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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?

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I just discovered Jenny B Jones a few months ago and I love her work. She writes with such humor that it's so refreshing, but when she delves into the spiritual aspect of her novels, it's heart shatteringingly deep. Moves me like no other.This book touched me in such an enormous way that I've tears in my eyes typing this review. I was sobbing at the end. Out loud.She touches spiritual depths that I rarely see in a book. Never like hers, anyway. Just blows my mind.Please read Jenny B. Jones. You will be enormously blessed.more
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?Review:I wish when reading it that I knew it was Christian Fiction. Religion is so in your face in this book, if I was expecting Christian Fiction, then I would be appropriate, but I wasn't so it was kind of disturbing. After her brother dies, Finley changes her ways on a trip to Ireland, on the way there she meets teen heartthrob Beckett Rush. In return for being his assistant, he agrees to show her around Ireland, and all the places that her brother wrote about in his journal. Finley has a lot of problems, and she doesn't want to admit to it. I really loved the ending, not in a sarcastic sort of way, but I legitimately loved the way it ended. If you aren't one that reads Christian fiction, then you'll definitely want to skip it. Had I known I probably would've as well, but I didn't, and all I can say was it wasn't horrible, and there are some good parts. I think if this wasn't a christian novel, I would've loved it, but the religion was suffocating and in your face, especially for someone who wasn't expecting it.ARC provided by NetGalleymore
I don't read a lot of contemporary fiction. I’m more of an escapist reader who prefers fantasy, paranormal romance and science fiction but my friend KM from One Page at a Time raved about this book and recommended that I read it, and since she has never given me a bad recommendation, I thought I would give it a try. I loved There You’ll Find Me so much. It made me laugh, made me cry, made me think about all the things in my own life that I try to control when I should really just let go and let God handle it. While I did not know it at the time, There You’ll Find Me was exactly the kind of book I needed to read. Finley, heiress to a hotel chain and recovering party girl, cannot get over the death of her beloved older brother, Will. She is angry at God for not saving Will, a devout Christian and humanitarian who was working to rebuild schools in Afghanistan when he was killed by a bomb. Seeking closure and peace, Finley follows in her brother’s footsteps by going to Ireland for her senior year of high school, just as he did.Finley is smart and snarky. She is also loving, kind and oh so flawed. I found her to be such a realistic and likable character. She considers Ireland a fresh start but for a girl who has felt that her life is out of control, Finley strives to control what she can (her diet, weight and her relationships with others) with disastrous results. There is an awesome romance in this book that is so sweet! Beckett is a teen heartthrob movie star (along the lines of Robert Pattinson) and the dialogue between he and Finley is hilarious. While I loved seeing the relationship between Finley and Beckett develop, it is not main focus of the book. There You’ll Find Me is really about Finley’s healing and finding her way back to a loving God who never left her in the first place.The main characters and the secondary characters in this book are very well developed and I must point out that Ireland itself is like a secondary character. The descriptions of the country are breathtaking and makes me want to get there and see it for myself! I also love Jones’ subtle but effective writing, mainly the steady way we see Finley’s issues spiraling out of control. The pacing in the book is perfect, it’s never rushed and not too slow either.There You’ll Find Me is not your mom’s Christian fiction. It’s fresh, funny, entertaining and extremely appealing to anyone who wants to read really good contemporary YA fiction. I want to thank Ms. Jones for showing me that a book about heavy issues can be sensitively written with humor and light. I’m really, really hoping that she plans on writing more books like this.Content: Kissing.My Rating: The Best!more
I think I saw the cover for this so many times before I ever decided to read it. It was actually a review on a blog, I cannot remember which, that convinced me this was worth checking out. Thanks to Net Galley I was able to read a galley of it, and I am so glad I took a chance on this!As the story began, I was immediately a fan of Finley. Her story really resonated with me, and I ached with the feeling of her grief. I have lost people close to me, but never a sibling. I cannot imagine the horror and pain it would be to lose my sister. Finley is a broken soul wrapped in a tough outer shell. I completely understood her; she felt so entirely real. Beckett was another amazing character. I can definitely understand why all the girls were swooning over him. He is such a sweetheart underneath the Hollywood façade. The banter between him and Finley was one of the best parts of the story. Other notable characters were Finley’s host family, especially Erin, and Cathleen Sweeney, a bitter old woman searching for forgiveness.I was not sure how I would feel about the religious element of the story. I have read very few YA books that incorporate God, but I was very impressed with it here. It felt like a real part of the story, an integral component of the characters. Preachy it was not. It was handled beautifully. The writing all