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When she hears that the small town of Heritage, Michigan, is looking for a new librarian, Libby Kingsley jumps at the opportunity. Little did she know the library is barely more than a storage closet stuffed with dusty, outdated books. What the community really needs is a new building. But the only funds available are those being channeled into the new town square, and the When she hears that the small town of Heritage, Michigan, is looking for a new librarian, Libby Kingsley jumps at the opportunity. Little did she know the library is barely more than a storage closet stuffed with dusty, outdated books. What the community really needs is a new building. But the only funds available are those being channeled into the new town square, and the landscape architect in charge of the project wants nothing to do with her plans. All Austin Williams wants to do is get the town square project finished so he can do right by the family business and then extricate himself from the town that reveres the brother who cost him so much. But the local media and the town's new librarian seem to be conspiring against him at every turn. Will the determined bookworm find her way into his blueprints--and possibly even his heart? Novelist Tari Faris invites you back to the small town with a big heart in this second book in the Restoring Heritage series.


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When she hears that the small town of Heritage, Michigan, is looking for a new librarian, Libby Kingsley jumps at the opportunity. Little did she know the library is barely more than a storage closet stuffed with dusty, outdated books. What the community really needs is a new building. But the only funds available are those being channeled into the new town square, and the When she hears that the small town of Heritage, Michigan, is looking for a new librarian, Libby Kingsley jumps at the opportunity. Little did she know the library is barely more than a storage closet stuffed with dusty, outdated books. What the community really needs is a new building. But the only funds available are those being channeled into the new town square, and the landscape architect in charge of the project wants nothing to do with her plans. All Austin Williams wants to do is get the town square project finished so he can do right by the family business and then extricate himself from the town that reveres the brother who cost him so much. But the local media and the town's new librarian seem to be conspiring against him at every turn. Will the determined bookworm find her way into his blueprints--and possibly even his heart? Novelist Tari Faris invites you back to the small town with a big heart in this second book in the Restoring Heritage series.

30 review for Until I Met You

  1. 5 out of 5

    Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader

    Another book by Faris, I could not put down. This series has turned into one that I will be reading again. The characters are like my friends, the writing flowed so well. The plot was just fresh and new. I think this is a great series. I can not wait to read the next book. 4 stars and I recommend Until I Met You. The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Gloria

    The newest edition in the Restoring Heritage series is a story where we venture back to the small town of Heritage, Michigan and see friends from P.S. Goodbye, the prequel novella, and You Belong With Me. In Until I Met You, we see the story of the Williams brothers, Pastor Nate and his brother Austin. Nate really likes Olivia and Olivia really likes Nate but Nate's past before he became a pastor is holding him back from a relationship. But Olivia is tenacious. Austin is carrying the load of the The newest edition in the Restoring Heritage series is a story where we venture back to the small town of Heritage, Michigan and see friends from P.S. Goodbye, the prequel novella, and You Belong With Me. In Until I Met You, we see the story of the Williams brothers, Pastor Nate and his brother Austin. Nate really likes Olivia and Olivia really likes Nate but Nate's past before he became a pastor is holding him back from a relationship. But Olivia is tenacious. Austin is carrying the load of the failing family landscaping business that Nate almost destroyed during his rebellious younger years. Their dad has early onset Alzheimer's disease and is now in a assisted living facility so the third generation business has fallen on Austin's shoulders. Libby Kingsley has moved to town to take the job as the town librarian and be near her brother and his wife and their soon to arrive baby, who decides to come early. Austin is living in the house next door and working on it for low rent while doing the landscaping for the new square. Libby and Austin bump heads right away but have to work together on the library on the square. Libby has some baggage from a prior relationship and is not interested in another one. Austin is angry and resentful toward Nate and it spills out on Libby. How could the two ever become interested in each other? This is a story about forgiveness-of others and one's self. In order to move forward in their relationship and with others, the brothers have to deal with their issues. This is an inspirational story of faith, forgiveness, love, and setting reasonable goals for one's life and yet with a sweet, feel good ending. I am looking forward to the next book that we got a glimpse of at the end of this one. I received a complimentary ARC from Revell Publishing through NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are mine only.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    This was such a sweet story. Libby was such a likable character and Austin was definitely swoon worthy. I really enjoyed the bonus romance of Nate and Olivia too. I also loved that Tari incorporated not only one of my favorite quotes, "Sometimes all you need is twenty seconds of insane courage," from the movie "We Bought A Zoo but the book "The Hiding Place," by Corrie Ten Boom. Those additional elements were a perfect addition to the story line, and thrilled my heart. I am looking forward to mo This was such a sweet story. Libby was such a likable character and Austin was definitely swoon worthy. I really enjoyed the bonus romance of Nate and Olivia too. I also loved that Tari incorporated not only one of my favorite quotes, "Sometimes all you need is twenty seconds of insane courage," from the movie "We Bought A Zoo but the book "The Hiding Place," by Corrie Ten Boom. Those additional elements were a perfect addition to the story line, and thrilled my heart. I am looking forward to more stories from Tari about the town of Heritage and its inhabitants. They are so much fun. I received this book from the publisher and was not required to post a positive review. All thoughts are my own.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Toni Shiloh

    I adored reading about Libby and Austin. First I’ve been curious about Austin since that little hint in previous books. Second, his story hinted at redemption and I’m a sucker for redemption story (read redemptive heroes/heroines become my favorite). The way we get to see Austin AND Libby transformed hooked me and kept me reading to see how their story would in. I have to say there are some really touching scenes in this book. I mean, break out the tissue, touching. And that alone made the book w I adored reading about Libby and Austin. First I’ve been curious about Austin since that little hint in previous books. Second, his story hinted at redemption and I’m a sucker for redemption story (read redemptive heroes/heroines become my favorite). The way we get to see Austin AND Libby transformed hooked me and kept me reading to see how their story would in. I have to say there are some really touching scenes in this book. I mean, break out the tissue, touching. And that alone made the book worth the read. I’m so glad I read this (because the cover whispered “read me” and I have to listen to book covers) and I can’t wait to read the next book in the series. *I received a complimentary copy from the publisher via NetGalley. My review was not required nor influenced.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Becky

