Book – Somebody Like You
Author – Beth K. Vogt
Publication Date – May 13, 2014
Type – Stand Alone
Genre – Christian Romance
Rating – 4 out of 5 Stars
Complimentary Copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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.
When I first requested this book from Net Galley, I had no idea it was a Christian Romance until I started reading a few pages and realized that between “God and prayer” being mentioned…I was stuck reading this. I didn’t give up though…I trudged on and how surprised I was when I got so engrossed in the book that I couldn’t put it down.
I wanted to know what was going to happen next but yes, I did some eye rolling with the mention of faith and religion. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a believer but I don’t do the preaching and pushing faith in a person’s face. This book wasn’t like that but maybe 2 instances where I didn’t feel a bit overwhelmed with the mentions of faith. But as a wise woman once told me ‘Chew the meat and spit out the bone’, I followed her advice and read the story for what it was – a romance with a fantastic storyline.
My emotions were drug through the ringer with this little story between the heartbreak of Haley and losing Sam – then Stephen’s guilt and sadness over never making amends with his mirror twin.
I can’t give too much of the story away – just remember this is about a woman who loses her husband in Afghanistan – and never gets to tell him that she is pregnant with their child. It’s also about a man who finds out his twin brother is dead but left behind a pregnant wife who knows nothing about him.
He just wants to learn about his brother and figure out why they couldn’t forgive each other after 12 years of separation – he wants answers that Haley can’t give him.
A bond starts to form and ice melts, smiles appear and hearts mend.