Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Someone Like You by Victoria Bylin

Someone Like You by Victoria Bylin

Great cover, huh? 

Let’s begin with the summary:

Single mom Julia Dare has a lot on her plate. A brand new Christian, she's busy trying to run her own business, spend time with her widowed mother, and raise her young son, Max, despite his father's less-than-ideal influence on him. When a big account from her event-planning business sends her to the Caliente Springs resort, she's shocked to come face-to-face with Zeke Monroe, the resort's general manager and her college sweetheart.

With his faith in tatters, Zeke Monroe is determined to keep the historic Caliente Springs resort running despite financial difficulties. But when Julia walks back into his life, he can't ignore the feelings she stirs up. As they work together on an important client's dream wedding, the fate of the resort soon depends on their success. When Zeke and Julia are pushed to their limits both personally and professionally, will their history put up walls between them or bring them together?

And now, my review:

I enjoy reading the work of insightful authors, especially when they include psychological elements. This story is a reunion romance, which I also enjoy. And we get to watch a parallel romance develop because we have more than the usual two POVCs. (Point of view characters.)

One thing I found missing as the renewing romance developed was a “why not” for the hero, which drained a bit of tension from the story.

Our hero is caught up in legalism and shame. He’s not “good enough” for God to accept him. He can’t pray hard enough or perform well enough to feel like a good witness for God. Many readers will relate with this.

The heroine is caught without the skills to overcome the effects of her abusive and manipulative ex. Readers will root for her, and many will relate with her.

I found some pacing issues where I scanned portions of the novel, as well as several POV missteps. Those elements jar me out of the story. But otherwise, I was engaged and read to the end. There is a lot to love about this novel.

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