You Belong with Me (Restoring Heritage #1)
Small-town realtor Hannah Thornton has many talents--unfortunately, selling houses isn't one of them. When a developer sets his sights on the historic homes in Heritage, Hannah turns to her best friend Luke for help. Will Luke risk his future and confront his past to help her succeed?

You Belong with Me (Restoring Heritage #1) Details

TitleYou Belong with Me (Restoring Heritage #1)
Author
ReleaseSep 3rd, 2019
PublisherFleming H. Revell Company
ISBN-139780800736477
Rating
GenreContemporary, Christian Fiction, Fiction, Romance, Christian

You Belong with Me (Restoring Heritage #1) Review

  • Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader
    January 1, 1970
    I was ready for a really good fairy tale. Who doesn't like a good ole fairy tale.Restoring Heritage series is going to be the best. With this new voice in Christian fiction we now have something to look forward to.I can't wait for you all to read Luke and Hannah's story. Real life, imperfect characters. They make this story a fun fast read.I gave this book 4 stars and I hope you all enjoy Faris' writing as much as I did. The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorab I was ready for a really good fairy tale. Who doesn't like a good ole fairy tale.Restoring Heritage series is going to be the best. With this new voice in Christian fiction we now have something to look forward to.I can't wait for you all to read Luke and Hannah's story. Real life, imperfect characters. They make this story a fun fast read.I gave this book 4 stars and I hope you all enjoy Faris' writing as much as I did. The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.
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  • Sarah Grace Grzy
    January 1, 1970
    Tari Faris has been writing fiction for over twelve years, but You Belong With Me, releasing September 3 with Revell Books, marks her publishing debut. And I have to say, all in all, it's a pretty solid debut!You Belong With Me is book one in the Restoring Heritage series, and is a contemporary romance set in the small fictional town of Heritage, Michigan. Honestly, as a native Michigander, that is the main reason I chose to read this book. Small town on the shores of Lake Michigan? I'm in! From Tari Faris has been writing fiction for over twelve years, but You Belong With Me, releasing September 3 with Revell Books, marks her publishing debut. And I have to say, all in all, it's a pretty solid debut!You Belong With Me is book one in the Restoring Heritage series, and is a contemporary romance set in the small fictional town of Heritage, Michigan. Honestly, as a native Michigander, that is the main reason I chose to read this book. Small town on the shores of Lake Michigan? I'm in! From the details Faris uses to describe the town and area, you can tell the author has spent a fair amount of time in the Great Lakes state, and I loved the authentic portrayal of my home state. Amidst the small-town backdrop, Faris writes relatable characters who are far from perfect. I loved the small-town vibes the whole book portrayed with its relatively large cast of characters. Hannah and Luke were well-rounded main characters, and I greatly enjoyed the inclusion of a secondary couple, Janie and Thomas's story, although that makes this book a bit different than your standard romance. Speaking of romance, that's where this book loses a star for me. The physical attraction and love triangles between the characters got to be a bit much for my tastes, and I found myself rolling my eyes and skimming in some areas. However, one thing I really love about Faris's writing is that she always includes strong Christian themes in her stories. Often, that subject gets lost in the romance of most books in this genre, even though they may be touted as Christian romance. But in Faris's stories, no matter what the struggles are, the characters always point each other back to God in the end.All in all, Faris's incredibly relatable and readable writing style was very enjoyable and I loved delving deep into these characters' stories. It is clear this author has spent years honing her craft before jumping into the publishing world, for which I give her kudos. This book is well-rounded and polished to a shine! Overall, if you love a sweet contemporary romance with strong themes, definitely check this one out!FTC Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for promotional purposes. I was not required to write a positive review. These are my honest thoughts and opinions.
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  • Susan Snodgrass
    January 1, 1970
    ‘When you’ve got nothing left, that’s when you see how real your faith is. Faith with everything you want is easy. But faith when everything goes wrong? That’s when God alone has to be enough.’This was wonderful debut novel from Tari Faris! I loved everything about it. She took us to the small Michigan town of Heritage in her prequel novella, P.S. Goodbye, and that made me want to continue to read her work. I’ve just finished this one and now I want another already! In all seriousness, Tari Far ‘When you’ve got nothing left, that’s when you see how real your faith is. Faith with everything you want is easy. But faith when everything goes wrong? That’s when God alone has to be enough.’This was wonderful debut novel from Tari Faris! I loved everything about it. She took us to the small Michigan town of Heritage in her prequel novella, P.S. Goodbye, and that made me want to continue to read her work. I’ve just finished this one and now I want another already! In all seriousness, Tari Faris is a wonderful and talented new voice in Christian fiction! These small town characters have dug deep into my heart and I’m going to let them stay. Her writing is fresh, full and just plain satisfying to this reader. With her heroine, Hannah, who wants to help everyone and is determined to see the town revitalized, and her hero, Luke, desperately wishing he belonged to someone, Faris sets the stage for a fulfilling read. She has crafted a solid romance (with a bonus one thrown in) and a strong spiritual thread that ministered to me. Well done! Highly recommended *My thanks to the publisher, Revell, for an advance copy of this book. The opinions stated here are entirely my own.