    No sophomore slump here—Tari Faris's second full-length novel is even better than the first! From the moment I began reading Until I Met You, I was completely swept up into the story. This book focuses on the Williams brothers: landscape architect Austin and Pastor Nate. They have a prodigal son vibe going on, with Nate being the reformed prodigal and Austin being the older brother. I definitely wanted to shake some sense into Nate a time or two (seriously, how difficult is it to pick up a phone No sophomore slump here—Tari Faris's second full-length novel is even better than the first! From the moment I began reading Until I Met You, I was completely swept up into the story. This book focuses on the Williams brothers: landscape architect Austin and Pastor Nate. They have a prodigal son vibe going on, with Nate being the reformed prodigal and Austin being the older brother. I definitely wanted to shake some sense into Nate a time or two (seriously, how difficult is it to pick up a phone and shoot off a text when plans change?), but there's a strong focus on grace and forgiveness intertwined in his story (both for others and for yourself) that will resonate with most readers. Also, this novel provides two romances for the price of one, as each Williams brother finds love. Libby and Austin were just delightful—I loved how Libby came out of her shell around Austin and wasn't afraid to confront him. They truly brought out the best in each other. And, after watching Nate and Olivia dance around each other in previous books, I loved seeing their romance play out here. Until I Met You is another solid entry in the Restoring Heritage series. I highly recommend it to fans of small town romance! 5 stars. Note: While this is the second book in the series, you can enjoy it without first having read the prequel novella or book one. But I do think the book will be more meaningful if you have that background information. Disclosure of material connection: I received this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and all opinions are my own.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Connie Saunders

    When I discover a debut author, I'm always anxious to see if the second book will be as good as the first and author Tari Faris certainly didn't disappoint me. Until I Met You has great characters, a charming small-town setting, realistic situations, and there is also...romance! When Libby Kingsley and Austin Williams meet, you just know that something interesting is in the works. Yes, their initial reactions are a little iffy but we all know that chemistry is the key and Libby and Austin certai When I discover a debut author, I'm always anxious to see if the second book will be as good as the first and author Tari Faris certainly didn't disappoint me. Until I Met You has great characters, a charming small-town setting, realistic situations, and there is also...romance! When Libby Kingsley and Austin Williams meet, you just know that something interesting is in the works. Yes, their initial reactions are a little iffy but we all know that chemistry is the key and Libby and Austin certainly have plenty of powerful chemistry! I absolutely love it when librarians get the spotlight and Libby's desire to visit all of the Carnegie Libraries is understandable and her efforts to get funding for a new library are spot-on! I also enjoyed the insights of living in a small town and the mention of characters from the Restoring Heritage series. It is, however, Faris's ability to completely capture human emotions that impressed me the most. Fear of failure, past hurts, and unresolved issues offer many conflicts but, in the end, we are allowed to witness the blessings that come from mercy and forgiveness. If you enjoy contemporary romance with a faith element, you will definitely want to read Until I Met You. I am giving it 4.5 Stars! I received a copy of this book from Revell. There was no obligation to post a positive review. These are my own opinions.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Abigail Harris

    I was in love with this book before I even knew what it was going to be about. Before I knew the title, and before I knew who it would be about. From the book's description, I expected "Until I Met You" it seemed that the story would focus on Libby and Austin, and I was pleasantly surprised that we also get to follow Nate's and Olivia's story and we finally get to see what happened with them and where they go from "You Belong With Me" which I loved! "Until I Met You" has so many things I love … Br I was in love with this book before I even knew what it was going to be about. Before I knew the title, and before I knew who it would be about. From the book's description, I expected "Until I Met You" it seemed that the story would focus on Libby and Austin, and I was pleasantly surprised that we also get to follow Nate's and Olivia's story and we finally get to see what happened with them and where they go from "You Belong With Me" which I loved! "Until I Met You" has so many things I love … Broken guys, brothers who are at odds and must figure that out, two girls who become fast friends, a librarian, and so so many more things. After finding several new favorite books this year, I have quite the list to break down to find my top five or ten favorites this year … And, this one? Well, it parked itself in the first place. I love, love, love the changes we see in Austin and Libby, they grow so much and their romance is very well done. There is a bit of kissing that isn't graphic, just a warning, there is kissing. Now, I've said I love this book, I want to be clear that this book is clean, but, it deals with hard topics. Warning!!! Spoilers!!! Warning!!! Nate's sins come to light. Since we knew that the tattoed pastor was a former bad boy we could expect this, I just want to say that I am impressed with how well Mrs. Faris handled Nate's past. Among which was that he had a son with an old girlfriend, that he didn't know about since the mom said she would get an abortion. This is clean enough and done in a way that my younger sisters were allowed to read it since the consequences of their sins are shown in a light that can help young readers to learn from the characters’ mistakes. I'll even go so far as to say that this can be a good book for moms and daughters (12 and up) to read together as a learning experience. I will be on the edge of my seat waiting for the next book to come out … It is so far away! I voluntarily received and reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Susan Snodgrass

    'Why did everyone want her to pray all the time?' Tari Faris gave us her first book last year and she became a wonderful new voice in Christian fiction. I enjoy discovering new authors and now I add her to a favorites list. Libby Kinsley comes to the incredibly sweet small town of Heritage, Michigan hoping for a new life and heading up a new library. Her new neighbor, Austin Williams is not so fond of her and spurns her at every turn. They begin clashing almost daily. Did she make a mistake comin 'Why did everyone want her to pray all the time?' Tari Faris gave us her first book last year and she became a wonderful new voice in Christian fiction. I enjoy discovering new authors and now I add her to a favorites list. Libby Kinsley comes to the incredibly sweet small town of Heritage, Michigan hoping for a new life and heading up a new library. Her new neighbor, Austin Williams is not so fond of her and spurns her at every turn. They begin clashing almost daily. Did she make a mistake coming here? 'I finally ditched the grave clothes.' This book carries a powerful theme of forgiveness, both for others and for self. Heart deep, it will touch you and help make you a better person. The book also tells the story of Nate and Olivia, who both touched me deeply. I was totally all in and could not put it down. *My thanks to the publisher, Revell, for a copy of this book. The opinions in this review are expressly my own.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Abby

