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Someone Like You

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  324 ratings  ·  131 reviews
Julia Dare is trying to run her own business, raise her young son, Max, and help her widowed mother. Her biggest worry, though, is keeping Max's father from being a bad influence while still allowing the boy to spend time with his dad. When an account from her event-planning business sends her to Caliente Springs resort, she's shocked to encounter Zeke Monroe, her college ...more
Paperback, 349 pages
Published May 3rd 2016 by Bethany House Publishers (first published May 2016)
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May 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I found that when I started Someone Like You, I had a hard time setting it down! The author did such a good job of writing a story containing main characters who felt so very real. Zeke and Julia were characters who I immediately connected with. They had a rough history full of love, loss, and pain. Seeing them come together through their work, and Zeke’s caring attitude for Julia and her son, was heartwarming. Things were not simple for these two. There were some major issues and complications ...more
Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
I have mixed feelings about this one. The characters are well-developed and the setting well-described, but there was an intense feeling of anxiety that I felt as I read about Julia's conflicts with her ex, Zeke's struggles with his faith, and the precarious state of the resort. The highlights for me were the rekindling romance between Julia and Zeke as well as some humorous moments involving Ladybug, the resident goat with attitude problems. A secondary romance involving Julia's mother felt dis ...more
Dec 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
I have come to really enjoy Victoria Bylin's writing. Realistic, flawed characters facing relatable challenges come together to confront everything that life throws at them. Someone Like You also celebrates second chances, family, and those special moments in life (even if they sometimes don't go quite as planned).

Julia Dare is slowly rebuilding her life. She has started her own event planning business, has left her emotionally abusive partner, and is enjoying spending time with her delightful f
Caitlyn Santi
Feb 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed Victoria Bylin's contemporary debut, Until I Found You, when I read it a while back! But I must admit that the cover of this book is what first attracted me to it, I know, I know, never judge a book by its cover but isn't that cover just so gorgeous?! And I am delighted to say that the story inside was every bit as beautiful as the cover!
I LOVED THIS BOOK! It was sooooo good, where do I even begin? I loved Zeke and Julia's romance, I have found that I really enjoy storylines wh
Nov 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Be prepared for an emotional sucker punch...or two...or three...or....well, let's just say my heart hasn't quite recovered yet. Bylin has an astonishing talent for drawing a reader in with the depth of feeling she manages to convey on every page.

There are so many things that clicked for me with this novel. The most intriguing one is how Julia and Zeke have done a complete 180 since college. Now she's the Christian trying to put her life to rights while he's forsaken his faith. The juxtapositio
Maureen Timerman
May 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016
The setting of this book, made me want to live there, Caliente Springs resort, even the name sounds wonderful. After leaving Berkley and trying to be what his Dad wanted him to be Zeke Monroe is at a high point in his career, but a low point with God. Now being a preacher's son and trying to live in his father's shoes and being the best Christian ever, has been a hard roll for Zeke, and making him take a 50 degree turn. He has stopped relying on God, but God sure hasn't given up on him.
A young s
May 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
SOMEONE LIKE YOU is a totally wonderful story of faith, forgiveness and family relationships. A stand-alone, it is a story that gripped my attention from page one and didn't release me until I closed the ending pages.

SOMEONE LIKE YOU is not at all predictable. I figured how I thought it would end, but the author released that bombshell a third of the way in and I'm like, okay... What will be the black moment?

I loved Zeke. Oh my word, he is the stuff book-crushes are made of. I also loved Julia
May 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Someone Like You by Victoria Bylin
In college, Zeke Monroe had a strong faith. He'd been raised in a Christian home and his father expected Zeke to follow in his steps and become a pastor. Only he got a little bit shaky on that pedestal and fell.

In college, Julia Dare believed in living life where you were. Love today could be gone tomorrow. She liked Zeke and even joined the campus Bible group. When her dad died, she no longer wanted to hear about God. And she was done with Zeke preaching at her
Carole Jarvis
Reviewed at The Power of Words:

