Victoria Bylin’s Someone Like You is a tale of reunited sweethearts. Single mom Julia is an event planner trying to raise her son despite his father’s (very) bad influence. Then a client hires Julia to plan her wedding at the Caliente Springs resort – and inadvertently reunites Julia with her college flame, Zeke.
As they plan the client’s wedding, Zeke and Julia get to know one another again. And as such stories go, their old feelings grow stronger. However, her competitive, narcissistic ex won’t give up so easily.
I admit, this wasn’t my favorite of the books I’ve read this year so far. Julia’s son’s father is awful – all caps, truly horrible, AWFUL. And he treats his own son as a pawn and Julia as a possession, which made me really wish I could reach into the pages and throttle him. His characterization made for good conflict, but it kind of soured me on the story because I dreaded the scenes he appeared in.
Overall, though, the dynamic between Julia, her son, and Zeke was heartwarming. Little Max is adorable and deserves a much better father than he’s got, and the insight into event planning was fun. Bylin does a good job of characterization in this book – her characters feel tangible and real as you watch their story unfold.
My rating: 3/5 stars
Recommended for: those who enjoy Bylin’s books; readers who enjoy reunited sweetheart stories; those who like a mix of family, faith, and intense interpersonal conflicts in their inspirational fiction reads
Note: I received a copy of this novel via NetGalley.