    *Sighs dreamily* This book made me want to pack my bags and move to Heritage. Until I Met You was amazing! I loved the characters! Each one was so unique and loveable. Libby was so real and relatable. The romance was sweet and had me melting. The plot was great. I really enjoyed everything about this book. There was great faith content! God used this book to speak to me. I love how He can use fiction to speak to us. It was clean and just so amazing! Tari did an amazing job! I love her writing st *Sighs dreamily* This book made me want to pack my bags and move to Heritage. Until I Met You was amazing! I loved the characters! Each one was so unique and loveable. Libby was so real and relatable. The romance was sweet and had me melting. The plot was great. I really enjoyed everything about this book. There was great faith content! God used this book to speak to me. I love how He can use fiction to speak to us. It was clean and just so amazing! Tari did an amazing job! I love her writing style and can't wait to read more by her!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Andrea Cox

    FTC Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell Reads. These are my honest thoughts. “You get to choose if [your past] defines you now.” This book was like a warm hug on a wintry night, and I think the biggest reason is that it encapsulated the theme from 1 Corinthians 13:5, which states (in part) that love “keeps no record of wrongs.” This has been one of my favorite verses for going on five years now, and I love how a fictional book could so beautifully bring out the gri FTC Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell Reads. These are my honest thoughts. “You get to choose if [your past] defines you now.” This book was like a warm hug on a wintry night, and I think the biggest reason is that it encapsulated the theme from 1 Corinthians 13:5, which states (in part) that love “keeps no record of wrongs.” This has been one of my favorite verses for going on five years now, and I love how a fictional book could so beautifully bring out the gritty truth of what this verse looks like when applied to a person’s life. Until I Met You by Tari Faris is a messy (in a good way), beautiful story about relatable characters that go through everyday problems. They hold grudges and make mistakes. They’re able to discuss things in real ways instead of skirting around the issues, yet they sometimes let their anger, bitterness, frustrations, and definitely their assumptions get in the way of following through on other conversations. These things reflected real life to me, and I could so easily relate to so many things about this story. Not just the negative things either. There was a ton of good stuff too, all easy to understand and “get.” While we’re on the topic of assumptions, though, I want to say something. I sometimes make assumptions about people. I think it’s a thing we humans do. Based on our own personal experiences and knowledge, we assume we know what’s best for people or what someone meant by something they said just because of their tone. But I wonder, how many times do we misread the situation? How many times do we not see the hurt behind the tone, that the person had a bad day prior to that moment that gave out that wonky tone that pushed our own buttons to make an assumption? I know a lot of times I can have other things on my mind when I respond to people and don’t realize that the words and tone and intention didn’t all match up to indicate what I really meant. How many times could it be the same for other people too? This book made me think about that. Among other things, of course, but that was a big one, probably because it was such a huge theme in this story. Okay, so we’re moving on to the fun stuff about this book. Danielle was amazing for what few pages she was there. I really hope this gal gets her own book, because I totally want to know more. Like, right now. *cheesy grin* The Carnegie thing… Y’all, if the only reason you read this book is to find out why this Carnegie thing completely melted my heart, do it. It melted me, I’m telling you. This line made me laugh so hard: “This library didn’t need to be reopened. It needed to be resuscitated.” This line spoke to me in a profound way: “I do the only thing I can when faced with a lie. I hold on to the truth.” The recurring thread involving a bag of coins was priceless. (See what I did there? Wink, wink.) I adored the way that phobias were represented. I’ve had a phobia or two in my past, and this book showed them in a realistic way. It was made clear how debilitating they are yet how freeing it can be when one finds that “twenty seconds of insane courage,” as We Bought a Zoo says. (Yes, I was absolutely thrilled that this line was quoted in this story. It fit so well and was a great nod to one of my favorite movies, of which there are many, naturally.) Libby was so adorable! I had trouble picturing her as the cute blonde on the cover. While that gal is adorable and the cover is charming and one of my favorites this year, the personality that immediately popped off the pages to me was so reminiscent of the leading lady from the movie This Beautiful Fantastic that I could only picture Libby as Miss Jessica Brown Findlay portrayed Bella in that film. If you’ve seen that story and read this one, please tell me you see the resemblance! The quirkiness, the library job, the awkwardness, the charmingness, the utter romance and never-give-up attitude… Y’all, I’m telling you, when that personality popped so clearly at me, I had no choice but to envision Miss Findlay. So sorry, Miss Model on the Cover! I don’t know your name, but you did great work for the cover of this book. Maybe next read I’ll picture you as Libby. *hopeful smiley face* Olivia was spunky and adorable, and I related to her right away. However, I again couldn’t picture her as blonde (way late in the book I found out she was supposed to be white-blonde; who knew?). Most of the Olivias I’ve known in person have been olive-skinned and dark-brown-haired. *shrug* I’m sure the comment in the story about how her sister took after her mom’s Italian genes (dark-skinned, dark-haired) while Olivia took after her dad’s Scandinavian blood (fair-skinned, light-haired) was supposed to help cement that pale-hair, pale-skin image in my mind. I immediately flashed to the comment Alicia Vikander once made about how, when her skin was lightened with makeup for a role in which she portrayed a Scandinavian woman, she said that she was the "only Scandinavian in the whole film" and that her darker skin tone was her "natural color" rather than a tan. So yeah. I pictured Olivia as olive-skinned and dark-haired, though I really did try to find a white-blonde, light-skinned mental image to attach to her. *shrug* Preset images attached to names are tricky to overcome sometimes. All that being said about these ladies, I cherished their stories so much. Their journeys were relatable and fun and engaging. They faced real problems and had real hopes and dreams. It was such an adventure journeying with them through this book. Okay, so let’s talk brothers. I don’t have any brothers, but I imagine the Williams boys are a good example of the crazy dynamics that can come with brotherhood. They were handsome, charming, a little lost, and definitely lacked in the communication department. I liked that they attempted to overcome their past mistakes and regrets in order to chase their futures and their dreams with everything they thought they had at the time. Can I just say that the dates these guys (okay, that Mrs. Faris) thought up were fresh and exciting and super adorable? It’s been a good, long while since I read such a great fishing scene in a romance book. Thank you, Mrs. Faris! One last thing: I greatly enjoyed the reflections of the Prodigal Son parable I found in this story. From the rebellious brother to the dedicated brother to the father who loved them both… there was so much to truly cherish about this story. I can hardly wait to find out what happens next in the Restoring Heritage series (if it continues, which I hope for so much). Content: tattoos, one gambling reference, one sexual term, one drug joke

