You Belong with Me

You Belong with Me

by Tari Faris


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Realtor Hannah Thornton has many talents. Unfortunately, selling houses in the town where her family name is practically poison 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 finally repay the financial debt Hannah's mother caused the town. But at first no one supports her efforts—not even her best friend, Luke.

Luke Johnson may have grown up in Heritage, but as a foster kid he never truly felt as if he belonged. Now he has a chance to score a job as assistant fire chief and earn his place in the town. But when the interview process and Hannah's restoration project start unearthing things from his past, Luke must decide if belonging is worth the pain of being honest about who he is—and who he was.

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ISBN-13: 9780800736477
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/03/2019
Series: Restoring Heritage Series , #1
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 247,247
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

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, 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.

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You Belong with Me 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 49 reviews.
Faye_reviews 25 days ago
Realtor Hannah Thornton has loved Luke since they were children, but misunderstandings and bad timing has always got in the way of their friendship turning into something more. Hannah is on a mission to save their smalltown from a large developer that wants to build a shopping center. She is passionate about her small town, and helping others. Luke had a troubled childhood, and has always struggled to see himself as an equal with his colleagues. He sees himself as an outcast, unwanted and not good enough for the likes of Hannah. He admires her determination to preserve her hometown. Thomas is Hannah's brother, working at the diner alongside his ex-flame, Janie, who he broke up without explanation. From outward appearances he has moved on, and is even engaged to another woman. Thomas struggles to fight for the love he wants, despite a secret that believes will keep them apart. I liked how this book follows siblings Thomas and Hannah as they navigate life and love, growing in faith. There was good emotional depth, and layered backstories which the novel relies heavily upon. I wish that some of the characters had been more upfront about what they were going through at times. I also think I missed some 80's rom com references that would have tied the plot together more neatly in my head, if I had seen the movie. An enjoyable read, about big love in a small town. I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
swissgranny 3 months ago
Set in the town of Heritage, Michigan, Tari Faris’s debut novel is a delightful portrayal of life in a small town which is struggling to survive. The characters are delightful, realistic, and colorful, and they wormed their way right into my heart. Luke and Hannah are the main characters, and although I sometimes wanted to slap some sense into them, they grew on me. Thomas and Janie’s story also took center stage at times and added some spice to the story. With a stellar cast of supporting characters, which is most of the people in the town, I quickly became invested in their lives. Faris is a talented author with a charming writing style. Combining romance with humor and with touches of inspiration, faith, and hope, this story should appeal to readers who enjoy contemporary small-town romance. I’m looking forward to more stories about the people of Heritage. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from Revell Publishing/LibraryThing. All opinions are my own.
tiggeruoSO 3 months ago
This author is new to me, I did like the storyline over all, I liked how the small town feel and how no matter what everyone seem to be there right when you needed them. I was not a fan of how I felt like there author wrote two stories into one, I wish she would have either wrote all of Hannah and Luke's story or she would have written all of Thomas and Janie's story. I also was not a fan how a good portion of the story seemed like you were dealing with high schoolers not adults, that does change but not till later in the story. I did enjoy that this book was a good clean read and would be suitable for all. Over all the book was not bad just had a hard time getting into it at first. I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley. I was under no obligation to post a review and have given my honest opinion
Heidi_Reads 4 months ago
I normally enjoy stories like this, but I was stressed out reading this one. I think the situations the four main characters were in seemed hopeless and they were unhappy, full of angst, and didn't have a sense of humor. Hannah and Luke's stalled romance was blamed on each other, and I was confused for much of the book why their dynamic was the way it was. Thomas and Janie were the same way- there is tons of past history alluded to but the reader is kept in the dark for much of it and I was just frustrated with them all. I wanted to sit them all down and tell them to just open their eyes and communicate. Although, that wouldn't make for much of a story then. I just think they were all wound too tightly for me to truly enjoy. A good dose of humor would have gone a long way for me in balancing the vibe of the book. (I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own)
Lattebooks 4 months ago
I couldn’t help but fall in love with this story and its characters right away! Hannah and Luke are so entertaining and quirky that you feel like they are friends. The unique story line sucks you in and invests you in the town’s outcome. I honestly cannot wait for the next one! This author has a gift for telling tales and creating bookshelf keepers. You will not be sorry reading this! So worth the read!
