Wednesday, September 1, 2021

SINCE YOU'VE BEEN GONE by Tari Faris, Reviewed by Nicole Cook

With small town charm and the return of beloved characters, Since You've Been Gone, the third installment of author Tari Faris’ Restoring Heritage series, is sure to delight readers of contemporary romance. Ever since reading the first book in the series, Tari Faris quickly became a favorite contemporary romance author of mine. If you've ever lived in a small town where everyone knows everyone, you will love the town of Heritage, Michigan and its residents. I wish Heritage was real, so I could move there and be friends with all my favorite characters!

This book focuses on Leah Williams and Jon Kensington’s story, along with Madison Westmore and (newcomer to the series) Colby Marc's secondary storyline. Beloved characters from earlier books continue to play a role in the conclusion to the Restoring Heritage series. Readers could jump in and start with this book, but it is recommended to read the series from the beginning to get to know all the characters who are featured. If you've been wondering about the mysterious Otis the hippo, you must read this book!! All your questions will be answered!

Since You've Been Gone is highly recommended for fans of contemporary romance, especially readers who enjoy novels by authors such as Denise Hunter, Becky Wade, Courtney Walsh, Melissa Tagg, and Susan May Warren. It is bittersweet to say goodbye to this wonderful cast of characters and the town of Heritage, but I can't wait to see what Tari Faris has in store for us next!
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell and was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine.

Releases September 7, 2021

With her vision and his know-how, this thing just might work . . .

Leah Williams is back in the quaint town of Heritage, Michigan, and ready to try again to make her business a success. But blank slates are hard to come by, and a piece of her past is waiting for her there. Heir to the Heritage Fruits company, Jonathan Kensington is the guy who not only made Leah's past difficult, but he also seems determined to complicate her present as well.

In order to avoid forcing a buyout of Leah's building, Jon will have to strike a compromise. Can the two of them work together? Or will their troubled past set the tone for their future?

Revell Publishing, September, 2021
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Tari Faris is the author of You Belong with Me and Until I Met You. A member of American Christian Fiction Writers and My Book Therapy, she is the projects manager for My Book Therapy, writes for, 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. Learn more at


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