around was pretty fantastic. There were a few things, however, that kept me from completely loving the story. Finley comes from a very wealthy family, her rebellious exploits are said to have made the ‘news’, but later she is told she is not on the same level as Beckett. This really confused me. Wealthy socialite plus actor sounds pretty average to me, so the idea that she was not an actress equaling no relationship with Beckett just was not plausible. The second thing that bothered me was how readily she believed the tabloid stories about Beckett. Coming from a wealthy family and having some experience with them herself, it just did not really make sense. Otherwise though I really, really loved the story, and I would definitely say it was worth the read.This is a book I am going to highly recommend reading. Full of romance, the struggle for forgiveness, and the aching pain of loss, it captures Finley’s journey to find peace wonderfully. I think fans of If I Stay by Gayle Forman and the forthcoming Virtuosity by Jessica Martinez will enjoy this as well.more
***E-ARC obtained from NetGalley*** Any review I write will not do this story justice. THERE YOU'LL FIND ME was powerful and amazing and delivered it's message incredibly without being "too preachy." Finley Sinclair experienced a devastating loss two years ago when her older brother, Will was killed in a terrorist attack. Since that time, she has continued with her life, but relied on the faith she knew her brother had to keep hers afloat. Finley travels to Ireland for a semester her Senior year because that's what Will did, and in his travel journal Will claims to have experienced God's presence everywhere in the lush country land. But when Finley doesn't feel her faith grows as Will's had, she begins to doubt if God cares anything for her anymore. As heart-breaking as Finley's story is, she carries out her grief in an OCD-like way that punishes her body and eventually becomes something she can no longer control. Over the course of a month, as her faith crumbles, so does her emotional state. During that time people are brought into Finley's life that she pledges to not care anything for, but without her knowledge they grow on her heart and ultimately lead her back to where she belongs in her faith, and at the same time help her discover the closure she was so achingly desperate for. From the first page, author Jenny B. Jones captures her readers interest and keeps the story flowing without any lulls. The book comes together so well, had I the time I would have finished it in one sitting. Even though I consider myself to be strong in my Faith, for whatever reason I tend to stay away from 'Christian-Lit.' But am I ever glad I picked up this one. It's an inspiring story that has EXACTLY the right amount of romance. The scriptures were introduced at just the right times to identify with the story, almost like an example...and introduced me to my now favorite Verse: Isaiah 43.more
There You’ll Find Me is a moving and inspiring story. Even if you’re not generally a religious person, it’s easy to identify with the struggles and stress Finley faces.Sure, you might not be struggling with the sexy Irish actor you sat next to on the plane, but in general, Finley is just a normal girl. She’s dealing with stress to do well in her upcoming music audition, along with the grief of losing her brother, and loss of what to believe in and who to turn to.The setting of Ireland is so beautifully described in There You’ll Find Me – it made me want to hop on a plane this very second. The castles and the rolling hills and the churches and graveyards and the people – I felt like I was really there with Finley, experiencing it through her eyes as she followed her brother’s journal.I loved all the members of Finley’s host family and Beckett’s dog Bob and basically everything in this book, including the blecky Beatrice. There was an element of There You’ll Find Me that came totally out of nowhere (or maybe I just missed all the signs, just like the people in Finley’s life), but it definitely added to Finley’s story.Overall, I enjoyed There You’ll Find Me a lot. Even though I’m not typically the most religious person, I definitely identified with Finley’s struggles. Like I said, it’s a very moving story and anyone who is looking for a contemporary with a relatable main character, definitely check out There You’ll Find Me. Bonus – it takes place in Ireland!more
There You'll Find Me by Jenny B Jones Thomas Nelson Publishing Due: 10/04/2011 Young Adult/Christian Fiction Rating: 4 stars Foreign exchange student, Finley Sinclair, boards a plane set for Ireland with the intent of seeking solace from her brothers death and trying to discover for herself the peace he found there with God only years earlier. But nothing can prepare her for the moment she wakes up on the plane seated next to the handsome, teen star, Beckett Rush. Finley and Beckett (who just happens to be shooting a new vampire movie in the same rural town) seem to cross paths at every turn and soon become fast friends, much to the dismay of classmate Beatrice, who feels that Finley is overstepping the bounds of the celebrity status. It doesn't take long before Beatrice is on a mission to send Finley packing. To top it off, Finley finds herself on an required assignment at a nursing home with the cranky, Mrs. Sweeney. As the stress builds and weighs heavily upon Finley's shoulders, she starts making choices under pressure to try to keep control of her life. As her tough exterior starts to crack, she realizes that things aren't always what they seem; people are not who they appear to be and only when we are truly broken can we be open enough to find what we are truly looking for. This is a fascinating story with true-to-life characters. It is well written without being preachy. I felt pulled in from the very beginning and read the entire book in one sitting. Jenny B. Jones does a great job touching on various topics affecting the hearts and minds of teenagers today, bringing reassurance that through friendship and faith in God, there is hope for the future. Highly recommended.more