PrincessGlor 5 months ago
This is a spectacular debut by Tari Faris! I adored this book. From Hannah and Luke to Janie and Thomas and a few additional characters we meet along the way, Heritage is a town I will be visiting again. This was a two for the price of one romance story with sister and brother Hannah and Thomas and their respective love interests. There is a ton of story packed within these pages-from romance and humor, mystery and several nuggets of Godly wisdom. Basically this book has it ALL! It even has a twist or two that caught me totally by surprise. If you like contemporary Christian Fiction with lots of heart, don’t miss this one! I received this book from the RevellReads Program. I was not required to post a positive review. All thoughts are my own.
Virginiaw 5 months ago
This was one of my favorite contemporary romance books. I loved that there was a smidge of romance also. I loved Hannah. She knew that her home town was worth saving even though some wanted it saved in different ways than she wanted. She loved to see the history behind something. Luke was trying to find a family for himself even though he had trouble believing he was worth it. This was well written and I am looking forward to the second book in the series. I received a copy of this book from Revell for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
Cheryl Koch 5 months ago
I thought this was a charming book. In the beginning I was not a Hannah fan. On the other hand, I loved Luke. He is a sweetheart...almost too sweet. Like the saying goes "The nice guy finishes last". Luke truly had Hannah's best interest at heart. She did not show her appreciation at first. She later came around but she is lucky that Luke waited for her. When it comes to romance, it is on the mild side. Which is what I would expect from a Christian romance/contemporary book. Not that this is a bad thing as sweet is good. The town has its charms. While, I did like this book; my interest went in waves. Up and down and up and down. Yet, this book is a good start to a new series from author, Tari Faris.
luvnjesus 5 months ago
“You Belong With Me” is Tari Faris’ debut novel the first in the Restoring Heritage series. When a business tycoon is determined to raze historic homes in a small town of Heritage, Michigan, and replace them with a strip mall, realtor Hannah resolves to stop him. Hannah applies for a restoration grant that will put the town back on the map. Luke Johnson never felt he belonged after being in and out of the foster care system. He now has a chance to earn his place in his hometown. But he does not anticipate how his relationship with Hannah will set into motion events that reveal the truth about who he is. Janie who has returned from spending a year in Paris is still trusting God after finding out that her ex-boyfriend who broke up with her for no reason is now engaged. Janie and Thomas land up working together temporarily in the diner and discover that just maybe they still have feelings for each other. The author touches on learning how to trust others and effectively trust God. Both Luke and Hannah are two people who have been hurt in the past and they discover each other and work through their hurts together. “Isn’t that so much like life? All the pieces are there, but it takes the Master to arrange them in the right way.” Faris writes about characters that the reader can relate to and that have a Christian theme. We all struggle but having faith in God will pull us through just like Hannah and Luke. A story of redemption, forgiveness, mercy and love. I highly recommend the book. I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Revell in exchange for an honest opinion.
benhli38 5 months ago
This is a very heart-warming and lovely book by Tari Faris. For over twelve years Tari Faris has written numerous stories and novels. With this novel, You Belong With Me, hits a note that will resonate with the reader. I was enchanted with the work she's done on this book since the first page. It's truly a book worth reading. The main character, Hannah Thornton, is a realtor who is at odds with a man who desires to see their town of Heritage razed for a mall. She wins a grant to bring life back into Heritage and to see her home restored even though her mother left a terrible legacy that destroyed the family name. Luke Johnson is Hannah's best friend as well as a foster child. He has no idea about his past until while interviewing to become assistant fire chief that gets him to see himself as the man he once was and the man he is now. As I said, this book is a wonderful story. And I'd keep saying that, too. It's wonderfully written by Tari Faris, and as said is also one book any reader would be glad to have purchased and read. I enjoyed my complimentary copy that Revell sent me to review and it's why I'm leaving as honest and fair review on the book.
LifeofLiterature 5 months ago
A sweet, romantic contemporary novel, this book is a good debut from a new author! I liked the small town characters, and especially the traveling hippo statue, although I found myself more interested in the subplot of Thomas and Janie than the main storyline. The main characters had flaws, which I typically enjoy in my characters, but their romance didn’t quite work for me—there was too much conflict over and over again that I was surprised they managed to make it work! I really liked their friendship, though, and I thought the ending of the book was sweet and tied together a lot of things throughout the story. The plot reminded me of a 90s romantic comedy. Overall, I enjoyed the book and look forward to more from this author! I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell Publishing. Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.
