“Trusting God with her own well-being was one thing. Trusting him to protect Max required a depth of faith beyond Julia’s experience,” Victoria Bylin writes in her novel, Someone Like You.
~ What ~
At three-hundred-fifty-two pages, this paperback targets those who enjoy contemporary Christian romance. With no profanity or extreme sexual content, topics of an unplanned pregnancy and a loved one dying may not be appropriate for immature readers. The New International Version of the Holy Bible is referenced.
In this tale based in California, twenty-eight-year-old Julia Dare is a new Christian that has to juggle being a good mother to a cute four-year-old son, starting up an event-planning business, and dealing with her son’s verbally abusive, controlling, and arrogant father. When she tries to land a client at the Caliente Springs Resort, she is overwhelmed seeing Zeke Monroe, her college sweetheart who she hurt deeply.
Dealing with his father’s death, feeling like he has failed God, and burned out on Christianity, Zeke runs the resort to the best of his ability, especially when rumors surface it may be sold. When Julia and Zeke meet again, they are challenged professionally, spiritually, and emotionally when they have to plan a wedding in one month for a relative of the resort’s owners.
It is not until they surrender and forgive themselves and each other, that God shows His purpose in their lives and love for one another.
~ Why ~
This is a nice story as it focuses on how a personal relationship with Jesus Christ can help one through the rough times in life. With Julia having to deal with her son’s father constantly, the book shows the frustrations of complicated problems and conflicts.
~ Why Not ~
Some may not like the predictability of the book with all the “good” people in love and happy. Others may find the son’s father to be rather stereotypical, expecting the worst in every situation.
~ Who ~
Finalist in several writing contests, Byline has written three novels, mainly contemporary and historical romances. She and her husband live in Kentucky.
~ Wish ~
I wish all pronouns of God were capitalized for reverence.
~ Want ~
If you like a predictable sweet romance of happily ever after, this is a good read.
Thanks to Bethany House for this book to read and review.
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