“Jones has incredible insight into her teen characters. They are complex, yet have a lighter side and irresistible charm. The story is truly an outpouring to young people about healing deep wounds and gaining a voice for truth and hope.” —RT Book Reviews, 4½ stars, TOP PICK!
Grief brought Finley to Ireland. Love will lead her home.
Finley Sinclair is not your typical eighteen-year-old. She’s witty, tough, and driven. With an upcoming interview at the Manhattan music conservatory, Finley needs to finish composing her audition piece. But her creativity disappeared with the death of her older brother, Will.
She decides to take a break and study abroad, following Will’s travel journal to Ireland. Her brother felt closest to God there, and she hopes to find peace about his death.
Beckett Rush, teen heartthrob and Hollywood bad boy, is flying to Ireland to finish filming his latest vampire movie. On the flight, he bumps into Finley. She’s the one girl who seems immune to his charm. Undeterred, Beckett convinces her to be his assistant in exchange for his help as a tour guide.
Once in Ireland, Finley starts to break down. The loss of her brother and the pressure of school, her impending audition, and whatever is happening between her and Beckett, leads her to a new and dangerous vice. When is God going to show up for her in this emerald paradise?
Then she experiences something that radically changes her perspective on life. Could it be God convincing her that everything she’s been looking for has been with her all along?
“And that’s why I think it works so well . . . It manages to be relatable despite the unique circumstances, despite the characters being people in the public eye, despite it being set somewhere I’ve never been. What so many YAs can’t achieve in the most everyday settings with the most everyday characters, There You’ll Find Me does.” —School Library Journal
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Jenny B. Jones is a four-time Carol-Award winningauthor who writes YA and Christian Romances with equal parts wit, sass, and untamed hilarity. Whenshe's not writing, she'sliving it up as ahigh school speech teacher in Arkansas. Visit JennyBJones.com and SouthernBelleView.com. Twitter @JenBJones
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There You'll Find Me
By Jenny B. Jones
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Chapter OneI'm on my way to Ireland! I've pretty much lost a whole night's sleep on the plane, but who cares? Great things are waiting for me. I know it.
—Travel Journal of Will Sinclair, Abbeyglen, Ireland
I pulled out an earbud as the flight attendant leaned over me. "Yes?"
"We have a few seats available in first class. Would you like to have one of them?"
Seats like recliners, meals that didn't taste like burned Lean Cuisines, and no guy in front of me leaned back 'til he was in my lap? "Yes, please."
I grabbed my backpack and followed the woman through the narrow aisle, dodging two ladies on their way to the bathroom.
Five more hours of the flight to Shannon, Ireland. I couldn't get there fast enough. But a cushy seat would surely help pass the time.
"Here we go." She smiled widely, and her eyes brimmed with an excessive amount of enthusiasm for a good deed she surely did every day.
Thanking the flight attendant, I slipped into the seat, the leather crunching beneath me, and set my backpack at my feet.
"Have fun," she said.
I glanced at the guy beside me. He leaned against the wall, his head propped into his hand, a Colts hat covering his head and shielding his eyes from view. From the stillness of his body, he had to be asleep.
I settled in, pulled out my travel pillow, zipped up my hoodie, and burrowed. Reaching for the newspaper, I opened to the second page, where the article from the front left off.
... The latest bombing in Iraq has been claimed by terrorist Hassan Al Farran, ringleader of the al Qaeda cell thought to be responsible for the deadly blast in Afghanistan that killed a schoolhouse of children, as well as CNN correspondent and humanitarian Will Sinclair, son of hotel magnate Marcus Sinclair. On the Most Wanted list, Al Farran is number four in command in the Taliban and continues to elude capture.
As the familiar churning began in my stomach, I took a few deep breaths. One day the pain wouldn't be as fresh as if the loss of my brother had just happened. Instead of two years ago. My counselor said I should've been past the anger stage. But I wasn't.
But on October twentieth, perhaps I would be.
I continued to read the article, but it provided no new information, and soon the words swam and blurred until I finally had to close my eyes and rest for just a bit in the dimmed lights of the plane.
* * *
"The captain has turned on the Fasten Seat Belt sign. Please remain in your seats and refrain from moving about the cabin."
Somewhere in the fog of my sleepy brain, the flight attendant's voice registered, but I couldn't seem to pull myself to the surface. So tired. And warm. And comfy.
"Sir, your friend needs to put her seat belt on."
"As much as I like a lovely girl leaning on my shoulder," a lilting voice whispered near my ear, "I think you might want to listen to the flight attendant."
My head lifted with a jerk as the plane shuddered. "What?" Where am I? What time is it?
The boy beside me laughed, and after I blinked a few times, I saw him more clearly.
Snapping myself in, my cheeks warmed. "Was I just—" "Sleeping on me?" He nodded his head, his blond hair peeping out from his cap. "Yeah."
"And did I—"
"Drool?" His voice carried a hint of Ireland. "Not much."
Gray eyes. Chiseled cheekbones. A grin that revealed a dimple. A voice low enough to send chills along my aching neck. A smile that would send most teen girls into a squealing fit of adoration and hyperventilation.
"Oh my gosh—"
"Shhh." He pressed one finger to his lips. "Don't say a word. I've gotten this far without being bothered."
He flashed that million-dollar grin again. The one that earned this nineteen-year-old the lead role as the darkly romantic Steele Markov in a franchise of films such as Vampire Boarding School and Friday Night Bites.
"If you stay mum about this, I'll give you an autograph." He leaned close. "But you should know I've given up signing body parts."
I blinked twice, my mouth open in an O.
"I know, it's shocking," he said. "I guess the flight attendant thought she was doing you a favor sitting you next to me, but—"
"I don't want your autograph," I finally managed.
Beckett tilted his head and flashed those gunmetal grays. "Okay. One picture. But later. After we land, and I've had my breakfast."