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  • Jen.
    January 1, 1970
    .You Belong With Me was an enjoyable debut novel filled with friendship, secrets, romance, family and faith. There’s a lot of stuff packed into this story. It’s a lot to process, but not hard to follow.Luke and Hannah. Goodness, they stressed me out! Their relationship is complicated, sweet, infuriating and adorable. I was happy with their journey, but wow – what a roller coaster!I appreciated the strength of Thomas and Janie, the advice from Pastor Nate (who pops up randomly almost as much as O .You Belong With Me was an enjoyable debut novel filled with friendship, secrets, romance, family and faith. There’s a lot of stuff packed into this story. It’s a lot to process, but not hard to follow.Luke and Hannah. Goodness, they stressed me out! Their relationship is complicated, sweet, infuriating and adorable. I was happy with their journey, but wow – what a roller coaster!I appreciated the strength of Thomas and Janie, the advice from Pastor Nate (who pops up randomly almost as much as Otis does!) and the genuine hearts of Chet, Uncle Donny and Aunt Lucy. I’m not a fan of the rising trend of pop culture references in contemporary Christian fiction. It sends a mixed message. Scripture tells us we are to be in the world, but not of the world. I pray that the Holy Spirit will guide authors’ hearts towards writing interesting characters and witty dialogue without such worldly interference.Pop culture stuff aside, this book is really good. There’s a lot of faith, wisdom and lovely moments across the pages of this story. I really enjoyed reading it, enjoyed the great people of Heritage and I absolutely plan on reading future books in this series. There’s a preview at the end for the next book and I’m really excited to read it!You Belong With Me by Tari Faris is available NOW! Visit www.christianbook.com for details!I received a complimentary advanced reading copy of this book from Revell through LibraryThing Early Reviewers. A positive review was not required. All opinions expressed are completely my own.
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  • Inspirationalfictionreader
    January 1, 1970
    I want to start off by saying that I absolutely loved the prequel novella to this series, P. S. Goodbye. If you haven’t read it, sign up for Tari Faris’ newsletter and you will get a free copy! It’s totally worth your time! You do not have to read the novella before reading You Belong to Me. They are both stand-a-lone’s.Here’s what I liked about this story: I liked the small town setting. I used to live in a very small town and I really miss it. I love stories with good secondary characters who I want to start off by saying that I absolutely loved the prequel novella to this series, P. S. Goodbye. If you haven’t read it, sign up for Tari Faris’ newsletter and you will get a free copy! It’s totally worth your time! You do not have to read the novella before reading You Belong to Me. They are both stand-a-lone’s.Here’s what I liked about this story: I liked the small town setting. I used to live in a very small town and I really miss it. I love stories with good secondary characters who have their own storyline. Actually, in this story, my favorite characters were the secondary ones, Thomas and Janie. Their story was much more interesting to me. I am also interested in Nate’s story, which I hope comes next.Now, for what didn’t work for me: I just could not connect with either Hannah or Luke or their relationship. I felt that there were way too many secrets and lies between them which continued throughout the entire story. Because of this, I just could not root for them to be together. I also felt like too many problems were solved too easily. To be really invested in a story, I need to feel like it is realistic and this one just didn’t feel that way to me.I received a complimentary copy of this book. All thoughts are my own.
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  • Jypsy
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Revell and the author for an advanced copy. All opinions expressed are my own. You Belong With Me By: Tari Faris *REVIEW* 🌻🌻🌻You Belong With Me is a sweet romance story. The characters are flawed but likeable, and throughout the story, they work through many important issues. This is a story with a small town element that is very pleasant and charming. The premise is not that unique, but it's interesting just the same. This story is heavier on the aspect of faith than I care to read Thank you to Revell and the author for an advanced copy. All opinions expressed are my own. You Belong With Me By: Tari Faris *REVIEW* 🌻🌻🌻You Belong With Me is a sweet romance story. The characters are flawed but likeable, and throughout the story, they work through many important issues. This is a story with a small town element that is very pleasant and charming. The premise is not that unique, but it's interesting just the same. This story is heavier on the aspect of faith than I care to read. It was just a bit too much for me that it felt kind of preachy at times. Otherwise, it's a good love story that is simple and sweet.
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  • Melissa
    January 1, 1970
    This is a spectacular debut by Tari Faris! I adored this book. From Hannah and Luke to Janie and Thomas and a few additional characters we meet along the way, Heritage is a town I will be visiting again. This was a two for the price of one romance story with sister and brother Hannah and Thomas and their respective love interests. There is a ton of story packed within these pages-from romance and humor, mystery and several nuggets of Godly wisdom. Basically this book has it ALL! It even has a tw This is a spectacular debut by Tari Faris! I adored this book. From Hannah and Luke to Janie and Thomas and a few additional characters we meet along the way, Heritage is a town I will be visiting again. This was a two for the price of one romance story with sister and brother Hannah and Thomas and their respective love interests. There is a ton of story packed within these pages-from romance and humor, mystery and several nuggets of Godly wisdom. Basically this book has it ALL! It even has a twist or two that caught me totally by surprise. If you like contemporary Christian Fiction with lots of heart, don’t miss this one!I received this book from the RevellReads Program. I was not required to post a positive review. All thoughts are my own.
