Sunday, September 25, 2011

Review: There You'll Find Me by Jenny B Jones

From the publisher:

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?

My Thoughts:
When I read the description for 'There You'll Find Me', I thought it sounded like a great story, so despite not being the target audience I gave it a shot. Finley is an 18 year old girl who had went through a very rough period after the loss of her brother Will. In an effort to find the God that her brother had written about in his travel journals, she decides to follow his footsteps to Ireland. On the way, she meets Hollywood heartthrob vampire, Beckett Rush (think Twilight). Despite her immediate dislike and efforts to stay away from him, she eventually finds herself falling. But while there is a great romance here, that's not all the story was- we also meet the mean girl, determined to make life miserable and a bitter elderly woman, Mrs. Sweeney whom Finley was assigned to help as a class project. These were all weaved beautifully into the story along with deeper issues of struggling to reach perfection and ultimately finding God in the beauty of Ireland.
Despite, once again, not being the target audience, I found myself in many ways relating to Finley in her issues with anxiety and trying to make everything perfect. The story was so well written that aside from the characters ages and a few typical teen themes, it could really be enjoyed by a much larger (and older) audience as well. I always love books that paint a great picture in my head of the places I'm reading about and I must say that this was definitely one of those. Several times throughout the book I found myself telling my husband that I'd love to go to Ireland one day!! Overall, I really enjoyed this book and I look forward to reading more by the writer!

You can purchase 'There You'll Be' here!

*I received a copy of this book free from Book Sneeze in exchange for this review. All opinions are my own.


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