SOMEONE LIKE YOU
Single mom Julia Dare has a lot on her plate. A brand new Christian, she's 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?
Be prepared for an emotional sucker punch...or two...or three...or....well, let's just say my heart hasn't quite recovered yet. Bylin has an astonishing talent for drawing a reader in with the depth of feeling she manages to convey on every page.
There are so many things that clicked for me with this novel. The most intriguing one is how Julia and Zeke have done a complete 180 since college. Now she's the Christian trying to put her life to rights while he's forsaken his faith. The juxtaposition between the two makes for a compelling read. And a doomed romance. There's so much history between them -- both good and bad. And now, unexpectedly, they have a chance to bridge their differences and make something lasting. Intense, frustrating, heartbreaking -- the kind of love story you can really sink your teeth into.
And oh, goodness, Julia's ex is...shudder....all too 'narcissisticly' real. He is responsible for my sudden onslaught of high blood pressure. I fumed and railed and gnashed my teeth every time he waltzed into a scene. Julia taught me a lot about grace in her interactions with that...poor excuse for a father. Gah!
A deep and abiding faith thread tackles the very real issue of Christians striving for a perfection that is impossible to achieve. It is only in our brokenness that we can find our place as a son or daughter of our Father in Heaven.
Add in the bonus of an oh-so-sweet secondary romance that thrilled me to my toes and a reprobate goat named Ladybug and, well, you end up with a stunning read guaranteed to hold you captive until the blissful sigh you utter over that very last word.
Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. in exchange for my honest review.
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