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Beth Vogt’s Somebody Like You


Can a young widow find love again with her husband’s reflection?

Haley’s three-year marriage to Sam, an army medic, ends tragically when he’s killed in Afghanistan. Her attempts to create a new life for herself are ambushed when she arrives home one evening—and finds her husband waiting for her. Did the military make an unimaginable mistake when they told her Sam was killed? 

Too late to make things right with his estranged twin brother, Stephen discovers Sam never told Haley about him. As Haley and Stephen navigate their fragile relation­ship, they are inexorably drawn to each other. How can they honor the memory of a man whose death brought them together—and whose ghost could drive them apart? 

Somebody Like You is a beautifully rendered, affecting novel, reminding us that while we can’t change the past, we have the choice to change the future and start anew.
Beth Vogt won me over with her last novel. But when I saw what this book was about, I knew I had to get my hands on it. I mean, identical twins?! Here’s my thoughts:
What I did like:
The concept. I loved the idea of Haley falling in love with her husband’s identical twin. Awkward. But, you really get to watch Haley fall for Stephen and you know it isn’t something that happens instantly. 
Stephen. He was such a sweetie. My heart completely went out to him the entire book. Even with his flaws, I found him endearing. And this guy is not your typical Alpha male. He’s very Beta, and I loved him for it.
The writing. It completely pulls you in. I read this book in one sitting.
Spiritually, I liked watching Stephen learn what courage means and that there is no fear in love. I also liked watching Haley come to the realization that too often she was trying to do things her way and not letting God in on the decisions. 
What I didn’t like:
Stephen does a ton for Haley. He really goes out of his way to be there for her. And frankly, I’m all about the man doing the work in the relationship. But, I just wanted Haley to do something for him once. Just once. I was like, can’t she bake him some cookies or something? So yeah, it really got to me that Haley was forever on the receiving end and never on the giving end, because by her not giving, I felt like she didn’t love Stephen as deeply as he loved her.
This isn’t so much what I didn’t like, but just something I noted. You really have to suspend your disbelief here. In the tech world that we live in, it is unlikely that you could know someone well enough to marry them and not know they had a twin. And, let’s not even begin to talk about Stephen and Sam’s mom. So, just ignore all the reasons why it wouldn’t work, and you can really enjoy it.
Overall, it’s a beautiful romance novel that’s super creative and intriguing. Recommended.
Romantic Scale: 8.7
**I received a copy of this novel from Netgalley. My opinion was not affected in anyway.**

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