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In this beautifully rendered, affecting novel, a young widow’s world is shattered when she meets her late husband’s identical twin—and finds herself caught between honoring her husband’s memory and falling in love with his reflection. Haley’s whirlwind romance and almost three-year marriage to Sam, an army medic, ends tragically when he is killed in Afghanistan. As she gra ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published May 13th 2014 by Howard Books
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Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen
Book – Somebody Like You
Author – Beth K. Vogt
Publication Date – May 13, 2014
Type – Stand Alone
Genre – Christian Romance
Rating – 4 out of 5 Stars

Complimentary Copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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When I first requested this book from Net Galley, I had no idea it was a Christian Romance until I started reading a few pages and realized that between “God and prayer” being mentioned…I was stuck reading this.  I didn’t give up though…I trudged on and how surprised I was wh
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Emilee
May 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This was an amazing read! Compelling. Refreshing. Maybe even weird. All I know is I could not put it down. I wish I could better articulate my feelings on this book but this is the best I can do. I will be reading more by this author for sure.
Casey
Apr 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
You know those books that just stick with you? The kind that is beautiful in its complexity and yet it’s simplicity. The kind that the characters reach through the pages and twine themselves around your heart. That book is “Somebody Like You”.

From the first page to the last, Halley and Steven wound their way around my heart with their emotions, their struggles and their heart. Steven is one of those heroes that every girl wants to sigh over and prays will walk into her life. My heart yearned to
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Hannah
This book is delightfully written...and you'll probably need a tissue at least once before the ending. It's unexpectedly deep in many ways, facing the definitions of family and what it really means to love someone. It feels like you're right there with Haley as she fights through the grief of losing her husband Sam, the emotions of becoming a mother, and the questions that remain after a mostly long-distance marriage.

Add to that Stephen, who is ready to reconnect with his lost brother just weeks
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Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
The theme of grief is the front and center theme of this novel. It's not depressing, though, I was touched more than anything. Even with the unique plot, the characters and their interactions with each other felt very realistic. Haley and Stephen both explore their regrets with their relationship with Sam and life up to the point they are at, since they are both at a crossroads. The writing is sweet and tender, raw and real. A perfect balance between hurt, healing, and hope. Highly recommend.

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Teresa Snyder
May 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
4 - 4.5 stars. Great storyline, but have your Kleenex handy. The beginning is a little slow, but things pick up at the halfway point. I enjoyed Stephen, but had a hard time getting close to Haley. She was so determined to be one of the boys, that it was hard for me to relate to her; at least in the beginning. The storyline was fresh, not something that I've read in prior books. The ending was good - my required happily-ever-after - minus an epilogue.
Rissi
Aug 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Stories that take "normal" and cast it aside for their 300+ pages are a sure way to win my heart. With renowned author Beth Vogt’s latest, that is exactly what Somebody Like You sets out to do… and accomplishes.

Books like this cannot be summed up in one word or really justified in the average words that will make up this review. The story is unique, poignant, heartbreaking and in-between the tears these emotions will invoke, inspiring. For some readers I understand that this is a story that may
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Susan Snodgrass
Apr 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I discovered Beth K.Vogt's books quite by accident and that is one discovery I am so glad I made. Her first two were wonderful and her novella, recently released, was as satisfying as a full novel.

Haley Ames is a recent widow, her military husband killed in Afghanistan. She is also pregnant and alone. Haley grew up with brothers, so she learned to be tough and take care of herself. But this pregnant widowhood is not for the faint of heart.

One day a man shows up on her porch and turns her world u
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Pepper Basham
Jun 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
What would you do if your deceased husband’s twin (a twin you didn’t know existed) showed up on your doorstep? Well, if your Haley Ames you pull a gun and ask questions later.

