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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 lea 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 learns how to make her own way in 1917 New York City--a place nothing like home. Soon Chloe is swept up in the heady tides of change in the young 20th century. The NAACP moves forward in the midst of race riots, women’s fight to gain the vote is at its peak. Chloe becomes the independent woman she never thought possible. But then the unexpected forces her to return home. Yet even in the South, the 1920’s are roaring with flappers, speak-easies and the Charleston, and for a time Chloe loses her way--a reluctant member of the “Lost Generation” in postwar America. She loved one man and lost him and now is pursued by another but will she ever be able to connect with the one she hopes could help her make sense of her life? As she recalls the woman she once was, she strives to become the woman she wants to be. Will she succeed? The Carlyle Women-four generations,  each facing the challenges of her time  and each harboring her own painful secret~


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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 lea 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 learns how to make her own way in 1917 New York City--a place nothing like home. Soon Chloe is swept up in the heady tides of change in the young 20th century. The NAACP moves forward in the midst of race riots, women’s fight to gain the vote is at its peak. Chloe becomes the independent woman she never thought possible. But then the unexpected forces her to return home. Yet even in the South, the 1920’s are roaring with flappers, speak-easies and the Charleston, and for a time Chloe loses her way--a reluctant member of the “Lost Generation” in postwar America. She loved one man and lost him and now is pursued by another but will she ever be able to connect with the one she hopes could help her make sense of her life? As she recalls the woman she once was, she strives to become the woman she wants to be. Will she succeed? The Carlyle Women-four generations,  each facing the challenges of her time  and each harboring her own painful secret~

30 review for Meant for Me

  1. 5 out of 5

    Brittany

    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 r 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 ran away from things that were hard, she ended up with a whirlwind of ups and downs in her life. This was a very interesting and riveting novel that I would definitely recommend to historical fiction fans. (4.5 stars) I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own. You can read this review on my blog: https://brittreadsfiction.wordpress.c...

  2. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    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 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 for some to make the right choices and truly disliking others. Any fan of historical fiction will love this novel. I received a digital copy of this book from the author, but the opinions expressed here are my own.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    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 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 the time while reading Meant For Me. This is a very heartwarming story that will touch your heart. I was given a complimentary copy of this book, but was not told that i had to give a positive review. All opinions are my own.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Molly Anderson

    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 situa 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 situations.😂. This book took place over many years. One chapter would say “eight years later” and that would make me depressed, “like what did I miss in those eight years?!!” But it was essential to the book, because as I said, this book is detailed and takes place over quite a few years. The characters also start out very immature, and it takes awhile for some of the characters to grow up. I said I really liked this book, but I’m giving it 3 stars because of the really bad typos. I usually don’t have a problem with this, so it was super distracting. Some words were spelled wrong so I had to figure out what was trying to be said, and that was annoying. However, overall, it was a good book!! I liked all the emotions and that made me want to keep reading. The characters were well written, and “life” in the book didn’t seem unrealistic or fluffy, but like real “life!” I would definitely read more books in this series.👍🏻😉😀😛 Always bookish, •Molly•

  5. 5 out of 5

    Joleen

    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 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 of the book left the reader wondering what just happened. There would be an intriguing conversation, then it’s weeks later, or once 10 years later. People were dropped in the book with little to no explanation. People didn’t share their feelings, and assumed too much. Frustrating. As a Christian fiction book – 2 stars. I don’t find it truly Christian fiction when a book is as secular as many secular books, then toward the end the writer throws in some verses or church service and call it Christian. This book gave the reader no indication it was heading toward anything remotely Christian until the end when a hymn was brought up and suddenly lives changed…in like 3 pages. In fact, until the end, I thought I had mistakenly picked up a non-Christian book. No gospel, just God’s acceptance of you as you are…period. Nothing about Christ, or His saving work on the cross. Meh. Something to add...As I recall, this may have been written under another name. I saw something with nearly the same blurb, same names, but some places were changed (such as where Chloe grew up). Perhaps this is written with a more Christian theme under another title, as the only books I've read by Ms. Cote were faith based, so this one really surprised me. Yep, here it is. But the series was called Women of Ivy Manor not Carlyle Women… Chloe