  11. 5 out of 5

    Caitlyn Santi

    Oh My Stars! What a beautiful, amazing book! I became a forever fan of Tari Faris' books last year when I read her novella P.S. Goodbye, and fell even deeper in love with her books when I read You Belong With Me! I seriously didn't think this author's writing could get any more amazing, but I was proven wrong! One of the things I love about this author's books is that they feature two love stories. I loved Libby and Austin, their story was wonderful and I was rooting for them from the start, tho Oh My Stars! What a beautiful, amazing book! I became a forever fan of Tari Faris' books last year when I read her novella P.S. Goodbye, and fell even deeper in love with her books when I read You Belong With Me! I seriously didn't think this author's writing could get any more amazing, but I was proven wrong! One of the things I love about this author's books is that they feature two love stories. I loved Libby and Austin, their story was wonderful and I was rooting for them from the start, though as much as I loved Libby and Austin's story I think Nate and Olivia's story was definitely my favorite! I have been head over heels in love with Nate since he first appeared in P.S. Goodbye and I've been eagerly anticipating his story, it was everything I had dreamed it would be and so much more! Reading this book is pure bliss, it made me so giddy-happy, and I couldn't stop smiling while I read it! Until I Met You is now my favorite Tari Faris book so far, it made me laugh out loud, touched every part of my heart, and made me swoon more times than I can count! Heritage is one of my very favorite fictional towns (I wish I could live there) and I just adore Otis the hippo! Saying I loved this book doesn't come close to describing the depth of my adoration for it, but sadly I can't come up with a more eloquent way to say it so this will have to do: I loved every single moment of this book and hated to stop reading! Until I Met You is one for the keeper shelf (I already want to re-read it!) it's one of my top ten favorite reads of 2020 and I cannot wait to read the next book in the series! I most highly recommend Until I Met You! If you are a fan of Christian contemporary romance, especially Susan May Warren's books you need to read Tari Faris! You don't want to miss a single moment of the amazingness that is the Restoring Heritage series! (5 Stars, but I'd give it every star in the sky if I could!) I received a copy of this book from the publisher. Which did not influence my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions are one hundred percent my own!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Staci

    There is a lot to love about the second novel in the Restoring Heritage Series...good cast of characters, friction between brothers, building a library and a lovely small town setting. While I enjoy character growth, there was a little too much hot and cold in the two main relationships. Overall, a good read and I look forward to continuing the series.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    Originally posted on Inkwell Inspirations With small town charm and beautifully crafted characters, Until I Met You, the second installment of author Tari Faris’ Restoring Heritage series, is sure to delight readers of contemporary romance. Readers can start with this book and fully understand the storyline, but to get the full enjoyment of the Restoring Heritage series, I recommend reading P.S. Goodbye (the prequel novella) and You Belong With Me (book one) first. These books are a great introdu Originally posted on Inkwell Inspirations With small town charm and beautifully crafted characters, Until I Met You, the second installment of author Tari Faris’ Restoring Heritage series, is sure to delight readers of contemporary romance. Readers can start with this book and fully understand the storyline, but to get the full enjoyment of the Restoring Heritage series, I recommend reading P.S. Goodbye (the prequel novella) and You Belong With Me (book one) first. These books are a great introduction to many of the characters who will play an important role in the Restoring Heritage series. Realistically flawed characters, estranged brothers, strong bonds of friendship, and small town life…I loved everything about this novel! I have been looking forward to reading Until I Met You ever since I read book one when it released last year. This book focuses on Libby and Austin’s story, along with Pastor Nate and Olivia’s secondary storyline. Beloved characters from book one including Hannah, Luke, Thomas, Janie, and many more familiar townspeople have appearances throughout the book. With her stellar writing and bits of humor sprinkled throughout her books, Tari Faris has quickly risen to the top as one of my favorite contemporary romance authors. Until I Met You is highly recommended for fans of contemporary romance, especially readers who enjoy novels by authors such as Denise Hunter, Becky Wade, Courtney Walsh, Melissa Tagg, and Susan May Warren. In future installments of the Restoring Heritage series, I would love for Luke’s brothers to have their stories told, especially Liam, who I have been curious about ever since I was introduced to him in book one. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell and was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Madison

    Small towns, romance and a construction project with no budget and a strict deadline - what could possibly go wrong? Throw in a nosy journalist, bad publicity and some miscommunication and everything that could go wrong does. Until I Met You is a sweet and charming story about finding the right person at the wrong time, moving on from the past and learning to make the most of every day and every situation. Libby Kingsley is a librarian (yay librarians in fiction). She’s feeling pretty down about Small towns, romance and a construction project with no budget and a strict deadline - what could possibly go wrong? Throw in a nosy journalist, bad publicity and some miscommunication and everything that could go wrong does. Until I Met You is a sweet and charming story about finding the right person at the wrong time, moving on from the past and learning to make the most of every day and every situation. Libby Kingsley is a librarian (yay librarians in fiction). She’s feeling pretty down about life and is happy to take a position as the new librarian in Heritage, Michigan. The only problem is the library is more of a desolate basement that should be condemned. She finds the perfect solution - she just has to convince the town and construction company that moving an old building into the new town centre is a good idea. Austin Williams is trying to save his family’s construction company, redesign the town square with no help and little budget and now he has to contend with the ideas of Libby Kingsley. He just needs to make it through the next few months unscathed, but it seems like everything and everyone - including his brother - is against him. I really liked that Libby and Austin don’t like each other much at the start. Or at all. They really fight and argue. Everything they do is a disaster, from their dogs meeting to the construction project. Actually, their fighting continues for much of the novel as they miscommunicate and jump to conclusions, Austin in particular. He is quick to judge but not to forgive. It is something he is working on. It made their relationship and their characters very realistic. A large percentage of the book is focused on Austin’s relationship with his brother, Nate. Readers of the series will recognise Nate from book one. He is the young, tattooed paster, firefighter and all round good samaritan, but all Austin sees is someone who never shows for family commitments and who caused so much damage to their lives. Austin has a lot to work through and forgive in his relationship with Nate, but every time he needs Nate it seems like he is being let down again. His frustrations bleed into his growing relationship with Libby and spiral downward again. This is the second book in the series. There is setting and character crossover, so readers will be eager to continue the story of Hannah and Luke from book one and to get their hands on book three which is set to feature Nate and Olivia. The publishers provided an advanced readers copy of this book for reviewing purposes. All opinions are my own. Find more reviews, reading age guides, content advisory, and recommendations on my blog Madison's Library

