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Publisher's Note:

Realtor Hannah Thornton has many talents. Unfortunately, selling houses in the town where her family name is practically poison isn't one of them. When a business tycoon determines to raze historic homes in the small town of Heritage, Michigan, and replace them with a strip mall, Hannah resolves to stop him. She sets about helping Heritage win a restoration grant that will put the town back on the…

You Belong with Me

by Tari Faris

Overall Book Review:

You Belong with Me is the first book in the Restoring Heritage series and also the debut novel of Tari Faris.  Set in a small town in Michigan, the story has all the typical themes of love unrealized, a small town losing its businesses, and one of the small towners trying desperately to save it. 

Just about every person in the story has some kind of emotional issue that translates into selfish and or thoughtless actions.  Headstrong and determined to do it on their own, the characters in the book begin to realize they need more than just themselves to overcome or handle these issues. This book is really about people learning to rely on God as they wade through life’s challenges.

The story started off a bit on the slow side and it took a while for this reader to really care much about the characters, but by the end of the book, it seems a long wait for the next book in the series.   Most readers will be able to find a character or two in this story with whom they can relate.  Enjoy this jaunt to small town America.

This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Revell

Content Analysis:

Profanity/language:  None 

Violence/Gore:  A character reports that a person’s father was abusive and the character once took a hit intended for the other person. 

Sex/Nudity:  A female sees a male without a shirt as he is changing shirts; a man sees a woman’s cleavage when she bends down and she says she is trying to be sexy; a person says she didn’t sleep with someone; non-married characters kiss and embrace.

Mature Subject Matter:

Adoption, kidnapping, child abandonment.

Alcohol / Drug Use:

Reports of people being drunk.

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I primarily read fiction from all genres. I have six children and many happy hours have been spent reading together. I also love quilting, hiking, and camping.