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Someone Like You

Julia Dare is trying to raise her son and run her event-planning business. When a job takes her to the Caliente Springs retreat, she finds she'll be working with Zeke Monroe---her college sweetheart. The resort's fate hangs on their success with an important client's wedding... Read More


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Julia Dare is trying to raise her son and run her event-planning business. When a job takes her to the Caliente Springs retreat, she finds she'll be working with Zeke Monroe---her college sweetheart. The resort's fate hangs on their success with an important client's wedding. But as the day approaches, will their past help or hinder?
  • Product type: Book
  • Format: Softcover
  • Release Date: Apr 19, 2016
  • UPC: 9780764217371
  • Volumes/Discs: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Publish Date: May 3, 2016
  • Language: English
  • Audience Age Maximum: 0
  • Audience Age Minimum: 0
  • BISAC: "FIC042040"
  • ISBN: 0764217372

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Someone Like You by kp on 6/8/2016
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Someone Like You is the latest novel from Victoria Bylin. You meet Zeke Monroe on the opening pages of this book. Zeke is the general manager at Caliente Springs resort and he has a big problem on his hands. Zeke must save not only this resort from bankruptcy, but also the jobs of the two hundred plus employees on his staff. When Zeke learns that Julia Dare, a face from his past, is arriving for a business meeting, he is not sure what will transpire next!

Years ago Zeke and Julia met and dated in college; however, their relationship ended with Zeke under a cloud of guilt. He has no idea what will happen when they meet again. After they meet. it quickly appears that the old feelings are still alive! As Zeke and Julia begin to renew their friendship, neither one can believe how the other's belief in God has made an about face!

This is an interesting tale as both Julia and Zeke have their eyes on saving this resort. You will not believe all the trouble they will encounter along the way. You wonder through all the chaos if Julia's new faith will continue to grow and if Zeke will find his way back to his heavenly Father who has never stopped loving him?

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Relying On God by Maureen on 5/26/2016
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The setting of this book, made me want to live there, Caliente Springs resort, even the name sounds wonderful. After leaving Berkley and trying to be what his Dad wanted him to be Zeke Monroe is at a high point in his career, but a low point with God. Now being a preacher's son and trying to live in his father's shoes and being the best Christian ever, has been a hard roll for Zeke, and making him take a 50 degree turn. He has stopped relying on God, but God sure hasn't given up on him.
A young single mom that used to be a couple with Zeke, comes to check out Caliente Springs, coincidence? I think not, she has made a 50 degree turn in her life and is now a Christian, after all the years of Zeke trying to show her the way, now maybe she can show him? Julia Dare has a new job, and with her mom's help is raising her 4 year old son Max, and she now has a new event-planning job.
We also meet Max's dad Hunter, and don't know about you, but I sure didn't like that "Me" person. Little Max is a reflection on him, as is everyone and everything.
I could feel that maybe there would be a bit of romance here, but we find more than that, but who will be the ones who end up together? Even Julia's mom Ellen is in for a surprise.
I felt myself page turning and hoping for everything to be ok, even the horse, but watch out for the goat!
I received this book through Litfuse Publicity Book Tours, and was not required to give a positive review

Can love be as strong as faith? by EdgeOfInsanity on 5/14/2016
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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.

I received a FREE copy from Bethany House to facilitate this review.

A Once-Famous Singer, A Struggling Resort, and a Goat by Suzie on 5/1/2016
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Someone Like You by Victoria Bylin

About a year ago, I read my first book by Victoria Bylin (a contemporary, sweet romance that I enjoyed), so when I saw she’s got another book coming out this Tuesday (May 3, 2016 release), I was more than happy to agree to review it. Especially after I read the description of the book.

You see, one of my favorite romance tropes is reuniting lost loves. Second chances. I mean, hey, my favorite Jane Austen book is Persuasion which is probably the earliest one of these tropes, right?

What was different about this book is the complete 180 each of the characters made since their initial relations, putting Zeke and Julia in each other’s shoes years later. In college, Zeke was a strong Christian with a clear picture of what God had in store for him while Julia was cynical, even more so after her dad’s heart attack.

Six years later, Zeke is weighed down with the poor choices he made in college and how he disappointed his father. How could he live up to the perfection God expected of him? Julia is a new Christian, holding tightly to her faith to sustain her through the tumultuous relationship with her four-year-old son’s father (who, by the way, was Zeke’s nemesis in college).

As Zeke and Julia spend time together, memories of their relationship sneak into almost everything. They once believed they were in love before Julia crushed Zeke’s heart. Is it possible to rekindle the relationship? Are they stronger people today than they were in college?

Bylin handles some tough subjects well, especially the relationship between Julia’s son and his father—a man who wants his son to be a miniature version of himself (self-serving and narcissistic)—and Julia’s mother’s foray into a possible relationship after the death of Julia’s father (a man Ellen loved with her whole heart).

If you’re looking for something modern day filled with hope, family, friends, and a cantankerous goat to add some humor, pick up Someone like You.

***Bethany House provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest and fair review. All opinions expressed are my own.

a must read by Karen W {Ting's Mom} on 4/17/2016
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Loved, loved, loved everything about this book. This is a beautiful story of two people reconnecting and falling in love. But even more than that, this is a story of God's unconditional love and never-ending mercies. This is a story of how God will never let go of His children and will be waiting with open arms when they return. *I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.*


Proclaim the Good News | Mark 16:15
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