  15. 5 out of 5

    Virginia Campbell

    Author Tari Faris treats readers to another charming small town romance with "Until I Met You", Book Two in her "Restoring Heritage" series. Heritage, Michigan is a town in the process of revitalization, and one of the things that definitely needs an update is the community library. Libby Kingsley needs a new start, and accepting the position of librarian will also allow her to be close to her brother, Luke, and his family. Libby discovers that library needs a complete overhaul--including a new Author Tari Faris treats readers to another charming small town romance with "Until I Met You", Book Two in her "Restoring Heritage" series. Heritage, Michigan is a town in the process of revitalization, and one of the things that definitely needs an update is the community library. Libby Kingsley needs a new start, and accepting the position of librarian will also allow her to be close to her brother, Luke, and his family. Libby discovers that library needs a complete overhaul--including a new building. Community funding is allocated for the new town square, and the architect in charge of the project, Austin Williams has hands full with limited resources, family issues, and the new librarian who is determined to provide Heritage with a renovated library. Libby and Austin bump heads from the beginning, live next door to each other, and will have to learn to work together in order to compromise and reach their individual goals. Along the way, can they become friends--and perhaps something more that they never expected? "Until I Met You" reacquaints readers with characters from Book One, "You Belong With Me", and the prequel. "P.S. Goodbye". This is a story filled with faith, second chances, and heartwarming romance. A recommended series for lovers of contemporary inspirational romance. Book Copy Gratis Revell Books

  16. 4 out of 5

    Brittany

    Well, this novel certainly kept me turning pages! I really liked that there were two developing romantic relationships going on in this book. There was also the turbulent relationship between the brothers, Nate and Austin, which showcased a very broken family relationship. These two brothers…what burdens they carried! Austin had deeply rooted bitterness in his heart. The unforgiveness toward his brother that he held onto impacted his developing relationship with Libby. It caused him to react in an Well, this novel certainly kept me turning pages! I really liked that there were two developing romantic relationships going on in this book. There was also the turbulent relationship between the brothers, Nate and Austin, which showcased a very broken family relationship. These two brothers…what burdens they carried! Austin had deeply rooted bitterness in his heart. The unforgiveness toward his brother that he held onto impacted his developing relationship with Libby. It caused him to react in anger quite a bit in this story. Austin had a lot to learn about forgiveness and trust in this book. Nate was an intriguing character from book one and I was very interested to see how things worked out for him. The burdens he carried around were all related to the mistakes he had made as a young man. Even though he knew that God had forgiven him, he was unable to totally forgive himself. And even though he loved Olivia, he kept pushing her away because of the man he had been. He had to learn to forgive himself and look to the future instead of the past. I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own. You can read this review on my blog: https://brittreadsfiction.wordpress.c...

  17. 5 out of 5

    maiaisreading

    Until I Met You by Tari Faris 4.5 stars “Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.” I want to thank a friend for recommending the prequel, P.S. Goodbye. I needed a contemporary read that time and it really hits the spot. This is a good one too. Until I Met You is the story of the Williams brothers. Their relationship with their family, friends as well as the women in their lives. Nate is a pastor but can’t forgive himself with his colorful past. It also affects his relationship wit Until I Met You by Tari Faris 4.5 stars “Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.” I want to thank a friend for recommending the prequel, P.S. Goodbye. I needed a contemporary read that time and it really hits the spot. This is a good one too. Until I Met You is the story of the Williams brothers. Their relationship with their family, friends as well as the women in their lives. Nate is a pastor but can’t forgive himself with his colorful past. It also affects his relationship with Olivia. I like that Olivia is so open with her love. Austin is trying to save their family business but his anger towards Nate is not helping build a relationship with Libby. I like that Libby is a librarian and wants to encourage readers. It’s fun to see a character that likes to research. Tari Faris’ books have a lot more romance and kissing than some other christian romance books I have read. But what I love is the message of the story and it all points towards leaning to God. They all have flaws but with the grace of God, they are being led to the right direction. Trusting Him is hard but we continue to work on it just like the characters in this book. I received a complimentary copy of this book from @Revell. All opinions are my own.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Phyllis

    Forgiveness and second chances Until I read Until I Met You, I had not read anything by Tari Faris. The synopsis caught my attention when I was looking for my next read so I thought I would try it. This is such a sweet story about second chances and forgiveness! Austin and Libby had each experienced hurts that led them to the town of Heritage and left each one fearful of trusting. Austin's pain and the unforgiveness he held onto caused him to be quite prickly! I did love the way Libby continued to Forgiveness and second chances Until I read Until I Met You, I had not read anything by Tari Faris. The synopsis caught my attention when I was looking for my next read so I thought I would try it. This is such a sweet story about second chances and forgiveness! Austin and Libby had each experienced hurts that led them to the town of Heritage and left each one fearful of trusting. Austin's pain and the unforgiveness he held onto caused him to be quite prickly! I did love the way Libby continued to forgive him for his attitude and wasn't afraid to confront him about it! Aspects of the prodigal son parable played a significant role, with Austin being the older brother. It made me understand his frustration with his father's kind treatment of his younger brother; and how it felt like a rejection of all Austin had done. My favorite spiritual lesson, however, was that of grace. Nate, the younger brother, still felt tremendous guilt over the sins of his past and though he knew better in his head, his heart had him volunteering all over town and doing what he could - not for salvation but more as penance. I was touched when he finally realized this is what he was doing! I enjoyed Olivia and her research for the article she was assigned. My favorite was the fishing trip! I would love to see the articles she came up with, at least portions of them, though. It was a little disappointing not to see what she wrote. Until I Met You stands alone, though several of the characters have had their stories told in previous books of the Restoring Heritage series. Not having read them, I am intrigued and would like to see how they ended up where they are now. So I will be reading more by this author. If you enjoy small-town, Christian romance, be sure to get this series for yourself. Read my full review at Among the Reads I was given a copy of this book. I was not required to give a favorable review nor was any money received for this review. All comments and opinions are my own.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    "Why do we have such a hard time being friends?" It may have all started after Libby Kingsley's dog postponed Austin William's opportunity to breed his own dog, due to a not-so-little- as-it-turned-out misunderstanding about fences. Libby's welcome mat shrunk even further when her brother and sister-in-law unexpectedly headed to the hospital with a medical emergency just minutes after her arrival in Heritage, leaving Libby alone in their home with several simple tasks; one of them being, "Would y "Why do we have such a hard time being friends?" It may have all started after Libby Kingsley's dog postponed Austin William's opportunity to breed his own dog, due to a not-so-little- as-it-turned-out misunderstanding about fences. Libby's welcome mat shrunk even further when her brother and sister-in-law unexpectedly headed to the hospital with a medical emergency just minutes after her arrival in Heritage, leaving Libby alone in their home with several simple tasks; one of them being, "Would you mind delivering the cookies while they are fresh?". And thus, the so-called "friendship" with Mr. Mean Hot Neighbor began. Libby had come to Heritage with high hopes of starting over. Becoming the librarian in the small up and coming (they hoped) little town was a dream come true for her. However, her expectations quickly dimmed when the town's library turned out to be an old dusty room in the the basement of Heritage's town hall; piled high with dirty, outdated books. Would moving and renovating an old one room school house into a new library be worth working with Austin Williams and his brother, Nate? Now those two have a history of their own that needs a make-over. Grace and forgiveness take center stage in this light, easy read. Or perhaps it isn't so light after all when you consider the spiritual challenges this book navigates with the steadying power of the Gospel. While the characters and dialogue could benefit from a bit more development, the messaging is authentic and the romantic tensions more than guarantee some intense page turning. "Forgiveness is never deserved. It's a gift. It you can earn a gift, it's not a gift anymore - - - it's a wage." I received a copy of this book from Baker Publishing through Interviews and Reviews. The opinions stated above are entirely my own.

