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Somebody Like You: A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Beth K. Vogt
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Can a young widow find love again with her husband’s reflection?

Haley’s three-year marriage to Sam, an army medic, ends tragically when he’s killed in Afghanistan. Her attempts to create a new life for herself are ambushed when she arrives home one evening—and finds her husband waiting for her. Did the military make an unimaginable mistake when they told her Sam was killed?

Too late to make things right with his estranged twin brother, Stephen discovers Sam never told Haley about him. As Haley and Stephen navigate their fragile relation­ship, they are inexorably drawn to each other. How can they honor the memory of a man whose death brought them together—and whose ghost could drive them apart?

Somebody Like You is a beautifully rendered, affecting novel, reminding us that while we can’t change the past, we have the choice to change the future and start anew.


Editorial Reviews

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"In Vogt’s quietly beautiful inspirational contemporary, two people learn to let go of the past and discover that God often works in mysterious ways. Haley Ames is a pregnant, grieving military widow who’s shocked to find her dead husband, Sam, alive and well and standing on her porch when she comes home one day. But the man isn’t Sam—it’s his twin, Stephen. Haunted by unfinished business with his brother, Stephen persistently pursues Haley, and offers to help her whether she wants it or not. After a near kiss sends both into an emotional tailspin, they battle their attraction to each other, their inner struggles, and their need to make practical life decisions. Slowly, cautiously, they fall in love. But a miscommunication separates them, leaving them both praying for guidance. The couple’s shared loneliness, fear, and grief combine with romantic and family tenderness to create a heartwarming tearjerker about learning what love is. (May)" (Publishers Weekly (starred review))

“Beth Vogt gets better with every book. Somebody Like You wrestles with the tough topics of widowhood and family while wrapped in the heart-warming cocoon of romance. Bravo to Vogt for coming up with an intriguing concept and executing it brilliantly.” (Rachel Hauck, award-winning author of Once Upon a Prince and Princess Ever After)

"A beautiful story of an unexpected second chance at love and redemption by one of my favorite authors. I loved this book!" (Susan May Warren, bestselling, award-winning author of It Had to Be You)

“In Somebody Like You, Beth K. Vogt captures the tender emotions of loss with grace and sincere understanding. An expertly handled story of rekindled hearts and the whisper of a hope-filled future are safe in her very capable hands. For the broken, for the awakening of new love, for the heart that seeks a champion to heal its wounds . . . this is a special book.” (Kristy Cambron, author of The Butterfly and the Violin)

“From heart-wrenching to heart-pounding, Beth Vogt has penned a truly masterful tale of impossible love that is simply impossible to put down. With crisp prose, flesh-and-blood characters who live and breathe on the page, and a poignancy that reaches into one’s very soul, Somebody Like You is not only a must read for somebody like you . . . but for anyone who loves great fiction.” (Julie Lessman, award-winning author of the Daughters of Boston and Winds of Change series)

“Beth Vogt captures the reader completely and doesn't let go until the last page is turned. Somebody Like You is a novel that will keep you turning pages well into the night; challenge, inspire, and encourage; and leave you wanting more. As a longtime fan of Beth's writing, I was immediately captured by this unique story. Realistic characters who face real challenges with courage, grace, and faith make this novel one you don't want to miss. As always, Beth does not disappoint. A great read!” (Catherine West, award-winning author of Yesterday's Tomorrow & Hidden in the Heart)

“Beth Vogt does it again! Somebody Like You weaves a heartfelt story of life and loss, love and regret, remembering what was and embracing what is. Haley and Stephen's journey reminds us that God can use the messiest of circumstances to offer healing, hope, and abundantly more than we dare to ask.” (Katie Ganshert, award-winning author of Wildflowers from Winter & Wishing on Willows)

“Woven with grace and sensitivity, author Beth K. Vogt sheds a tender light on the human spirit in this bittersweet story of love and loss. Beautiful and emotion-packed, the only bookmark for this is a Kleenex, for Somebody Like You will tug at your heart in a way that is not easily forgotten.” (Joanne Bischof, award-winning author of Be Still My Soul and Though My Heart is Torn)

Somebody Like You is a story filled with characters I adored from the opening paragraphs. Two people trapped by choices in the past must choose whether to remain mired in the ramifications or step into the future. I couldn’t wait to return to the story and the journey. At the end, I sighed, longing for just a few more pages with my new friends. A perfect read for those who like a romance with a rich story and heart.” (Cara Putman, award-winning author of Shadowed by Grace)