"I don't want your picture either." I scooted away from his seat. "The last thing I want, Mr. Hollywood Party Boy, is to be photographed with you, where it will surely land in some trash magazine. As if I need any more of that."
His frown was the first genuine facial expression I'd witnessed. No doubt, Beckett Rush was not used to anything but fawning and fainting from teenage girls. And their mothers.
"Have we met?" he asked.
"No." Digging into my backpack, I pulled out a magazine and flipped past the glossy cover. None of the girls looked like me. They were all rail thin, unlike my size nine. Scrawny legs, where my own were muscular from years of cheerleading. And their hair displayed artful compositions of chaos and grace, while my long, dark locks were stuffed into a messy bun on top of my head after an endless day of travel.
"Are you sure, so?"
"Quite." Returning the magazine to my bag, I retrieved the sheet music I'd been working on for weeks. My audition piece.
"Because now that I get a good look at you, you seem familiar."
I swiped my fingers through my brunette bangs until they offered a little coverage. "I have one of those faces."
"And you've certainly a strong dislike of me." I could feel his eyes study me as I reread the first eight measures. "As if I've done something to you."
"You have not."
"It's your type," I said, without looking up. "I know your type."
"Well now, that's interesting."
His cologne filtered my way and clung to my shirt where I'd fallen asleep against him. I probably had crease marks on my face from his shoulder. How embarrassing.
"Did you have a good nap, then?"
Boys like him were only after one thing. And I was done with him and his entire species. "Fine. Thank you."
"Since we've established who I am . . ." He lifted a blond brow when I didn't respond. "The next line is where you tell me your name. I think if you're going to drool on me, we should at least be on a first-name basis."
I sighed and looked toward the window where I saw nothing but dark sky.
"You look like a Myrtle to me," he said to himself. "Maybe a Mavis. But I could be wrong."
"Finley." I tried to rearrange my mussed hair with my fingers. "Finley Sinclair."
Silence. Then his eyes widened. "Of the hotel fame?"
Here we go. "My dad might own a hotel or two."
"One or two thousand." And then new understanding dawned. "You've had quite a year. I think I saw you on the cover of People some months back. 'Hotel heiress sneaks into club and parties the night away.'"
"That was last spring." And I had worked my tail off making amends, getting away from what my dad had called my crazy season. Thank goodness any small amount of notoriety I had did not extend to foreign countries. I would start over with a clean slate. "The article was grossly exaggerated, and I'm sorry I took a photo op away from you. But don't worry, your Wild Child title is safe. I don't want it." Not anymore, though you couldn't tell it from my list of escapades last year. And I was done associating with people like Beckett, or my ex-boyfriend, who just wanted to have a good time and didn't care about the costs.
I didn't miss the flash of Beckett's eyes before his amiable mask returned. "Since you're not a member of my fan club, let's talk about something else," he said. "A safer topic perhaps. What brings you to Ireland?"
Years of manners drilled into me made it impossible to totally ignore him. But I wished I were still asleep, blissfully unaware of the choppy skies or whom I was sitting next to. "I'm going to Abbeyglen. Foreign exchange program." And I was two weeks overdue. Instead of leaving last month like I was supposed to, I had opted for an orchestra camp instead. Now I would arrive mere days before school began.
My body jolted as we hit another air pocket.
"So your parents wanted you out of the country."
"It was my choice, actually. My brother Will came here for his senior year and I wanted to do the same. I hope to see every place he went." I thought of his travel journal in my backpack, sandwiched between a romance novel and Seventeen. And Will's violin, stowed in the front of the plane, the one I would use to get into the New York Conservatory. I'd stay in Abbeyglen through March, then go back to Charleston and graduate with my class. Just enough time to soak up the culture, buy my parents some souvenirs, and totally change my life.
Beckett put his elbow on my armrest and leaned my way. "I'm sorry about your brother."
"How did you know about Will?"
"What happened to him got the whole world's attention. I've already read two scripts based on your brother's life."
Anger had a stranglehold on my throat, and I considered pulling down one of those masks until the black spots went away. "Will's life was more than some Hollywood opportunity." How dare they commercialize the event that ripped my family in two? I'd seen enough of the real video footage to last me the rest of my days.
"I know that must've been hard."
"Thank you," I finally said. "Life can be hard. In the real world." What did Mr. Vampire know of difficulties? He lived in a magical palace where girls threw him rose petals and their never-ending loyalty. His movies' opening-night revenues could build a hundred of the schools in Afghanistan my brother had worked so hard for.
His smile was a slow lift of the lips. "Just a piece of advice. You might want to brush up on your people skills if you're going to make it in Abbeyglen. The Irish are some of the nicest folks on earth, to be sure. They won't take kindly to your surly attitude and sullen looks." Beckett's eyes took a lazy stroll over my face. "Pretty though those looks might be."
The boy was unreal. "Does that seriously work on girls?"
"Yes." He scratched his chin as he contemplated this. "Yes, it does."
I delicately cleared my throat and studied my nails. "Did absolutely nothing for me."
"Interesting. I guess there's a first time for everything." He shrugged. "So you don't care to sit by me. And you don't want my autograph. What is it you do want, Finley Sinclair?"
Some peace. Some healing. To hear God's voice again.
I wanted to find my brother's Ireland. To put it into song. And I wanted my heart back.
"I'll know it when I find it." I looked past Beckett and into the night sky. "Or when it finds me."
Chapter TwoCall when you arrive. You know how your mother worries. And be careful of strangers. Can't trust anyone these days.
—Dad Sent to my BlackBerry
If I never got on a plane again, it would be too soon. All I wanted to do was crash into a bed and stretch out my tired body until I passed out into sleepy bliss.
After some unsuccessful small talk, Beckett and I spent the remaining hours alternating between sleeping and ignoring one another. Just when I had started to feel badly and thought to attempt some kindness and genuine conversation, I opened a new OK! magazine, only to be greeted by an article about the movie star beside me and his wild night in Los Angeles weeks ago. A yelling match with his producer. Dinner at Spago with three blond starlets. A hotel room carelessly trashed.