  20. 4 out of 5

    MJSH

    "Forgiveness is never deserved. It's a gift. If you earn a gift, it's not a gift anymore - it's a wage... Unforgiveness breeds anger and bitterness. I don't want that for me. And I don't want it for them. Because that kind of bitterness spills all over those close to you." What an incredible novel. Until I Met You is one of the best summer reads of 2020! Tari Faris' second novel will make you laugh, dance with joy, sob with the heartbreaks yet remain hopeful as two couples find themselves and eac "Forgiveness is never deserved. It's a gift. If you earn a gift, it's not a gift anymore - it's a wage... Unforgiveness breeds anger and bitterness. I don't want that for me. And I don't want it for them. Because that kind of bitterness spills all over those close to you." What an incredible novel. Until I Met You is one of the best summer reads of 2020! Tari Faris' second novel will make you laugh, dance with joy, sob with the heartbreaks yet remain hopeful as two couples find themselves and each other in a small Michigan town called Heritage. This book has everything a reader could ask for in an inspirational contemporary romance book - fun antics and great banter between Austin and Libby, achingly beautiful friendship with regrets between Nate and Olivia, outside forces pulling the brothers Austin and Nate apart, broken pasts that need to be forgiven, and grace that covers all. You will never want to leave Heritage once you step inside this town and get to know the people who make Heritage what it is. I would recommend reading the prequel novella and the first book in the series to acquaint yourself with the cast of characters; it will make for a richer reading experience. Nate's brother Austin is in town just to rebuild the town square as a landscape architect so that he can resuscitate his family's business. Luke's sister Libby becomes Austin's next door neighbor and is also new to town as the town librarian hired to resuscitate the library. Their first encounter starts on the wrong foot and their interactions go further sideways every time they meet. Austin's grumpiness and Libby's anxiety both hide their past hurts but their softer and sweeter sides emerge as their relationship blossoms. Nate, the pastor in town, and Olivia, a journalist whose roots are in Heritage, are not newcomers to the series but their story finally plays out in this book. Nate's struggle with his past and truly accepting forgiveness and Olivia's frustration with finding peace and fulfillment in love and career are so real, raw, and heart-wrenching. I received a copy of the book from Revell/Baker Publishing Group and was under no obligation to post a positive review. All comments and opinions are solely my own.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Fiction Aficionado

    Faris’s second novel in the Restoring Heritage series continues in the same vein as the first, with small-town charm providing the backdrop for a story that delivers a double serve of romance and a healthy scoop of family drama. Not only does Libby and Austin’s story play out over the pages of this story, but Austin’s brother Nate, who readers may remember from the first book in this series, also plays a central role, both in his own romance and in the family drama that unfolds as Nate and Austi Faris’s second novel in the Restoring Heritage series continues in the same vein as the first, with small-town charm providing the backdrop for a story that delivers a double serve of romance and a healthy scoop of family drama. Not only does Libby and Austin’s story play out over the pages of this story, but Austin’s brother Nate, who readers may remember from the first book in this series, also plays a central role, both in his own romance and in the family drama that unfolds as Nate and Austin work through the grievances and misunderstandings that lie between them. And yes, that means there are four point of view characters in this novel—hence the double serve of romance! Faris handled the balance of the four different points of view well, and I particularly enjoyed having both Austin’s and Nate’s perspectives on the falling out between them. The downside for me was that I could see the stage being set for each situation that reinforced the conflict between them, and I sometimes felt as though events were being manipulated specifically to perpetuate the conflict. I often found the same to be true of the romantic tension, which tended toward the usual misunderstandings and stubborn clinging to false narratives about themselves and others. As a result, I didn’t find this read as engaging as I would have liked; however, the themes of trust and grace are prominent throughout the story and will please readers who enjoy a strong faith thread in their contemporary romance. I received a copy of this novel from the publisher. This has not influenced the content of my review, which is my honest and unbiased opinion.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Suzie Waltner