  6. 5 out of 5

    Pat Allen

    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 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 compelled to go back home to her warring parents, but the scales had tipped. Her mother stopped drinking to raise her sickly baby and her daddy had his "hostess" back, right where he wanted her. Her childhood friend, brother of her best friend, had been devastated when she ran away to get married. I found the story to be quite slow moving, but interesting portraying the flapper era. I also felt ten years for her friend to get over his complexes after war injuries was very frustrating. I liked the way Lyn Cote portrayed the expectations of young women by society, and their emancipation. I liked how Minnie was able to rise above being an abused house maid, to a gorgeous model, despite the influences of the Klu Klux Klan, and the existing racism in America at that time. I liked that our heroine marched with her black friends against discrimination. I was glad when she eventually figured out what a despicable person her dad was, and that her relationship with her daughter rapidy improved when her possessive mother was not around. It was a good read. Thank you.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Lee

    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 h 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 has a daughter and unofficially adopts a young boy during the wartime helping with the needy orphans. Her parents are a source of pain for her and a sometimes help, as she tries to figure out her place and who she really loves. Her friends are a distinctive group, with Kitty, the wild child and Roarke, her serious brother, as well as Minnie, a young colored woman that went from being a servant to being a stage presence. I thoroughly enjoyed Chloe's story, as she grew from a starry-eyed young woman to a self-assured strong woman who knows what she wants. I highly recommend this book and really look forward to continuing reading the series. Thanks to the author, Lyn Cote, for the memorable story and the complimentary copy-a very good book that I enjoyed reading and reviewing!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Carolyn Overcash

    Someone needed a spine The story spans over a decade in the lives of young men and women around the time of World War 1. Chloe marries a young soldier that she persuades herself she loves to escape her impossible home life. What’s a pregnant young widow going to do when her husband’s family wants nothing to do with her? Despite her escape from home with the aid of a nearby neighbor, Chloe returns home to have her child. Read the story to find out what happens to Chloe’s family and the people who a Someone needed a spine The story spans over a decade in the lives of young men and women around the time of World War 1. Chloe marries a young soldier that she persuades herself she loves to escape her impossible home life. What’s a pregnant young widow going to do when her husband’s family wants nothing to do with her? Despite her escape from home with the aid of a nearby neighbor, Chloe returns home to have her child. Read the story to find out what happens to Chloe’s family and the people who are supposed to love her. This story depicts the desperate gaiety young people embrace during and after the war. It also touches on the despair that comes from allowing circumstances to dictate one’s life. This despair lasted through much of the book. Unfortunately, I really did not like the spineless main character.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Betti

    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. Finding 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. Finding the courage to leave home, Chloe thought she would find herself. Heartache, new experiences and finally being totally alone brought her to a crossroads. Would she finally find what she was looking for? I received this book from the author and all opinions are my own.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Rupp

    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 invo 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 involvement lasted only two years, the deep scars it carves on the heart of Chloe, her friends, and her family are deep and long lasting. It takes years of heartache and loss before Chloe finds her true love. The burn is slow, but very satisfying. Five Stars.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Danielle Urban

    Meant for Me by Lyn Cote is a great historical/women's fiction novel. The plot moves quickly. There is plenty of action to keep the scenes flying. Also, the emotional journey is strong. War is happening during this time period. Loved ones are drafted or signed up to serve. Some never make it back home, while others come back injured or different. Overbearing parents of the main female protagonist caused me to feel sympathy for her. She escapes with the help of her black maid and best guy friend. Meant for Me by Lyn Cote is a great historical/women's fiction novel. The plot moves quickly. There is plenty of action to keep the scenes flying. Also, the emotional journey is strong. War is happening during this time period. Loved ones are drafted or signed up to serve. Some never make it back home, while others come back injured or different. Overbearing parents of the main female protagonist caused me to feel sympathy for her. She escapes with the help of her black maid and best guy friend. Once away, she marries a man she likes. Trouble still finds it way to her and those she cares about...heartfelt and entertaining this book was wonderful! The ending was a major cliffhanger. I can't wait to dive into the next book.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Carol Mauro