So I watched one of the in-flight movies instead.
"Enjoy your stay in Abbeyglen." Beckett Rush grabbed his bag from the overhead bin as the passengers in front of us shuffled to the exit.
"Thank you." I hitched my backpack tighter and finally met his laughing eyes. "Nice to meet you." My voice was flat as my wilted hair.
Those full lips quirked. "Right. And you as well, Felicity."
"I had a grand time sitting beside you." His accent made his words sound almost sincere.
"Uh-huh." I stepped into the aisle, grateful to be minutes from escape.
"Who knows?" he said. "We might run into each other again. Our paths might cross. Our circles might intersect."
I turned away from my inspection of the slow-moving woman in front of me and stared at this arrogant boy. "Pretty sure I don't hang out in the same circles as you."
"That's not what the tabloids say."
"My party days are over." My look dismissed him from the top of his Colts cap to his designer shoes. "A temporary lapse of judgment for me. Not something I want to make a career of."
"A little fun never hurt anyone. In fact, it pays my bills."
"There are more important things to care about." Like my audition. I wouldn't blow it again.
Beckett stared for one second before he threw his head back and laughed. "You take care of yourself, Frances. I hope you find just what you need in Ireland. And maybe even ... a little fun."
"My name is—" I snapped my lips together. Never mind. The boy was an actor. Not a rocket scientist. Clearly he wasn't blessed with an ample amount of brain cells. Just stunningly good looks. And a voice that could charm a weaker girl into handing over her purity ring with one syllable.
The line in front of me finally moved. Two teenage girls ahead turned and gawked at Beckett.
"Could it be him?"
"It's not," I said loud enough for them to hear. "Just his body double. Not nearly as cute." I lowered my voice to a stage whisper. "And a little s-l-o-w, if you take my meaning."
Leaving Beckett Rush behind forever, I grabbed my beloved violin, then followed the line that emptied into the Shannon airport. Stepping out of the traffic of busy travelers, I called home. My mom's sleepy voice answered on the fourth ring.
"I made it."
"Good to hear your voice." I heard a rustle of blankets and my dad mumbling in the background. It was ten p.m. there, and my parents were early birds. "Your father said he loves you and to call him later."
"Did he just roll over and go back to sleep?"
"The man sleeps through hurricanes." My mom yawned. "Now, Finley, don't forget what your counselor said."
"I know." Would I ever outrun my past? "I'll call her if I get stressed or overwhelmed."
"Or if those feelings start to come over you again."
"I've been okay for six months, Mom." No anxiety meds, no more depression talk. "You promised you wouldn't push."
"We love you. We just want you to take care of yourself. It's been a long haul for you, and I don't want anything to mess it up."
"I have to go. The O'Callaghans are probably waiting."
"I miss you already."
"Talk to you soon."
"Stay away from the black pudding."
"And don't ride your bicycle on the wrong side of the road."
Ten minutes later I made it to baggage claim, where the machine gave a mighty groan and bags began to file out like weary soldiers. It was a long, tiring wait before I saw mine appear.
"Excuse me." I tried to step past a large gentleman standing in the way. "Sir, if I could just—" No! There went my suitcases. Using a little more elbow than manners, I nudged by the man and reached for the handle of my bag. I wrenched one off the belt and made a grab for the other. "Sir, would you mind grabbing that?" Fatigue pounded into me like a high tide. I swiped for the bag again, my fingers making contact. But couldn't keep hold.
I moved back and took a seat on the floor, knowing I'd have to wait 'til it came around again. So tired. And hungry. And smelly. And in need of caffeine.
Lord, I do not want to sit down and bawl right here in the middle of the airport.
"I believe this is yours?"
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I fell in love with this book the moment I found out that it takes place in Ireland! If you have a heart for music, love, dancing, and the Irish, you will have one for this book too! Jenny B Jones is an amazing author who will grab you and suck you into Finley's story!
For the moment there I thought this would be just another Young Adult book with the usual Boy-Meets-Girl theme. However, I was dead wrong about it. As the saying goes, "do not judge a book by its cover" and may I expand it to " by it synopsis too". The author, Jenny B Jones, did not only injected romance in the story but also loaded it with pain, humour and faith in God's will. It was fun to read how the two of them, Beckett and Finley, met. Amazing to see how their path kept crossing. At first Finley wanted to avoid Beckett due to his Playboy reputation but slowly she discovered that what is reported is not what she sees. I love Cathleen Sweeney. She is an old woman dying from cancer. She is full of bitterness and her past does not help with that. Nevertheless, she was assigned to Finley as a School Project. Their relationship begins and it gradually helps Finley with her grief. Overall, this has been a good read. I love the author writing style and I hope to read more of her books. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
Jenny B Jones can certainly tell a good story and this is her best to date. Entertaining and eye opening. A must read for YA readers....and their Moms.
