Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Someone Like You

Someone Like You
Victoria Bylin
(Bethany House Publishers)
ISBN: 978-0764217371
May 2016/352 pages/$13.99

Single mom Julia Dare has a lot on her plate.

A brand new Christian, Julia is 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?


Victoria Bylin writes contemporary and historical romances known for their realistic, relatable characters. Her work has finaled in contests such as the Carol Awards, the RITAs, and the RT Reviewers’ Choice Award. A native of California, she and her husband now make their home in Lexington, Kentucky. Find out more about Victoria at http://www.victoriabylin.com.


I enjoyed a previous book by this author and this is a pleasant read as well. Bylin creates compelling characters who tug at the emotions. In the case of Julia and Zeke, that is a good thing. I particularly liked her portrayal of Julia has she endeavors to be consistent in her new faith and make better choices for herself and Max. Zeke is a worthy hero, determined to preserve the resort and the jobs it provides. Hunter, however, is a "piece of work," as they say, and got on my last nerves, basically behaving as a jerk at every turn. But then, the mark of a good author is being able to create all sorts of personalities, and life is full of such self-absorbed brutes! Humorous moments combine with romantic tension, resulting in a lively and entertaining story. Add Someone Like You to your spring or summer reading list!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book free from Baker/Bethany House Publishers and Litfuse Publicity Group as part of a blog tour. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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