You Belong with Me (Restoring Heritage Book #1)

You Belong with Me (Restoring Heritage Book #1)

by Tari Faris

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Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781493419388
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/03/2019
Series: Restoring Heritage , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 404,991
File size: 7 MB

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 learnhowtowriteanovel.com, 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 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
MelissaF 16 hours 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 2 days 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 4 days 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 5 days 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 days 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 7 days 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 7 days 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 8 days 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.
JudyinHuntsvilleAL 8 days ago
I love books with a happy ending! And even though I knew from the beginning what the happy ending might be, Tari Faris still took me on a ride full of surprises and twists that were unexpected. We all have different family backgrounds and the author does a wonderful job showing how God can use each of us - sometimes by building on our pasts. I love this quote, "Heritage isn't bound by a genetic code. It's what we give the next generation, whether by birth, adoption, or mentoring a kid in the community. It's investing in others, and that investment is a choice." Yes. They got their happy endings, but life was not always an easy street for them to walk. And isn't that true for all of us? This ole world can be full of sorrow - but if we let God show us [and use] our grace point He can direct us to the plan He has for us -
Nanna51 9 days ago
This is the debut novel by Tari Faris, but I was not able to tell it. The author painted lovely word pictures of a small town in Michigan called Heritage. Hannah, the female protagonist is on a mission to save her hometown and want the help of her longtime friend, Luke. In order to help Hannah, Luke has to face his past, the sad tale of an orphan whom no one seemed to want, not even his foster mother. This is a poignant love story, but it is also the story of the people who live in this small town. There are heroes, heroines and villains. The villains, of course, are the members of the family who want to buy up all of the property in the town and develop it, razing the historical homes and replacing them with the modern buildings that they think will draw new life to the town. This novel is an absolutely clean read, with faith sprinkled throughout. I enjoyed the portrayal of the characters in the diner and the give and take between Thomas and Janie. Thomas broke up with Janie before she went to Europe and now has a new fiancée. But, as we see in the novel, he may be regretting this life choice. In fact, making choices that affect our life as well as the lives of those around us is a central theme of the novel, along with love for history and our “heritage” that is found in our hometown and our background. Fans of Christian romance will enjoy this book and look forward to more from this author. Disclaimer Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher, Revell Books. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions 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 Testimonials and Endorsements in Advertising.”
SunnieReviews 9 days ago
This was a very real contemporary read with real-life issues. Hannah is a realtor who is not selling too many houses. The reason: She wants to maintain the historic atmosphere of her hometown. But there is someone who wants to rid the town of it's historic buildings and make the area a strip mall. It is against everything Hannah believes in. I loved her convictions, and I know that had it been me, I would have fought for historical over modern any day. The characters were easy to care for, with backgrounds that were difficult and feelings that were hard to overcome. The conflict between Hannah and her brother Thomas were moving as Thomas deserts the girl he has dated for years, the girl everyone expected him to settle down with. The storyline was so captivating and I couldn't put this book down. I hadn't read anything from this author prior to this book, but I can say she is an excellent author. I look forward to reading lots more of her books! I received a copy of this book. All thoughts are my own.
Cakt1991 10 days ago
I received a free copy in exchange for a review, as pat of the Revell Reads Blog Tour Program. All opinions are my own. As has been the case with the other books I’ve requested through Revell Reads, I was primarily drawn to You Belong With Me due to the promise of the blurb, with the idea of the book (and likely the series as well) about preserving the historic aspects of the small town of Heritage. And while I’m still fairly new to small-town contemporaries, this is one of the most interesting I have read thus far, given the restoration element. And while it’s not the only part of the book, I found it wasn’t the only part I enjoyed either. Faris manages to include two romances running parallel with each other, giving them equal page time, so while the blurb did not indicate this, I was not bothered when it would divert from Hannah or Luke to focus on Hannah’s brother Thomas and his ex, Janie, who he still has feelings for. I loved the exploration into the complications that led to said breakup, which turn out to be somewhat heartbreaking, and the conversation where it all comes out that brought the two of them back together. I found Hannah and Luke’s relationship building a little underwhelming by comparison, but I did like the arc that Luke went on to figure out who his biological parents were, and was incredibly excited when he found them. This is a delightful, sweet small town contemporary, and given that it is a debut, I’m quite impressed to see where Tari Faris goes from here. I would recommend this to those who love contemporaries with a lot of heart, with just as much focus on family and community as there is on romance.
Melissa Andres 10 days ago
I really loved this debut novel from Tari Faris! It's very well written, flows nicely, and pulls you in. I enjoyed the romance between Luke and Hannah as well. It felt very real, natural, and at some points downright swoon worthy! They are likeable characters and their struggles felt real. I also loved the history of Heritage, the town where the story takes place and the very loveable and quirky character of Otis the hippopotamus. This was an all around enjoyable read and I cannot wait for book 2 in the Restoring Heritage series!! I received a complimentary copy of the book from the publisher. A positive review was not required. All opinions expressed are my own.
