Monday, June 9, 2014

Beth Vogt's Somebody Like You

Can a young widow find love again with her husband’s reflection?Haley’s three-year marriage to Sam, an army medic, ends tragically when he’s killed in Afghanistan. Her attempts to create a new life for herself are ambushed when she arrives home one evening—and finds her husband waiting for her. Did the military make an unimaginable mistake when they told her Sam was killed?

Too late to make things right with his estranged twin brother, Stephen discovers Sam never told Haley about him. As Haley and Stephen navigate their fragile relation­ship, they are inexorably drawn to each other. How can they honor the memory of a man whose death brought them together—and whose ghost could drive them apart?

Somebody Like You is a beautifully rendered, affecting novel, reminding us that while we can’t change the past, we have the choice to change the future and start anew.

My review of Somebody Like You

This is Beth's latest and best so far!

Having been blessed with identical twin sons, I saw firsthand the special relationship they shared.  This included the similarities in their personalities as well as the differences.  For two children who looked so much alike, they often acted so uniquely different.

Beth's story accurately explores the issues behind this God-made relationship and what complications a girl like Haley would have when she loses one only to find the other.

Somebody Like You is a refreshing non-stop tale of relationships and how a widow, torn apart by the death of her spouse, would question her reasons for loving his mirror image. And how the remaining twin would struggle with his own feelings, afraid the woman he loved didn’t love him for himself, but for the memory of his dead brother.

Beth has a way of lifting the characters and their struggles right off the page and implanting them in your heart. This, her third novel, is no different.  This, is a must read.

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