Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Somebody Like You by Beth K. Vogt

Title:  Somebody Like You
Author:  Beth K. Vogt
Pages:  368
Year:  2014
Publisher:  Howard
Beth K. Vogt is a writer whose stories don’t just grab one’s attention; they also grab the heart.  Her latest novel, Somebody Like You, is a tale about a recently widowed woman named Haley.  Haley’s husband was killed in Afghanistan without knowing one very important thing and that was that he was going to be a dad.  Haley is trying to figure out not just her current situation and how she is going to do it all by herself but also all her future.  She also has the home owners association constantly on her back to get some work done on her home and yard.
Haley has three older brothers who live near her parents in another state, but right now she can’t travel.  Feeling more alone than ever before imagine her shock when she comes home one day finding a man on her porch that looks exactly like her husband!  She finds out it is her dead husband’s identical twin that she never knew about!  Let me tell you, there is more to the story that will have you turning pages until it is finished!
While Beth’s other novels were very enjoyable, this one really tugged at my heart for several reasons.  One is how Haley begins to find out more about her husband’s family that she never knew with lots of secrets and questions that have no answers.  Family secrets can be hard when they come to light and some of the characters in the novel have trouble moving into the present because of the multitude of questions and problems left unresolved.  Two is the heart-tugging and tears families of soldiers face every time they deploy; it makes me appreciate their sacrifices all the more.  Another reason I loved the novel is how God redeemed people and relationships and how He enabled the characters to move forward into the present one step at a time.
Lives can be changed in an instant through sickness, death, marriage, divorce and a host of other factors that highlights the heart’s need for the One who never changes.  I loved how the author shows how our faith goes through trials, especially when we are grieving, but that doesn’t mean God has left us to handle it all on our own.  If anything, when our lives are turned upside down, it highlights our need for God and for others to come along side us no matter how long the season lasts.  I highly recommend reading the novel and sharing it with others.  Perhaps even have your local book club read it together.  Enjoy this masterpiece; I sure thought it was great!
My rating is 5 stars.
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