BethErin 5 months ago
Small-town folks are my people. Faris nails the good, bad, and quirky elements of living in an intimately connected community. Like Heritage, small towns everywhere struggle through tough economic times but I believe this is the first time I've seen this reality portrayed so authentically and lovingly within a story. Without getting into all the complexities of the relationships found in Heritage, take that rule of seven degrees of separation and cut it in half then tie it in a bow. The generations of citizens who dedicate themselves to work and service walk hand-in-hand year after year, some shining in the golden glow of their ancestors and some desperately scrambling from the shadows of the past. There's no question that people leave small towns (otherwise they wouldn't be small) but take a moment to experience the draw of an intimate community and you might find yourself wooed to a sparsely populated village near you! I love these characters and this setting and I can't wait to find out what will happen next! I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was under no obligation to post a review. The opinions expressed are my own.
BrittanyMc 5 months ago
I enjoyed this sweet story with its small town setting. You Belong With Me delved into what it truly means to leave traumatic events behind you, learn to trust others, and learn to trust God. I occasionally struggled with Hannah and Luke’s inability to communicate effictively and their lack of trust in each other. Then, I realized that these two hurting people had both been emotionally injured by past abandonments. Even Thomas, Hannah’s brother, carried his own torment around related to his mother’s leaving his family so suddenly. The characters in this story had a lot to work through. I’m really looking forward to reading more books in this series and enjoyed the introduction to this small community. I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
Librarycataloger 5 months ago
"You're the only Realtor I know who actually tries to talk people out of selling and buying. Might be time for a new job." (p. 14) This is the advice that Hannah Thornton receives from her best friend after she tells him that she doesn't want her clients to sell their homes to a developer. Hannah loves her small town and she is determined to prevent some of the historic homes being replaced by a strip mall but it's going to take a lot of work and pursuasion to prevent it. As she struggles to stop these demolitions she also deals with the strong feelings she has for Luke Johnson, her best friend and the man that she has loved for so many years. It seems that there is no chance for the two of them to be together and there also seems to be no hope that she can pursuade others to work to preserve Heritage, Michigan, the place that she calls home. I loved the advice that Hannah received from her Aunt Lucy when she confides that she has failed in all of her efforts. "You can never really fix something shattered. But you can take the pieces and make something even better. Don't leave the painful parts of your life in a box on a shelf. Figure out how to make something beautiful out of them." (p. 275) I enjoyed getting to know Hannah and Luke; they both have experienced extreme disappointments in their parents and they still carry those hurts. I believe that it is this common denominator that has created their bond and it dosn't hurt that they share an amazing chemistry, a chemistry that is worthy of being shown in a movie! There are also several other great characters who deserve their own story and I am hoping that they will be featured in the future books of the Restoring Heritage series. You Belong With Me is a sweet, contemporary Christian fiction novel and while it shows the dangers of keeping your thoughts and emotions bottled up, it also reminds us that forgiveness can offer healing to both the forgiver and the forgiven. If you enjoy clean romance stories with a subtle faith message woven in, you will surely want to read You Belong With Me. I received a copy of this book from Revell and a positive review was not required. This is my honest review.
MaureenST 5 months ago
I live in a small town and this book resonated with me, but we delve deeper and into the lives of the inhabitants here, and all is not how it seems. I loved the compassion these people showed, even if there were a few naysayers, but we are all caught up on what we think others are thinking, and the author has given us several characters that we get to know and they are having trouble traveling in their lives, because they are going in a direction the opposite of what they should. I did love that this is a faith centered book, and watch as some of the individuals we are following struggle to do their own will, just like real life. There is some sweet clean romance here, and love of family, also trying to find a family, and there is another book to come! I received this book through the Revell Readers Program, and was not required to give a positive review.
