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Published: May 2016
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Julia Dare is trying to run her own business, raise her young son, Max, and help her widowed mother. Her biggest worry, though, is keeping Max's father from being a bad influence while still allowing the boy to spend time with his dad. When an account from her event-planning business sends her to Caliente Springs resort, she's shocked to encounter Zeke Monroe, her college sweetheart.
Zeke is determined to keep Caliente Springs running despite financial trouble. When Julia walks back into his life, he's surprised at the feelings she stirs up. As they work together on an important client's wedding, the fate of the resort soon depends on their success. With Zeke and Julia both pushed to their limits, will their history put up walls between them or bring them together?
WHAT I THOUGHT:
This was first Victoria Bylin novel I've read and I have to say that I LOVED it! I try to read contemporary romance once in a while, and I've been on a contemporary romance phase for a few weeks, and this one was refreshing!
Julia Dare lives with her son Max and her widowed mother, Ellen. Her ex (and Max's father), Hunter, is a self-centered jerk who keeps trying to turn Max into a mini-me, and always puts Julia down for her parenting skills. So when Julia runs into her college sweetheart, Zeke, she isn't sure how she feels about him. She knows she has to take care of her son, try to keep Hunter at bay, and still keep a hold of her new-found faith in God.
Zeke Monroe, the son of a preacher, is the General Manager of a resort that is falling apart at the seems but he is trying everything he can do save it. He doesn't know how he feels about God, but Julia, the new Christian, is like a breath of fresh air when she is asked to fill in for his secretary (who has to have surgery) and plan for a wedding. However, Hunter has other plans. He sees Zeke as a peon and plans to take Caliente Springs right from under him.
Will he succeed? Can Julia help restore Zeke's faith while keeping her sanity? Will Zeke find his faith again and still keep Caliente Springs from being sold?
Someone Like You is a Christian contemporary romance, but it isn't preachy at all. It was light and airy, but still held that God is there for you, waiting to show.
The ending, however, seemed to be out of order. I won't go into details (because that would be spoiling it), but it seemed like it could have happened differently to make the ending more powerful.
With that being said, I loved it and can't wait to read more from Victoria Bylin!
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