Someone Like You + Giveaway


"God's got this covered. He knows what you're going 
through - all of it." (75)



Title:  Someone Like You
Author: Victoria Bylin
Publisher:  Bethany House
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Genre: Contemporary Christian Fiction



Single mom Julia Dare has a lot on her plate.

A brand new Christian, Julia is busy trying to run her own business, spend time with her widowed mother, and raise her young son, Max, despite his father's less-than-ideal influence on him. When a big account from her event-planning business sends her to the Caliente Springs resort, she's shocked to come face-to-face with Zeke Monroe, the resort's general manager and her college sweetheart.

With his faith in tatters, Zeke Monroe is determined to keep the historic Caliente Springs resort running despite financial difficulties. But when Julia walks back into his life, he can't ignore the feelings she stirs up. As they work together on an important client's dream wedding, the fate of the resort soon depends on their success. When Zeke and Julia are pushed to their limits both personally and professionally, will their history put up walls between them or bring them together?

                                                                                                                                                                      


I love that line. Let's read it again, "God's got this covered. He knows what you're going through - all of it." AMEN. Sometimes when we're in the mist of struggles, or just not having a good day, we forget that He's right there with us. What may be raindrops, may just be blessings in disguise.  Someone Like You by Victoria Bylin captures the many essence of the struggles Christians encounter.  Christians, like all man grapple with passion, lust, forgiveness, anger...etc, and fall short too.  Julia and Zeke's romance is of second chance, not that their love wasn't strong back then, but it didn't include God, giving way to sin that led to guilt and anger.  I appreciate how Vicki just writes with such candor of falling into temptation or even a seemingly strong person of faith can get burnt out, and how new faith can mature and grow.  The message is there - of forgiveness, of loving thy neighbor, and of second chances, not only in romantic relationships, but also with God.  With the romantic relationship, this line makes me want to give Zeke a pat on his back and tell him those words above,

"I'm not in a good place with God...and that bitterness might be contagious. I don't want to do anything to risk the peace I see in your eyes." (156)

I shouldn't be surprise. After reading Vicki's Together With You, I shouldn't doubt that she can give me a contemporary romance that embodies so much more.  Besides the romance and the spiritual message, we have great characters like George and Ellen, and yes even Hunter, the horrid of a father of Max. He's great not because you'll fall in love with him, (just quite the opposite), but because Vicki wrote a character that can get under your skin like that.  There's also my favorite character also that deserves a nod of recognition. Want to know who she is? Here you go:



Yep, a goat named Ladybug (it's one word - disregard my name in the picture), and a rather rambunctious one at that.  I mean, just look at that sweet face. What trouble can that little one cause? Apparently a lot, and you'll love it. Just remember, sometimes we can be a little wild and lost, but He's got us covered.






NOTE:  I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher, Bethany House through Litfuse Publicity Tours for an honest review.  All opinions expressed are my own. For my review policy, please see my Disclosure page.


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Victoria Bylin writes contemporary and historical romances known for their realistic, relatable characters. Her work has finaled in contests such as the Carol Awards, the RITAs, and the RT Reviewers' Choice Award. A native of California, she and her husband now make their home in Lexington, Kentucky.

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4 comments:

  1. Annie, I fell in love with Vicki's writing when I read her first book, Until I Found You. Great review! I'm eager to start this one soon and can't wait to meet Ladybug!

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  2. I love goats!!! But Pygmy goats are the most mischievous breed!!! Haha! Don't let her fool you for a a second! ;-)

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  3. CAROLE, thanks. I am looking forward to Until I Found You, which I have on my kindle..but just don't have the time yet.....=\

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  4. LOL. Now, Rachel, how do you know so much about them??!

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