    3.5 Stars I have mixed opinions about book two in the Restoring Heritage series by Tari Faris. There are highs and lows to Until I Met You. The two ladies in the book are well-developed and likable. What book lover isn’t going to immediately root for Libby who finds her passion in stories. Plus, there was enough of a hint of her backstory that I wanted to know more. Olivia was my favorite in this book. She’s friendly and welcoming, but once she realizes her life isn’t heading in the direction she 3.5 Stars I have mixed opinions about book two in the Restoring Heritage series by Tari Faris. There are highs and lows to Until I Met You. The two ladies in the book are well-developed and likable. What book lover isn’t going to immediately root for Libby who finds her passion in stories. Plus, there was enough of a hint of her backstory that I wanted to know more. Olivia was my favorite in this book. She’s friendly and welcoming, but once she realizes her life isn’t heading in the direction she hopes it will, she takes control and changes her trajectory. The guys, on the other hand, leave a little to be desired. Sure, they’re good looking and have their swoony moments but their attitudes left me scratching my head at times. Austin is the biggest offender with his knee-jerk reaction to gravitate to the worst conclusion, refusing to listen and holding grudges. Nate’s almost as bad and seemed like a different character than I met in the prequel novella to the series. Yet despite the negatives to this book, I enjoyed visiting Heritage again and catching up with some of the people from book one and the novella. And the theme of forgiveness and grace is prevalent throughout most of the book. Not to mention that ending! Bottom line, if you’re looking to check out for a few hours and escape into a sweet, small town romance with a happy ending, Until I Met You might be just what you need. Disclosure statement: I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book and was not required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Laura Rae

    I really wanted to like this book but I found that the unrelenting forgiveness, which seemed to be the main them of the book, overshadowed the rest of the story. I wanted the author to move beyond that and give me more! Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for the complimentary copy. The opinions are my own.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Lori

    I apologize that my review is late but I've had a lot going on with moving and upheaval in my life all at the same time. But here's my review. Thank you for being patient with me. When I seen this book I knew I had to read it! I read the first one and I loved it so this one was no exception. I enjoyed returning to Michigan and the people that lived there. It was like an old friend! This book was fantabulously wonderful! I couldn't put it down until I was finished and I know that I say this about I apologize that my review is late but I've had a lot going on with moving and upheaval in my life all at the same time. But here's my review. Thank you for being patient with me. When I seen this book I knew I had to read it! I read the first one and I loved it so this one was no exception. I enjoyed returning to Michigan and the people that lived there. It was like an old friend! This book was fantabulously wonderful! I couldn't put it down until I was finished and I know that I say this about every book I read but I really can't help it with this book! Tari Faris has really poured her heart into this one and it showed through her characters in how much heart they have. I like the story because the characters are flawed and the romance isn't as rushed as some tend to want to do. Austin and Libby in my opinion have a weird relationship. First they argue then make up and then they argue again. I like this because it's portrayed as what real life couples would do. This book will give you all the feel goods of an excellent read! I found myself rooting for Austin and Libby as they tried to figure out where their life is going and I especially loved the idea that Libby wanted to do a special project that had to do with books! Whenever a character loves books then they're my favorite! Books are friends! I highly recommend this book! You'll love it as much as I did! My thanks to Netgalley for a complimentary copy of this book. I was NOT required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Iola

    I didn’t get a chance to read and review Tari Faris’s debut novel, but reading the reviews left me with high expectations for Until I Met You. And, I have to admit, it took a while to see what everyone else saw. Until I Met You starts with Libby and Austin meeting when Libby’s dog escapes and makes friends with Austin’s dog. She’s a purebred he was hoping to breed, so is less than pleased. As such, it’s not a great introduction to him as a character, and I did find him hard to warm to. But it’s no I didn’t get a chance to read and review Tari Faris’s debut novel, but reading the reviews left me with high expectations for Until I Met You. And, I have to admit, it took a while to see what everyone else saw. Until I Met You starts with Libby and Austin meeting when Libby’s dog escapes and makes friends with Austin’s dog. She’s a purebred he was hoping to breed, so is less than pleased. As such, it’s not a great introduction to him as a character, and I did find him hard to warm to. But it’s not just Libby and Austin’s story. It’s also Nate and Olivia’s story, and that’s something that confused me at first—Libby and Olivia had similar character voices, and I mixed them up a couple of times. Nate is Austin’s younger brother, the prodigal. Austin has always done everything right, and picked up the pieces after Nate’s mistakes. Nate, now a pastor, is all too aware of his past mistakes and can’t get over them—to the point he keeps brushing off Olivia, who is interested in him. I found Nate a much more engaging character than Austin. It did make me wonder what happened to the Biblical Prodigal Son after his father threw the party. Was he able to accept his inheritance, or was he more like Nate? I could totally see what Olivia saw in Nate, and why she kept pursuing him even after all the rebuffs. Austin, on the other had, was somewhere between difficult and insufferable, and I had trouble working out what Libby saw in him. Yes, he’s loyal and hardworking and puts others first, but he is, frankly, self-righteous about it. And that makes him somewhat tiresome. The first half of Until I Met You had a lot of Austin being insufferable, and it got a little tired. But the story picked up pace and interest in the second half. That’s when the spiritual aspects started to come through more strongly, and that was the real strength of the novel. Until I Met You is Christian fiction where the characters actually find the answers to their problems in the truths of the Christian faith. It’s refreshing, and I can now see why everyone raved about You Belong With Me. I didn’t realise when I started reading, but Until I Met You is a sequel to You Belong With Me. The beginning of Until I Met You might also have been an easier read if I had read the earlier book, as then I would have known some of the characters—-Until I Met You introduced a lot of characters early on, and it wasn’t always easy to see how they fitted together. I guess that was covered in the first book. Yes, read You Belong With Me first if you can, but don’t worry if you can’t. The strength of Until I Met You isn’t in the series characters, but in the relationship between the brothers. Like all relationships, it can be hard going but it’s worth the effort. Thanks to Revell and NetGalley for providing a free ebook for review.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    Until I Met You by Tari Faris Book 2 in the Restoring Heritage series Rating: 4/5 Tari Faris definitely knows how to portray such heartfelt characters with their own strengths and weaknesses. The reader is once again drawn into the small town charm of Heritage and it's fun to "see" characters from the first book. For me, this story was not only about romance but it was about the relationship between two brothers. Austin temporarily moves to Heritage to do a landscaping job but refuses to live with h Until I Met You by Tari Faris Book 2 in the Restoring Heritage series Rating: 4/5 Tari Faris definitely knows how to portray such heartfelt characters with their own strengths and weaknesses. The reader is once again drawn into the small town charm of Heritage and it's fun to "see" characters from the first book. For me, this story was not only about romance but it was about the relationship between two brothers. Austin temporarily moves to Heritage to do a landscaping job but refuses to live with his brother, Nate, who already lives there and is the local pastor. Austin meets Libby, his neighbor who also just arrived to become the new librarian. The two have their own pasts to deal with and overcome in order to move on with their lives. Nate is battling his own demons of the past and finds it hard to give himself a chance at love with Olivia, Libby's new roommate. Olivia is tired of waiting for Nate to make up his mind about them and tries to find a journalism job out of state. Can these two couples find a way to work together and find forgiveness and love? These intertwined love stories were masterfully written and the depth of brother's characters was very well done. The incorporation of faith and forgiveness was vital for the characters and I was impressed with how the author dealt with the effects of holding onto unforgiveness. My thanks to the author for providing me with an ARC of the book. All opinions expressed here are entirely my own. No positive review was expected and no compensation received.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Nora St Laurent