    Victims never were interesting to me. Lack of any confidence (especially in woman) annoy me. Both Chloe and Roanoke exhibited these two traits throughout most of the book. I kept hoping the story would improve. Conversely, Kitty, Roanoke's vivacious sister, was an inconsistent character which exhibited broad swings in personality. Drake, a playboy millionaire wanted to marry Chloe and waited a decade to propose! All of this transpired during the turn of the century, WWI and into the great depres Victims never were interesting to me. Lack of any confidence (especially in woman) annoy me. Both Chloe and Roanoke exhibited these two traits throughout most of the book. I kept hoping the story would improve. Conversely, Kitty, Roanoke's vivacious sister, was an inconsistent character which exhibited broad swings in personality. Drake, a playboy millionaire wanted to marry Chloe and waited a decade to propose! All of this transpired during the turn of the century, WWI and into the great depression. Add to these pathetic characters is a philandering selfish father and a caustic self absorbed mother.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    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 Gre 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 Great Depression. This is the first of 4 novels following the Carlyle women.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Carol

    The historical background was interesting, especially reading the several mentions of the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918 while we are in the midst of our own world-wide pandemic in 2020. And I enjoyed the descriptions of life in the roaring 20's, since that was my parents' era. Chloe's story was pretty predictable with a nice "happily ever after" ending, open-ended enough for sequel possibilities. It was enjoyable light reading during a car trip, but doubt I will read any of the rest of the series The historical background was interesting, especially reading the several mentions of the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918 while we are in the midst of our own world-wide pandemic in 2020. And I enjoyed the descriptions of life in the roaring 20's, since that was my parents' era. Chloe's story was pretty predictable with a nice "happily ever after" ending, open-ended enough for sequel possibilities. It was enjoyable light reading during a car trip, but doubt I will read any of the rest of the series.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Rosi

    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.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    Refreshingly good! It was so nice to read something that felt different. I like that the female characters are strong and support each other. Often romance books portray the women as weak and kind of silly until a man sweeps into their life. I think a couple should lift each other up mutually. I loved the setting of the story and the glimpse into life for several different groups. I hope Lyn will tell the story of the French seamstress! She fascinated me.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Beth Temin

    Excellent portrayal of characters This book tells the story of two families during the years between World War I and the aftermath of the 1929 Stock Market crash. It is a story of the deaths of many soldiers and unrequited love between friends. The torn feelings of a war widow and her best friend, a disabled soldier, form the basis of a story that spans the years, and creates the catalyst for a new generation.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Laura Meyer

    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"!

  19. 4 out of 5

    NaDell

    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.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Shirley

    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.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Catherine Richmond

    Chloe's life is filled with sadness: parents who fight, her husband's death during the Great War, distance from her daughter. She struggles with feelings of failure. One glorious moment early in this epic story gave me happy tears and reminded me that protest marches are a historical tradition in this country.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Henderson

    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.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Mary Beth

    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.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Lula Wilson

    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!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Gloria Nettles

    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.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Tracy Wainwright

    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.

  27. 4 out of 5

    debmar50

    Good 3.5 Liked the writing style. Get a good sense of the characters from just a few sentences. Get a good sense of the era with just a few sentences. Left me with questions about a few characters but it is a series.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Barbara G. Graybill

    Wonderful! An enticing book of love, culture, history and growth during the time of the Great War. Superb characters facing changing times learn to let go of cultural restrictions that hold them back from truly embracing life. Loved it.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Gloria

    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.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Marilyn

    Good This book is one brings you to the time when world war started and how young women from families with money were treated.

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