Someone Like You is everything Christian fiction should be … It has an engrossing storyline, picturesque setting, engaging characters who struggle with serious life issues, and relevant spiritual themes. The cover hints at a charming contemporary romance, but don’t be deceived because there is so much more – as is the case with all of Victoria’s books. I can’t explain what it is about Victoria’s writing, but her novels have that indefinable “s
May 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016, review, blog-tour
It seems only yesterday I was having all the swoony gushing thoughts (and would later review) for the cover art Until I Found You sported. (All of which was most likely chronicled in one of my “Cover Candy” posts.) It is then impossibly difficult to believe that Someone Like You is Victoria Bylin’s third novel with Bethany House. Charming in the sweetest of ways, the story waiting to be discovered inside its pages is one of hope, a bit of adversity, love, and working in the laughs, there's plent ...more
Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
Like Victoria Bylin's other contemporaries, Someone Like You really looks at the nitty gritty struggles of following Jesus, especially for new or disillusioned believers., and I love it! Sometimes it’s nice to read about people who never struggle … or who only struggle with “safe sins” like getting angry or saying something you shouldn’t. But honestly? Sometimes that gets boring. Sometimes, I for one need to see people battling with the tough stuff and coming out on the other side in one piece. ...more
Nov 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016-reads, favorite
First of all, isn't that cover gorgeous? Who doesn't want to kick back in that hammock for a couple of hours? I sure do! This was a great story that completely drew me in and was difficult to put down. It was so easy to connect with the main characters as we go through their struggles. With all the seemingly insurmountable obstacles in the way, I couldn't wait to find out how things would end up. As an added bonus, an unexpected second romance blossomed in the book. I'll let you be surprised by ...more
Jalynn Patterson
Apr 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Realistic Characters Shine in Bylin's Latest Romance
Julia Dare is trying to run her own business, raise her young son, Max, and help her widowed mother. Her biggest worry, though, is keeping Max's father from being a bad influence while still allowing the boy to spend time with his dad. When an account from her event-planning business sends her to Caliente Springs resort, she's shocked to encounter Zeke Monroe, her college sweetheart.
Zeke is determined to keep Caliente Springs ru
Suzie Waltner
Apr 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Someone Like You by Victoria Bylin

About a year ago, I read my first book by Victoria Bylin (a contemporary, sweet romance that I enjoyed), so when I saw she’s got another book coming out this Tuesday (May 3, 2016 release), I was more than happy to agree to review it. Especially after I read the description of the book.

You see, one of my favorite romance tropes is reuniting lost loves. Second chances. I mean, hey, my favorite Jane Austen book is Persuasion which is probably the earliest one of th
Beth Erin
Apr 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Julia Dare is a single mom, entrepreneur, and new Christian. I admire Julia for her determination and commitment in every area of her life. She takes responsibility for her past mistakes and moves forward in God's grace with her head held high. Julia has a close relationship with her mother and is devoted to her young son.

Zeke Monroe is a hard working resort manager with a natural gift for service. He refuses to give up hope even when he's running out of time and money to revive the rundown re
Susan Snodgrass
May 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Someone Like You captured my interest from the very start and I finished it in a day and a half. Victoria Bylin has created a setting that charms and characters that come alive in the reader's mind with a plot that promises to hold your interest to the last page. She delivers on all this and delivers well. It is her very BEST! In my opinion.

Someone Like You has a very, very good spiritual message as well, something I seriously want to find in a Christian fiction book. Some authors tone it down,
May 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Love, love, love the characters in Victoria Bylin's books! Zeke and Julia get a second chance at love that they started in college. This isn't just a story of two people who lost touch, but a story of soul-searching in between the times they had seen each other - a changing of places as such - one from Christian to discouragement and one growing in new faith.

I especially enjoyed the character of Zeke as he works through believing that he had to "work" for God and be perfect to be of use to Him
Teresa Snyder
May 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was a fabulous book! It pulled me in from the beginning and held tight until the last sentence of the epilogue --- which was absolutely perfect!

It's hard not to fall in love with a book that has not one, but two intertwined romances (mother and daughter), two sigh worthy, not so perfect, heroes - one that calls his lady darlin' - a county music singer, and a crazy goat named Ladybug.

It's an easy to read book. There's problems, but nothing that makes you chew your nails.

I think that this
May 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Someone Like You is a wonderful read. I was easily drawn into the story from page one. There were so many fun and humorous moments that made me laugh out loud. and then there were some beautiful and sweet moments that brought tears to my eyes.
Highly recommended.
5 plus stars.
Dec 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: book-club
Loved, loved, loved, loved everything about this book.