In Beth K Vogt’s newest novel, Somebody Like You, Haley is faced with her deceased husband’s mirror-image who has come into Haley’s life to make amends for the way he and his brother parted ways. Add into the mix the fact that Stephen is her husband’s identical twin, a gentle, charming, and compassionate guy, plus Haley is
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Kara
Jun 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary
The idea that this story is based around could so easily have become quite a different story than it did. But Ms. Vogt took such care with her characters and her storyline that I never doubted the gentle way she led them around to each other. Instead of huge dramatics and constant angst, it felt real. Both Haley and Stephen grappled with understanding themselves, how their pasts had shaped them, and where they wanted to go in the future. And as I journeyed along with them, I could appreciate the ...more
Gretchen
Aug 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I have probably gotten this book from the library about three times, and I have finally read it. I was not disappointed. The conflicts going on in both Haley and Stephen's heads was so interesting. It was also kind of annoying because you as the reader know what the other is thinking and yelling at the other "follow your heart! Don't be afraid just do it!" This book was the first I have read by this and I plan on reading another.
Andrea Boyd
Mar 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this one.
Loraine
Rating 4.5

In this poignant story, Haley is dealing with the grief of her husband's death in Afghanistan as well as being pregnant. She feels lost, alone, and disheartened. When a knock sounds at her door, she opens it to find a man who looks and sounds just like her husband and discovers Stephen her husband's identical "mirror" twin brother whom she knew nothing about. Stephen is dealing with the loss of his twin brother and the 12 year estrangement between them.

This is definitely a story that
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Renee
Aug 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
“Sometimes that’s all God is asking us to do: make the right choice—over and over again. And before you know it, you’ve walked into the future and hope He has waiting for you.” ~Beth Vogt, Somebody Like You~

A kind truth-teller shares these words with widow Haley Ames, the main character of Beth Vogt’s latest novel.

As the story begins, Haley’s army medic hubby Sam has been killed in Afghanistan, and Haley finds herself in survival mode—simply doing the next right thing to make it through each d
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Andrea Cox
Apr 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Is it possible for a widow to fall in love with her husband’s reflection?

Haley Ames struggles against that question in Beth K. Vogt’s newest release, Somebody Like You. The young widow grieves her late husband, Sam, even as she prepares to give birth to their child. Her heartache multiplies when Stephen Ames, Sam’s mirror twin, shows up on her doorstep. Will Haley be able to look beyond the image of her husband to the fluttering feelings the only living Ames brother stirs within her? Or will she
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Anne
May 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Displaying a mastery of writing skills, Beth Vogt has penned an astonishingly complex and emotional novel. Somebody Like You is a deeply moving story about a pregnant young widow whose husband Sam, after only three years being married, has been killed in Afghanistan.

Haley, otherwise known as ‘Hal’, grew up having three older brothers that she had to keep up with or be left out. Over the years, she developed the persona of being ‘one of the guys’. That’s one of the traits that attracted Sam to h
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Kathleen E.
Jun 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Wednesday, June 4, 2014
Somebody Like You by Beth K. Vogt, © 2014

Widow Haley Ames comes home unexpecting to have a visitor who is the identical image of her deceased husband. How can it be? Even with a closed casket, could they have made a mistake?

Stephen Ames awaits the arrival of his sister-in-law, hoping to find out about his brother, Sam, after hearing of his death. Being separated for years following the divorce of their parents and their selection to stay with opposite parents. Living in di
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Erin
Jan 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Stephen Ames became estranged from his identical twin brother when they were 18 years old, after half a dozen tumultuous years when they were lived in separate states following their parents' divorce. He wasn't happy that Sam decided to join the military instead of following through on their plans to go to college together, and then one thing led to another so that they stopped speaking to each other altogether.

When Sam is killed on deployment in Afghanistan, Stephen feels the weight of regret.
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Anna Marie
Feb 27, 2016 rated it did not like it
I haven't been so irate about a book in a LONG time. If you want to write a book and incorporate Biblical references, FINE, but at least get them right, hello. What a shoddy, horrible representation from someone who obviously doesn't even know what she claims to believe.

First, (and not scriptural, but telling) the author is writing about twin brothers... and doesn't even get to page 40 before she's mixing up their names (pg 38). It's also humorous that three quarters of the way thru, she says th
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Emilie Hendryx
May 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: review-copy, romance
Facing the loss of her Army Medic husband, Sam, is one thing, but the thought of being a single mom coupled with the abrupt appearance of her husbands estranged, identical twin brother Stephen is a whole different ball game. One that gun-toting tomboy Haley Ames faces like she does everything else in life - head on and without any help, thank you very much!

But what happens when Stephen becomes more than just an image of her dead husband? What happens when Haley realizes she may not be "fine" lik
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Brandi (Rambles of a SAHM)
I was very pleasantly surprised by this book. I don't put much stock in liking or disliking a book because of its cover. But in this instance the cover just didn't draw me in. There's nothing wrong with it, just not my style I guess. The description on the back left me with the impression that it was going to be a heavy topic that I wasn't sure I would like.