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  • Brittany
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed this sweet story with its small town setting. You Belong With Me delved into what it truly means to leave traumatic events behind you, learn to trust others, and learn to trust God. I occasionally struggled with Hannah and Luke's inability to communicate effictively and their lack of trust in each other. Then, I realized that these two hurting people had both been emotionally injured by past abandonments. Even Thomas, Hannah's brother, carried his own torment around related to his moth I enjoyed this sweet story with its small town setting. You Belong With Me delved into what it truly means to leave traumatic events behind you, learn to trust others, and learn to trust God. I occasionally struggled with Hannah and Luke's inability to communicate effictively and their lack of trust in each other. Then, I realized that these two hurting people had both been emotionally injured by past abandonments. Even Thomas, Hannah's brother, carried his own torment around related to his mother's leaving his family so suddenly. The characters in this story had a lot to work through.I'm really looking forward to reading more books in this series and enjoyed the introduction to this small community.I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
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  • Nancee
    January 1, 1970
    A Christian romance, You Belong To Me is a light and easy read, a great weekend or vacation book. The story is somewhat predictable and cliché, but with a good storyline and likeable characters. I found myself rolling my eyes several times throughout the book, wishing that the characters would just get over themselves and move forward. The revelations from past events were touching and poignant, but this book didn't wow me like many others I've read. Disclaimer: I won a copy of this book through A Christian romance, You Belong To Me is a light and easy read, a great weekend or vacation book. The story is somewhat predictable and cliché, but with a good storyline and likeable characters. I found myself rolling my eyes several times throughout the book, wishing that the characters would just get over themselves and move forward. The revelations from past events were touching and poignant, but this book didn't wow me like many others I've read. Disclaimer: I won a copy of this book through the LibraryThing giveaway program. All opinions expressed are honest and my own.
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  • Jeanne Takenaka
    January 1, 1970
    What happens when two best friends try to help each other while keeping secrets? A whole lot of fun, tension, and healing.Hannah Thornton is a realtor in the small town of Heritage. When it comes to doing her job, she can’t bear to sell old homes only to see them be leveled to make way for a strip mall. She finds her security in the sameness of life in the town she loves.When she discovers a contest that can help her renovate her beloved Heritage, she gets the town onboard to compete. She’s reso What happens when two best friends try to help each other while keeping secrets? A whole lot of fun, tension, and healing.Hannah Thornton is a realtor in the small town of Heritage. When it comes to doing her job, she can’t bear to sell old homes only to see them be leveled to make way for a strip mall. She finds her security in the sameness of life in the town she loves.When she discovers a contest that can help her renovate her beloved Heritage, she gets the town onboard to compete. She’s resourceful and persuasive. And she has the determination to help her best friend by snooping around behind his back to help fill the hole in his heart.Luke Johnson, a handyman, who grew up as a foster child in Heritage, considers leaving the small town he never felt he belonged in. Hannah is the one person who gives him second thoughts about leaving. Though he loves her, he doesn’t feel as though he deserves her. But, if he can land the job as the assistant fire chief he’d have a strong enough reason to stay.As Hannah coordinates a project that will help Heritage compete in the contest, Luke comes alongside and offers his wisdom to help her. As they work together, sparks fly and secrets with the capacity to ruin the relationship are kept . . . until they come to light.Faris writes believable, flawed, likable characters. I found myself cringing as both Hannah and Luke made choices with their secrets. But, their choices also led them to learning truths about authentic relationships.Themes of belonging and second chances are beautifully woven throughout this story. We all want to belong somewhere, and reading Hannah’s and Luke’s journeys to understand what belonging really means was satisfying. I loved the setting of Heritage for this story. Quirky and realistic secondary characters who genuinely cared about each other, unique businesses and the events that happened were perfectly suited to a small-town setting. Faris wove in some fun aspects into the setting that had me smiling. (Otis is fun!).This story had me nodding my head in agreement with things shared. I giggled in places, and there were a couple of points in the story where I teared up because I so related to the characters. If you enjoy humor in a sweet romance story with true-to-life characters, surprising twists and a wonderful happily ever after ending, this book is a must-read!**I received an advanced copy of this book with no obligation to leave a review. All opinions are my own.
