jewish tradition incorporated into the story are compelling. Gloria and Edie’s relationship is beautiful, and the centering presence of family is emphasized throughout the book. Meant to Be Mine is an excellent summer read.