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Saturday, October 1, 2011

There You'll Find Me - Jenny B. Jones

Released October 2011

Jenny B. Jones
Thomas Nelson

Reviewed by Tracy Farnsworth

There You'll Find Me is a stunning novel certain to thrill teen girls. This is a christian teen romance, but secular readers will find the story just as enjoyable. The religious matter fits the story extremely well and any reader will understand Finely's battle as she decides if God has turned His back on her.

After Finely's brother dies during a tragic bombing in Iraq, she's questioning God's intent. With a wounded heart, she sets off to same city in Ireland where her brother spent time soaking in the magic of the country. Attending an Irish school as an exchange student, Finely hopes to reconnect with her brother through his journal entries and photographs.

Finely's host family runs a bed and breakfast. One of their guests happens to be a popular teen actor who appears in the latest vampire movie series and has set many teen girls' hearts fluttering. Beckett's in town shooting the next in the series and facing a difficult choice. Finely is the daughter of a hotel mogul and she could care less, but her attitude appeals to Beckett so he asks her to become his personal assistant.

In exchange for her help, Beckett will take Finely to all the places in her brother's photographs. Beckett enjoys being treated like a normal guy and Finely finds herself falling for the actor who isn't the wild child the tabloids make him out to be. However, Finely's hiding her own secrets and with Beckett's help, she may finally find the courage to face her fears.

I had one of those mornings where I was wide awake at 4:00 a.m. and I find that's the best time to curl up with a book. I started reading and couldn't stop. Finely's character has weaknesses and you can't help but feel for the girl. Beckett is a nice match to her fragile emotions. He's strong where she's weak and in turn, she develops a strength that matches his weaknesses. They became one of my favorite couples ever and I'd love to have the author revisit them in other stories set in Ireland.

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