Thursday, November 17, 2011

There You'll Find Me by

There You'll Find Me by Jenny B. Jones
Release Date: October 4, 2011
Publisher: Thomas Nelson

In a small cottage house in rural Ireland, Finley discovers she can no longer outrun the past.  When Finley travels to Ireland as a foreign exchange student, she hopes to create a new identity and get some answers from the God who took her brother away and seems to have left her high and dry.  But from the moment she boards the plane and sits by Beckett Rush, teen star of the hottest vampire flicks, nothing goes according to Finley's plan. When she gets too close to Beckett, a classmate goes on a mission to make sure Finley packs her bags, departs Ireland-and leaves Beckett alone.  Finley feels the pressure all around. As things start to fall apart, she begins to rely on a not-so-healthy method of taking control of her life.  Finley tries to balance it all-disasters on the set of Beckett's new movie, the demands of school, and her growing romance with one actor who is not what he seems. Yet Finley is also not who she portrays to Beckett and her friends.  For the first time in her life, Finley must get honest with herself to get right with God.

This was another one of those stories that was all about character, all about real, simple issues that happen to people.  I love stories like these.  Although werewolves, vampires, dragons, fairies, and other fantastical tales are exciting, sometimes it's just really nice to curl up in a chair with a story that's just about people and their struggles. 

Finley goes to Ireland to find God again, thinking that if she follows along in the places that her dead brother went, places where he seemed to find such contentment and closeness, she might get over his dead, and find God too.  Yes, this was a book about faith, and it was so well done.  A lot of the time, if I read a book of fiction that has to do with God or faith, it comes across as very preachy, where you know the author had an agenda or a specific message to get across.  In this story, these elements were weaved in so well, that it didn't detract from the story at all, and yet, I still got the point.

I wasn't sure what I would think of Beckett... since he was an actor, but I was pleasantly surprised by his character and found myself just falling for him.  His interactions with Finley were perfect, and his care of her was so romantic.

This story deals with a couple different subjects that are pretty heavy, not least of which is dealing with the death of a loved one.  The author did a fantastic job navigating through these tricky elements in her story.  I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would definitely read others by this author.

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