this book was amazing. keeps you interested throughout
There You¿ll Find me By Jenny B. Jones Finley Sinclair is searching and she hopes to find what she needs in Ireland. Unlike so many of her friends and other young women, Finley isn¿t hunting for a man to make her complete. Her goal is to become a student at the Manhattan Music Conservatory, but first she must write the ending of an original piece of music, perform well at the audition, and come to grips with the death of her brother, Will. Will visited Ireland before his death and left a diary and photos about his experiences and travels. Finley wants to follow his footsteps and most of all, find the cross in one of the photos. I liked Finley from the first page of the book despite her obsession with exercise and her fascination with trying to eat healthy. Finley had her eyes on a goal, and despite the need for a counselor in her past, appears to know how to go around obstacles, avoid distractions and cover the distance to success. Yet, a piece of her is missing because she believes God is ignoring her. So when the teen idol Beckett Rush enters her life she¿s the only girl around who doesn¿t fall at his feet and pant. True, he has an awesome smile and is quite handsome when he¿s not dressed as a vampire. But Finley is not impressed. Her lack of interest catches his eye and he figures out how to get to know her. Finley has no time for an egotistical male, but the movie star gets a room at the Bed and Breakfast where she¿s staying. She needs a tour guide and he needs a assistant to help him. While Rush keeps hanging around, Finley becomes an encourager to an old bitter woman dying from cancer, while battling her own mammoth problems. Will the teenager find peace, comfort and victory over her eating disorder? Is the vampire actor as normal and genuine as he tries to appear? Or is he a playboy that often wears makeup and costumes? As usual, Jenny B. Jones writes a wonderful story for young adults. Not all of Finley's problems are completely solved by the end of the book, but the reader suspects this strong character that Jenny B. Jones has created will be victorious.
This story was a little sweet, and a lot predictable. I kept putting off reading this book because something about it made me a little less than excited to get into it. I finally picked it up, and though not as boring as I anticipated, still wasn't all that exciting. Finley, our main character is on her was to Ireland, to discover the country her deceased brother found so enchanting. On the plane ride over, the stewardess asks if she would like to sit in first class ( has this ever happened to anyone?) And puts her right next to the hottest teen star, Beckett Rush. Of course she is instantly repulsed by his apparent womanizing ways, and since she is the first person to ever say no to him, he is instantly intrigued. They part ways, and she continues on her way to her host family's B&B (she's an exchange student), where, Gasp!.... the arrogant actor she just left is staying while filming his movie. Though I am sure it's not hard to guess, throughout the course of the story, they are constantly thrown together, and eventually despite their differences, they begin to fall for each other. The rest of the story is filled with almost cartoon like versions of characters. From the cranky and bitter old lady, who's closed off heart Finley worms her way into, and the overly angelic Sister Maria who always knows what to say to uplift Finley, and always stumbles across her while she is praying out loud, to the principles daughter, the queen biotch always trying to throw a wrench in the relationship between Finley and Beckett. Peppered through out the book are constant bible versus and prayers, and the religious revelations by Will, Finley's over the top do-gooder and deceased brother. Some it was relatable and uplifting, but much of it was eye-roll inducing. While much of the book annoyed me, I did however appreciate the addition of Finley's struggle with an eating disorder due to stress and her need to control absolutely everything. Though I thought it was overcome a little to easily, I did appreciate the addition of a real problem that many young women face these days. I also liked that Jones didn't inundate her book with gratuitous sex and language, and focused on other things that teenage girls struggle with. Perhaps I am being a little harsh, over all the book wasn't really that bad... it just wasn't really that good either. If you enjoy sappy wholesome books, with religious undertones then this book is for you. Though I found myself wanting to skip paragraphs and even whole pages, some people might find it the perfect book to read at that time in their life. If you're like me and have had it sitting on a shelf for months with the intention of reading it, I say give it a shot. If nothing else, its a good book to read in between the books you really can't wait for.
Jenny B. Jones delivers another hit in There You'll Find Me! The main character, Finely, sets out on a journey to get some answers. Her brother has recently died which has left her with a broken heart. To heal, she journeys to her brother's favorite country, Ireland. She uses his journey from his time there as her guidebook; however, her journey does not begin or end as she planned. She begins on a plane sitting next ot teenage heartthrob and supposed party boy--Beckett Rush. Chaos erupts. While friendship develops she finds out things about Beckett and herself that she did not realize. Her life begins to unravel, and she has to learn how to trust God with everything. Wow! Beautiful story. I laughed, I cried and rejoiced with Finley as she journeys through her struggles. Jenny B. Jones is one of my teenage daughters favorite authors, and she has become one of mine as well. Her talent is showcased in this book by how it pulls you into the story. I felt like I knew these people. I wanted to sit down with Finley and have a heart to heart. Loved it! I love humor, and I do not really like the "tear jerker" stories. This book did make me cry but I still loved it. Way to go Jenny B. Jones. Five star performance. My only complaint was the portrayal of your male character being a Hollywood heartthrob who played in vampire movies. Not sure vampire movies and Christian go together. Nevertheless, Beckett does admit in the end that he pretended to be a party guy just to create an image that would help sell movies. He really is a very decent, caring person who even decides he would like to do other characters beside vampires. Overall, wonderful read! Entertaining! I received this book free from the publisher through Booksneeze Publishing Group. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.
I am such a fan of young love. I believe they are the most innocent and most real kind of love. This book tells the most real and most innocent young love and so much more. This is a story who not only made me smile, made me laugh, made me cry at times but most of all this is a story who made me realize how lucky I am for having my family. This is a story who reminded me to have faith in God and never question his will. This is a story who reminded me that whenever I feel too much burden on my shoulders, all I have to do is tell myself that I am victorious over all things because I have a loving God who would take away all my pains and all my worries. Kudos to Jenny B. Jones for this wonderful novel. I can feel that God has been with you while you are writing this piece of art. I saw His grace in every pages of the book. I feel His love in every word and for that I thank you.
I saw the cover, and I read the synopsis, and I knew I was in for a treat. This book combines some of my very favorite things--Ireland (and Irish accents), teenaged snark, and vampires. Okay, not the real vampires, but Beckett Rush, the love interest in TYFM is an actor who plays a very famous Hollywood vampire (insert your own personal favorite vampire actor here). I expected to laugh and swoon, and I was not disappointed. But I was also moved and challenged. We've all felt like God was silent at times in our lives, and traveling alongside Finley in her search to hear from him was a painful but beautiful reminder that He is always with us, even in the darkness and silence. This was one of those books that I didn't want to put down, but when I had to, I couldn't stop thinking about it all throughout the day. I was sad to see it end. I can't recommend it any more highly.