This book does involve the death of a spouse and it does involved the estrangement of family members. It also delves into situations in whic
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Susan L. Tuttle
May 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Somebody Like You drew me in before I even turned page one. The idea of a widow falling not just for her husband's brother, but his mirror twin? How can that work? For either of them. The hurdles they both would need to overcome emotionally. The faith their love would need to take on, to know that it was based on their relationship and not the "ghost" of the man between them. So, so, so good! And Beth wove these pieces together seamlessly. Ever-so-slowly Hayley and Stephen's love story begins to ...more
Bluerose's  Heart
Jun 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christian, romance
First, a comment about the cover. Does anyone want to move her hair out of her face as bad as I do?! My OCD was in overdrive every time I looked at the cover. ;) Truly, that's the only bad thing you'll hear me say about this book, though!

Somebody Like You deals with a topic that could have went wrong in so many ways. It could have *easily* ended up corny and unbelievable. Thankfully, it was handled with perfection. Many emotions are covered with care and reality as the characters struggle throug
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Kerry Johnson
Jan 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Somebody Like You is a memorable story about loss and love and the beauty God brings out of our brokenness when we let Him. Haley and Stephen are forced to deal with a tragic loss through their mutual relationship with army medic Sam - Haley's husband and Stephen's twin brother.

Both Haley and Stephen are life-like, relatable characters, Haley especially as she grows to realize God's best for her might be right in front of her. Stephen is steady and caring, a much-needed source of strength for H
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Ellie
This is the first book by Beth K. Vogt that I have read and certainly will not be the last! This gentle love story is one I would love to revisit again.

I really felt the state of shock that Haley was living in as the story opened, which was then compounded by the shock of her coming face to face with the image of her dead husband Sam in his twin, Stephen. With very different quests - Haley coming to terms with a life without Sam and the impending birth of their child, and Stephen trying to find
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Cara Putman
May 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
In Somebody Like You, Beth Vogt creates characters and a story that will pull you in slowly and then hold you captive until the end. The heroine is still mourning the death of her soldier husband as she awaits the birth of their child...the child he never knew about. Then one day she is shocked and surprised when his twin brother arrives at her door. He'd been estranged from his brother and now he can't mend their relationship.

Their interactions are rocky as they both deal with their grief and r
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Savanna Kaiser
Apr 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Somebody Like You is one of those beautiful, special stories I know I won’t forget. Delicately complicated and so down-to-earth relatable, this unique tale is an emotional journey for its characters and its readers. To tell you the truth, I wanted to hug the book once I finished it.

Can a young widow find love again with her husband’s reflection? How can one not be intrigued by that? I mean, come on, what a novel question! I loved the fresh and captivating way this story navigated you through its
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Amy
Apr 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Somebody Like You was a big surprise for me. I have never read anything by this author. Oh. My. Goodness. I am a definite fan. This novel has to be one of the most heart wrenching books I have ever read. Haley was such a lovable character and I felt as though I knew her as a person. I was truly rooting for her, laughing with her, and crying for her. And Stephen was such a good guy. He had so much turmoil he had to work through. I could feel my heart clinch for me. I just had to keep turning the ...more
Staci
Aug 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2014
Contemporary Fiction novel about Haley, a tomboy, gun-toating widow. Her husband died serving in Afghanistan. She soon learns he had an identical twin she didn't know existed. I'm still not sure how I feel about that match. I enjoyed seeing the growth in Haley throughout the story. The twin Stephen has a fabulous character and he was easy to like.

As a side note, I definitely related to her fondness of John Wayne movies. :-)
Cathy Daniel
Apr 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book hooked me easily! Stephen is a DREAM! Just wonderful! Haley was prickly and hard to like at first. Finally halfway through she started getting better but never was my favorite :/ all in all, at the end to me it still seemed a little weird for her to be with her dead husband's identical twin but that's just me!! Good story overall!
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Beth K. Vogt is a non-fiction author and editor who said she’d never write fiction. She’s the wife of an Air Force family physician (now in solo practice) who said she’d never marry a doctor—or anyone in the military. She’s a mom of four who said she’d never have kids. Now Beth believes God’s best often waits behind the doors marked “Never.” Beth’s first women’s fiction novel for Tyndale House Pub ...more
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