May 17, 2016 Rissi JC 2 Comments

It seems only yesterday I was having all the swoony gushing thoughts (and would later review) for the cover art Until I Found You sported. It’s then impossibly difficult to believe that Someone Like You is Victoria Bylin’s third novel with Bethany House. Charming in the sweetest of ways, the story we discover inside its pages is one of hope, adversity, love, and working in the laughs, there’s plenty of unexpected chaos. Before I get into a few more details of the books quirks, here’s a more detailed look at the story.

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‘SOMEONE LIKE YOU,’ BY VICTORIA BYLIN. College sweethearts reunite in this 2016 romance novel. All text © Rissi JC

STORY: College sweethearts Zeke Monroe and Julia Dare never expected to meet again let alone someday work together. But some five years later, fate has other ideas. In the years they’ve been apart, both Zeke and Julia have changed, and both of them are surprised to find the spark that once drew them towards each other is still simmering. As they find themselves working together (she in her capacity as an event planner, and he as a resort manager), what neither one of them realize is the choices they made in those five years may cause too many obstacles to permit them a second chance… 

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Someone Like You has an infectious joy I didn’t expect as I read this novel. As I began reading, it became clear that there were going to be tearful moments full of emotionally charged spiritual issues facing these characters. Add in a troublesome ex on the verge of being emotionally abusive and a young boy in need of a strong male figure, and this novel was certainly in for its share of “tough” subjects. Julia and Zeke have to learn not only how to again trust in their love for one another, they also have to learn to become strong people as individuals because of their statuses as a new Christian and a Christian fallen out of step and sync in their Christian walk, respectively.  

As I read this, I was constantly reminded of the Hallmark film All of My Heart. Why I don’t know since the storyline was
completely different though I suspect the likening had something to do with Ladybug. If you’re considering what that ambiguous statement is in reference to, well, you’ll simply have to read this one. Until then, Someone Like You is a sweet little romance that’s an easy (pleasant to read) novel to enjoy. The epilogue gives the novel an unexpected sense of completion and the characters keep the novel grounded in realism, which is a must, something anyone who likes contemporary fiction will tell you. 

About the Book:

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Author: Victoria Bylin
Publisher: Bethany House
Source: Litfuse
Publication Date: 2016
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Shop the Book: Bookshop.org ǀ Goodreads
Genre: Fiction; Contemporary Romance
Rating: 4 out of 5 

Sincere thanks to Litfuse and the publisher for providing a complimentary galley copy of this book for reviewing purposes.

About Rissi JC

amateur graphic designer. confirmed bookaholic. bubbl’r enthusiast. critical thinker. miswesterner. social media coordinator. writer.

Rissi JC

amateur graphic designer. confirmed bookaholic. bubbl’r enthusiast. critical thinker. miswesterner. social media coordinator. writer.

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  • Lola Reviewer May 19, 2016 at 2:38 AM

    This looks really sweet, especially if it reminded you of a Hallmark movie! Lovely review :)

    Lola @ Hit or Miss Books

    • Rissi May 24, 2016 at 3:46 AM

      It is really sweet, Lola. Thanks for the kind words, the blog follow – and for dropping by. Visit anytime. :)

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