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  • Nicole
    January 1, 1970
    Originally posted on Inkwell Inspirations“If she hadn’t wanted to slap the smug expression off his face, she might have been tempted to kiss it. Best friends really shouldn’t be allowed to be that good-looking.”In her debut novel, You Belong with Me, author Tari Faris creates a heartwarming contemporary romance featuring a close-knit group of friends and family members who reside in the beloved small town of Heritage, Michigan. Hannah Thornton and her best friend Luke Johnson call the town of He Originally posted on Inkwell Inspirations“If she hadn’t wanted to slap the smug expression off his face, she might have been tempted to kiss it. Best friends really shouldn’t be allowed to be that good-looking.”In her debut novel, You Belong with Me, author Tari Faris creates a heartwarming contemporary romance featuring a close-knit group of friends and family members who reside in the beloved small town of Heritage, Michigan. Hannah Thornton and her best friend Luke Johnson call the town of Heritage home, although former foster kid Luke still struggles with a sense of belonging. Readers will be treated to two different love stories in this novel, similar to the style of Susan May Warren’s novels. After breaking Hannah’s heart years earlier, there might still be a future for Hannah and Luke if their secrets and differences don’t destroy their second chance at love. Last year, Hannah’s brother Thomas abruptly ended his relationship with the love of his life Janie, although unanswered questions and unresolved feelings linger. Readers will fall in love with the town of Heritage and will look forward to the rest of the series. Tari Faris gives readers hope for the future and shares the message of God’s never-ending love for us. I love her writing style and the way she incorporates bits of humor throughout the romance storylines. You Belong with Me is recommended for fans of contemporary romance and for readers who enjoy novels by authors such as Denise Hunter, Becky Wade, Courtney Walsh, Melissa Tagg, and Susan May Warren. P.S. Goodbye, the prequel novella to her Restoring Heritage series is currently only available to her newsletter subscribers, so readers can sign up for her newsletter at http://www.tarifaris.com and be introduced to many of the characters who will play an important role in her Restoring Heritage series. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell and was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine.
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  • Caitlyn Santi
    January 1, 1970
    WOW, what an amazing debut novel! After loving the prequel novella, P.S. Goodbye I was so looking forward to this book, and before I finished the first chapter I was totally and completely sucked in and knew I would love this novel! And love it I did! I absolutely adore the town of Heritage, I find myself wishing I could step through the pages and take up residence there! I ❤ Otis!I loved Hannah and Luke so much, I found myself relating to Hannah a lot and some of the things she learned and advi WOW, what an amazing debut novel! After loving the prequel novella, P.S. Goodbye I was so looking forward to this book, and before I finished the first chapter I was totally and completely sucked in and knew I would love this novel! And love it I did! I absolutely adore the town of Heritage, I find myself wishing I could step through the pages and take up residence there! I ❤️ Otis!I loved Hannah and Luke so much, I found myself relating to Hannah a lot and some of the things she learned and advice she was given felt like it was written just for me! And I absolutely loved Luke, he is totally book boyfriend material! My heart broke for all Luke had been through and I was cheering him on through the whole story. Similar to many of Susan May Warren's books, You Belong With Me actually features four POV characters and two separate love stories, both of which are fully developed and equally enthralling, and I loved Thomas and Janie just as much as Luke and Hannah!The faith story in this book was incredibly moving and soul-stirring, and it was beautifully woven into the fabric of this book! In closing, I couldn't stop reading this book, loved every minute, and it put a huge smile on my face! You Belong With Me has earned a spot on my list of favorite reads of 2019! I loved everything about this book and highly HIGHLY recommend it, this is one you won't want to miss! Tari Faris has tremendous writing talent and is definitely an author to watch, I cannot wait to read anything and everything she writes next! I am on the author's launch team and received an ARC copy of this book from the publisher. No review was required and all thoughts and opinions are one hundred percent my own.
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  • Denise Hershberger
    January 1, 1970
    A book with two love stories!I'm always thrilled when a book included more than one romance. I actually found myself more drawn to secondary characters in this novel and was glad they were so developed in the story.What I truly loved most about this book was Pastor Nate and how he offered wisdom and guidance whenever he interacted with someone. He was so casual but also so reverent. I liked how he challenged people to look for God's purpose in all things.I also loved the town of Heritage. The co A book with two love stories!I'm always thrilled when a book included more than one romance. I actually found myself more drawn to secondary characters in this novel and was glad they were so developed in the story.What I truly loved most about this book was Pastor Nate and how he offered wisdom and guidance whenever he interacted with someone. He was so casual but also so reverent. I liked how he challenged people to look for God's purpose in all things.I also loved the town of Heritage. The comparisons to one of my favorite fictional small towns were wonderful. Another aspect of this book I loved was how family doesn't have to be biological. I thought foster care and adoption topics were handled well. I love books that remind people there is more than one way to make a family.I'll be honest, Hannah and Luke drove me crazy most of the book. But their growth as characters was important to the story. But I was super thankful for the secondary characters.I'm looking forward to more from this town. I'm specifically hopefully for Pastor Nate to fall in love next!I received an advanced copy of this book through the publisher and author. This is my honest opinion.
