We all love a good “hook” in a book don’t we? That storyline that’s just a little bit different from what you are used to reading and so it just captures your attention . And when your attention is captured, the pages turn quickly as you are fully engaged in the story. And I would say that Somebody like you, Beth Vogt’s latest book had my attention captured and also had me fully engaged. I mean it isn’t every day that a poor pregnant widow named Haley Ames has a man turn up on her doorstep looking exactly like her husband Sam and so she instantly wonders if the military got it wrong and her husband isn’t truly dead , only to find out that this man in front of her isn’t Sam or his ghost, but rather his estranged twin brother…who she has never heard of. And so Haley being thoroughly shocked and completely unprepared does what any of us would do-(insert heavy sarcasm here) she draws a gun on poor Steven Ames, her husband’s brother, and proceeds to run him off her property. How do you like that for a meet cute?
As if relationships are not difficult enough, let’s throw in a twin brother who looks exactly like your dead husband. Talk about your ghost of relationships past. But somehow as Steven keeps coming around in the effort to learn more about his estranged brother, he also happens to forge a relationship with Haley. And when he is there for her in the day to day things where she needs help with her house and her new baby, etc, a relationship is forged that is truly sort of fascinating to watch . Haley discovers that while he looks just like Sam her dead husband, that he is a completely different person offering her exactly the type of love that she really needs.
This book is what I love in a good contemporary novel- it’s got the “hook” as mentioned above, it’s got imperfect characters who are trying to figure things out, fun dialogue between the character’s with laugh out loud moments as well as the moment’s that bring you to tears. And also the moment where you can see a bit of yourself in the story. The love story is unique and definitely fun to read. And finally you see how the character’s grow in the story both in their relationship with each other and in their relationship in trusting God that His ways are not our ways, but He’s always got a plan. Beth K Vogt is a new author to me, and I thoroughly enjoyed her writing and will look for her in the future.
My thanks to Howard books who supplied a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.