“Poignant, intriguing, and not without its lighter moments, too, Beth Vogt’s Somebody Like You captured me from the first chapter. The unique premise—can a woman fall in love with her brother’s reflection?—had me curious from the start, but it was the emotional depth combined with heart-tugging characters that had me reading until late at night. A beautiful story, beautifully told.” (Melissa Tagg, author of Made to Last and Here to Stay)

“The lovely and talented Beth Vogt weaves truth, grace, and romance into her novels. With a poignant plot and a tenderness that grips your heart, Somebody Like You is a story to be savored. Vogt shows how God restores the brokenness in lives for his happily ever after. This engaging read brought tears to my eyes several times, but it concluded with a heart-sighing smile.” (Lisa Jordan, award-winning author of Lakeside Reunion and Lakeside Family)

Somebody Like You grabbed my interest from page one and didn’t let go. Beth K. Vogt pens this heart-wrenching and tender romance between a military widow and her husband’s estranged twin brother with the deftness and assurance of a skilled storyteller, rendering deep emotion without ever dissolving into melodrama. My only complaint is that it had to end! If Beth’s first two novels marked her as an author to watch, Somebody Like You proves she’s here to stay.” (Carla Laureano, author of Five Days in Skye)

“The tragedy of widowhood dampens the joy of new motherhood, but the faithfulness of God brings Haley the possibility of a whole new life in an unexpected way. Somebody Like You takes you on an emotional journey to witness the bravery of a widow in the face of impossible circumstances. Beth Vogt has written a book you will not soon forget.” (Elizabeth Byler Younts, author of Promise to Return)

About the Author

Beth K. Vogt is a nonfiction author and editor who said she’d never write fiction. She’s the wife of an air force physician who said she’d never marry a doctor—or anyone in the military. She’s a mom of four who said she’d never have kids. She’s discovered that God’s best often waits behind the doors marked “Never.”

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  • File Size: 2850 KB
  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Howard Books (May 13, 2014)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
I’ve been anticipating this book for months. What can I say? I’m a sucker for any identical twin drama. This one lived up to its premise and then some!! There’s so much to love about this book—the tension of not knowing how Haley and Stephen can get past the death of Stephen’s twin brother, who was Haley’s husband, and forge a future, then there was the serious but warm tone, the heartbreak of giving birth as a widow, the sweet, sweet acts of kindness Stephen showered on Haley. I could go on and on. I loved this book. Did I cry? Of course I did! Do yourself a favor and buy Somebody Like You! It’s wonderfull!

**I received an advanced reader copy of this book with no obligation to review it. All opinions are my own.**
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hooks you in from the start. May 13, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
We all love a good “hook” in a book don’t we? That storyline that’s just a little bit different from what you are used to reading and so it just captures your attention . And when your attention is captured, the pages turn quickly as you are fully engaged in the story. And I would say that Somebody like you, Beth Vogt’s latest book had my attention captured and also had me fully engaged. I mean it isn’t every day that a poor pregnant widow named Haley Ames has a man turn up on her doorstep looking exactly like her husband Sam and so she instantly wonders if the military got it wrong and her husband isn’t truly dead , only to find out that this man in front of her isn’t Sam or his ghost, but rather his estranged twin brother…who she has never heard of. And so Haley being thoroughly shocked and completely unprepared does what any of us would do-(insert heavy sarcasm here) she draws a gun on poor Steven Ames, her husband’s brother, and proceeds to run him off her property. How do you like that for a meet cute?

As if relationships are not difficult enough, let’s throw in a twin brother who looks exactly like your dead husband. Talk about your ghost of relationships past. But somehow as Steven keeps coming around in the effort to learn more about his estranged brother, he also happens to forge a relationship with Haley. And when he is there for her in the day to day things where she needs help with her house and her new baby, etc, a relationship is forged that is truly sort of fascinating to watch . Haley discovers that while he looks just like Sam her dead husband, that he is a completely different person offering her exactly the type of love that she really needs.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This romance drew me in and didn't let go. June 8, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
In Somebody Like You, Beth creates characters and a story that will pull you in slowly and then hold you captive until the end. The heroine is still mourning the death of her soldier husband as she awaits the birth of their child…the child he never knew about. Then one day she is shocked and surprised when his identical twin brother arrives at her door. He’d been estranged from his brother and now he can’t mend their relationship.