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  • Andrea Nell
    January 1, 1970
    This story is one of my all time faves! It is one that will stick with me. The sweet romance is perfectly woven with relatable characters of a lovably quirky small town and beautiful symbolism that illustrates the soul-deep message. Tari Faris will have you laughing, keep you up reading at night and leave you wanting more, so its a good thing we’ll be able to revisit Heritage in the future books of this series. I loved Grant and Caroline’s story in PS Goodbye and Hannah and Luke’s story is even This story is one of my all time faves! It is one that will stick with me. The sweet romance is perfectly woven with relatable characters of a lovably quirky small town and beautiful symbolism that illustrates the soul-deep message. Tari Faris will have you laughing, keep you up reading at night and leave you wanting more, so its a good thing we’ll be able to revisit Heritage in the future books of this series. I loved Grant and Caroline’s story in PS Goodbye and Hannah and Luke’s story is even better!
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  • Rebekah Lewis
    January 1, 1970
    Tari Faris took a story full of broken people and turned it into a beautiful tale of redemption, faith, and love. I loved reading about these characters' as they went on a journey to discover being broken is not as much of a flaw as they thought, but actually, quite beautiful.My heart went out to Hannah and Luke so much as we discovered the pasts they've worked so hard to not let define them.They both chastised others' for seeing only their pasts, but when they looked in the mirror, that was all Tari Faris took a story full of broken people and turned it into a beautiful tale of redemption, faith, and love. I loved reading about these characters' as they went on a journey to discover being broken is not as much of a flaw as they thought, but actually, quite beautiful.My heart went out to Hannah and Luke so much as we discovered the pasts they've worked so hard to not let define them.They both chastised others' for seeing only their pasts, but when they looked in the mirror, that was all they could see. I related so much to Hannah's story and especially to Luke's struggle to realize his worth.Hannah's pain from the past that seemed like a constant cloud hovering over her life broke me and touched me. These were very beautiful, very broken characters who allowed God to remake their stories into something incredible. The faith threaded throughout every aspect of the story was very wonderful and encouraging.There were many life lessons we can all be encouraged by.Through many ups and downs, there was two things constant, and that was God and good writing. Faris' writing was simple yet elegant and full of humor and swoony sweet moments.I would recommend this book to everyone!**I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are purely my own.**-Rebekah
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  • Jolene
    January 1, 1970
    You Belong With Me by Tari Faris caught my attention immediately with its engaging story and romantic tension. As I traveled through the plot twists and romantic developments, I didn't want to put the novel down. I was pleasantly surprised by the second love story and enjoyed it just as much as Hannah and Luke's story. While the novel was a quick read and sometimes humorous, it also dealt with serious issues. I personally connected with the theme of brokenness. Little nuggets of wisdom drew atte You Belong With Me by Tari Faris caught my attention immediately with its engaging story and romantic tension. As I traveled through the plot twists and romantic developments, I didn't want to put the novel down. I was pleasantly surprised by the second love story and enjoyed it just as much as Hannah and Luke's story. While the novel was a quick read and sometimes humorous, it also dealt with serious issues. I personally connected with the theme of brokenness. Little nuggets of wisdom drew attention to this theme and I found myself rereading sections to ponder the statements. You Belong With Me is the first full-length installment in the Restoring Heritage series by Tari Faris. I love stories of restoration whether it's people, towns, or objects, so I expect to enjoy the restoration of the town being spread out over the series. Four stars for this inspirational contemporary romance!Disclosure of Material Connection: I was provided an ARC copy of this book by the publisher. All opinions in this review are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
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  • Janine Rosche
    January 1, 1970
    I truly loved this book. Hannah’s passion to save her hometown tangles with Luke’s need to find the place where he belongs. Their friends-to-more storyline made me smile. As a bonus, every scene with Thomas and Janie had me scooting to the edge of my seat. So much delicious angst!
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  • Kara Linaburg
    January 1, 1970
    That moment when you are one of the few haters and know you are going to be the far from popular vote...*Clears throat*Oh well, three stars because the plot wasn't new and neither was the writing style. HOWEVER FIVE FREAKING STARS FOR ONE OF THE MOMENT BEAUTIFUL COVERS IN ALL OF CREATION.Like basically that makes having this book on your shelf worth it. Otherwise I'll just bail and say it was too typical a read for me. I've just been in a mood recently (a picky one) and cannot find a book that r That moment when you are one of the few haters and know you are going to be the far from popular vote...*Clears throat*Oh well, three stars because the plot wasn't new and neither was the writing style. HOWEVER FIVE FREAKING STARS FOR ONE OF THE MOMENT BEAUTIFUL COVERS IN ALL OF CREATION.Like basically that makes having this book on your shelf worth it. Otherwise I'll just bail and say it was too typical a read for me. I've just been in a mood recently (a picky one) and cannot find a book that really sticks with me. *Bows head and walks away because she really wanted to like this book and is ashamed of herself*
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  • Darlene L.
