I want to start off by saying that I absolutely loved the prequel novella to this series, P. S. Goodbye. If you haven’t read it, sign up for Tari Faris’ newsletter and you will get a free copy! It’s totally worth your time! You do not have to read the novella before reading You Belong to Me. They are both stand-a-lone’s.
Here’s what I liked about this story: I liked the small town setting. I used to live in a very small town and I really miss it. I love stories with good secondary characters who actually have their own storyline. Actually, in this story, my favorite characters were the secondary ones, Thomas and Janie. Their story was much more interesting to me. I am also interested in Nate’s story, which I hope comes next.
Now, for what didn’t work for me: I just could not connect with either Hannah or Luke or their relationship. I felt that there were way too many secrets and lies between them which basically continued throughout the entire story. Because of this, I just couldn’t root for them to be together. I also felt like too many problems were solved too easily. To be really invested in a story, I need to feel like it is realistic and this one just didn’t feel that way to me.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book.
“If she hadn’t wanted to slap the smug expression off his face, she might have been tempted to kiss it. Best friends really shouldn’t be allowed to be that good-looking.”
In her debut novel, You Belong with Me, author Tari Faris creates a heartwarming contemporary romance featuring a close-knit group of friends and family members who reside in the beloved small town of Heritage, Michigan. Hannah Thornton and her best friend Luke Johnson call the town of Heritage home, although former foster kid Luke still struggles with a sense of belonging. Readers will be treated to two different love stories in this novel, similar to the style of Susan May Warren’s novels. After breaking Hannah’s heart years earlier, there might still be a future for Hannah and Luke if their secrets and differences don’t destroy their second chance at love. Last year, Hannah’s brother Thomas abruptly ended his relationship with the love of his life Janie, although unanswered questions and unresolved feelings linger.
Readers will fall in love with the town of Heritage and will look forward to the rest of the series. Tari Faris gives readers hope for the future and shares the message of God’s never-ending love for us. I love her writing style and the way she incorporates bits of humor throughout the romance storylines.
You Belong with Me is recommended for fans of contemporary romance and for readers who enjoy novels by authors such as Denise Hunter, Becky Wade, Courtney Walsh, Melissa Tagg, and Susan May Warren. P.S. Goodbye, the prequel novella to her Restoring Heritage series is currently only available to her newsletter subscribers, so readers can sign up for her newsletter at http://www.tarifaris.com and be introduced to many of the characters who will play an important role in her Restoring Heritage series.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell and was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine.
Back Cover Blurb:
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.
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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 learnhowtowriteanovel.com, 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.