Here's my daughter's review: AMAZING. It's very well-written. Jenny takes you to Ireland with the main character Finley Sinclair. Finley heads to Ireland for a foreign exchange program, but she's really there to find peace. Her dead brother spent his senior year in Ireland and she wants to recreate his experience and find his peace. On the way, she ends up seated next to Beckett Rush, THE heart throb of vampire movies. She walks away, thinking she'll never see him again, only to find he's staying at the B&B her host family owns. Finely is desperately trying to lose weight -- about the only thing in her world she thinks she can control. Between a foster grandma who is dying, a cross she can't find, and an audition that is bearing down on her, she needs something she can control. After reading this multi-layered book, I can't wait to read more of Jenny's YA titles. It's AMAZING. If you've read Jenny's Save the Date, Finley is Alex Sinclair's little sister. There You'll Find Me is filled with such raw emotion and longing that I couldn't put it down. Don't let the YA categorization keep you from reading this book. Jenny takes these characters through issues that all of us can relate to: from the deep need to control our worlds to the search for a place it's safe to be the true me, she shines a light on our deepest needs. Then she masterfully demonstrates how Christ is the answer to all of our needs and longings. This story does not wrap up neatly, because life is that way. However, at the end you are left with a sense that Finley will be okay, that she will come out the other side a much stronger person...one that God can use.
It was my privilege to read an ARC of this book over the summer of 2011, and even though I am way beyond my teen years, the story moved me to tears many times. The author, Jenny B. Jones, has taken multiple tough subjects and tackled them in one beautiful, gritty book about the frailty of us as humans and the incredible grace of God. The story is complete; she leaves no threads untied at the end. Everything comes to a satisfactory conclusion, and I walked away from this book a changed woman. I am glad to know that such a book exists and that a writer exists who is brave enough to venture into the waters of grief, eating disorders, family dysfunction, and bullying to write about them cohesively.
Two things I love about books is that they take you to places that you have never been and make you feel things that you have never felt. I loved this book because not only did it take me to Ireland (after reading this I really love to visit Ireland) it also made me feel the familiar feeling of loss and pain. Finley Sinclair was struggling after the death of her brother Will. Her brother left a journal documenting his trip to Ireland and how he found God there. Trying to find out for herself what her brother discovered there she decided to set off to Ireland. On her way there she met the famous Beckett Rush who turned out to be more than who she thought he was. Finley had to struggle with a lot of things: her brother's death, her family, school, her audition piece, a certain boy, God and most of all herself. I honestly don't know where or how to begin this. This would probably be the longest review I will ever make. This book indeed helped me a lot. It helped me face the issues in life that I am currently having. It touched so many aspects in my life if not all. When I was reading the book, it was as if I was the one narrating the story and not Finley. When I started the book I was like okay she met him at the plane and then what? But as the story progressed that's when I really got the whole picture. In the book, Finley kept on complaining that no matter how hard she tried calling to God he never answered. She felt alone and depressed. She developed an eating disorder that she refused to admit even though she knows that it's true. She was a walking disaster waiting to happen only she was too preoccupied with so many things that she failed to notice it. She was having a hard time accepting her brother's death. She refused to let go of the pain, the loss and the heartache. She found it so hard to let go of her favorite brother. Her role model. Her goal was to finish the audition piece that she dedicated to Will. She hoped that after that everything would go back to normal. But things would never go back the way it used to be. No matter what she does, it would never bring back her brother. You could either stay or move forward, that is one of the lessons I have learned in this book. Either you mull over the pain over and over again or you let everything go and let God help you move on. This book helped me overcome my own pain, my hurts and my regrets. I try and convince myself and others that I have already gotten over the fact that my ex-bf had left me and my daughter but I really haven't nor did I really got over my Mom remarrying. I do regret not being able to graduate. One other important thing that I failed to let go until now is the death of my Dad. I just realized after reading this book that I haven't really moved on from his death. He was my Will. I loved him more than anyone else in my family. He was my role model (I was a daddy's girl). I thought I gotten over it a long time ago but I was wrong. I didn't deal with it, I just suppressed it. It was my coping mechanism. I should have known but I was too blind to see it but finally I am free all thanks to this book. God does move in mysterious ways. I also thought he wasn't listening to me anymore but I was wrong. He spoke to me. He spoke to me through the pages of this book. Thank you Ms. Jones for making this book. :) I am forever a fan!
I loved this book. Right from the start it captures you and draws you in (In a good way). Through out the book you fall in love with Finley and Beckett as they realize what its like to let go and to just trust God.
This book was amazing! It was a feel good book that I couldn't put down
It was a good book and plot :D
Grief brought Finley to Ireland. LOVE WILL LEAD HER HOME. Finley Sinclair is not your typical eighteen-year-old. She’s witty, tough, and driven. With an upcoming interview at the Manhattan music conservatory, Finley needs to compose her audition piece. But her creativity disappeared with the death of her older brother, Will. She decides to study abroad in Ireland so she can follow Will’s travel journal. It’s the place he felt closest to God, and she’s hopeful being there will help her make peace over losing him. So she agrees to an exchange program and boards the plane. Beckett Rush, teen heartthrob and Hollywood bad boy, is flying to Ireland to finish filming his latest vampire movie. On the flight, he meets Finley. She’s the one girl who seems immune to his charm. Undeterred, Beckett convinces her to be his assistant in exchange for his help as a tour guide. Once in Ireland, Finley starts to break down. The loss of her brother and the pressure of school, her audition, and whatever it is that is happening between her and Beckett, leads her to a new and dangerous vice. When is God going to show up for her in this emerald paradise? Then she experiences something that radically changes her perspective on life. Could it be God convincing her that everything she’s been looking for has been with her all along? (Booksneeze blurb) Okay, so I've actually had this book since...like...November, I think. I was really excited to read it for two reasons: It takes places in Ireland, and I'd already read one of the author's books and enjoyed it. The delay in this review is the cause of a couple of reasons, but definitely not because this book wasn't good. It was! First, Finley’s character is a great narrator. Throughout the book, she’s sarcastic and humorous, and a character that, by the end of the book, had me ready to cry right along with her. The other characters are great, too, and one of my favorites would have to be Beckett Rush. Sure, he made me dislike him several times, but overall, I loved him. He’s entertaining, and so fun, and in general, just sweet. There were so many subplots I hadn’t expected, but I think they all worked together well and closed nicely at the end. I also enjoyed the notes at the beginning of each chapter. The setting of the story was just beautifully done. The descriptions were just enough to paint the image in my head, and I could almost hear the music described throughout. This book was well-written, entertaining, and quite enjoyable. Although, despite having read Save the Date before reading this one, it wasn’t until after I finished There You’ll Find Me that I realized that the two are connected. So yeah, if you want to know a little more about the Sinclairs, read Save the Date as well, which I’ve already reviewed.
