Somebody Like You by Beth Vogt ~ A Contemporary Romance Book Review

Beth K. Vogt
Contemporary Romance

Back of the book:

Can a young widow find love again with her husband’s reflection?

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.

My thoughts:

I was very pleasantly surprised by this book. I don't put much stock in liking or disliking a book because of its cover. But in this instance the cover just didn't draw me in. There's nothing wrong with it, just not my style I guess. The description on the back left me with the impression that it was going to be a heavy topic that I wasn't sure I would like.

This book does involve the death of a spouse and it does involved the estrangement of family members. It also delves into situations in which the characters wish that they could have a do over. And quite frankly it reminds us that sometimes we don't get a chance to rectify a situation. Sometimes what's done is done and we have to learn to move past it. 

Even with all of that I would still classify this book as uplifting. There is a strong theme throughout that God's mercies are new every morning. Through the evolving relationship between Haley and Stephen we are reminded that life is for the living. We can choose to remain mired in the past and wallow in our mistakes or we can move forward and choose to be happy.

Beth's writing voice in this novel is multifaceted. One minute her words leave your heart breaking for Haley and her baby girl Kit. Then a few pages later you'll find your heart racing as Haley and Stephen explore their relationship. I enjoyed the depth of topic and emotion that this book contained. If you are looking for a great read that contains a bit of tragedy but also some stirring romance, look no further. When I closed the cover on this book I released a heartfelt sigh of contentment and I think you will too.

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