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?
Beth K. Vogt is a non-fiction author and editor who said she’d never write fiction. She’s the wife of an Air Force family 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. Now Beth believes God’s best often waits behind the doors marked “Never.” A novelist with Howard Books, her contemporary romance novel, Wish You Were Here, debuted in May 2012, followed by Catch a Falling Star (2013), You Made Me Love You (2014) – an eShort novella – and Somebody Like You (2014). She is also part of the Year of Wedding Series by Harper Collins, writing the A November Bride novella (2014). Beth enjoys writing contemporary romance because she believes there’s more to happily-ever-after than the fairy tales tell us. Find our more about her books at bethvogt.com. An established magazine writer and former editor of Connections, the leadership magazine for MOPS International, Beth is also the Skills Coach for My Book Therapy, the writing community founded by best-selling author Susan May Warren. She lives in Colorado with her husband Rob, who has adjusted to discussing the lives of imaginary people, and their youngest daughter, who’s just entered the teen years.
I read and reviewed Beth Vogt’s first two novels and liked them very much. (Wish You Were Here Review and Catch A Falling Star Review) But I have to say that Somebody Like You is by far my favorite. Yes, it is a book that will definitely appeal to fans of contemporary romance, but it is also so much more. Vogt has written a book that will have you examining your relationships for the ways you put off for later feelings and actions that should be expressed in the now. It also examines how we choose to please man rather than God. If you like romance, then definitely pick this one up. But if you are looking for a well-written novel that will make you think, laugh and cry, then Somebody Like You is for you!
Haley Ames is just trying to do the next best thing. Sam, her husband of three years was killed in Afghanistan and the grief she feels overshadows everything, including the birth of her first child. Regrets and recriminations are her new norm. Stephen, Sam’s mirror twin, also knows what it means to live with regret. Having cut off ties with Sam over 10 years before, he hopes that by connecting with Haley he can learn who his brother was. But there is a hitch. Haley didn’t know Sam had a brother, let alone a twin. Haley and Stephen begin an unsteady friendship that grows into more. But are those feelings dishonoring to Sam’s memory?
I really liked the characters that Vogt created in Somebody Like You. Haley and Stephen struggle with very real feelings of abandonment, grief, regret and guilt. The way their relationship builds is also very realistic. Both are trying to deal with the loss of Sam, and their feelings for each other complicate matters. I appreciate that Vogt never rushed the romance, but let it develop naturally. Minor characters also added to the story, especially as they provided insight into the situations in which Haley and Stephen find themselves. Vogt injects just the right amount of humor into the novel as well. But my favorite thing about this book is the way Vogt had me examining my own thoughts on relationships. The urgency of the now became a central point. We often say we will make amends or express our true feelings later. But many of us never get a later.
I also liked the natural growth in the spiritual relationships that the characters experienced. At the start of the novel, Haley is barely on speaking terms with God. But His pursuit of her never wavers. Vogt takes what man sees as right and contrasts that with God’s plans. At one point in the novel, God says to Haley “Everyone tries to be right, Haley. But I am the right way. Not your way. My way”. That was something I need to hear again. There are a lot more truths expressed in Somebody Like You, so I think it would be perfect for a book club too.
So what is my final thought on Somebody Like You? Read it! You will definitely be glad you did!
Great For Book Clubs.
(Thanks to Howard Books for a review copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)