Friday, September 23, 2011

There You'll Find Me

There You'll Find Me by Jenny B. Jones was an enjoyable novel relating the struggles of teen girl whose painful experiences had caused her to walk away from the Lord, and her journey back to God and to love.

Finley Sinclair is not a typical eighteen year old. She is witty, tough, driven, and cannot stand the popular cliches of school. With an upcoming audition at the Manhattan Music Conservatory, Finley needs to finish composing her audition piece. But with the murder of her older brother, Will, she cannot find the ending, and she cannot find her way back to God.

Finley decides to study abroad in Ireland so that she can retrace the steps of her brother's own journey when he was a senior in high school. It is the place where he felt closest to God, and Finley hopes that being in such a special place will help her find peace over Will's death.

Beckett Rush, teen hearthrob and Hollywood player, is also flying to Ireland to finish filming his latest vampire movie. While on the flight he and Finley meet. Finley seems immune to his charm, which only furthers Beckett's interest in her. He convinces her to be his assistant in exchange for his help in following her brother's footsteps.

However, once in Ireland, Finley begins to fall apart. The loss of her brother, the pressures of school, her audition, and her unfamilar feelings toward Beckett lead her a very dangerous vice. When she begins to look into the struggles of another, she begins to understand the workings of God in her life. Will she come back to God in time to keep her new friendships, relationship with Beckett, and finish her brother's story?

I really enjoyed There You'll Find Me. It was an extremely captivating novel, and I did not want to put it down. I was very much in love with Beckett, and his character was one of the sweetest guys I have ever seen. Finley was a tougher character to love because as she continued to fall farther from God and farther into a bad situation, I just wanted to sit her down and talk some sense into her. However, only God can change hearts, and this novel clearly showed that in the end. This book also spoke to me because I really want to study abroad in Ireland, and I loved reading about the kind people and the lovely landscapes that simply shouted out praise to God. I enjoyed seeing the characters grow and develop throughout the storyline, and the only thing I did not like about the book was that it ended! I cannot wait to read more of Jenny B. Jones' novels.

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