Some people have this uncanny ability to get you laughing quite easily, and isn't that a wonderful thing? Laughter just makes everything better, you're happy, you're comfortable, and you really don't want it to end. Those are pretty much my feelings about books written by Jenny B Jones. The thing that is really a fascinating combo though is that right along with the laughter in that place where you are happy and comfortable, Jenny introduces you to characters that have "stuff" that is pretty serious to wade through, you know stuff like complicated family relationships, grief, perfectionism and parental approval to name a few. You find all of this stuff, along with the laughter and much more in Jenny B Jones latest book There You'll Find Me. Finley Sinclair, little sister to Alex Sinclair from Save the Date (for loyal Jenny B Jones fans) is on her way to Ireland when she lands a free upgrade into First Class where she just happens to sit next to none other than Beckett Rush, up and coming teen movie star . With his Vampire franchise of films with such titles as Vampire Boarding School and Friday Night Bites, he has developed quite a following of teens and tweens alike. Unfortunately, his reputation precedes him as that of a Mr. Hollywood Party Boy and as Finley is on a personal spiritual renewal trip to get a fresh start after making some poor choices, she wants as far a berth as she can get from the guy that every other girl would die to be around. As luck would have it, Beckett is staying at the very Bed and Breakfast, while filming his latest Vampire movie, where Finley is staying with her host family during her study abroad program, so their paths do keep crossing. Finley finds that maybe all those paparazzi reports on Beckett weren't really that accurate and Beckett can't help but be drawn to a girl that seems to be real and not cookie-cutter Hollywood. As they get to know each other all of that "stuff"- good and bad starts to come out as they help each other to find what they truly are looking for. This story while having the usual humor that Jenny B. Jones always dishes up so well ,also has some real characters dealing with real issues in their lives. I love how the journey progresses for both characters with regards to figuring out what path God has for each of their lives and that it isn't always what they naturally thought would happen. But God's ways are always better than our ways and a whole lot of growth takes place during the process. This YA book is charming, lovely set in Ireland, and a pleasure to read. I like reading good YA stuff that I can pass on to my daughter's with confidence that they will be read , enjoyed and even have a great spiritual message in between the laughter and the tears. Thanks Jenny B Jones once again for a great book! Well constructed plot, loveable characters and a story that tugs on your heartstrings while filling the reader with joy and hope! 5 stars A free digital copy was given to me by the publisher through the Netgalley program. I was not obligated to write a positive review and all opinions expressed are my own.
It was nice to read a Christian YA book where I wasn¿t rolling my eyes every two seconds from the cheesiness of it all. This book was actually realistic the way author, Jenny B. Jones portrayed relationships, faith, and hardship.The main character, Finley, broken hearted and lost after her brother¿s death, decides to take a trip to Ireland. With her brothers travel journal in hand Finley plans to retrace his steps and hopefully heal her relationship with God, who she thinks has forgotten about her.On the plane ride she is seated next to teen movie star Beckett Rush. He barley opens his mouth before Finely shuts him down, claiming to know his type (bad boy, partier, player). They part ways after the flight only to find out that Beckett is staying at the B&B her host family owns, throwing them together once again.I liked Finley, she was a really believable and realistic main character. She has a strong personality and is not afraid of speaking her mind, whether it be to the school bully, Beatrice, or heartthrob, Beckett. Finley is flawed and real. I think anyone could relate to her in one way or another. I was able to relate to her in more than one. I really liked how whenever she was nervous or had to do something hard she would recite the same Bible verse to herself, ¿In all these things, I am more than victorious.¿ I loved this because I do the same exact thing, with the same verse! The version I know is ¿I can do all things through him who gives me strength.¿Beckett is a real charmer. I can see why Finley doubted him at first but it didn¿t take long to see that he really was a genuine, sweet guy. It took a lot of convincing for Finley to believe that. Even after they¿d hung out and spent hours upon hours together Finley still doubts him, which was a little annoying, but she comes around in the end.This was a great story about finding out that one is never lost with God. He is always there, with his arms wide open, waiting for us to find him.
There You'll Find Me by Jenny B Jones Thomas Nelson Publishing Due: 10/04/2011 Young Adult/Christian Fiction Rating: 4 stars Foreign exchange student, Finley Sinclair, boards a plane set for Ireland with the intent of seeking solace from her brothers death and trying to discover for herself the peace he found there with God only years earlier. But nothing can prepare her for the moment she wakes up on the plane seated next to the handsome, teen star, Beckett Rush. Finley and Beckett (who just happens to be shooting a new vampire movie in the same rural town) seem to cross paths at every turn and soon become fast friends, much to the dismay of classmate Beatrice, who feels that Finley is overstepping the bounds of the celebrity status. It doesn't take long before Beatrice is on a mission to send Finley packing. To top it off, Finley finds herself on an required assignment at a nursing home with the cranky, Mrs. Sweeney. As the stress builds and weighs heavily upon Finley's shoulders, she starts making choices under pressure to try to keep control of her life. As her tough exterior starts to crack, she realizes that things aren't always what they seem; people are not who they appear to be and only when we are truly broken can we be open enough to find what we are truly looking for. This is a fascinating story with true-to-life characters. It is well written without being preachy. I felt pulled in from the very beginning and read the entire book in one sitting. Jenny B. Jones does a great job touching on various topics affecting the hearts and minds of teenagers today, bringing reassurance that through friendship and faith in God, there is hope for the future. Highly recommended.