    January 1, 1970
    Hannah Thornton struggles with selling houses, so when a developer announces their plan to demolish some historic homes in Heritage, Michigan, Hannah sets out to stop them. But will her plan tear the town apart?Luke Johnson has never felt like Heritage was his home, so when his past starts to unravel, he struggles with staying in the small town. Can he leave his best friend Hannah when he secretly wants more than friendship?Hannah and Luke need to deal with their pasts in order to move on with t Hannah Thornton struggles with selling houses, so when a developer announces their plan to demolish some historic homes in Heritage, Michigan, Hannah sets out to stop them. But will her plan tear the town apart?Luke Johnson has never felt like Heritage was his home, so when his past starts to unravel, he struggles with staying in the small town. Can he leave his best friend Hannah when he secretly wants more than friendship?Hannah and Luke need to deal with their pasts in order to move on with their lives. Can they do it and also make their relationship work?You Belong to Me is this author’s debut novel and I have to admit . . . I was hooked from the first page! Well done! The storyline kept my interest and I fell in love with the characters. They were well-rounded and their arcs were beautifully woven into the plot. The faith element was organically written into the story.The imagery this author used put me right in the middle of Heritage and I could picture everything. I can’t wait to see what happens in the next story from this fresh new voice in Christian fiction.I give You Belong With Me five stars. It’s one debut that will grab you by the heartstrings and leave you with wanting more!**I received an Advance Reader Copy (ARC) of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Maureen Timerman
    January 1, 1970
    I live in a small town and this book resonated with me, but we delve deeper and into the lives of the inhabitants here, and all is not how it seems.I loved the compassion these people showed, even if there were a few naysayers, but we are all caught up on what we think others are thinking, and the author has given us several characters that we get to know and they are having trouble traveling in their lives, because they are going in a direction the opposite of what they should.I did love that t I live in a small town and this book resonated with me, but we delve deeper and into the lives of the inhabitants here, and all is not how it seems.I loved the compassion these people showed, even if there were a few naysayers, but we are all caught up on what we think others are thinking, and the author has given us several characters that we get to know and they are having trouble traveling in their lives, because they are going in a direction the opposite of what they should.I did love that this is a faith centered book, and watch as some of the individuals we are following struggle to do their own will, just like real life.There is some sweet clean romance here, and love of family, also trying to find a family, and there is another book to come!I received this book through the Revell Readers Program, and was not required to give a positive review.
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  • Joan Arning
    January 1, 1970
    Lots of interesting twists! Hannah tries so hard to overcome what she feels is a family reputation because her mother embezzled city funds and left town when Hannah was in seventh grade. It's not surprising that she and her brother, Thomas, both have problems with relationships. Luke is a great male protagonist who would do anything for Hannah but he has never felt like he belonged since being put in foster care after his father's death when he was small. There are several relationships taking p Lots of interesting twists! Hannah tries so hard to overcome what she feels is a family reputation because her mother embezzled city funds and left town when Hannah was in seventh grade. It's not surprising that she and her brother, Thomas, both have problems with relationships. Luke is a great male protagonist who would do anything for Hannah but he has never felt like he belonged since being put in foster care after his father's death when he was small. There are several relationships taking place in You Belong with Me! The non-traditional pastor has great advice for all of the people in Heritage as they work to bring new life to their town. I loved the Luke's surprises near the ending of the book! Tari Faris has done an excellent job in You Belong with Me! I received a complimentary advance copy of You Belong with Me from the author and Revell Books. This is my honest opinion.
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  • Dana Michael
    January 1, 1970
    I just read The End and I am so sad it is over. I loved this book. I am going to describe it as an inspirational rom com. I laughed at Hannah and how she tried to fix everything. She was such a delight. Luke, wow! I loved him. He is such a sweetie. And then the secondary characters of Thomas and Janie...loved that romance as much as the main one. This is a book about a small town with loveable characters and a sweet story line. There is a teaser in the back for the next installment in the series I just read The End and I am so sad it is over. I loved this book. I am going to describe it as an inspirational rom com. I laughed at Hannah and how she tried to fix everything. She was such a delight. Luke, wow! I loved him. He is such a sweetie. And then the secondary characters of Thomas and Janie...loved that romance as much as the main one. This is a book about a small town with loveable characters and a sweet story line. There is a teaser in the back for the next installment in the series and I can't wait. *I was given a copy of this book by the publisher and this is my honest opinion.
