Artist Livy Johnson needs a fresh start. That’s what a broken heart and forgotten dreams can do to a person.
On little more than a whim, she reclaims her grandmother’s old home in quaint Laurel Cove, North Carolina and vows to restore its original charm. When she literally collides with childhood friend, Jack Bowdon, Livy wonders if she’s back for an entirely different reason.
Jack can’t believe his childhood crush is back. As the owner of Bowdon’s Supplies, and once again the town’s most eligible bachelor, he offers to help Livy with repairs. Together they embark on the project—and an undeniable whirlwind romance.
But it’s not all smooth sailing.
Can they survive the destructive pain of their pasts to discover God’s grace waiting to renovate their hearts?
SERIES: Laurel Cove Romance #1
GENRE: Inspirational Contemporary Romance
PUBLISHER: Good Day Publishing
RELEASE DATE: May 30, 2017
“You are worth so much more than any man can determine.”
I have two words for you: Jack. Bowdon.
Two more words: Have. Mercy.
Jack has a sexy Southern drawl that gets deeper and lazier when he has romantic intentions. “He could teach a class on how to flirt.” Muscles. Handyman. House builder. Loves his dog. Loves his woman. His best friend describes him as “the guy who swoons easily and loves hard.” Seriously – a sexy, flirty, drawling, twinkly-eyed, winking, earned-his-muscles-through-hard-work guy who swoons over the women he fiercely loves? Bring that fainting couch over here, and add Jack’s name to my book boyfriends collection while you’re at it 🙂
Livy and Jack have instant chemistry, some of it is residual from their childhood friendship and some is just good old-fashioned sparks. Both have past relationships that are still causing problems – mostly heart issues that Livy and Jack have to work through together and separately but occasionally these villainous exes rear up in person too. Good, tender lessons here on forgiveness as well as self-worth – both found ultimately in Jesus and not anyone else. The parallels between the restoration of their hearts and the renovations they’re doing on Livy’s grandmother’s house were subtle but well-placed.
Bottom Line: The setting is gorgeous and vivid, quaint and quirky. The characters are fun and relatable, the kind of people you’d want as friends. The romance is smokin’ hot (honestly, keep a freezer handy) but laced with mutual respect for each other and for God’s guardrails. And banter. It’s laced with lots of great flirtalicious banter too 😉 Most importantly, the message is sincere and organically woven through the pages. Someplace Familiar by Teresa Tysinger made me smile for all the right reasons 🙂
(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)
My Rating: 4 stars / Such a fun book!
KissingBook Level: 5 / Not kidding about that freezer.
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Teresa Tysinger is a wife and mother transplanted from North Carolina to North Texas. When not working as the Director of Communications for a large downtown church, she writes charming southern romances inspired by grace. A member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Religious Communicators’ Council, and the Association for Women in Communications, Teresa has spent over a decade committed to telling stories of faith through written word. She loves coffee, caramel, and stories with happy endings.
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What about you? Who was your childhood best friend?