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SOMEBODY LIKE YOU by BETH K. VOGT REVIEWED


Somebody Like You
By Beth K. Vogt
Published by Howard Books
ISBN#978-1-4767-3758-4
350 Pages

ABOUT AUTHOR: Beth K. Vogt is a nonfiction author and editor who said she'd never write fiction. She's the wife of an Air Force physician (now in solo practice) who said she'd never marry a doctor -- or anyone in the military. She's a mom of four who said she'd never have kids. She's discovered that God's best often waits behind the doors marked "Never." Beth writes inspirational contemporary romance because she believes there's more to the happily ever after than the fairy tales tell us. She lives in Colorado with her husband and their 10-year-old "caboose kiddo." She and her husband enjoy any time their adult children come by for game nights, BBQs or just to hang out.

Back Cover: 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.

REVIEW: I was thrilled to receive a review copy of a book that tugged at my heart strings, and captured my attention as I read about this emotional journey of a brave woman facing the loss of her military husband.

This is the second novel I’ve read by this author. Once again this novelist had me walk in the shoes of a character facing hard times. This story opens up with Haley; a widow facing overwhelming circumstances as she discovers her husband Sam had an identical twin. Stephen Sam’s twin seems to be stuck in a rut. He proposed to Elissa a women he thought he loved. She declines his proposal and says, ever since I’ve known you it feels like, “you are looking for someone and/or waiting for someone.”

Stephen can’t believe his ears. Was it true? He takes a serious look at his life. Stephen goes in a quest to find his estranged brother Sam.

Haley Sam’s widow wrestles with her situation and her dreams. She had been married to Sam for three years. She struggles to figure out where to go from here. “…if I could get even a small glimpse of the good in being alone. In being pregnant-alone…Come on God say something…I’m tired of swinging between numb and overwhelmed. God. Isn’t there something in between? Where’s the firm ground?...Some unseen enemy tore my life out of my hands…My heart is mangled… Reality….She still believed in God…And she wasn’t asking for more from him. To have more – and then have it destroyed – was cruel.”

This novel gets to the heart of the matter, can a young widow fall in love with her husband’s reflection – brother? Can people get another chance at love? It also delves into the aspect of what identical twins go through day in and day out. I like what this author said when she answered one of the interview questions in the book, “How did your experience of being a twin influence the story.”

Authors answer, “I understand the experience of being a twin in a very different way from Sam and Stephen because my sister and I are fraternal twins. Growing up, we had a difficult time convincing people we were sisters, much less twins. But we did experience the pressure of comparison from teachers and friends, which pushed us apart for a lot of years.”

I am eighteen months older than my identical twin sisters. No one could tell them apart and they played the typical tricks on teachers and boyfriends. Taking advantage of the fact no one could tell them apart. I have to say the boyfriends did know who they were as I did. To me they never looked alike. Still don’t.  I liked how that aspect of the story played out,

I also liked how she naturally brought in their relationship with God throughout the story. There is a scene where Haley is arguing with God. He says to her, “Haley. Stop limiting me. Stop limiting yourself.”

“How am I doing that? You’re God. I can’t limit you.”

“Oh, yes, you can. Making decisions without me. Letting other people – like your brothers – determine who you are…..I am a God of relationships…There are a lot of things you think you know about me. About yourself. About how life is supposed to play out. But sometimes you’re wrong.”

“…sometimes you have to walk forward to find what you left behind.”

“Forward?”

“To what I have waiting for you….There is no fear in Love.”

I was emotional engaged with these characters and their circumstances. This author made me think about things I normally wouldn’t give a second thought to, through her real life characters that jumped off the page and into my heart. I enjoyed Beth’s well-time humor that made me smile big and laugh out loud. This is a book that you don’t’ want to rush through. You’ll want to savor ever word. I know you’ll be telling your friends about this one. I couldn’t stop thinking about this novel long after I closed the book.

This author has become one of my favorites. I highly recommend this novel as a great read and one that would be perfect for book club. There are good discussion questions in the back of the book along with a fun interview with Beth K. Vogt. I recommend reading the interview before you read this book.  There are also tips on how to enhance your book club experience. This is a book you won’t want to miss!

Nora St.Laurent
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