This was such a different story. Very dramatic. And written so well I could feel Haley's grief, Stephen's confusion, their pain and the tiny steps toward healing and love.
Haley was married to Sam for three years, but he was an army medic, so they hardly knew each other. Now Sam is dead. A broad spectrum of emotions result when Sam's twin brother Stephen arrives, and the reader feels it all through the excellent writing of Beth Vogt. Lots more emotion ensues as Haley and Stephen draw closer, especially as they care for Sam's baby together.
Don't miss this excellent, dramatic story of faith, hope, grief and love.
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 doorstepâ€”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 regretâ€”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.
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.
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!!
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.