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    You Belong with Me #1
    Tari Faris
    Revell / 2019 / Trade Paperback
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  1. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    Sweet story
    September 19, 2019
    arkmom
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Hannah Thornton lives in the town of Heritage, which she loves dearly. This makes her job as a realtor difficult, as she doesn't want to sell houses to people who won't cherish them, or who wishes to tear them down and build a strip mall. How can she ever be a part of that?

    Her brother, Thomas also lives in Heritage. In their family home. Is he really going to sell it and move away with the fiance' that Hannah doesn't like?

    Also, in Heritage is Luke Johnson. He grew up as a foster child living with a lady who never adopted him. Why didn't she want to make him her own? He and Hannah had shared one kiss in high school, and then Luke put distance between them. Why?

    They are friends once again, with each hiding their feelings for the other.

    Hannah is always trying to fix things. Luke, her beloved town, her brother, to name a few. She feels she lives in the shadow of her mother's crime against the town, and has something to prove.

    A sweet story of love, forgiveness, restoration.

    The story is a bit predictable as far as who will end up with whom at the end, but a very sweet story, nonetheless. I look forward to reading more from this author.

    I received a free ecopy from the publisher, Revell and Netgalley and was not obligated to give a positive review.
  2. NJ
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Outstanding!
    September 19, 2019
    Nay Denise
    NJ
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Taris Faris has crafted such a brilliant contemporary romance that blends faith various levels of relationship from romance to family and friends. This book will gut you and convict you. It will really make you think about your own personal relationships in your life.

    Hannah Thornton is a realtor in her town of Heritage, Michigan. She loves her town so much so that she tries hard to save it and keep its historic homes. Hannah is a strong girl, but she harbored some resentment toward her mother that blocked her from seeing God work fully in her life. She was a strong girl, but her strength was her downfall. She tried to do things on her own with what she thought was best. Hannah was funny, kind, reliable and helpful for many except herself. She was also a bit of a nosy person, but with love in mind. I enjoyed her.

    Luke Johnson is an orphan that was raised in Heritage. He went through life trying to find where he fits in at. He could never feel settled. He felt empty and had a huge void. I loved Luke because he reminded me of any person that doesn't know their earthly lineage. However, I loved even more that he learned about his Heavenly Father and began to open up. Luke irritated me at times with how he saw himself as less than. Luke was a knight in shinning armor in my eyes. I loved him and his growth throughout the book.

    The romance was absolutely amazing. Best friends turned romance with a bit of history. This was a realistic romance between Hannah and Luke. Friends who love each other, but one feeling as if they aren't enough and walking away from the other romantically. They both helped one another in tough times. They both loved each unconditionally. They both grew together and became closer in the end. Let's talk about that scene with the auction !!!!! I LOVED IT and the epilogue was perfect!

    Thomas and Janie were a secondary couple in the story. Thomas is Hannah's brother who also stuggles with emotional damage and physical issues. His growth was amazing! Seeing him start to have faith in God and not himself was amazing. Janie is the girl Thomas loved for years, but like Luke, he chose to walk away because of his own thoughts. These two coming together and getting through was amazing to read.

    Nate was a wise man! He was man filled with faith. He managed to change the lives of Hannah, Luke and Thomas by sharing the gospel and getting them to Bible study in church. I enjoyed him a lot and can't wait to read his story in the sequel.

    The faith aspects were profound! I learned so much from the wisdom that was shared. I loved the way Tari Faris wove scripture into the book and used it to help each of the characters come to their faith.

    I am excited to read the sequel when it comes out because that preview at the end of the book made me squeal!

    Great read and I definitely recommend it!
  3. 2 Stars Out Of 5
    You Belong with Me by Tari Faris
    September 19, 2019
    Amber
    This review is a hard one to write due to my mixed emotions while reading this book. There were a good amount of positives, but a lot more negatives.

    I'll start with what I did like.

    - I loved the charm of the small town. The townspeople were helpful and encouraging. I would gladly visit this small town if it existed!

    - The laugh-out-loud moments were great.

    - The writing style and descriptions were spot on.

    - The pace was excellent. I never was bored while reading.

    - I loved how there were four POV'S. It kept things interesting.

    - The deep, emotional topics were very eye-opening.

    Now, for the things I didn't like.

    - Relationships based on physical attraction more than loving each other's personalities.

