“Sometimes that’s all God is asking us to do: make the right choice—over and over again. And before you know it, you’ve walked into the future and hope He has waiting for you.”
~Beth Vogt, Somebody Like You~
As the story begins, Haley’s army medic hubby Sam has been killed in Afghanistan, and Haley finds herself in survival mode—simply doing the next right thing to make it through each day. God seems far away, and Haley admits, “Praying feels like trickles of water coming out of a hose when somebody has tied a big knot in it somewhere.”
A childhood spent keeping up with her brothers has made Haley fiercely independent—no whining, no asking for help, and absolutely no crying. But soon Sam’s brother Stephen makes himself practically indispensable in Haley’s life. The man cooks, fixes fences, cleans garages, and somehow always shows up exactly when she needs him.
As Haley struggles to navigate this new chapter in her life, she discovers there is no shame in weakness and that sharing your life with others is a beautiful part of God’s plan.
What I especially loved about this story was how the simple testimonies of believers living their everyday lives—showing kindness, making tough emotional choices, and going out of their way to consider others better than themselves—makes such an impact on Haley’s life.
So at a time when she can barely form a prayer, she is still able to see and know that God is good.
To me, this story seemed very true-to-life in the best ways. Haley’s and Stephen’s struggles and emotions pulled me into the story. And watching how they lived out their subtle inner changes through some BIG events kept me turning pages.
Somebody Like You is a poignant story of life, loss, regret, reconciliation, and second chances. Don’t miss this one, friends!
What I liked best . . .
- The scene when Haley first meets Stephen (both heartbreaking & humorous)
- Stephen’s strong and tender heart
- Haley’s penchants for junk food & John Wayne
- Haley’s supportive, insightful, I’ll-rejoice-even-while-you-get-what-I-want best friend, Claire
- The final confrontation with Mr. Shelton (Yeah! Take that!)
- Stephen’s special spaghetti & meatball dinner (Read with tissues)
- Big, beautiful tree house trees
- The when-Stephen-and-Sam-were-young stories
- The creative business Stephen & his partners start up (Don’t skip to the end just to figure it out!)
My favorite quotes . . .
“The funny thing is, you walk forward to find what you left behind.”
“Am I not the God of more? I’m past all your boundaries. Stop limiting Me. Stop limiting yourself.”
“He teetered somewhere between regret and acceptance. Somehow he had to learn to shoulder his choices—the good and the bad—and keep living.”
What you should do next . . .
Follow this link to purchase your copy of Somebody Like You. ***Thanks to Beth Vogt and Howard Books for providing a copy for me to review!
About the author: Beth believes God’s best often waits behind the doors marked “Never.” A nonfiction writer and editor who said she’d never write fiction, Beth is now a novelist with Howard Books. She enjoys writing inspirational contemporary romance because she believes there’s more to happily-ever-after than the fairy tales tell us.
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