Blooming-with-Books 6 months ago
You Belong With Me Restoring Heritage #1 By Tari Faris Hannah Thornton doesn't want to let her hometown die nor does she want to see it "upgraded" with a strip mall. But she's just not sure how to convince the rest of the town to see her vision for Heritage - a name that deserves a town worthy of it with links to its heritage. And she is determined to make up for the misdeeds of her mother all those years ago. There is just one problem no one seems to appreciate Hannah's effort to fix things. Not her brother, Thomas nor Luke her best friend that she's crushed on like forever. Unfortunately for Hannah, her services as a realtor are suffering because she tries to steer her sellers away from buyers who only see progress and razed houses in Heritage's future. But when she learns about a restoration grant that could restore her beloved town to what it once was she is all in. She just needs to come up with a plan that the town council is willing to agree to. And then there is a small matter of raising $10,000 to foot the bill for the required good faith gesture of proving that Heritage is willing to do what it takes to renew itself. With the help of her friends and her brother's fiancee (who btw is just WRONG for Thomas) a plan to raise funds is put into action. A bachelor auction is the perfect draw to the town's festival sure to bring in a lot of out-of-towners with deep wallets. She has it all planned out. Except Luke refuses to put his name on the list, but what's a girl to do to get her favorite guy's name on the auction block? Luke Johnson has always felt as if he just didn't belong in Heritage, Michigan. Yeah, being a foster kid since he was 5 years old had a big part in this feeling. And the fact he never got adopted was another. But the biggest issue he has is that Hannah seems to think of him as one of her projects - some stray dog to be pitied and he isn't going to go along with a Luke makeover. But somehow Hannah hasn't gotten the message and left him for someone better. You Belong With Me is the first book in the Restoring Heritage series and it seems off to a good start. The Thornton family which at present consists of Hannah and Thomas is struggling with the sins of their family which in the long run is having an effect on their present and potentially their futures if they can't see what is going on. This book falls into the contemporary romance genre but there is more to it. There is a bit of mystery surrounding Luke and his past which in the end plays a big role in the path this book takes and its ultimate conclusion. Ultimately this is a story family, community, and finding your place in it. And a word of advice talk - don't let old hurts, fears, and regrets stand in the way of words that need to be said. I was provided a complimentary copy of this book by the publisher with no expectations but that I provide my honest opinion. All thoughts expressed are my own.
Deana0326 6 months ago
I love reading debut books by an author. It is exciting to see how their writing is and get familiar with their style. In this story we are taken into a small town set in Michigan. The people are friendly and seem to help each other out. Hannah is a nice character that hasn't had the best life growing up. She has always wanted to belong somewhere and to feel the love of a family. The author has written a story that is emotional and filled with great characters. We all want to belong somewhere and that is at the heart of this book. Luke is another example of overcoming his upbringing in foster care to a man who desires to have a family. There is some background on each character that is just below the surface which the author explores over the course of the story. I loved the love triangle and thought it was written with realism. I know who I am rooting for and couldn't read fast enough to find out what happens. This is the kind of story you can get lost in and forget everything around you. I became invested in the characters and loved how real they seemed. Get ready for a surprise in the story that will make you say, "Oh my" I am glad that I have a new author to read and look forward to the next book she writes. This book may be her debut but her writing skills far surpass many authors that have been writing for awhile. Get ready for an adventure filled with family, faith and hard decisions. I received a copy of this book from the Early Reviewers Program from LibraryThing. The review is my own opinion.
MelissaF 6 months ago
This story reminded me a lot of a Hallmark movie, but with more depth. Trying to save a town, two people fighting their feelings for each other. I really liked how the town was an important part of the story, and it takes place in Michigan, my home state!! I also loved that Genesis 5020 is referenced in this book. I was a bit frustrated with our two main characters and just wanted them to admit their feelings but of course if that happened too soon there would have been no story. So I was excited to see how these two would finally find each other. There is also a second couple in this book and that broke that story up nicely. I good contemporary romance, I am anxious to see what Tari comes up with next. A copy of this book is given to me. All opinions are my own.
AvidBookReader4Life 6 months ago
“You Belong with Me” is Tari Faris’ debut novel and it was like reading the work of a seasoned novelist. The characters are well-developed, the plot has great movement and timing. I found the characters believable and likable. The story follows two old friends, Hannah and Luke, who struggle with their friendship and the possibility of romance. Will they lose their friendship? Will one or the other have to sacrifice what they imagine their dream to be? I recommend “You Belong with Me” to fans of inspirational romance that leaves you feeling both fulfilled and ready to read another novel by Tari Faris. It’s sweet without being fussy and the town of Heritage is a charming backdrop. If you like novels by Melissa Tagg and Beth Vogt’s romances, you’ll like Tari Faris’ story and style. But don’t be mistaken, Tari has her own writing voice and I’m looking forward to the next in the series. I received an advance reader complimentary copy of “You Belong with Me” for my honest review. The opinions I have expressed here are my own.
MandyBoerma 6 months ago
Simply amazing. This book has it all---fun characters, a charming town, sizzling (sweet!) romance, and ... a brass hippo! What more could you want? Tari created a unique cast of characters that are relatable, loveable, feisty and surprising. An excellent book. I cannot wait to escape back to Heritage. I received an Advance Reader Copy of this book with no obligation to post a review. All opinions are my own.
