AUTHOR: Victoria Bylin
PUBLISHER: Bethany House
Single mom Julia Dare has a lot on her plate. A brand new Christian, she's 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?
My favorite character in Someone Like You is the resort itself. Caliente Springs appears to be an aging beauty in need of a generous amount of care, and author Victoria Bylin’s descriptions of the resort drew me into the story. Of course, Julia, Zeke, little Max, and the many other characters brought their own charms to this novel. Except the goat. Now, there’s an interesting character.
I enjoyed this story, especially the clear faith element. Julia’s past and Zeke’s present struggles create an exquisite tension, and their journey to grace is beautifully written. Someone Like You earns four stars. Recommended.
Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.