Can’t Wait Wednesday #40: Meant to Be by Emily Giffin.

Posted April 13, 2022 by WendyW in Blogging, Bloglinks, Book Blog Meme / 27 Comments

Can’t Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. Generally, they’re books that have yet to be released. It’s based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

Meant to Be by Emily Giffin
Publication Date: May 31, 2022
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Genre: Fiction, Women’s Fiction, Contemporary Fiction


The Kingsley family is American royalty, beloved for their military heroics, political service, and unmatched elegance. In 1967, after Joseph S. Kingsley, Jr. is killed in a tragic accident, his charismatic son inherits the weight of that legacy. But Joe III is a free spirit—and a little bit reckless. Despite his best intentions, he has trouble meeting the expectations of a nation, as well as those of his exacting mother, Dottie.

Meanwhile, no one ever expected anything of Cate Cooper. She, too, grew up fatherless—and after her mother marries an abusive man, she is forced to fend for herself. After being discovered by a model scout at age sixteen, Cate decides that her looks may be her only ticket out of the cycle of disappointment that her mother has always inhabited. Before too long, Cate’s face is in magazines and on billboards. Yet she feels like a fraud, faking it in a world to which she’s never truly belonged.

When Joe and Cate unexpectedly cross paths one afternoon, their connection is instant and intense. But can their relationship survive the glare of the spotlight and the so-called Kingsley curse? In a beautifully written novel that captures a gilded moment in American history, Emily Giffin tells the story of two people searching for belonging and identity, as well as the answer to the question: Are certain love stories meant to be?

Why I Can’t Wait!

I’ve enjoyed previous books by Emily Giffin and I’m excited about this one!

What book or books are you anxiously waiting for? Comment below!

27 responses to “Can’t Wait Wednesday #40: Meant to Be by Emily Giffin.

  1. This one would have been the perfect read for the Easter Weekend! Luckily I am convinced you have a few great reads to enjoy the weekend and can patiently await this one.

    Have a good Easter Weekend Wendy!

    Elza Reads

  2. Oh that’s a fun cover. With those colors, it just really evokes an older boating type vibe, if that even makes sense ha.

  3. Good review. Unfortunately, I can’t get past the American Royalty. It does exist to the detriment of our country. I guess I’m getting old, but I am just not interested in that theme.

  4. I used to read all her books as soon as they came out, but slowed down lately due to all the new authors I have been reading. This one does sound good, Wendy. Maybe time to get back to her books.