* I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. *
Apr 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Someone Like You by Victoria Bylin is a contemporary Christian novel which I thoroughly enjoyed. It was my first by Victoria Bylin but I shall be hunting out more. On the surface it was a charming story but dig deeper and you will find the tale of God's enduring, everlasting and unending love.
Zeke and Julia knew each other in college. Six years later their paths cross again. Their lives have altered but their connection to each other hasn't.
The novel deals with the theme of single parents as Jul
May 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful, genuine, and real: Victoria Bylin's new novel Someone Like You is a modern day journey rife with the potholes, mountains and valleys, and moments of hilarity and heartbreak that make a story steal your heart. Not only that, but this book respects readers by giving us some smart, capable characters.

Julia Dare is a talented event planner who has started her own business with the clever name, Dare to Dream. As a single mom, she has a loving relationship with her four-year-old son Max and
Just Commonly
Mar 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
"God's got this covered. He knows what you're going through - all of it." AMEN. Sometimes when we're in the mist of struggles, or just not having a good day, we forget that He's right there with us. What may be raindrops, may just be blessings in disguise. Someone Like You by Victoria Bylin captures the many essence of the struggles Christians encounter. Christians, like all man grapple with passion, lust, forgiveness, anger...etc, and fall short too. Julia and Zeke's romance is of second chance ...more
May 12, 2016 rated it it was ok
If you are looking for something on the lighter side to read as we are getting ready for summer, Victoria Bylin's latest novel might be for you. Set at a struggling resort in California, "Someone Like You" is the story of general manager Zeke as he tries to put some life into the place he loves, and how he reconnects with his college girlfriend, who is now an event planner. The years since college have changed both Zeke and Julia a lot. Zeke has lost his faith in God and puts his whole purpose i ...more
May 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Victoria Bylin might write Christian romance, but she doesn’t shy away from the tough topics. In fact, anyone who scoffs at romance novels in general and Christian romance novels in particular should read Someone Like You. Whether they like it or not, they can’t call it soft or shallow or any of the other less-than-complimentary terms people use (as an aside, it’s fascinating how some Christians exhort others to follow their God-given calling at the same time as decrying romance novels. Do they ...more
Once Upon a Romance Reviews

Sexual Content: Subtle
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content: None
Violent Content: None

Single mom Julia Dare is a busy mom who is trying to live right. She is a new Christian and trying to walk out her faith daily. It’s taken her a long time to get to this place. She loves her son Max and would do anything for him. Too bad his father refuses to play by the rules and is determined to bully Julia back into his life.

Zeke Monroe is determined to keep the historic Caliente Springs resort going. He knows
Valri Western
May 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Like several others, I love the cover of this book! It drew me in as soon as I saw it! Of course I will always read a book written by Victoria but I especially love the cover on this one! I just finished reading this book and I am still thinking of the characters. I know they will be with me for awhile. They were "real" people with real issues to work out and I like reading about relationships that have ups & downs, just like real life! Julia & Zeke were a couple in college but broke up ...more
Lucy (That Book Gal)
May 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
I've never related to a character that I have nothing in common with. Not like I related to Julia. It was unusual and I adored the experience. This book was an amazing introduction to Victoria Bylin's writing. Which brings me to my next point! This was my first Victoria Bylin book and it was so good. I'm dying to read her other books when I have the time.
But hey. CAN WE TAKE A MOMENT FOR THIS COVER? It is just so gorgeous that my heart dies when I see it. Blues? Lights? Hammock? OH YES.
Nov 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
"I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you. . . "

Zeke Monroe is a desperate man, he's desperate to revitalize the historic Caliente Springs resort back to its original splendor, but he needs paying guests, lots of them, and he needs them quickly. The two owners, celebrity siblings, have made it clear to Zeke that they will be forced to sell the lovely grounds and vacation rentals if the financials don't take a significant upturn.

Enter Julia Dare; as gorgeous as ever, now a si
Jan 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Julia made some serious mistakes in her past. But one of those resulted in her son Max, whom she's blessed to have. Zeke and Julia dated years ago when Zeke was a Christian and Julia was not. Their differences broke them up. Now Julia is at the resort that Zeke is trying to save and both of them are learning how the past few years have changed them. They can still work well together to solve problems and they find their personal relationship is good as well.

This was such a sweet story. The char
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Known for her realistic, likable characters and vivid writing, Victoria Bylin writes both western and contemporary inspirational romance. Together With You, a story about family and forgiveness, won the FHL Readers Choice Award for Best Contemporary, and her historicals have finaled in the Carol Awards, Rita Awards, and RT Magazine’s Reviewers’ Choice Awards. Her most recent book, The Two Of Us, w ...more