A few years ago I met Victoria Bylin at a Bluegrass Writers' meeting. She was fun and gracious. Since meeting Vicki I've read Until I Found You, Together With You, and this month I read Someone Like You. I don't often review books on my blog, but I wanted to introduce you to Vicki and tell you a little about her book.
What is her book about? Here's how she answered that question.
Someone Like You is a flip-flop reunion story. Back in college, Zeke Monroe and Julia Dare were romantically involved. A minister’s son, Zeke believed his faith was strong, while Julia had no faith at all. Fast forward six years . . . Julia is now a single mom and a brand new Christian, while Zeke is wrestling with himself and God. He’s also trying to save a historic California resort and needs Julia’s help to do it. Add in Julia's rotten ex,her young son, and a romance between her mom and a country music star who looks and sounds like Sam Elliot, and you have the bones of the book.
I enjoyed the depth to this story. So many issues were handled in one book, and many times you wondered how it would all turn out. And this story was big enough to handle two romances and flirted with a third potential romance. But the story also handled tough issues. One day last week part of my morning devotional included Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV):
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
6 in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.
Later that day as I read, Someone Like You, the character reflected on this same verse. I can't tell you how cool that was.
Here's a little about the author:
Victoria Bylin is known for tackling tough subjects with great compassion. In 2016, Together With You, a story of grace and healing, won the Inspirational Readers Choice Award for Best Contemporary Romance. Her other books, including historical westerns, have finaled in the Carol Awards, the RITAs, and RT Magazine’s Reviewers Choice Award. A native of California, she and her husband now make their home in Lexington, Kentucky. Learn more at
If you're looking for a good book to read, I highly recommend Someone Like You.
Julia Dare is trying to run her own business, raise her young son, Max, and help her widowed mother. Her biggest worry, though, is keeping Max's father from being a bad influence while still allowing the boy to spend time with his dad. When an account from her event-planning business sends her to Caliente Springs resort, she's shocked to encounter Zeke Monroe, her college sweetheart.
Zeke is determined to keep Caliente Springs running despite financial trouble. When Julia walks back into his life, he's surprised at the feelings she stirs up. As they work together on an important client's wedding, the fate of the resort soon depends on their success. With Zeke and Julia both pushed to their limits, will their history put up walls between them or bring them together?