Madison-s_Library 11 days ago
Two romances in one, a story about second chances at a love once thought missed and a compassionate reflection of learning to accept your path in life even when faced with challenges and disappointments. You Belong With Me is the first book in a new series by Tari Faris that explores love, family and belonging, set against the charming backdrop of a small town. Hannah loves her home town of Heritage. Sure, a lot of businesses have closed down and the building have seen better days, but she believes with the right attention it could be so much more. When an opportunity arises to enter a competition to win prize money for the town’s redevelopment, Hannah jumps at it and volunteers her best friend Luke to help out. But with the return of her best friend, the engagement of her brother to a women who is all wrong for him, simmering unfinished tension between her and Luke and a series of disasters, Hannah despairs of ever being able to make Heritage the town she knows it could be. I very much enjoyed You Belong With Me. While Hannah initially seems headstrong and a little blind and she certainly has a lot to learn, she undergoes some serious character growth and learns from her mistakes. Luke’s story of a childhood raised in care and his fears of never belonging overlap with Hannah’s experience of abandonment after her mother left town. Both have a serious fear of being left unwanted and this complicates their relationship. With the help and guidance from close friends, family members (some blood and others by choice), an understanding pastor and God’s gift of grace, they are given a second chance at love - but with the complications of a series of accidents, well-intentioned but mislead actions and a lot of secrets they just might need and third chance to get it right. While the plot is driven by Hannah’s plans for the town, the story is pretty equally focused on the relationship between Hannah’s brother, Thomas, and her best friend, Janie. Theirs is the second love story captured within these pages. While they too have a lot of past hurts to work through and challenges to overcome, there is no denying their continued connection and depth of feeling. The novel is written in third person and the chapters alternate between focusing on Thomas, Hannah, Luke and Janie. You Belong With Me is a well-written and sweet romantic Christian contemporary novel. It is sure to please fans of Becky Wade, Courtney Walsh and other similar writers. I look forward to reading the second book in the series which is set to feature a secondary character from this novel. The publishers provided an advanced readers copy of this book for reviewing purposes. All opinions are my own.
NanceeMarchinowski 12 days ago
Light and easy read A Christian romance, You Belong To Me is a light and easy read, a great weekend or vacation book. The story is somewhat predictable and cliché, but with a good storyline and likeable characters. I found myself rolling my eyes several times throughout the book, wishing that the characters would just get over themselves and move forward. The revelations from past events were touching and poignant, but this book didn't wow me like many others I've read. Disclaimer: I won a copy of this book through the LibraryThing giveaway program. All opinions expressed are honest and my own.
CarolJo 12 days ago
Lots of interesting twists! Hannah tries so hard to overcome what she feels is a family reputation because her mother embezzled city funds and left town when Hannah was in seventh grade. It's not surprising that she and her brother, Thomas, both have problems with relationships. Luke is a great male protagonist who would do anything for Hannah but he has never felt like he belonged since being put in foster care after his father's death when he was small. There are several relationships taking place in You Belong with Me! The non-traditional pastor has great advice for all of the people in Heritage as they work to bring new life to their town. I loved the Luke's surprises near the ending of the book! Tari Faris has done an excellent job in You Belong with Me! I received a complimentary advance copy of You Belong with Me from the author and Revell Books. This is my honest opinion.
DarleneLTurner 12 days ago
Hannah Thornton struggles with selling houses, so when a developer announces their plan to demolish some historic homes in Heritage, Michigan, Hannah sets out to stop them. But will her plan tear the town apart? Luke Johnson has never felt like Heritage was his home, so when his past starts to unravel, he struggles with staying in the small town. Can he leave his best friend Hannah when he secretly wants more than friendship? Hannah and Luke need to deal with their pasts in order to move on with their lives. Can they do it and also make their relationship work? You Belong With Me is this author’s debut novel and I have to admit . . . I was hooked from the first page! Well done! The storyline kept my interest and I fell in love with the characters. They were well-rounded and their arcs were beautifully woven into the plot. The faith element was organically written into the story. The imagery this author used put me right in the middle of Heritage and I could picture everything. I can’t wait to see what happens in the next story from this fresh new voice in Christian fiction. I give You Belong With Me five stars. It’s one debut that will grab you by the heartstrings and leave you with wanting more! **I received an Advance Reader Copy (ARC) of this book in exchange for my honest review.
