Genesis 5020

Stories for His Glory

Until I Met You by Tari Faris October 1, 2020

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Welcome back to Heritage, Michigan–the small town with a big heart

When she hears that the town of Heritage is looking for a new librarian, Libby Kingsley jumps at the opportunity. Little did she know the library is barely more than a basement room stuffed with dusty, outdated books. What the community really needs is a new building. But the only funds available are those being channeled into the new town square, and the landscape architect in charge of the project wants nothing to do with her plans.

All Austin Williams wants to do is get the town square project finished, and he hopes it is enough to save the family business. Then he can extricate himself from the town that reveres the brother who cost him so much. But the local media and the town’s new librarian seem to be conspiring against him at every turn. Will the determined bookworm find her way into his blueprints–and possibly even his heart?

My thoughts:

It was nice to visit the town of Heritage, Michigan again. Although, being a Michigander myself, I didn’t think the assumption that Michigan would be warm in August and not hot was correct. August is when things usually “heat” up. But the authors note that you can never bet on Michigan weather was very true.

On to the story. There are a lot of characters to keep straight and I think if you haven’t read the previous book it might be even more confusing. I even had trouble remembering who the previous characters were and I read the other book.

With that being said it was an interesting story. I love the fact that the characters want to restore Heritage and the creativity they are putting into that.

Libby was a relatable character and Austin could be frustrating and rude, but that is probably what drew me into the story the most…and their dogs.

Overall, a nice read and a sweet romance.

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Review and Giveaway: You Belong With Me by Tari Faris September 10, 2019

Filed under: Book Reviews — Melissa Finnegan @ 4:55 pm
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Realtor Hannah Thornton has many talents.
Unfortunately, selling houses isn’t one of them.

When a business tycoon determines to raze historic homes in the small town of Heritage, Michigan, and replace them with a strip mall, Hannah resolves to stop him. She sets about helping Heritage win a restoration grant that will put the town back on the map–and hopefully restore her disgraced family name. But she’ll need help to do it.

As a foster kid, Luke Johnson never truly felt he belonged. Now he has a chance to earn his place in his hometown. But he doesn’t anticipate how his relationship with Hannah will set into motion events that reveal the truth about who he is–and who he was.

My thoughts:

This story reminded me a lot of a Hallmark movie, but with more depth. Trying to save a town, two people fighting their feelings for each other. I really liked how the town was an important part of the story, and it takes place in Michigan, my home state!!

I also loved that Genesis 5020 is referenced in this book.

I was a bit frustrated with our two main characters and just wanted them to admit their feelings but of course if that happened too soon there would have been no story. So I was excited to see how these two would finally find each other.

There is also a second couple in this book and that broke that story up nicely.

I good contemporary romance, I am anxious to see what Tari comes up with next.

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