Somebody Like You    -     By: Beth Vogt
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Howard Books / 2014 / Paperback

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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 relation-ship, 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?

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 336
Vendor: Howard Books
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 5.50 X 8.38 (inches)
ISBN: 1476737584
ISBN-13: 9781476737584
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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.

Author Bio

Beth K. Vogt is a nonfiction author and editor who said she’d never write fiction. She’s the wife of an air force physician who said she’d never marry a doctor—or anyone in the military. She’s a mom of four who said she’d never have kids. She’s discovered that God’s best often waits behind the doors marked “Never.”

Editorial Reviews

"In Vogt’s quietly beautiful inspirational contemporary, two people learn to let go of the past and discover that God often works in mysterious ways. . . . Vivid depictions of grief and love will tug at every available heartstring. . . . a heartwarming tearjerker about learning what love is. "
“Beth Vogt gets better with every book. Somebody Like You wrestles with the tough topics of widowhood and family while wrapped in the heart-warming cocoon of romance. Bravo to Vogt for coming up with an intriguing concept and executing it brilliantly.”
“The lovely and talented Beth Vogt weaves truth, grace, and romance into her novels. With a poignant plot and a tenderness that grips your heart, Somebody Like You is a story to be savored. Vogt shows how God restores the brokenness in lives for his happily ever after. This engaging read brought tears to my eyes several times, but it concluded with a heart-sighing smile.”
“Somebody Like You grabbed my interest from page one and didn’t let go. Beth K. Vogt pens this heart-wrenching and tender romance between a military widow and her husband’s estranged twin brother with the deftness and assurance of a skilled storyteller, rendering deep emotion without ever dissolving into melodrama. My only complaint is that it had to end! If Beth’s first two novels marked her as an author to watch, Somebody Like You proves she’s here to stay.”
“The tragedy of widowhood dampens the joy of new motherhood, but the faithfulness of God brings Haley the possibility of a whole new life in an unexpected way. Somebody Like You takes you on an emotional journey to witness the bravery of a widow in the face of impossible circumstances. Beth Vogt has written a book you will not soon forget.”
"A beautiful story of an unexpected second chance at love and redemption by one of my favorite authors. I loved this book!"
“In Somebody Like You, Beth K. Vogt captures the tender emotions of loss with grace and sincere understanding. An expertly handled story of rekindled hearts and the whisper of a hope-filled future are safe in her very capable hands. For the broken, for the awakening of new love, for the heart that seeks a champion to heal its wounds . . . this is a special book.”
“From heart-wrenching to heart-pounding, Beth Vogt has penned a truly masterful tale of impossible love that is simply impossible to put down. With crisp prose, flesh-and-blood characters who live and breathe on the page, and a poignancy that reaches into one’s very soul, Somebody Like You is not only a must read for somebody like you . . . but for anyone who loves great fiction.”
“Beth Vogt captures the reader completely and doesn't let go until the last page is turned. Somebody Like You is a novel that will keep you turning pages well into the night; challenge, inspire, and encourage; and leave you wanting more. As a longtime fan of Beth's writing, I was immediately captured by this unique story. Realistic characters who face real challenges with courage, grace, and faith make this novel one you don't want to miss. As always, Beth does not disappoint. A great read!”
“Beth Vogt does it again! Somebody Like You weaves a heartfelt story of life and loss, love and regret, remembering what was and embracing what is. Haley and Stephen's journey reminds us that God can use the messiest of circumstances to offer healing, hope, and abundantly more than we dare to ask.”
“Woven with grace and sensitivity, author Beth K. Vogt sheds a tender light on the human spirit in this bittersweet story of love and loss. Beautiful and emotion-packed, the only bookmark for this is a Kleenex, for Somebody Like You will tug at your heart in a way that is not easily forgotten.”
“Somebody Like You is a story filled with characters I adored from the opening paragraphs. Two people trapped by choices in the past must choose whether to remain mired in the ramifications or step into the future. I couldn’t wait to return to the story and the journey. At the end, I sighed, longing for just a few more pages with my new friends. A perfect read for those who like a romance with a rich story and heart.”
“Poignant, intriguing, and not without its lighter moments, too, Beth Vogt’s Somebody Like You captured me from the first chapter. The unique premise—can a woman fall in love with her brother’s reflection?—had me curious from the start, but it was the emotional depth combined with heart-tugging characters that had me reading until late at night. A beautiful story, beautifully told.”

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  1. New Zealand
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    An Unexpected Pleasure
    July 1, 2014
    Iola
    New Zealand
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Haley Ames was widowed three months ago before she could tell her husband she was expecting their first child. Then one evening he turns up on the doorstep—only it's not Sam. It's Stephen, his identical twin brother, who she never knew existed.

    Stephen has returned to his home town to reconnect with the brother he lost touch with after high school, but instead finds only Sam's pregnant widow. Stephen tries to connect with Haley in the hope that he can learn something of the man Sam became through the woman Sam married. What he doesn't expect is to be attracted to Haley.