ganderson523 13 days ago
This is such a fun, feel good book with real, likable characters in a small town atmosphere where everyone knows each other and gives their support when it is needed. Heritage, Michigan is dying a slow death but Hannah Thornton wants to do something to save it. In fact, Hannah feels the need to fix her friend, Luke, but he doesn't want to be fixed. The two have been friends since middle school and even came close to being more but something happened. Both have backgrounds that have caused them pain. Hannah's mom left her family after stealing ten thousand dollars from the city of Heritage. Luke grew up in foster care after his father died in an accident. Luke always wanted a family and felt inferior because he didn't have one. Both care for each other but just can't seem to get it together because of lack of communication and making assumptions without knowing the whole story. Will they make it? Is there more to Luke's background than anyone knows? Hannah's brother Thomas broke off with his girlfriend Janie a year ago. She just returned from six months in Paris but Thomas is engaged to someone else. Thomas has a secret that caused him to break up with Janie. What will happen to them? Tari Faris has a great new author and I look forward to reading more about the wonderful characters of Heritage. Pastor Nate is a great mentor at just the right time to everyone who seems to need to hear his GP or "grace points" and biblical stories. Expect romance, funny times, life choices with faith threaded through and God moments. And an ending that brings on a smile. I received a complimentary ARC from Revell through NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are mine only.
Randi_AMDFT 13 days ago
When a book features a quote stating, "Faris knocked this one out of the park." on the cover, the expectation for the story within is set pretty high for me. And I have to say that Rachel Hauck's words were completely, 100% accurate! What a debut novel this was for Tari Faris. I love a story that takes place in a small town. There's just something about the coziness that makes it feel like home as you curl up and read it. The quirky characters, the love of community, I cannot get enough. The town of Heritage introduced in You Belong With Me certainly had all that and more. You Belong With Me introduces us to a wide variety of characters that I enjoyed getting to know and hope to see more of, but the primary focus was Luke and Hannah. Best friends since they were young, it was enjoyable to watch the very natural progression of their friendship into something more... not that it was an easy transition. This was one of those stories where you just wanted to shake them both and make them see what was there in front of them that we as readers could see so easily. But they are far from perfect characters, which made for some points of frustration, but also for a very believable story that I couldn't get enough of. While this was the primary romance, it was actually one of two that we got to see develop throughout the story, which is certainly an added bonus for us romance fans. Beyond the romance, this is also a really great story about beauty from ashes. We see it in so many ways throughout this story--- in the rebuilding of relationships with one another, in the rebuilding of the town and in the relationships with God seen throughout the story. Much like we see in this story, life sometimes has a way of not working out as we imagine it will. Things go wrong, one after another... but through this brokenness, God's grace shines constant and brings us right where we belong. Overall, this was a fantastic read and one that I would certainly recommend. I look forward to seeing more in this series and more from the author in the future. ** I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for consideration. All thoughts are 100% my own.
JeanneTakenaka 13 days ago
What happens when two best friends try to help each other while keeping secrets? A whole lot of fun, tension, and healing. Hannah Thornton is a realtor in the small town of Heritage. When it comes to doing her job, she can’t bear to sell old homes only to see them be leveled to make way for a strip mall. She finds her security in the sameness of life in the town she loves. When she discovers a contest that can help her renovate her beloved Heritage, she gets the town onboard to compete. She’s resourceful and persuasive. And she has the determination to help her best friend by snooping around behind his back to help fill the hole in his heart. Luke Johnson, a handyman, who grew up as a foster child in Heritage, considers leaving the small town he never felt he belonged in. Hannah is the one person who gives him second thoughts about leaving. Though he loves her, he doesn’t feel as though he deserves her. But, if he can land the job as the assistant fire chief he’d have a strong enough reason to stay. As Hannah coordinates a project that will help Heritage compete in the contest, Luke comes alongside and offers his wisdom to help her. As they work together, sparks fly and secrets with the capacity to ruin the relationship are kept . . . until they come to light. Faris writes believable, flawed, likable characters. I found myself cringing as both Hannah and Luke made choices with their secrets. But, their choices also led them to learn truths about authentic relationships. Themes of belonging and second chances are beautifully woven throughout this story. We all want to belong somewhere, and reading Hannah’s and Luke’s journeys to understand what belonging really means was satisfying. I loved the setting of Heritage for this story. Quirky and realistic secondary characters who genuinely cared about each other, unique businesses and the events that happened were perfectly suited to a small-town setting. Faris wove in some fun aspects into the setting that had me smiling. (Otis is fun!). This story had me nodding my head in agreement with things shared. I giggled in places, and there were a couple of points where I teared up because I so related to the characters. If you enjoy humor in a sweet romance story with true-to-life characters, surprising twists and a wonderful happily ever after ending, this book is a must-read! **I received an advance complimentary copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
