Somebody Like You
Beth K. Vogt
Howard Books/S&S, May 13 2014, $14.99
In 2012 in Breckenridge, Colorado, architect Stephen Ames proposes to Elissa who says no. A few days later in Fort Collins, his boss informs Stephen they must let go Jenkins; Stephen volunteers to quit so that the man and his family does not starve. Bad luck comes in threes as his hysterical mom Miriam calls Stephen with news his estranged brother Sam died in Afghanistan.
At the shooting range where she teaches, Sam’s widow Hal explains to her boss she is quiting because a client complained of her pregnancy being inappropriate for this place. When Hal gets home, she sees Sam standing on her porch. She jumps into his arms, but he says to Haley he is Sam’s twin. A stunned Haley never knew he existed; as neither her husband nor her mother-in-law mentioned Stephen. She points a gun at him so he leaves. Miriam explains to Haley that the brothers had a falling out when they were eighteen and had not talked to each other since in spite of her prayers they would reconcile. Remaining persistent, Stephen continues to pray to God for help while he keeps visiting and doing things for Haley. When they fall in love each feels they betray Sam.
Somebody Like You is an intriguing inspirational romance starring two flawed individuals linked by grief and guilt (for her husband his twin) as much as their love. The support cast (especially his divorced parents, Sam and her BFF) adds depth in understanding the lead couple. Beth K. Vogt writes a wonderful second chance drama.