Friday Favorites #13: There You'll Find Me



Friday Favorites is a weekly meme hosted here, that spotlights a favorite author, book, series, publisher, cover, blog, etc. Basically whatever bookish thing that you love, recommend, and want to tell others about. Just pick one and link up to my post each Friday to share. You can use the graphic I used above, the other one here, or your own.

It's going to be a short and sweet Friday Favorites today (going out of town early Friday morning). I've decided to spotlight an older favorite of mine. You can see my brief review on Goodreads.

There You'll Find Me
by Jenny B. Jones
YA Christian Contemporary
October 4th 2011 by Thomas Nelson Publishers


Goodreads summary:
Grief brought Finley to Ireland. Love will lead her home.

Finley Sinclair is not your typical eighteen-year-old. She's witty, tough, and driven. With an upcoming interview at the Manhattan music conservatory, Finley needs to compose her audition piece. But her creativity disappeared with the death of her older brother, Will.

She decides to study abroad in Ireland so she can follow Will's travel journal. It's the place he felt closest to God, and she's hopeful being there will help her make peace over losing him. So she agrees to an exchange program and boards the plane.

Beckett Rush, teen heartthrob and Hollywood bad boy, is flying to Ireland to finish filming his latest vampire movie. On the flight, he meets Finley. She's the one girl who seems immune to his charm. Undeterred, Beckett convinces her to be his assistant in exchange for his help as a tour guide.

Once in Ireland, Finley starts to break down. The loss of her brother and the pressure of school, her audition, and whatever it is that is happening between her and Beckett, leads her to a new and dangerous vice. When is God going to show up for her in this emerald paradise?

Then she experiences something that radically changes her perspective on life. Could it be God convincing her that everything she's been looking for has been with her all along?


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Why it is a favorite:
I need to redo my review for this one, but in the meantime you should know why this is one of my favorites.

This is in the Christian genre, but it wasn't preachy or didn't feel like there was really an underlying motive for the book. Sure, she goes to church and she's asking God why her brother was taken, but I think that relates to a lot of readers. So, I definitely would recommend this to Christian and non-Christian readers.

The author just has a really great personality, which comes out in her writing. The characters felt real to me for who they are. They aren't perfect, but have their own issues and some pretty serious ones that they are working through. I really felt for and were routing for them the whole time. I loved the banter back and forth between them and the sweet moments that both of them have as well.

I loved the setting, the older houses, the scenic views, the language.  Overall, the characters, plot, and writing were all just fantastic. Obviously I loved it! :) It's one I have re-read several times and plan on reading again in the future.


About the Author
(from her website)

I write Christian fiction with a few giggles, quite a bit of sass, and lots of crazy. My novels include the Katie Parker Production series, A Charmed Life series, and my first contemporary romance, Just Between You and Me. I would also like to take credit for Twilight , but somewhere I think I read you’re not supposed to lie.

When I’m not typing my heart out (or checking email), I teach at a super-sized high school in Arkansas.
My students are constantly telling me how my teaching changes their lives and turned them away from drugs, gangs, and C-SPAN.

Okay, that’s not exactly true.

Some facts that are true include:

A. I got my camera confiscated by big boys with guns at the American Embassy in Europe this past summer. O la la!
B. I once worked in a seed mill office and cleaned out mice on a regular basis. Ew.
C. I’m a former drama teacher.
D. I didn’t pass my drivers test the first time. Or the second…
E. I attract stray animals like a magnet.
F. I used to assemble and test paint ball guns for a local factory.

Since my current job leaves me with very little free time, I believe in spending my spare hours in meaningful, intellectual pursuits such as:

  • watching E!
  • updating my status on Facebook
  • catching Will Ferrell on YouTube and
  • writing my name in the dust on my furniture

  • You can find Jenny here: 
     
     

Have your read this? Do you have a favorite to share this week?
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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