Review & Giveaway: Someplace Familiar by Teresa Tysinger

"The place reminded her of a refined lady, full of subtle beauty and without any entitlement or pride of position."  (25)

Title:  Someplace Familiar
Series: Laurel Cove, Book 1
Author: Teresa Tysinger
Publisher: Good Day Publishing
Release Date:  May 30, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance / Fiction
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Artist Livy Johnson needs a fresh start. That’s what a broken heart and forgotten dreams can do to a person. On little more than a whim, she reclaims her grandmother’s old home in quaint Laurel Cove, North Carolina and vows to restore its original charm. When she literally collides with childhood friend, Jack Bowdon, Livy wonders if she’s back for an entirely different reason.

Jack can’t believe his childhood crush is back. As the owner of Bowdon’s Supplies, and once again the town’s most eligible bachelor, he offers to help Livy with repairs. Together they embark on the project – and an undeniable whirlwind romance.

But it’s not all smooth sailing. Can they survive the destructive pain of their pasts and discover God’s grace waiting to renovate their hearts?

MY THOUGHTS

Someplace Familiar by Teresa Tysinger will bring you to someplace familiar. It's the place that in your heart, it reminds you of what it was, or what it could've been, but also a place that held a special meaning. Someplace Familiar is also familiar in many ways because Livy is so relate-able, you can't help but find similarities. 

"No coincidences, only affirmations - little nudges from a heavenly Father who wants you to know you are loved and worthy of the grace He showers upon all of His people."  (199) 

Laurel Cove is quaint and as with all small towns, gossips tends to spread in lightning speed, but it also comes with the genuine care of people - the kind of people where"friendships that last a lifetime" kind. Smart, funny, insightful and downright charming, this romantic story makes for an easy and fun read. Though I did find the part of bringing in Sam to Laurel Cove odious and not overtly important. Of course, it did contribute to Jack's development, so I get it. Just felt that part dragged a bit. It could totally be me being overly bias. Did not like Sam at all. And on that note, I thought Claire's plot line was interesting and did pave way for a possible continuation. I just love stories of redemption. 

"It's funny how moments that are catalyst to positive change can be so painful."  (81)

Back to Someplace Familiar. If you love romantic comedies plus a little of grace and substance, I'd say pick this one up, and enjoy the friendships you'll build with these characters. And if you ever had doubts in yourself or in God, be encouraged by Someplace Familiar, and let hope take resident. 

"The way I see it, we shouldn't ask God why not?. . Instead, let's ask what now?"  (103)

"Guess it's just nice to have a little hope. . . we can hope for better. Better than we had, better than we think we deserve. If we find that, it's as pretty close to perfect as we can get this side of heaven."  (73/303)


Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Teresa Tysinger is a wife and mother transplanted from North Carolina to North Texas. When not working as the Director of Communications for a large downtown church, she writes charming southern romances inspired by grace. Her debut novel, Someplace Familiar, released this summer. She also is a contributing writer for the Fort Worth Moms Blog (part of the national City Moms Blog Network). A member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Religious Communicators’ Council, and the Association for Women in Communications, Teresa has spent over a decade committed to telling stories of faith through written word. She loves coffee, caramel, and stories with happy endings.

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GIVEAWAY

To celebrate her tour, Teresa is giving away a grand prize of a gift basket that includes a signed copy of the book, an Original Painting by Author’s Sister (artist Cyndi Browning), and a $10 Amazon Gift Card!!

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CONVERSATION

29 comments:

  1. Love this painting & the book is definitely on my TBR list. ❤️

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    1. Nicki, the painting will be unique and not necessarily the one in the photo -- but my sister is the artist and is AH-MAZING! Thanks for stopping by.

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    2. I know! It's a great painting. Nicki, I hope you'll get to read it soon! It's really a fun one!

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  2. I have had this book on my radar for awhile, especially being a North Carolina gal!

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    1. hahah. That is awesome. I'm hearing quite a bit about these NC authors!! *wink wink.. They sure know how to write!

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  3. Thanks so much for hosting Someplace Familiar along the tour, Annie! And I'm so glad you enjoyed the book. Also LOVE the quotes you pulled out. Blessings!

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    1. Thank you Teresa!! It's a wonderful story. I'd love to see what's next in the Laurel Cove town!

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  4. Congrats on the tour and thank you for the book description, review and giveaway. I appreciate the opportunity to win.

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    1. Good luck, James! And thanks for stopping by. :)

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    2. Hi James! Thanks for stopping by! Lots of luck and hope you'll get to read Someplace Familiar soon!

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  5. Thanks for your wonderful review on "Someplace Familiar" by Teresa Tysinger and for being part of the book tour!

    I'd very much love the chance to read this book. It sounds amazing!
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

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    1. Thank you Kay for stopping by! Seeing your comments always bring a smile to me. *wink

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  6. I loved reading this review of Someplace Familiar. The Instagram pic and the highlighted quotes were great, too. This book is on my TBR, but I'll be sure to bump it closer to the top.

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    1. Thanks Chanel! I love picking out quotes. =)

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  7. Thank you for sharing. On my wis list. Blessings

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    1. Hope you'll get to read it soon Lucy! It's a sweet read for sure! Have a great weekend. Thank you.

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  8. This sounds like an interesting read. Adding to my TBR list.

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  9. Sure sounds like a must read tome. My list grows!

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  10. I enjoy stories based in small towns. It's almost like the town is a characters in itself!

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    1. I totally agree. There's something about it.

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  11. Would enjoy reading Someplace Familiar. Vivian Furbay jtandviv (at) q (dot) com

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    1. Vivian, I hope you'll get to read it soon. Thank you for stopping by!

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  12. I appreciate the chance at winning this great giveaway. Thanks again!

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    1. Thanks James. I appreciate you dropping by! Good luck!

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  13. Thanks for such a great giveaway and review of such an amazing book!

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