LoraineN 6 months ago
A great start to a new series. I was pulled right into the plight of Heritage. I liked Hannah’s determination to save history and her town at the same time. While I disagreed with her methods at times, I could relate to her passion for fixing things. There were a few movie worthy romantic moments between Luke and Hannah. And to see Luke’s unrealized dream come true was the best part of their story. There was a secondary romance for Hannah’s brother that I also found entertaining. I wonder if he and Hannah’s best friend will show up in the next book? Full review is at my website. I received this book complimentary as a participant in the Revell blog tour. I was not required to give a positive review. All of the opinions I have expressed here are my own.
Nicnac63 6 months ago
I love it when I find a new-to-me author and sink effortlessly into her story. It seriously took less than a page to hook me. I instantly liked Hannah, and loved her appreciation for the history of her town. The atmosphere in the snowy town of Heritage, Michigan makes me want to visit, and Hannah’s appreciation for the history of her small town makes me want to help her restore it to what it once was. Luke is an interesting character and adds much to the story. He certainly feels like the boy next door, which is so appealing. The secondary characters make this story richer and the hippo is a smart and cozy sentiment I appreciate so much. You Belong With Me is a sweet, fun, feel good, small town tale, and I hope to revisit Heritage again. The perfect blend of faith, friendship, romance, and restoration. My thoughts on the cover: I like everything about this cover—the soft colors, the tender moment, the title font. First line: Was she really the only one left who cared about this town?. Source: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell and was under no obligation to post a positive review.
OakTreeReviews 6 months ago
You Belong with Me by Tari Faris is a novel focusing on a realtor named Hannah, who lives in the historic town of Heritage, Michigan, and finds herself at odds with a business tycoon who wants to raze homes in Heritage. You Belong with Me is a great end-of-summer beach read. I especially liked seeing Hannah’s relationship with her best friend, Luke; they have good “chemistry.” Often it is easy to see the chemistry between two characters in a movie or television show, because you can visually see their facial expressions and demeanor, but it is harder to see the chemistry between two characters in a book. Faris is a strong writer, and she conveys the chemistry of Hannah and Luke well. As I read You Belong with Me, I felt as if I could “get inside” Hannah’s head. I received this book for review.
EbosAifuobhokhan_0128 6 months ago
This book should definitely be produced into a motion picture. The author did justice to the characters. I love how the different stories tied together. The plot twist were mind-blowing and unexpected. The title of the book was what drew me in and the different narratives of each character did justice to it. I love reading about Hannah, because she's like most people if not all, trying to fix things and keep the past from repeating itself. Often forgetting that it's God's job to be in control and fix everything not us. I enjoyed reading about how she learnt to let go and let God work out His plans for her. Her love story with Luke was just fantastic. The baggage he came with because of his childhood was very relatable for me. He felt he never belonged anywhere and was an expert at driving people away but from various beautifully written plot twists he learnt he was adopted in the family of God. Janie, Hannah's best friend had to learn that God alone was enough. Her's and Thomas love story was a beautiful mosaic of trust in God, building relationships on truth and on God. I loved how their different challenges brought them closer to God. I loved how in God their identity and worth was realized. "When we hold the broken pieces of our lives too close, they cut us up inside. Give the pieces to God, see what he can do with them." My favorite quote from the book and one of my biggest lessons. Nothing else touched me like this quote from the book "All the pieces of life are there, it takes God to arrange them in the right way " The title of the book depicts the relationship between the characters, but for me, I belong with Christ no matter what life throws at me. It was meant for evil/pain/hurt/sorrow/tears, but God meant it for good. I absolutely enjoyed the small town setting of the book. I highly recommend this to all readers of Christian fiction. You'd find eternal truth that can be applied to your life especially those trying to heal from broken promises and relationships. I received a copy of the book for my honest opinion. All opinions expressed here are mine.
TCJRogers 6 months ago
You Belong With Me follows the story of siblings Hannah and Thomas Thornton, a sister and brother who struggle in their relationships due to wounds from their childhood. Hannah is a fixer, wanting to fix her struggling town, her friends, but mostly her best friend, Luke, whom she has loved since middle school. Luke, who also has wounds from his childhood, wants to be loved for just who he is, but he struggles to know exactly who he is and where he belongs since he has no family. Thomas is afraid of repeating the mistakes of his parents, but his fear may push Janie, the only girl he’s ever really loved, out of his life forever. I enjoyed reading You Belong With Me. It was easy to get into the story and easy to like the characters. I thought the over-arching theme that God can take the bad that happens in our lives or our brokenness, and use it for good is something that everyone needs to hear and be reminded of. Overall, it was a good story and an enjoyable read that kept me wanting to find out what was going to happen next. *I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was under no obligation to give a positive review, and all opinions expressed are my own.