Somebody Like You by Beth Vogt

Friday, June 13, 2014

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.

God’s best is often found behind the doors marked “Never.”
So many times I approached life with with a virtual roll of yellow duct tape emblazoned with the word NEVER. Over and over again I sealed off certain opportunities.
I would never marry a doctor or anyone in the military.
I would never have children.
I would never write fiction.
And don’t you know God stripped off the duct tape and walked me through each of those NEVER doors?
Have you ever marked a door NEVER … only to discover his best waited where you said you’d never go?
Following God through that door doesn’t mean we’re on “easy street,”‘even though we’re where he wants us to be.
” Show me your ways, Lord,
teach me your paths.
Guide me in your truth and teach me,
for you are God my Savior,
and my hope is in you all day long.”
- Psalm 25:4-5 (NIV)
There’s more to happily ever after than the fairy tales tell us. We’re living real life — and relationships are messy, even when you believe in God. Even when you anchor your life to his promises.
I live my life acknowledging these realities … And I weave these truths into the stories I write.

My Take:

What would you do if your husband died and you are visited by his estranged twin . . . well that is exactly what happens to Haley Ames. She comes home one night to a man on her front porch who is the exact likeness of her dead husband, Sam, he even sounds just like him.
Stephen is determined to learn about his twin brother, Sam, and Haley is determined to keep Stephen away.
Haley allowed Sam to tell her who she was, not be herself. I could definitely relate, as my former husband defined me, and I lost me. When I got rid of him, I found me, and I like her.

Beth writes a book that mirrors what happens in today's world. Life is messy and so are relationships.
I was pulled into this story from the beginning and it hasn't let go. I love books that keep you thinking even after you have closed the last page.
This is a great book, one I highly recommend. Grab a copy, a glass of tea, and sit down and enjoy.


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