There You’ll Find Me by Jenny B. Jones
Published: 10-4-2011 by Thomas Nelson
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Grief brought Finley to Ireland. Love will lead her home.
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?
Design – Kristin Vasgaard Rating – 3/5
I really love the layout of the cover. The font is so cute and fits perfectly in the space between the people. Other than that, it’s not memorable – just 2 people’s backs.
This is a great book because it’s not just a romance book. It’s a lot deeper than that and there’s a lot more going on, so the romance isn’t the main focus of the story. It’s also a book about faith, but it’s not preachy in any way which is a hard balance. The summary makes it sound like the book is mainly about Finley’s relationship with God, but it is actually very well balanced between all of the things that Finley is dealing with.
- Finley’s problems – Finley is dealing with so many different issues throughout the book, which made it more realistic. Life isn’t simple, and not all of Finley’s problems are worked out by the last page. She’s got internal conflicts, boy problems, etc.
- Beckett – When Finley first met Beckett, I thought he was going to be arrogant and annoying, but the more Finley got to know him, the more he grew on me. His pretty boy facade was peeled back layer by layer to reveal that he was actually sweet and caring, not to mention charming.
- Nora + her family – Nora and her family were adorable from beginning to end. Nora’s nerves around Beckett, her love of science, and her genuine concern for Finley made her a great character. Her parents and little brother’s interactions with each other, Fin, and Beckett were hilarious. Their bed and breakfast was a perfect setting for Beckett and Finley, and the family’s mishaps in running the business were cute too.
- faith – It’s hard to write about religion without getting preachy, but the author did it well. Fin’s search for her brother’s spirit in Ireland is coupled with her search for God’s voice in her life. Through her brother’s journal, her piano lessons, and her struggle to deal with Mrs. Sweeney, Finley searches for God amidst the chaos and stress in her life.
- Beatrice – I can’t stand reading about people like Beatrice. She was ugly, selfish, and jealous. She was just horrible for no real reason – someone who fails to realize that other people might have more important things to deal with than boys and fleeting popularity.
- Finley’s past – It’s briefly mentioned that Finley has some sort of wild party-girl past, that her family is insanely wealthy. But this has pretty much nothing to do with the plot until the last minute when it comes back to bite her.
- He stopped as we reached the first steps. “I have a proposition for you.” “Not on your life.” “Hear me out-” “I’m not interested.” “It’s nothing dodgy.” His accent had grown stronger, and I wondered if I’d hurt his feelings. – Finley + Beckett pg. 51 (ebook)
- Bob ran from one side of the truck to the other, head thrown back, snapping at raindrops with his oversize teeth. “Nothing about you makes sense,” I said. “Not even your dog.” “Maybe Bob and I are just misunderstood.” “Or deranged.” – Finley + Beckett pg. 181 (ebook)
Acquired: Bought (ebook)