There You¿ll Find Me is a moving and inspiring story. Even if you¿re not generally a religious person, it¿s easy to identify with the struggles and stress Finley faces.Sure, you might not be struggling with the sexy Irish actor you sat next to on the plane, but in general, Finley is just a normal girl. She¿s dealing with stress to do well in her upcoming music audition, along with the grief of losing her brother, and loss of what to believe in and who to turn to.The setting of Ireland is so beautifully described in There You¿ll Find Me ¿ it made me want to hop on a plane this very second. The castles and the rolling hills and the churches and graveyards and the people ¿ I felt like I was really there with Finley, experiencing it through her eyes as she followed her brother¿s journal.I loved all the members of Finley¿s host family and Beckett¿s dog Bob and basically everything in this book, including the blecky Beatrice. There was an element of There You¿ll Find Me that came totally out of nowhere (or maybe I just missed all the signs, just like the people in Finley¿s life), but it definitely added to Finley¿s story.Overall, I enjoyed There You¿ll Find Me a lot. Even though I¿m not typically the most religious person, I definitely identified with Finley¿s struggles. Like I said, it¿s a very moving story and anyone who is looking for a contemporary with a relatable main character, definitely check out There You¿ll Find Me. Bonus ¿ it takes place in Ireland!
***E-ARC obtained from NetGalley*** Any review I write will not do this story justice. THERE YOU'LL FIND ME was powerful and amazing and delivered it's message incredibly without being "too preachy." Finley Sinclair experienced a devastating loss two years ago when her older brother, Will was killed in a terrorist attack. Since that time, she has continued with her life, but relied on the faith she knew her brother had to keep hers afloat. Finley travels to Ireland for a semester her Senior year because that's what Will did, and in his travel journal Will claims to have experienced God's presence everywhere in the lush country land. But when Finley doesn't feel her faith grows as Will's had, she begins to doubt if God cares anything for her anymore. As heart-breaking as Finley's story is, she carries out her grief in an OCD-like way that punishes her body and eventually becomes something she can no longer control. Over the course of a month, as her faith crumbles, so does her emotional state. During that time people are brought into Finley's life that she pledges to not care anything for, but without her knowledge they grow on her heart and ultimately lead her back to where she belongs in her faith, and at the same time help her discover the closure she was so achingly desperate for. From the first page, author Jenny B. Jones captures her readers interest and keeps the story flowing without any lulls. The book comes together so well, had I the time I would have finished it in one sitting. Even though I consider myself to be strong in my Faith, for whatever reason I tend to stay away from 'Christian-Lit.' But am I ever glad I picked up this one. It's an inspiring story that has EXACTLY the right amount of romance. The scriptures were introduced at just the right times to identify with the story, almost like an example...and introduced me to my now favorite Verse: Isaiah 43.
Finley Sinclair is trying to deal with the death of her brother while also trying to compose an ending to her audition piece she's to play at the Manhattan music conservatory called "Will's Song". She decides to study in Ireland and walk in her brothers footsteps using his travel journal. Maybe then she'll feel close to God, find peace and the ending for Will's Song. On the plane she meets Beckett Rush who is a well known actor on his way to Ireland to film his latest movie. Beckett is quite taken with Finley because it seems she's not impressed by who he is. He agrees to take her around Ireland if she agrees to be his assistant. She's also assigned an 'adopted grandmother' in a nursing home whom she's suppose to care for. But crotchety Mrs. Sweeney presents Finley with some really big challenges. There's also a few kids at school who are not real pleased with her relationship with Beckett and cause all kinds of trouble. And what exactly is hers and Beckett's relationship? As these stresses begin to pile up Finley begins to melt down. Will she be able to find an ending to her audition piece? More importantly will she find the inner peace that has seemed so far away or will she find it was closer than she thought?This is one of those stories that will be floating around in mind for a long time to come. I absolutely LOVED this story for all that it was. It was so real. Finley was so relateable. Don't we all have times of doubt and question whether God is really there? I liked seeing how all the different people the Lord brought into Finley's life made an impact that changed her forever. Doesn't the Lord do that for us as well. Finley didn't see it that way though and I think that is totally with us too. Those difficult things we deal with (like Mrs. Sweeney) are tough but they change us in ways that living a smooth life wouldn't. I also loved Beckett and how he related to Finley. Even though his life was complicated he took time with her and gave some great advice. It was also fun to watch how the Lord used Finley in Beckett's life as well. One thing that really drew me into the story was the humor. There was so many things that Finley said that just cracked me up. They were real things that you and I could have said or thought. But along with the humor there was a great amount of emotion and seriousness to this story. At some point we've all struggled with finding peace. I must say that even though this is billed as fiction for young adults I could easily relate the issues to my own life and found there was a lot of wisdom within these pages. This is the first book I've read from this author but I guarantee it will not be my last. I thoroughly enjoyed "There You'll Find Me" and highly recommend you take a trip to Ireland with Finley. You never know what you might find! A thank you goes to Thomas Nelson for this complimentary copy for my review through Netgalley.