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  • Cat B The Reader
    January 1, 1970
    This book gave you all the feels from being frustrated to happy! It was an emotional roll coaster! There were some parts where you wanted to strangle the characters for what they were doing and not talking to each other but the writer did a fabulous job with the plot that I could not put it down! The book is very real world and very relatable and it was a great way to start the summer! If you are looking for a book with a small town feel with romance in the air with problems thrown in this is th This book gave you all the feels from being frustrated to happy! It was an emotional roll coaster! There were some parts where you wanted to strangle the characters for what they were doing and not talking to each other but the writer did a fabulous job with the plot that I could not put it down! The book is very real world and very relatable and it was a great way to start the summer! If you are looking for a book with a small town feel with romance in the air with problems thrown in this is the book!!! I highly recommend this book! I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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  • Ebos Aifuobhokhan
    January 1, 1970
    This book should definitely be produced into a motion picture.The author did justice to the characters.I love how the different stories tied together. The plot twist were mind-blowing and unexpected. The title of the book was what drew me in and the different narratives of each character did justice to it.I love reading about Hannah, because she's like most people if not all, trying to fix things and keep the past from repeating itself. Often forgetting that it's God's job to be in control and f This book should definitely be produced into a motion picture.The author did justice to the characters.I love how the different stories tied together. The plot twist were mind-blowing and unexpected. The title of the book was what drew me in and the different narratives of each character did justice to it.I love reading about Hannah, because she's like most people if not all, trying to fix things and keep the past from repeating itself. Often forgetting that it's God's job to be in control and fix everything not us. I enjoyed reading about how she learnt to let go and let God work out His plans for her. Her love story with Luke was just fantastic. The baggage he came with because of his childhood was very relatable for me. He felt he never belonged anywhere and was an expert at driving people away but from various beautifully written plot twists he learnt he was adopted in the family of God.Janie, Hannah's best friend had to learn that God alone was enough. Her's and Thomas love story was a beautiful mosaic of trust in God, building relationships on truth and on God. I loved how their different challenges brought them closer to God. I loved how in God their identity and worth was realized."When we hold the broken pieces of our lives too close, they cut us up inside. Give the pieces to God, see what he can do with them."My favorite quote from the book and one of my biggest lessons.Nothing else touched me like this quote from the book"All the pieces of life are there, it takes God to arrange them in the right way "The title of the book depicts the relationship between the characters, but for me, I belong with Christ no matter what life throws at me. It was meant for evil/pain/hurt/sorrow/tears, but God meant it for good.I absolutely enjoyed the small town setting of the book.I highly recommend this to all readers of Christian fiction. You'd find eternal truth that can be applied to your life especially those trying to heal from broken promises and relationships.I received a copy of the book for my honest opinion. All opinions expressed here are mine.
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  • Gloria
    January 1, 1970
    This is such a fun, feel good book with real, likable characters in a small town atmosphere where everyone knows each other and gives their support when it is needed. Heritage, Michigan is dying a slow death but Hannah Thornton wants to do something to save it. In fact, Hannah feels the need to fix her friend, Luke, but he doesn't want to be fixed. The two have been friends since middle school and even came close to being more but something happened. Both have backgrounds that have caused them p This is such a fun, feel good book with real, likable characters in a small town atmosphere where everyone knows each other and gives their support when it is needed. Heritage, Michigan is dying a slow death but Hannah Thornton wants to do something to save it. In fact, Hannah feels the need to fix her friend, Luke, but he doesn't want to be fixed. The two have been friends since middle school and even came close to being more but something happened. Both have backgrounds that have caused them pain. Hannah's mom left her family after stealing ten thousand dollars from the city of Heritage. Luke grew up in foster care after his father died in an accident. Luke always wanted a family and felt inferior because he didn't have one. Both care for each other but just can't seem to get it together because of lack of communication and making assumptions without knowing the whole story. Will they make it? Is there more to Luke's background than anyone knows?Hannah's brother Thomas broke off with his girlfriend Janie a year ago. She just returned from six months in Paris but Thomas is engaged to someone else. Thomas has a secret that caused him to break up with Janie. What will happen to them? Tari Faris has a great new author and I look forward to reading more about the wonderful characters of Heritage. Pastor Nate is a great mentor at just the right time to everyone who seems to need to hear his GP or "grace points" and biblical stories. Expect romance, funny times, life choices with faith threaded through and God moments. And an ending that brings on a smile.I received a complimentary ARC from Revell through NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are mine only.
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  • Create With Joy
    January 1, 1970
    If Contemporary Romance is your preferred genre, you’ll enjoy curling up with You Belong With Me by veteran novelist Tari Faris – a book that’s tinged with humor. For instance, Hannah Thornton, our protagonist, is characterized as a realtor who has many talents (but, unfortunately, selling houses isn’t one of them!)So, Hannah may not be the most successful real estate agent in the small town of Heritage Michigan (and being the daughter of an embezzler has not helped her cause), but she’s passion If Contemporary Romance is your preferred genre, you’ll enjoy curling up with You Belong With Me by veteran novelist Tari Faris – a book that’s tinged with humor. For instance, Hannah Thornton, our protagonist, is characterized as a realtor who has many talents (but, unfortunately, selling houses isn’t one of them!)So, Hannah may not be the most successful real estate agent in the small town of Heritage Michigan (and being the daughter of an embezzler has not helped her cause), but she’s passionate about the town, its people, and its history. When she learns that a business tycoon wants to raze the historic homes of Heritage and replace them with a strip mall, she resolves to fight him by helping her town win a restoration grant.She’s sure she can count on her best friend, Luke Johnson, to help her. But former foster kid Luke never really felt like he really belonged, and their complicated pasts only add to the tension that continues to exist between them in the present.You Belong With Me is filled with lots of interesting characters who are struggling with questions like: How will they overcome their past? Will they find their purpose and place in the world?You Belong With Me is an enjoyable read that small town aficionados and romance lovers won’t want to miss!This review was originally published at The Book Nook at Create With Joy. Please join us and share your family-friendly book reviews!
