Saturday, September 21, 2019

Book Review - You Belong With Me by Tari Faris


Realtor Hannah Thornton has many talents.
Unfortunately, selling houses isn't one of them.

When a business tycoon determines to raze historic homes in the small town of Heritage, Michigan, and replace them with a strip mall, Hannah resolves to stop him. She sets about helping Heritage win a restoration grant that will put the town back on the map--and hopefully restore her disgraced family name. But she'll need help to do it.

As a foster kid, Luke Johnson never truly felt he belonged. Now he has a chance to earn his place in his hometown. But he doesn't anticipate how his relationship with Hannah will set into motion events that reveal the truth about who he is--and who he was.


Tari Faris has been writing fiction for more than 10 years. A member of American Christian Fiction Writers and My Book Therapy, she works for My Book Therapy, manages, and is a 2017 Genesis Award winner. She has an MDiv from Asbury Theological Seminary and lives in the Phoenix, Arizona, area with her husband and their three children. Although she lives in the Southwest now, she lived in a small town in Michigan for 25 years.


I don't usually chose Romance novels to read but I'm glad I chose this one! This is book one in the a new series called, Restoring Heritage, and I'm excited this is part of a series because this book was so good! I loved the small town setting and how the author made you feel like you were right there with her beautiful descriptions of Michigan.

I could relate to the character Hannah in so many ways. The fact that she likes things to remain the same really resonated with me. Her love of old houses keeps her from being a stellar realtor because she can't stand to see them torn down, which I can totally relate to as well.  When she has a chance to help her hometown and keep the historic value of her little town at the same time, she jumps at the chance.

Luke is a man who doesn't feel like he belongs. He grew up in foster care and it affects him in so many ways to feel that he doesn't belong anywhere or with anyone. I love his character so much because he is flawed yet has such a good heart.

My favorite thing about this book is how the author weaves faith throughout and always points to the love of God. She does it in a way that is realistic and believable and not preachy. It gave me so much encouragement to my own faith to read her beautiful words.

I really loved this book and it was a fast but enjoyable read. I give it 5 stars.

*This book was provided to me by Revell. I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this book.

Blessings - Julie

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