Friday, May 13, 2016

Someone Like You

GIVEAWAY

BYLIN, VICTORIA
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?

My Review:

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.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of Someone Like You please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you post a comment and add your email address, please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in the address to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the subject line so that it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday May 15 2016. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!

28 comments:

  1. Nice review. cheetahthecat1986ATgmailDOTcom.

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  2. I've been looking forward to this book! The cover is delightful. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

    colorvibrant at gmail dot com

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    1. And the story is just as delightful. Good luck, Heidi.

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  3. Sounds like another amazing book by Victoria Bylin!
    When I saw on Sunday that you were featuring it this week, I thought to myself "This book is out???" Wow, I can't believe I missed the release. Luckily you are here to keep me on track ;)

    samanthabis23 at gmail dot com

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    1. I know -- some of these releases sneak up on us, don't they? Good luck, Samantha.

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  4. I loved Until I Found You, but still want to read Together With You. I though that I had read this was somewhat of a series. Not that it matters. :) Great review. Thanks, Kav. tlhcoupon(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. I don't think they are part of a series. No overlap anyway. Good luck, Terrill.

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  5. I'm discovering so many new authors because of your blog! Thank you for making my impossibly long TBR list even longer.
    dblaser(at)windstream(dot)net

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    1. Any time, Diane. Bwahahahahahaha! Good luck.

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  6. I'm looking forward to reading this one along with Together with You. Thanks for the great review and a chance to win a copy.
    pwestfall7 at hotmail dot com

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    1. You're welcome, Pam. Good luck.

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  7. New author to me but looks like another good one!
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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    1. She's brilliant, rubynreba. Good luck.

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  8. Thank you for a great interview, Kav. This book has a beautiful cover!

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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  9. I just finished this book by Victoria (my first read of hers) & I loved it for all the reasons you did! It was a tough one to review since there was so much to this story & I wanted to give it the justice it deserved....a beautiful story indeed! One where your heart doesn't quite recover from & you think about it long after you're done :-) I'm going to be going back to her earlier works for sure!

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    1. Yes!!!!! And you'll love the first two as well. And I just discovered she's written a lot of Love Inspired Historicals. Going to try tracking them down.

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  10. Victoria is an excellent author. I'd love to add this nook to my collection. Thank you!
    kathrynlvossATgmailDOTcom

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  11. Powerful review, Kav! I don ´t read a lot of post-divorce romances (somehow not my preference), but based on your review, I am very willing to give this one a try.
    Plus, the book has totally beautiful cover!

    Count me in, please.
    janka(dot)halcinova(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. You're counted, Janka. And there's something special about that cover, isn't there? Good luck.

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  12. What an awesome reminder that it is only in our brokenness that we can find our place as a son or daughter of our Father in Heaven.

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    1. Yes -- this book really spoke to me. Good luck, Heather.

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  13. Victoria writes heart wrenching, beautiful stories... this sounds so good!
    worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

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    1. It is soooooooooooooooooo fantastic. Good luck, Merry.

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  14. Victoria is a new author for me. This book sounds incredible. Kav, thank you for the chance.
    psalm103and138 at gmail dot com

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    1. Oh, you'll love her, Caryl. Good luck.

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