Their interactions are rocky as they both deal with their grief and regrets. And it’s a slow process of coming to terms with the past and how their lives intersect. I found this a story that I kept returning to because I cared about how the characters’ grew and evolved through their journey on the pages. There were moments of humor to balance the moments I wanted to cry with or for Haley and Stephen.

Somebody Like You is a book that readers of contemporary romance with shades of women’s fiction will enjoy reading.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really Great Story June 7, 2014
Format:Paperback
Haley is a new widow who lost her Army husband, Sam, in Afghanastan. She is also pregnant with her first child. She is doing everything to the best of her ability because she grew up with three older brothers that basically told her to suck it up and be strong. The only problem with this is that she doesn't always feel strong and she doesn't allow herself to feel her emotions.

Stephen is Sam's twin - his identical, mirror twin. When he shows up to meet his sister-in-law after Sam's death, she gives her the shock of her life. Sam never told her he had a brother, let alone a twin. Sam and Stephen were estranged for over twelve years and didn't speak to others about each other. Although, they looked alike, they are quite different in their personalities.

The breakage of Sam and Stephen's relationship starts when their parents divorce and when they go to high school, Sam stays with his mom and Stephen goes to live with his dad and his dad's new wife. Then when Sam decides to go into the Army, instead of going to college with Stephen like they always talked about, their relationship shatters.

This book is a strong reminder of not allowing your relationships with those you love to go estranged as you never know what could happen. Things can happen and you can't go back and straighten things out with those that aren't here anymore. It's also a book about forgiveness. This is such a vital thing in our relationships with others and with God.

Another thing I gained from this book was to trust where God will lead you and quit trying to figure it all out for yourself. Where God leads us is going to be so much better than where we try to go or how we try to fix things. Also, trust what God tells you and quit worrying about what others think.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars SOMEBODY LIKE YOU is a wonderful contemporary romance with a fresh...
Haley Ames is not a girlie-girl. Raised in a house full of brothers, she realized at an early age what it means to be tough and independent. Read more
Published 13 days ago by FaithfulReader.com
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique, beautiful love story
This was such a poignant, heart wrenching yet heartwarming and amazing story. I have been reading romance for many, many years but have never come upon a book with this unique... Read more
Published 13 days ago by Cinderellaleah
5.0 out of 5 stars a Very Good Book
Great book. Author keeps you interest through out the book.
Published 19 days ago by BobbieJ Stiles
4.0 out of 5 stars Vogt's best yet! Achingly authentic, simultaneously tender and full...
Beth K. Vogt's third release is her best yet, and I enjoyed the first two immensely! Vogt creates likeable and sympathetic characters in Haley and Stephen, both of whom must deal... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mocha with Linda
3.0 out of 5 stars it was ok... but...
This is the 1st book I've read by this author. I should have did my research first.

I thought this book was ok..
Kind of misleading in a way... Read more
Published 1 month ago by michelle ochoa
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Read!
Oh my goodness, but I loved this book! There is such depth and dimension to the story I don't know where to start my review.

Loved both Haley and Stephen. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kav
4.0 out of 5 stars Can She Reach for New Dreams?
If you are the cheerleading type, then you will immediately come alongside Haley Ames and begin to chant,"You can do it, yes you can! You can beat the past and . . . . . Read more
Published 1 month ago by Rebecca Maney
3.0 out of 5 stars Engaging but too predictable
3.5 Stars! Falling in love with your late husband’s identical twin may sound impossible (or even a little weird), but Beth Vogt has crafted a solid contemporary romance around just... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amy Drown
5.0 out of 5 stars Somebody Like You is a beautiful story, loaded with lovable characters...
Haley Ames is only married three years when her husband, Sam, is killed in Afghanistan. She's trying to come to grips with the loss as well as the upcoming birth of their child. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Love 2 Read Novels
5.0 out of 5 stars Bravo!
This book was a page turner that grabbed you and pulled you in. I read it and passed it on to my daughters who also could not put it down! Bravo, Beth!
Published 1 month ago by Ronald Sutherland
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More About the Author

Novelist Beth K. Vogt is a nonfiction author and editor who said she'd never write fiction. She's the wife of an Air Force physician (now in solo practice) who said she'd never marry a doctor -- or anyone in the military. She's a mom of four who said she'd never have kids. She's discovered that God's best often waits behind the doors marked "Never." Beth writes inspirational contemporary romance because she believes there's more to the happily ever after than the fairy tales tell us. She lives in Colorado with her husband and their 10-year-old "caboose kiddo." She and her husband enjoy any time their adult children come by for game nights, BBQs or just to hang out.

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