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  • Dalyn Weller
    January 1, 1970
    This novel was everything a romance novel should be...ALL the feels! Page 266 had my emotions in a choke hold. The heroes will make you swoon, the heroines are brave, vulnerable and feisty. The small town setting is well thought out and detailed. I can picture it in my mind. There’s the added bonus of a dog in the story as well as a brass hippo. Will we ever find out how he moves around the town? Maybe in the next story. I think I know, but not knowing for sure is fun.The characters were well-de This novel was everything a romance novel should be...ALL the feels! Page 266 had my emotions in a choke hold. The heroes will make you swoon, the heroines are brave, vulnerable and feisty. The small town setting is well thought out and detailed. I can picture it in my mind. There’s the added bonus of a dog in the story as well as a brass hippo. Will we ever find out how he moves around the town? Maybe in the next story. I think I know, but not knowing for sure is fun.The characters were well-developed and the plot complex enough to keep you guessing but loose ends tied and the ending satisfying. I ended with a sigh of happiness and the sweet knowledge that there will be another story! I’m looking forward to it. The book is stand alone but you will love the Novella prequel, P.S. Goodbye.
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  • Abigail Harris
    January 1, 1970
    My Review of You Belong with Me by Tari Faris: I went into this book expecting a Hallmark like story and found not only that but one of the best books I have had the honor of reviewing this year. You Belong With Me (though a possessive title) is truly a wonderful romantic read that had ups and downs but ended sweetly. Filled with romance, cuteness, and love mixed with heritage and God’s love, two couples love and make misguided decisions that lead to lies and hurt. The hippo side of the story wa My Review of You Belong with Me by Tari Faris: I went into this book expecting a Hallmark like story and found not only that but one of the best books I have had the honor of reviewing this year. You Belong With Me (though a possessive title) is truly a wonderful romantic read that had ups and downs but ended sweetly. Filled with romance, cuteness, and love mixed with heritage and God’s love, two couples love and make misguided decisions that lead to lies and hurt. The hippo side of the story was silly and humorous with the mysterious moves. I can’t wait for the next book and “seeing” the town of Heritage again.I received an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review and am truly happy to provide it.
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  • Abby
    January 1, 1970
    This book was a beautiful story of love and redemption. It had the perfect amount of humor, suspense, and mystery. The characters were loveable and relatable. It was full of great faith content. There was nothing inappropriate. It was such a sweet story! I really want to move to Heritage now. 🤣 I think that Hannah and I would be great friends! The cover is so beautiful! And the spine is amazing, too! Tari did an amazing job! I can't wait for book two in the Restoring Heritage series. *I received This book was a beautiful story of love and redemption. It had the perfect amount of humor, suspense, and mystery. The characters were loveable and relatable. It was full of great faith content. There was nothing inappropriate. It was such a sweet story! I really want to move to Heritage now. 🤣 I think that Hannah and I would be great friends! The cover is so beautiful! And the spine is amazing, too! Tari did an amazing job! I can't wait for book two in the Restoring Heritage series. *I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are purely my own.*
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  • Renee
    January 1, 1970
    Heroine who loves the romance of old things ✓Friends to possibly lovers ✓Old houses ✓Could this book be anymore up my alley?! Ha ha! I haven't read a contemporary romance in the Christian fiction genre for a while and I so loved the fresh new voice of Ms. Faris. From the start I could pretty much guess how it was going to go, but I loved the twists and turns that brought it to its satisfying conclusion. I'm not super fond of stories with multiple romantic story lines, but this one works without Heroine who loves the romance of old things ✓Friends to possibly lovers ✓Old houses ✓Could this book be anymore up my alley?! Ha ha! I haven't read a contemporary romance in the Christian fiction genre for a while and I so loved the fresh new voice of Ms. Faris. From the start I could pretty much guess how it was going to go, but I loved the twists and turns that brought it to its satisfying conclusion. I'm not super fond of stories with multiple romantic story lines, but this one works without muddling the main story. I hate that it started out with two love triangles. IMO, that's the most overused trope in romance, and unfortunately, my least favorite. It's a little more straightforward on the faith message, so I might not recommend it to readers unfamiliar with the genre. All in all, a nice contemporary story that I'd read again just for the fact that Hannah is passionate about preserving history which always gets two thumbs up from me~ My rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars ~*I receive complimentary books from publishers, publicists, and/or authors. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.*
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