Thursday, May 12, 2016

A Gripping Story of Forgiveness

    "Someone Like You"
       By Victoria Bylin

Synopis: Julia Dare is trying to run her own business, raise her young son, Max, and help her widowed mother. Her biggest worry, though, is keeping Max's father from being a bad influence while still allowing the boy to spend time with his dad. When an account from her event-planning business sends her to Caliente Springs resort, she's shocked to encounter Zeke Monroe, her college sweetheart.

Zeke is determined to keep Caliente Springs running despite financial trouble. When Julia walks back into his life, he's surprised at the feelings she stirs up. As they work together on an important client's wedding, the fate of the resort soon depends on their success. With Zeke and Julia both pushed to their limits, will their history put up walls between them or bring them together?

My Thoughts:
  Victoria Bylin is a new author for me, so as I prepared to read and review this book, I truly wondered whether the storyline would be good, bad or mediocre. I am pleased to say that it was not just good, it was GREAT!!  Every chapter revealed more about each character, enabling the reader to get to know them in a thorough manner. They are realistically described in such detail that you find yourself walking along side them throughout the book. I easily identified with Julia and her many trials, hurts and challenges. Her problems became mine. I cried along with her as she encountered very real fears that as a mother, I could fully understand. One very amusing character, was the quirky goat, Ladybug. Her appearance at the worst of times lightened the mood and giggles erupted even in the most serious moments. She actually made this book one of a kind, inserting humor during the darkest situations!!

The setting, Caliente Springs was described so vividly that I could picture the peaceful, beautiful atmosphere of this resort.. Oh, if only it was real!!! I would love to visit!!

The plot moves at a steady pace, giving the reader ample time to absorb the full impact of each twist and turn. Tension builds as Zeke attempts to save the resort and Julia attempts to save herself and her son.

The importance of faith, forgiveness and  trust in the Lord is the underlying theme throughout the book. Both believer and unbeliever experience the same serious troubles, however deal with them totally differently. The story shows us how important it is to believe . One character had to go through the difficulties in order to regain trust and know that God has a plan for each and every one of us. The influence of a Christian on a non believer is very evident in a positive way, a great example for each and every one of us. 

Definitely a five star book!!  Can hardly wait for Victoria's next creation!!!

This book was provided by Bethany House, and Graf-Martin Communications , in exchange for a fair and honest review. Available now at your local booksellers. 

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