15 May 2014

Review: Somebody Like You by Beth K Vogt

An Unexpected Pleasure

Haley Ames was widowed three months ago before she could tell her husband she was expecting their first child. Then one evening he turns up on the doorstep—only it’s not Sam. It’s Stephen, his identical twin brother, who she never knew existed. It's a shock, and not a pleasant one.

Stephen has returned to his home town to reconnect with the brother he lost touch with after high school, but instead finds only Sam’s pregnant widow. Stephen tries to connect with Haley in the hope that he can learn something of the man Sam became through the woman Sam married. What he doesn’t expect is to be attracted to Haley.

Stephen and Haley form a relationship that is uncomfortable at first, especially for Haley, but she gradually comes to rely on Stephen. Somebody Like You had the potential to be really trite, full of awkward moments and embarrassing conversations. It wasn’t. Instead, it was a sensitive portrayal of grief, regret and acceptance. I think the strongest part was the regret—both Haley and Stephen were left wishing they could have said one more thing to Sam, and had to learn to live with the knowledge they could never make that right. Recommended

Thanks to Bethany House and NetGalley for providing a free ebook for review. You can find out more about Beth Vogt at her website.

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