Tuesday, November 1, 2011

There You'll Find Me

There You'll Find Me
by Jenny B. Jones

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? (description from

This book is a very good example of what it is, Christian fiction. Though personally the religious tone was too heavy for my personal tastes (quoting scripture and lots of actual prayer scenes) for someone who is a little more devout, I'm sure this book would be a perfect choice. In fact, I actually recommended it to a friend who I thought would really enjoy the book, including the spiritual aspects. I should also mention that no one scene really put me off, it was just that the reliance on religious belief compounded so heavily through the book that it didn't end up working for me.

On the other hand, the story about Finley's grief for her brother, the development of her relationship with Beckett, and the beautifully done eating disorder issue were all fantastic. I found myself crying and then almost immediately smiling again at various points while reading. For every moment that didn't work for me in this book, there were probably two that did. I loved the setting and both Finley and Beckett felt real.

If you don't mind overt Christian themes in your reading, you should definitely check out Jenny B. Jones' newest.

Full disclosure: ARC received to review for VOYA

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