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

There You'll Find Me by Jenny B. Jones
Kindle Edition, 321 pages
Published October 4th, 2011 by Thomas Nelson
My rating: 3 out of 5 stars

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…

This book was a surprise, I’ve read Christian Fiction and usually enjoy it, this book was different from what I’ve read in the past. It contained an overabundance of prayer and talk of God, the spiritual aspect wasn’t too preachy or felt forced on me, I did like the book, I just wasn’t expecting it.

Finley's older brother died in a terrorist attack and she was devastated. Her life spun out of control as she tried to cope with her loss. After a year of therapy Finley was still struggling with the death of her brother Will. Will spent time in Ireland and left a journal documenting his time there and how he found God. Finley goes to Ireland to see if she herself could speak to God and find answers, because she lost her faith along the way.

“To truly try means to accept God's love, his healing, to accept the world can be ugly, but your heart doesn't have to be. It takes courage, Finley the warrior. You haven't held on to your anger and bitterness in search of healing, but as a banner of your hurt. Because it's real and visible and strong, " she said. "But so is God's love and so are those arms he's holding out for you.”
― Jenny B. Jones, There You'll Find Me

I expected this story to be more of a teen-romance and it wasn’t present until the very end. I did enjoy the friendship that formed between Finley and Beckett. I liked that Beckett saw the physical signs that Finley was struggling and needed help, and he was there to make sure she had the help.

“God, help me with my immunity force field with this boy. Falling for him would bring nothing but trouble. And I've had plenty already.”
― Jenny B. Jones, There You'll Find Me

“Funny how when I was in this room, I breathed easier. When I saw her, the muscles in my shoulders loosened. I could myself.”
― Jenny B. Jones, There You'll Find Me

Overall, it was a good read. If you're looking for a clean contemporary novel and don’t mind prayer, I would recommend this one.

Happy Reading -J


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