Review: Somebody Like You by Beth K. Vogt
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?
This is a tough review to write. On the one hand, I really enjoyed Somebody Like You. I truly did. Haley and Stephen have to overcome Sam – Stephen’s deceased twin and Haley’s late husband.
Sam and Stephen are so much alike but so different. Haley can’t help but compare the two. Her marriage to Sam lasted three years, but, like so many military couples, they were apart much more than they were together. The things Sam loved about Haley are the same things that make her so resistant to a new relationship at all, much less with Stephen’s mirror twin.
Stephen and Sam haven’t spoken since high school graduation more than a decade earlier. Both wanted to find a way to reconcile, but neither were ever able [willing?] to take that first step. Stephen has little relationship with his mother, just as Sam had little relationship with their father.
The relationship between Stephen and Haley is good and grows organically. But… I thought there were a few things I thought were dropped. I won’t go into what they are, but there were at least two threads that seemed to be important but were never wrapped up. Those things left hanging left me a bit dissatisfied. I could well be the only one, but… it still bugged me. But it won’t stop me from anxiously awaiting Beth’s next release.
Overall rating: 7.5 out of 10 stars