Author: Victoria Bylin
Publisher: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2016
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Genre: Fiction; Contemporary Romance
Rating: 4 out of 5
REVIEW: It seems only yesterday I was having all the swoony gushing thoughts (and would later review) for the cover art Until I Found You sported. (All of which was most likely chronicled in one of my “Cover Candy” posts.) It is then impossibly difficult to believe that Someone Like You is Victoria Bylin’s third novel with Bethany House. Charming in the sweetest of ways, the story waiting to be discovered inside its pages is one of hope, a bit of adversity, love, and working in the laughs, there’s plenty of unexpected chaos. Before I get into a few more details of the books quirks, here’s a more detailed look at the story.
College sweethearts Zeke Monroe and Julia Dare never expected to meet again let alone someday work together. But some five years later, fate has other ideas. In the years they’ve been apart, both Zeke and Julia have changed, and both of them are surprised to find the spark that once drew them towards each other is still simmering. As they find themselves working together (she in her capacity as an event planner, and he as a resort manager), what neither one of them realize is the choices they made in those five years may cause too many obstacles to permit them a second chance…
Someone Like You has an infectious joy I didn’t expect as I read this novel. As I began reading, it became clear that there were going to be tearful moments full of emotionally charged spiritual issues facing these characters. Add in a troublesome ex on the verge of being emotionally abusive and a young boy in need of a strong male figure, and this novel was certainly in for its share of “tough” subjects. Julia and Zeke have to learn not only how to again trust in their love for one another, they also have to learn to become strong people as individuals because of their statuses as a new Christian and a Christian fallen out of step and sync in their Christian walk, respectively.
As I read this, I was constantly reminded of the Hallmark film All of My Heart. Why I don’t know since the storyline was completely different though I suspect the likening had something to do with Ladybug. If you’re considering what that ambiguous statement is in reference to, well, you’ll simply have to read this one. Until then, Someone Like You is a sweet little romance that’s an easy (pleasant to read) novel to enjoy. The epilogue gives the novel an unexpected sense of completion and the characters keep the novel grounded in realism, which is a must, something anyone who likes contemporary fiction will tell you.
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Synopsis: Julia Dare is trying to run her own business, raise her young son, Max, and help her widowed mother. Her biggest worry, though, is keeping Max’s father from being a bad influence while still allowing the boy to spend time with his dad. When an account from her event-planning business sends her to Caliente Springs resort, she’s shocked to encounter Zeke Monroe, her college sweetheart.
Zeke is determined to keep Caliente Springs running despite financial trouble. When Julia walks back into his life, he’s surprised at the feelings she stirs up. As they work together on an important client’s wedding, the fate of the resort soon depends on their success. With Zeke and Julia both pushed to their limits, will their history put up walls between them or bring them together? – Goodreads
Sincere thanks to Litfuse and the publisher for providing a complimentary galley copy of this book for reviewing purposes.