Sunday, August 25, 2019

Book Review: You Belong with Me by Tari Faris

Title: You Belong with Me

Author: Tari Faris

Publisher: Revell

Publication Date: September 3, 2019

About the Book

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.

My Thoughts

You Belong with Me by Tari Faris is the author's amazing debut novel. This book has it all-- romance, past hurts, broken relationships, and a search for faith. Linking it all is an overarching sense of hope and the need for a place to belong.  The characters are interesting and have great depth.  My favorite character might just be a quirky hippopotamus statue named Otis that appears at the most opportune times! I can't say enough about this novel. It is a strong debut novel by a clearly talented author who expertly weaves together a plot that ties everything together beautifully. I can't wait for book 2 in this series because I have grown to care about these characters and can't wait to hear what happens next in their lives. I highly recommend this novel. You won't be able to put it down.  I received an advanced copy of this book from the author with no obligations. These opinions are entirely my own.

About the Author

Tari Faris has been writing fiction for more than twelve years. In her free time, she loves coffee, camping with her husband and kids, and distracting herself from housework. She loves to connect with readers. You can find her on Facebook, Instagram, and on her website TariFaris.com

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