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You Belong With Me: Book Review with Revell Reads

About the Book:

Title: You Belong With Me

Author: Tari Faris

Genre: Contemporary Christian Romance

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.

Book Review:

The friends-to-something-more has been a favorite trope of mine for a very long time. As such, I knew I had to have this book the moment I read the back cover. Hannah and Luke have so much potential as a couple, if they’ll both get out of the way and stop trying to do God’s job for him.

I’ll admit, I’m a Hannah. I like to fix things for people. Notice I didn’t say fix people. But, like Hannah, when I can, I like to do everything I can to help, even when my help is neither wanted nor needed. Not being able to fix something for someone is one of the most difficult lessons I’ve ever had to learn, and I applaud Tari Faris for tackling this topic. We cannot fix people’s lives for them. We can try, but no matter how much we want it for them, we can’t fix it.

When we take God’s power and try to make it our own, we will inevitably fail.

I loved every conversation that included either Janie or Nate. My favorite quote from Janie goes something like, “Having faith was like sky-diving.” And that’s true. You don’t know what’s going to happen. We don’t always know His plans for us, but we can have enough faith to let Him work.

We have to learn to let God be enough.

I cannot wait for the next book in this series. Nate’s story, especially.

The faith elements are strong in You Belong With Me. Since I love a good conversation with another Christian, those moments between characters when they’re trying to explain a nugget of truth or faith were priceless.

With a strong set of secondary characters, this novel skyrocketed toward the top of my favorites list. Hannah and Luke have plenty of problems. They both lie to one another and Luke is constantly feeling as though he doesn’t belong, but those elements bring the strength of God’s healing power into perspective. We are all unworthy of God’s love, but He has accepted us as His children in spite of it.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher through Revell Reads. I was not required to leave a positive review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

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