CatBthereader 13 days ago
This book gave you all the feels from being frustrated to happy! It was an emotional roll coaster! There were some parts where you wanted to strangle the characters for what they were doing and not talking to each other but the writer did a fabulous job with the plot that I could not put it down! The book is very real world and very relatable and it was a great way to start the summer! If you are looking for a book with a small town feel with romance in the air with problems thrown in this is the book!!! I highly recommend this book! I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
Nicole_C 13 days ago
“If she hadn’t wanted to slap the smug expression off his face, she might have been tempted to kiss it. Best friends really shouldn’t be allowed to be that good-looking.” In her debut novel, You Belong with Me, author Tari Faris creates a heartwarming contemporary romance featuring a close-knit group of friends and family members who reside in the beloved small town of Heritage, Michigan. Hannah Thornton and her best friend Luke Johnson call the town of Heritage home, although former foster kid Luke still struggles with a sense of belonging. Readers will be treated to two different love stories in this novel, similar to the style of Susan May Warren’s novels. After breaking Hannah’s heart years earlier, there might still be a future for Hannah and Luke if their secrets and differences don’t destroy their second chance at love. Last year, Hannah’s brother Thomas abruptly ended his relationship with the love of his life Janie, although unanswered questions and unresolved feelings linger. Readers will fall in love with the town of Heritage and will look forward to the rest of the series. Tari Faris gives readers hope for the future and shares the message of God’s never-ending love for us. I love her writing style and the way she incorporates bits of humor throughout the romance storylines. You Belong with Me is recommended for fans of contemporary romance and for readers who enjoy novels by authors such as Denise Hunter, Becky Wade, Courtney Walsh, Melissa Tagg, and Susan May Warren. P.S. Goodbye, the prequel novella to her Restoring Heritage series is currently only available to her newsletter subscribers, so readers can sign up for her newsletter at http://www.tarifaris.com and be introduced to many of the characters who will play an important role in her Restoring Heritage series. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell and was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine.
Mgt_Nelson_12 13 days ago
Having read the prequel novella (P.S. Goodbye), I was eager to read Tari Faris' debut novel, You Belong With Me. I was not disappointed! Her characters are “real people.” The book drew me in right away and I had a hard time putting it down. She had enough unexpected plot twists to keep things interesting. I really cared about the characters sorting out their relationships and making the right choices. Faris does well with the “senior” characters who give good, wise advice and spiritual encouragement. I highly recommend this book! I can hardly wait for the sequel. I received an Advance Reader Copy (ARC) of this book with no obligation to post a review
Caitlyn_Santi 13 days ago
WOW, what an amazing debut novel! After loving the prequel novella, P.S. Goodbye I was so looking forward to this book, and before I finished the first chapter I was totally and completely sucked in and knew I would love this novel! And love it I did! I absolutely adore the town of Heritage, I find myself wishing I could step through the pages and take up residence there! I ❤️ Otis! I loved Hannah and Luke so much, I found myself relating to Hannah a lot and some of the things she learned and advice she was given felt like it was written just for me! And I absolutely loved Luke, he is totally book boyfriend material! My heart broke for all Luke had been through and I was cheering him on through the whole story. Similar to many of Susan May Warren's books, You Belong With Me actually features four POV characters and two separate love stories, both of which are fully developed and equally enthralling, and I loved Thomas and Janie just as much as Luke and Hannah! The faith story in this book was incredibly moving and soul-stirring, and it was beautifully woven into the fabric of this book! In closing, I couldn't stop reading this book, loved every minute, and it put a huge smile on my face! You Belong With Me has earned a spot on my list of favorite reads of 2019! I loved everything about this book and highly HIGHLY recommend it, this is one you won't want to miss! Tari Faris has tremendous writing talent and is definitely an author to watch, I cannot wait to read anything and everything she writes next! I am on the author's launch team and received an ARC copy of this book from the publisher. No review was required and all thoughts and opinions are one hundred percent my own.
SusanSnodgrassBookworm 13 days ago
‘When you’ve got nothing left, that’s when you see how real your faith is. Faith with everything you want is easy. But faith when everything goes wrong? That’s when God alone has to be enough.’ This was wonderful debut novel from Tari Faris! I loved everything about it. She took us to the small Michigan town of Heritage in her prequel novella, P.S. Goodbye, and that made me want to continue to read her work. I’ve just finished this one and now I want another already! In all seriousness, Tari Faris is a wonderful and talented new voice in Christian fiction! These small town characters have dug deep into my heart and I’m going to let them stay. Her writing is fresh, full and just plain satisfying to this reader. With her heroine, Hannah, who wants to help everyone and is determined to see the town revitalized, and her hero, Luke, desperately wishing he belonged to someone, Faris sets the stage for a fulfilling read. She has crafted a solid romance (with a bonus one thrown in) and a strong spiritual thread that ministered to me. Well done! Highly recommended *My thanks to the publisher, Revell, for an advance copy of this book. The opinions stated here are entirely my own.