Saturday, June 7, 2014

Somebody Like You by Beth K. Vogt (Blog Tour + Review)

Somebody Like You
by Beth K. Vogt
Christian Fiction / Contemporary / Romance
Available May 2014
Howard Books
368 pages

About the Book
Can a young widow find love again with her husband’s reflection?

Haley’s three-year marriage to Sam, an army medic, ends tragically when he’s killed in Afghanistan. Her attempts to create a new life for herself are ambushed when she arrives home one evening—and finds her husband waiting for her. Did the military make an unimaginable mistake when they told her Sam was killed?

Too late to make things right with his estranged twin brother, Stephen discovers Sam never told Haley about him. As Haley and Stephen navigate their fragile relation­ship, they are inexorably drawn to each other. How can they honor the memory of a man whose death brought them together—and whose ghost could drive them apart?

Somebody Like You is a beautifully rendered, affecting novel, reminding us that while we can’t change the past, we have the choice to change the future and start anew. 

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My Thoughts
After reading Beth's last two novels and her most recent novella, I was dying to read Somebody Like You. Wanna know a secret? I agreed to read and review this book without even reading the synopsis or taking a second glance at the cover! I saw "Beth K. Vogt" in the email and hastily signed up.

When I received the book and read the synopsis, I was completely intrigued—even more so than before. A woman who's recently lost her husband to war, meets his—surprise!—identical twin brother for the first time, and begins to feel more for his twin than she feels is right for a freshly widowed sister-in-law. Wow. I mean, how in the world was Beth planning to pull this off without it becoming the next year's worth of Days of Our Lives episodes? But I had faith in Beth's abilities and eagerly dove right in.

I was not disappointed. Somebody Like You was every bit as dramatic, romantic, and sigh-worthy as I hoped it would be! I felt the intense emotions that Haley faces on a daily basis as she struggles to make a life on her own. I could feel the surprise, anger, and even betrayal as she discovers Sam has kept some pretty big secrets from her. I could feel the curiosity, desire to be cared for, struggle to maintain her independence as Stephen begins to worm his way into her life. Seriously, this is a big book of feelings. 

There's so much that takes place in the book, and I don't want to give any spoilers away, so let me just say it's amazing. There were times that might heart nearly stopped at the raw emotion and then began galloping away at the sweetness and tenderness of the moment.

The overarching theme of the book deals with betrayal and family connections. There's a sense that the author is trying to pound into her characters' hearts—and the readers' as well—that we don't know how much time we have on this earth. Let's don't let unforgiveness hold us back from God's best for our lives. What a great message ... and a great avenue for sharing it with the world.

This is an amazing book! But don't take my word for it. Go get your copy TODAY! You'll love it! I promise!!! [5 stars]

I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for my fair and honest review.

About the Author
Beth K. Vogt is a non-fiction author and editor who said she’d never write fiction. She’s the wife of an Air Force family physician (now in solo practice), though she said she’d never marry a doctor—or anyone in the military. She’s a mom of four, though she said she’d never have kids. She’s discovered that God’s best often waits behind the doors marked “Never.” Her contemporary romance novel, Wish You Were Here, debuted in May 2012 (Howard Books), and Catch a Falling Star releases May 2013. An established magazine writer and former editor of Connections, the leadership magazine for MOPS International, Beth is also the Skills Coach for My Book Therapy, the writing community founded by best-selling author Susan May Warren.

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