    Stephen and Haley form a relationship that is uncomfortable at first, especially for Haley, but she gradually comes to rely on Stephen. Somebody Like You had the potential to be really trite, full of awkward moments and embarrassing conversations. It wasn't. Instead, it was a sensitive portrayal of grief, regret and acceptance. I think the strongest part was the regret—both Haley and Stephen were left wishing they could have said one more thing to Sam, and had to learn to live with the knowledge they could never make that right. Recommended

    Thanks to Bethany House and NetGalley for providing a free ebook for review.
  2. Canada
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Amazing!
    June 25, 2014
    KavR
    Canada
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Oh my goodness, but I loved this book! There is such depth and dimension to the story I don't know where to start my review.

    Loved both Haley and Stephen. Realistically flawed -- both a product of their upbringing. I really like how Vogt explored the impact of that and how it helped carve out their identities. I could understand so clearly why they each reacted the way they did. That brought such depth to their characters and created a solid platform for the romance.

    Loved Haley's snarky wit, Stephen's thoughtful steadfastness. How opposite they were and yet each met a deeper need in the other. Theirs isn't an easy love story which makes the happily ever after ending super happily ever after, if you know what I mean. :-)

    This is my first Vogt book, but it certainly won't be my last. She'll be on the top of my TBR pile from now on.

    With thanks to Howard Publishing for a review copy.
  3. Age: Under 18
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    June 13, 2014
    Rosie
    Age: Under 18
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Words cannot effectively describe this beautiful story!

    It didn't take me long to be reeled in hook, line, and sinker into Somebody Like You. I am thoroughly impressed by Mrs. Vogt's talent, voice, and skill. I'm surprised I haven't picked up one of her books before now! Every aspect of the story felt so real that I had to remind myself it was fictional. You better believe I'm going to track down Mrs. Vogt's other books. ;-)

    Haley is a woman who longs to be cared for- even if she doesn't realize it herself. For years and years she has striven to be as good as her brothers. Referred to as "Hal" by all her friends, even her late husband, she was simply "one of the guys." I loved her inner struggles, because they made her human and I understood her fears.

    Stephen is a hurting man seeking something. Seeking what exactly, he isn't sure. I admired his compassion and servant's heart, and I appreciated the guilt he has been carrying around for going on a dozen years. In some ways, he was his twin's exact opposite. But, I'll save the details. All around, Stephen is a sigh-worthy lead and not because of his good looks.

    To conclude, then, I really, really, really, enjoyed Somebody Like You. Like couldn't-put-it-down good. The plot drew me in and kept me intrigued while Mrs. Vogt's characters pulled at my heart-strings. I also loved how delicately Mrs. Vogt dealt with some issues present in our society. My opinion? You're going to have to read this book for yourself. I highly recommend to readers who enjoy contemporary romance ages sixteen and older for both readability and content.

    I received this book for free from the author in return for an honest review of my opinions, which I have done. Thanks, Mrs. Vogt!!
  4. Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    You Won't Forget This Beautiful Story!
    June 13, 2014
    Savanna
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Somebody Like You is one of those beautiful, special stories I know I won't forget. Delicately complicated and so down-to-earth relatable, this unique tale is an emotional journey for its characters and its readers. To tell you the truth, I wanted to hug the book once I finished it.

    Can a young widow find love again with her husband's reflection? How can one not be intrigued by that? I mean, come on, what a novel question! I loved the fresh and captivating way this story navigated you through its highs and lows, connecting past regrets with future hope and the pains of loss and estrangement with new bonds of love and friendship.

    Some novels just sound similar the moment you start them. The plot already seems a bit familiar, even though the setting may look different and the characters have fresh names. I'm sure you know the kind I'm talking about. I'm happy to say this novel was nothing like that. It all felt very new and inviting and I loved how naturally the story progressed.

    Everything just seemed so real to me. So relatable. The characters are honest, with their own strengths and weakness from the very start. Along the way, they soften in some ways and grow in other areas. Their quirks and personalities are endearing and downright infectious. And I enjoyed watching how each of them faced their feelings and challenges in their own ways. There are lots of "life moments" tucked within that are so surprising and sweet you'll want to savor them by reading them over again.

    This is one love story I fell in love with and will undoubtedly be revisiting. I encourage you all to read it as well. You may even find some healing and hope within its pages for your own life story. I know I did.

    This review is my honest opinion. Thanks to the publisher for my copy.
  5. Arizona
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Beautifully Realistic
    June 10, 2014
    Lindsay Harrel
    Arizona
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I won't beat around the bush. This book deals with some difficult issues. But here's the great thing -- Vogt doesn't shy away from them. Instead, she tackles them head on. I really admired Vogt's ability to be honest through her characters, who have real flaws. Not only that, but she did it in the context of a romance that you believe. So many romance novels today have characters that fall in love too quickly. But for the main characters in Somebody Like You, romance comes slowly -- and realistically. In addition, Vogt's writing is flawless and beautiful, as always. Because of all this, Somebody Like You is a fabulous read.

    *The publisher gave me a free advanced reader copy in exchange for my honest opinion.*
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