This was my first time reading anything by this author, but it won't be my last. I found this to be a very good story with a great message weaved throughout the book, with a great conclusion to that message at the end. Although the cover intrigued me, I didn't feel like it captured the story line really well. I laughed and enjoyed the "banter" that went back and forth between the two main characters, Finley and Beckett, and also loved the way Finley and Mrs. Sweeney "got along". There was alot of different emotions going on with me throughout the book and it was a story that was hard for me to put down, until I read how the author was going to end this one.Finley finds herself on a plane to Ireland, trying to find the places her brother wrote about in his journal (before he died tragically overseas). She wants to get her life, her faith and her music back, which she lost when he died. "Where was God when my brother died? Where was God when I was at rock bottom" - these are the questions Finley keeps asking herself. She finds herself sitting by movie star heart-throb, Beckett Rush on the plane and the fun begins with their constant "baiting" each other in their conversations. Beckett and Finley are thrown together alot while he works on a movie and she is going to school and that whole part of the book was very well written. I really liked Beckett's advice to Finely at one time in the story when she couldn't understand her feelings towards God, he said, "Maybe you should stop going by what you feel. And start going by what you know is truth." Finley also runs across another lady at the school who continues to give her good advice, Sister Maria, like "the world can be ugly, but your heart doesn't have to be." Then there is also a old lady, Mrs. Sweeney, who Finley has as an assignment at school, she must spend time with her and get to know her. This is a lady who has had a miserable past. She also gives Finley some great advice and the one I liked the best was, "Don't hang on to old hurts. You can spend your years blaming God, blaming other people, but in the end it was a choice". The book was filled with gems like this throughout this story and I loved it. I have many more good quotes highlighted in my book, but I won't continue to give them all away; but I hope folks will read this story and find more gems for themselves, and find out if Finley can piece back together her life with God's help. It really had a good message to it and a good story line. Well worth reading!! Good job Jenny B. Jones!A special thanks goes to Thomas Nelson Publishers who through NetGalley provided me with this book to read and review.Paperback: 320 pages Publisher: Thomas Nelson (October 4, 2011) ISBN-10: 1595545409 ISBN-13: 978-1595545404
I don't read a lot of contemporary fiction. I¿m more of an escapist reader who prefers fantasy, paranormal romance and science fiction but my friend KM from One Page at a Time raved about this book and recommended that I read it, and since she has never given me a bad recommendation, I thought I would give it a try. I loved There You¿ll Find Me so much. It made me laugh, made me cry, made me think about all the things in my own life that I try to control when I should really just let go and let God handle it. While I did not know it at the time, There You¿ll Find Me was exactly the kind of book I needed to read. Finley, heiress to a hotel chain and recovering party girl, cannot get over the death of her beloved older brother, Will. She is angry at God for not saving Will, a devout Christian and humanitarian who was working to rebuild schools in Afghanistan when he was killed by a bomb. Seeking closure and peace, Finley follows in her brother¿s footsteps by going to Ireland for her senior year of high school, just as he did.Finley is smart and snarky. She is also loving, kind and oh so flawed. I found her to be such a realistic and likable character. She considers Ireland a fresh start but for a girl who has felt that her life is out of control, Finley strives to control what she can (her diet, weight and her relationships with others) with disastrous results. There is an awesome romance in this book that is so sweet! Beckett is a teen heartthrob movie star (along the lines of Robert Pattinson) and the dialogue between he and Finley is hilarious. While I loved seeing the relationship between Finley and Beckett develop, it is not main focus of the book. There You¿ll Find Me is really about Finley¿s healing and finding her way back to a loving God who never left her in the first place.The main characters and the secondary characters in this book are very well developed and I must point out that Ireland itself is like a secondary character. The descriptions of the country are breathtaking and makes me want to get there and see it for myself! I also love Jones¿ subtle but effective writing, mainly the steady way we see Finley¿s issues spiraling out of control. The pacing in the book is perfect, it¿s never rushed and not too slow either.There You¿ll Find Me is not your mom¿s Christian fiction. It¿s fresh, funny, entertaining and extremely appealing to anyone who wants to read really good contemporary YA fiction. I want to thank Ms. Jones for showing me that a book about heavy issues can be sensitively written with humor and light. I¿m really, really hoping that she plans on writing more books like this.Content: Kissing.My Rating: The Best!
I think I saw the cover for this so many times before I ever decided to read it. It was actually a review on a blog, I cannot remember which, that convinced me this was worth checking out. Thanks to Net Galley I was able to read a galley of it, and I am so glad I took a chance on this! As the story began, I was immediately a fan of Finley. Her story really resonated with me, and I ached with the feeling of her grief. I have lost people close to me, but never a sibling. I cannot imagine the horror and pain it would be to lose my sister. Finley is a broken soul wrapped in a tough outer shell. I completely understood her; she felt so entirely real. Beckett was another amazing character. I can definitely understand why all the girls were swooning over him. He is such a sweetheart underneath the Hollywood façade. The banter between him and Finley was one of the best parts of the story. Other notable characters were Finley¿s host family, especially Erin, and Cathleen Sweeney, a bitter old woman searching for forgiveness. I was not sure how I would feel about the religious element of the story. I have read very few YA books that incorporate God, but I was very impressed with it here. It felt like a real part of the story, an integral component of the characters. Preachy it was not. It was handled beautifully. The writing all around was pretty fantastic. There were a few things, however, that kept me from completely loving the story. Finley comes from a very wealthy family, her rebellious exploits are said to have made the `news¿, but later she is told she is not on the same level as Beckett. This really confused me. Wealthy socialite plus actor sounds pretty average to me, so the idea that she was not an actress equaling no relationship with Beckett just was not plausible. The second thing that bothered me was how readily she believed the tabloid stories about Beckett. Coming from a wealthy family and having some experience with them herself, it just did not really make sense. Otherwise though I really, really loved the story, and I would definitely say it was worth the read. This is a book I am going to highly recommend reading. Full of romance, the struggle for forgiveness, and the aching pain of loss, it captures Finley¿s journey to find peace wonderfully. I think fans of If I Stay by Gayle Forman and Virtuosity by Jessica Martinez will enjoy this as well.