    I enjoyed being back in the small town of Heritage, Michigan with broken characters I can relate to and learn from. In this novel we get an up close and personal look at Libby Kingsley who is the new librarian in town. She has ideas for the library. Not everyone is excited about them. The character giving grief is Austin Williams who is the one doing the renovations on the square. These two butt heads about many things but especially about what needs to be done to the library. I enjoyed how they I enjoyed being back in the small town of Heritage, Michigan with broken characters I can relate to and learn from. In this novel we get an up close and personal look at Libby Kingsley who is the new librarian in town. She has ideas for the library. Not everyone is excited about them. The character giving grief is Austin Williams who is the one doing the renovations on the square. These two butt heads about many things but especially about what needs to be done to the library. I enjoyed how they went about finding a way to work their differences out. I adored Olivia who has been assigned to write an article about current dating habits. Olivia says, “Why on earth would people voluntarily sign up for speed dating?” It sounded crazy to her, but she’d try it out. She was up for the challenge. She wanted to prove she was a good writer. This author does a wonderful job of helping readers escape the cares of this world with her stories. Sit back, relax, and take in the small-town feel, the humorous situations mixed in with the serious issues. This book would work for your next book club pick. There is much to discuss. Looking forward to the next installment to this Restoring Heritage series. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising” Nora St. Laurent TBCN Where Book Fun Begins! The Book Club Network blog www.bookfun.org

  28. 5 out of 5

    Tabitha Bouldin

    As the second book in the Restoring Heritage series, I will say that Until I Met You can be read as a standalone but you will enjoy it more if you have already read book one, You Belong with Me. There’s background info on characters that comes in handy for book two and lends to the overall feel of Heritage. Libby, Olivia, Austin, and Nate…what can I say except the double romance themes kept the pace and the plot rampaging forward. One an enemies to lovers and the other a friends to something more As the second book in the Restoring Heritage series, I will say that Until I Met You can be read as a standalone but you will enjoy it more if you have already read book one, You Belong with Me. There’s background info on characters that comes in handy for book two and lends to the overall feel of Heritage. Libby, Olivia, Austin, and Nate…what can I say except the double romance themes kept the pace and the plot rampaging forward. One an enemies to lovers and the other a friends to something more, both of which are among my favorite tropes, made sure I stayed engaged with the characters. With a strong spiritual theme of forgiveness, all the characters have specific hangups and past issues to overcome that make them relatable. Every time one couple made progress, a misunderstanding would push them back apart. The constant tug-of-war made for some witty banter and sharp dialogue while the overall plot and setting gave of perfect small town vibes. Love this series and the truths that came in with rapid one-two punches. As someone who has lived the scenarios Austin faces, it’s a powerful motivator to remember that forgiveness is not earned…it’s given. I requested a copy of this book from RevellReads. I was not required to leave a positive review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Raechel Lenore

    3.5 I love discovering new authors! This was my first book to read by Tari Faris, though it is the second in the series. I seem to have a habit for doing that...but I do plan on catching up on the first book soon as I can. :) "Until I Met You" tells the story of Libby and Austin, as well as Austin's brother Nathan, and Libby's roommate Olivia. I really enjoyed how the novel played out, displaying each character's story with care and attention. It all read very smoothly, and I enjoyed my visit to 3.5 I love discovering new authors! This was my first book to read by Tari Faris, though it is the second in the series. I seem to have a habit for doing that...but I do plan on catching up on the first book soon as I can. :) "Until I Met You" tells the story of Libby and Austin, as well as Austin's brother Nathan, and Libby's roommate Olivia. I really enjoyed how the novel played out, displaying each character's story with care and attention. It all read very smoothly, and I enjoyed my visit to their little town of Heritage. ^.^ While primarily a light hearted read, Until I Met You also contains a great message of the importance of God's grace. That was lovely. I think this book stood well on its own, but I think reading them in order would be the best way to enjoy it, as there are return-characters. I like when books interconnect, even if I haven't had the pleasure of catching up on the first book(s) XDI liked all the characters, though I'll admit Austin could frustrate me. I understood his struggle with forgiveness, and appreciated his journey to arrive at that point, but I just had a bit of a hard time with his anger sometimes. But again, we get to see him grow so that was nice.All in all, a fun, sweet story. :) I received a copy of this book from the publishers. I was not required to write a positive review.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Ochegba

    “No, but a life without grace for others’ mistakes ends up being a pretty lonely life.” This was such a wonderful visit to Heritage I loved every minute of it and can I gush about this book a bit? I loved this book so much, I had laughter, I had tears, I had moments where i thought over and over certain aspects of the story. It was fun getting to know more about Nate and Austin and Libby and Olivia. I loved the themes of forgiveness and second chances. Most times forgiveness is more for ourselves “No, but a life without grace for others’ mistakes ends up being a pretty lonely life.” This was such a wonderful visit to Heritage I loved every minute of it and can I gush about this book a bit? I loved this book so much, I had laughter, I had tears, I had moments where i thought over and over certain aspects of the story. It was fun getting to know more about Nate and Austin and Libby and Olivia. I loved the themes of forgiveness and second chances. Most times forgiveness is more for ourselves when we let the hurt fester and refuse to forgive it eats us inside making us bitter. I keep going back to the parable of the Prodigal son as I read about Nate and Austin. We have all messed up in one way or the other we are lost but we are always welcome to come back to the father no judgement but we also have to learn to forgive ourselves. This was Nate's struggle. I loved Olivia for loving him through it all and constantly remaining him he was worthy of being loved, he had been forgiven too. Libby and Austin too, although they started off on the wrong foot, I enjoyed reading about how their relationship blossomed and brought out a better part of them. It was an awesome visit to Heritage and I'd definitely be wanting to go back soon. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author. All opinions expressed are solely mine.

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