    - JUDGEING BASED ON OUTWARD APPEARANCE. This affected how I viewed the characters a lot! I listed the example that got to me the most in my full review. If you're interested in knowing more about this specific negative, I have my full review linked below.

    - The mentions of cleavage and not sleeping with people.

    - The lies. Lots of lying happens.

    - Heated kisses, but they were kept clean.

    - A character engaged to someone when they know they love someone else.

    - The phrase, "g-forsaken town".

    - Mentions of different music artists (like Beyonc) and tv shows/movies.

    Now, let's talk about why I was so conflicted when figuring out how to rate this book.

    One big thing stuck out to me that I really enjoyed and it's what I look for in every book I read. Faith content.

    There was some really great faith content spread throughout the pages in this book. I even wrote some quotes down to remember. The characters would remind each other to pray and seek God's will for them. The faith content was amazing, but the stuff it was overshadowed by wasn't.

    I know that I am not perfect. I make mistakes just like anyone else. Just like these characters did. But it just seemed like their actions did not line up with their faith. A lot of their actions and thoughts, especially the judging based on outward appearance, overshadowed the faith content. If a lot of the negative things I listed were dealt with in better ways, I would have loved this story.

    Sadly, that wasn't the case. This book just wasn't for me.

    P.S. I never enjoy rating a book two stars. I know how much thought and time goes into creating a story and I would love nothing more than to rate every book five stars. The details and writing style were amazing, but I couldn't ignore the content that I didn't like. So, that left me with having to rate it the way I did. This review is in no way me trying to "hate" on this book. I want to be honest with every review I write, which includes this one.

    **I received this book for free from the Publisher (Revell) for this honest review.

    Full Review Link: https://readitorleaveitblog.blogspot.com/2019/09/you-belong-with-me-by-tari-faris.html
  4. Chattanooga, TN
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Fun read
    September 19, 2019
    daischop
    Chattanooga, TN
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    This was an enjoyable, light easy read. I went back and forth between not liking the characters to wishing they had more depth. However, it was the story on this one that had me curious as to where it was going to lead.

    We have the main characters, Hannah and Luke. Hannah is a real estate agent, at least we are introduced into her being one. She has shown a house but doesn't seem to do very well at it. I have a friend who is a part time agent and she does way more work than Hannah does. Therefore, I made the assumption that Hannah was well off and didn't need the additional income, thus why she could volunteer her time to help win a grant for the town.

    I'm not sure. There were characters in the book who's story I was far more invested in than the main characters. Perhaps if Hannah and Luke were the secondary characters, with her brother being the main it may have pulled off better.

    Even so, it was a fun read.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell Publishing. I was not required to write a positive review. These are my honest thoughts and opinions.
  5. 2 Stars Out Of 5
    Predictable
    September 19, 2019
    Quiet Reader
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 2
    Okay, so there's no denying- the cover on this book is just beautiful! I had never heard of the author before, but the cover did an amazing job of attracting me to the story and drawing me in, so I just had to own it. It's just so gorgeous!



    Now, cover aside, I had a problem getting into this book. As soon as I started reading, I felt as if I was thrust into a world I had never been in, and yet I was being pummeled with information from all sides. It took me a bit to understand what was going on, and once I had pieced it all together, the writing style bothered me. Things were just- said, and I feel like there should have been more "show, not tell". Plus I feel that as an author, you need to develop your voice and your own unique turn of phrase, and while Mrs. Faris definitely has talent, I just didn't see that special way of wording here.

    Hannah and Luke were a couple you hoped would succeed, and I was rooting for them (as well as for the side characters, whose POV was also shown frequently throughout). Hannah was bubbly and slightly naive, while Luke tended to be more grounded and a realist, making them perfect together. I was actually more invested in the secondary characters' love story, but that might just have been a personality difference thing. Pastor Nate was kind of cool, but as a pastor's daughter, I tend to closely examine these characters. He was different from your usual literary pastor, but still typically the same, as he tended to bring up everything to a spiritual lesson, something I'm pretty sure my dad, as well as most other pastors, don't do during all social settings. (Sorry, pastor's kid pet peeves!)

    Don't get me wrong- I really, really wanted to like this book. Its cover was just so alluring, and I'm proud to own it. However, I'm only giving it two stars because it just seemed too predictable.

    I received this book from Revell in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
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