Sunday, September 30, 2012

There You'll Find Me by Jenny B. Jones

Series: N/A
Publisher: Thomas Nelson Publishers
Published: October 4, 2011
Pages:  314, US Paperback
Edition: ebook
Source:  ARC via NetGalley
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?
I received this book for review through NetGalley last year, not knowing that it was a Christian based book.  After I found out this little tidbit, it deterred me from reading it up until a couple of weeks ago.  Why all of a sudden did I decide to read it?  In the last few months, I started reaching out to God.  I was never a religious person, until personal turmoil took hold of my life.  Therefore, I thought it was about time to read this.  I am now kicking myself in the ass for putting it off for so long (finding God, and reading this book).  This story was sweet.  Not sickly sweet, and the characters still had their ups and downs, but a good, teenage romance.  I thought the characters were very well developed, and well and the plotline.  It was a nice change of pace not to have any sexual innuendos or relations, only lip locking.  Don't get me wrong, I love some hot scenes, but this was refreshing.  This book also touched my soul and not many books do that.  I'm not sure if it was because of my newfound relationship with the man upstairs, but I still applaud the author.  She also did a wonderful job as not coming off preachy.  I recommend this one to everyone who loves a sweet romance, even if you are not religious.  For me, this one was truly wonderful.
5 out of 5 stars

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