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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 grap ...more
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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

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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 whe
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Teresa Snyder
May 17, 2014 Teresa Snyder 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.
Emilee
Jul 21, 2014 Emilee 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
May 12, 2014 Casey 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.

(Th
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Kathleen E.
Jun 04, 2014 Kathleen E. 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 dif
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Shae
Jun 07, 2015 Shae 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.
Anne
May 20, 2014 Anne 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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Susan Snodgrass
Apr 20, 2014 Susan Snodgrass 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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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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Andrea Boyd
May 09, 2016 Andrea Boyd rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this one.
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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Andrea Cox
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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Kara
Mar 29, 2016 Kara 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
Anna Marie
Feb 27, 2016 Anna Marie 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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Alyssa
Haley's life was shattered once--when the men from the Army appeared on her doorstep to tell her that her husband was dead. What matters most now is her baby. Little by little, she begins to rebuild her life once again...only to have it shatter once more with the arrival of her husband's identical twin brother, whom she doesn't know even existed.
After a falling out several years ago, Stephen has been wishing he could reconcile with his brother, Sam. It's too late for that now. He does his best t
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Jeanne Takenaka
Oct 08, 2014 Jeanne Takenaka rated it it was amazing
How does a recent widow fall in love with her husband’s mirror reflection? That is the dilemma in Beth Vogt’s Somebody Like You. This book is Vogt’s best yet. She weaves a beautiful story dealing with the loss of a husband and a brother. Finding forgiveness to work through estrangement adds poignancy and depth to this story that I haven’t seen in many other books.

Haley Ames knows how to fire a gun, and she’s not afraid to use it on the stranger standing on her front porch one cold night. Turns o
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This is the 1st book I've read by this author. I should have did my research first.

I thought this book was ok..
Kind of misleading in a way...
I book was a Christian book.

It seems to be a lot on the god side. Everyone in this book is either praying or talking to God. Or throwing bible phrases around.
I don't normally read books like this. I'm not opposed to it either...
my genre is mostly M/M, erotica, romance...& other books along those lines.
So... I kind of hate getting duped into reading so
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Karen Korb
Jun 17, 2014 Karen Korb rated it it was amazing
My Thoughts About The Book: I read and reviewed Beth Vogt’s first two novels and liked them very much. Somebody Like You is her best so far in my opinion. It is a contemporary romance that deals with some touchy subjects. Beth Vogt is great at character development and from the moment Haley opens her front door to see the reflection of her dead husband staring her in the face you will be hooked. Vogt's characters may be fictional but they are so real that you feel as if you are a part of the act ...more
Julie D.
Jun 07, 2014 Julie D. rated it it was amazing
Haley is a new widow who lost her Army husband, Sam, in Afghanastan. She is also pregnant with her first child. She is doing everything to the best of her ability because she grew up with three older brothers that basically told her to suck it up and be strong. The only problem with this is that she doesn't always feel strong and she doesn't allow herself to feel her emotions.

Stephen is Sam's twin - his identical, mirror twin. When he shows up to meet his sister-in-law after Sam's death, she giv
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Beckie Burnham
Jun 05, 2014 Beckie Burnham rated it it was amazing
I read and reviewed Beth Vogt’s first two novels and liked them very much. But I have to say that Somebody Like You is by far my favorite. Yes, it is a book that will definitely appeal to fans of contemporary romance, but it is also so much more. Vogt has written a book that will have you examining your relationships for the ways you put off for later feelings and actions that should be expressed in the now. It also examines how we choose to please man rather than God. If you like romance, then ...more
Katie Beth
Jun 04, 2014 Katie Beth rated it it was amazing
Beth K. Vogt gets better and better with each books he writes.
In Somebody Like You she creates an instant connection with Haley as someone who is grieving the recent loss of her husband. With surprises and twists along the way, you experience the whole process of grief with Haley. You feel her crushing sadness, her anger at the cards life dealt her and the joy when she realizes it's OK to move on in life.
Stephen Ames is a man that is opposite his brother in so many ways that it's hard to remembe
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Pepper Basham
Jun 02, 2014 Pepper Basham 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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Faye
Jun 02, 2014 Faye rated it it was amazing
Stephen Ames and his twin brother Sam were inseparable through many of their childhood years, until their parents divorced and they felt they had to take sides. It's been twelve years. Sam died overseas in Afghanistan leaving behind his wife, Haley, and unknowingly his unborn child.
Haley doesn't know what to think when Stephen shows up on her doorstep, the spitting image of her late husband Sam, did the government make a mistake? Haley wants nothing to do with Stephen, but Stephen is determined
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Patricia Bradley
Jun 02, 2014 Patricia Bradley rated it it was amazing
I meant to read only a couple of chapters when I picked up Somebody Like You. I really did. But Beth Vogt hooked me with the opening scene where Stephen loses not only the girl he thinks he loves, his job and worst of all, his twin brother. And poor Haley. Pregnant, widowed and then confronted with the ghost of her husband who turns out to be her husband's mirror twin. A brother she knew nothing about.

I loved the way Vogt reveals in glimpses of Haley's marriage that it wasn't as perfect as Haley
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Sheri Salatin
May 29, 2014 Sheri Salatin rated it it was amazing
I am so excited to share my thoughts on this book with you. From the very first chapter, I knew it was going to be a keeper.

YES, it is!

What a heart-wrenching, heart-warming story!

From the back cover, I wasn't sure I was going to like this book. It sounded almost too painful to read. A lost husband, widowed army wife, and an estranged brother-in-law. All I could think was the emotional turmoil. I was wrong. Beth Vogt did a fantastic job dealing with the grief, but also giving hope. I felt as thou
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Katrina Epperson
May 13, 2014 Katrina Epperson rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful book, but they should put a disclaimer on it stating to have a box of tissues close. I must admit I had never read a book by this author before, but after reading this story I have became a huge fan. The story flows effortlessly and quickly pulls the reader in. She is able to weave the past and present together without difficulty. We are introduced to Haley Ames who has been informed her husband has been killed while on maneuvers in Afghanistan. Not only is she dealing with t ...more
Pam
May 12, 2014 Pam rated it it was amazing
A poignant story set in motion by the death of Haley’s husband Sam, “Somebody Like You” kept me reading far past my bedtime. It could be difficult to believe that a wife would not know that her husband had an identical twin and that she might fall in love with the twin after her husband’s death but in Beth Vogt’s new novel, it makes perfect sense.

“Somebody Like You” is a story about regrets. Stephen regrets that he waited too late to reconcile with his brother Sam but hopes that in some way he c
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Lisa Johnson
May 09, 2014 Lisa Johnson rated it it was amazing
Title: Somebody Like You
Author: Beth K. Vogt
Pages: 368
Year: 2014
Publisher: Howard
Beth K. Vogt is a writer whose stories don’t just grab one’s attention; they also grab the heart. Her latest novel, Somebody Like You, is a tale about a recently widowed woman named Haley. Haley’s husband was killed in Afghanistan without knowing one very important thing and that was that he was going to be a dad. Haley is trying to figure out not just her current situation and how she is going to do it all by herse
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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.” A 2015 RITA Finalist and a two-time Carol Award finalist ...more
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