Meant for Me by Jacie FloydWhen Nicole Smith was just a teenager with a head full of dreams, she saved the life of Mitch Grayson, a troubled boy about to join the Army. While she doubted she’d ever see him again, she could never quite forget him either. When their paths cross again, Mitch carries the internal scars of all he has seen and endured. Throughout his tours of duty, he carried Nicole’s picture into combat. Naming her his Good-Luck Angel, he believes the photograph kept him safe time after time. Now, they both have successful careers and meaningful lives, but neither of them can decide if fate is throwing them together again… or working overtime to keep them apart. 

Mitch Grayson 18, arrived at his little brother Elliott’s summer camp to say good-bye before he went off to the Army.  He also wanted to assure him that he and his mom would be safe from their father at their grandfather’s home.  While having lunch, a hotdog, Mitch starts to laugh and the hotdog gets lodged in his throat making him unable to breathe. 
     Nicole Smith, 17 a senior in high school, the swim instructor and part-time councilor looks over to see Mitch red faced and making the universal sign for choking of holding his throat.  She tries striking his back nothing.  When she springs into action with the Heimlich maneuver.
     Everyone claps calling her a hero.  But to Mitch and Elliott 10, she was Mitch’s angel.  Mitch felt that instant connection has she did when he rode up on his motorcycle.  When it was time to leave he asked her to walk him to his bike.  She does.  He gets her number and says he wished he could take her out to dinner if she had any free time for saving his life.  She says no that she is taking on extra shifts so she can earn extra money for school.  She told him she wanted to be a doctor.
     He said he wished he could do more than say, “Thank You!”  Laughingly she says something like, you mean more than a thank you card or flower?  How much are worth, your life?  Is worth say a Dooney & Bourke purse or a new laptop?  Or something more valuable that I really want like a college scholarship?  He laughs and says I will see what I can do.  They both laugh.  Little did she know he could arrange that.  He only wished he could be there to see her face when she received them.  They said good-bye, gave each other a deep hug, and kiss, then he said, If he was ever in Cincinnati he’d call.
     Ten years later he’s out of the Army where his specialty was explosives.  So, what better place Cincinnati, Ohio?  Where Nicole just happens to be working as a delivery nurse/midwife in the same town.  She is home one night the neighbor’s kids stop by because mom is working overtime.  Then there is a big to do at the school across the street.  Police, fire engines, and ambulance.  The boys ask to go so she takes them the youngest boy Seth loves fire engines.
     After the fires out Seth brings over a fireman who said if the boys were to come the next day he could take them on a tour.  When he steps out of the shadows it’s not only the man she had notice arrives when the emergency was at its highest and he seemed familiar but now she sees him. She doesn’t know its Mitch.  She knows there’s something about him she knows but can’t figure it out until he says, “Hello Angel.”
     This was such a good book.  Short and sweet.  The storyline kept moving which I liked.  It’s humorous and an example of life in so many ways.  I give this 5 stars.  Provided by 
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