Finley Sinclair is trying to deal with the death of her brother while also trying to compose an ending to her audition piece she's to play at the Manhattan music conservatory called "Will's Song". She decides to study in Ireland and walk in her brothers footsteps using his travel journal. Maybe then she'll feel close to God, find peace and the ending for Will's Song. On the plane she meets Beckett Rush who is a well known actor on his way to Ireland to film his latest movie. Beckett is quite taken with Finley because it seems she's not impressed by who he is. He agrees to take her around Ireland if she agrees to be his assistant. She's also assigned an 'adopted grandmother' in a nursing home whom she's suppose to care for. But crotchety Mrs. Sweeney presents Finley with some really big challenges. There's also a few kids at school who are not real pleased with her relationship with Beckett and cause all kinds of trouble. And what exactly is hers and Beckett's relationship? As these stresses begin to pile up Finley begins to melt down. Will she be able to find an ending to her audition piece? More importantly will she find the inner peace that has seemed so far away or will she find it was closer than she thought?This is one of those stories that will be floating around in mind for a long time to come. I absolutely LOVED this story for all that it was. It was so real. Finley was so relateable. Don't we all have times of doubt and question whether God is really there? I liked seeing how all the different people the Lord brought into Finley's life made an impact that changed her forever. Doesn't the Lord do that for us as well. Finley didn't see it that way though and I think that is totally with us too. Those difficult things we deal with (like Mrs. Sweeney) are tough but they change us in ways that living a smooth life wouldn't. I also loved Beckett and how he related to Finley. Even though his life was complicated he took time with her and gave some great advice. It was also fun to watch how the Lord used Finley in Beckett's life as well. One thing that really drew me into the story was the humor. There was so many things that Finley said that just cracked me up. They were real things that you and I could have said or thought. But along with the humor there was a great amount of emotion and seriousness to this story. At some point we've all struggled with finding peace. I must say that even though this is billed as fiction for young adults I could easily relate the issues to my own life and found there was a lot of wisdom within these pages. This is the first book I've read from this author but I guarantee it will not be my last. I thoroughly enjoyed "There You'll Find Me" and highly recommend you take a trip to Ireland with Finley. You never know what you might find! A thank you goes to Thomas Nelson for this complimentary copy for my review through Netgalley.more
This was my first time reading anything by this author, but it won't be my last. I found this to be a very good story with a great message weaved throughout the book, with a great conclusion to that message at the end. Although the cover intrigued me, I didn't feel like it captured the story line really well. I laughed and enjoyed the "banter" that went back and forth between the two main characters, Finley and Beckett, and also loved the way Finley and Mrs. Sweeney "got along". There was alot of different emotions going on with me throughout the book and it was a story that was hard for me to put down, until I read how the author was going to end this one.Finley finds herself on a plane to Ireland, trying to find the places her brother wrote about in his journal (before he died tragically overseas). She wants to get her life, her faith and her music back, which she lost when he died. "Where was God when my brother died? Where was God when I was at rock bottom" - these are the questions Finley keeps asking herself. She finds herself sitting by movie star heart-throb, Beckett Rush on the plane and the fun begins with their constant "baiting" each other in their conversations. Beckett and Finley are thrown together alot while he works on a movie and she is going to school and that whole part of the book was very well written. I really liked Beckett's advice to Finely at one time in the story when she couldn't understand her feelings towards God, he said, "Maybe you should stop going by what you feel. And start going by what you know is truth." Finley also runs across another lady at the school who continues to give her good advice, Sister Maria, like "the world can be ugly, but your heart doesn't have to be." Then there is also a old lady, Mrs. Sweeney, who Finley has as an assignment at school, she must spend time with her and get to know her. This is a lady who has had a miserable past. She also gives Finley some great advice and the one I liked the best was, "Don't hang on to old hurts. You can spend your years blaming God, blaming other people, but in the end it was a choice". The book was filled with gems like this throughout this story and I loved it. I have many more good quotes highlighted in my book, but I won't continue to give them all away; but I hope folks will read this story and find more gems for themselves, and find out if Finley can piece back together her life with God's help. It really had a good message to it and a good story line. Well worth reading!! Good job Jenny B. Jones!A special thanks goes to Thomas Nelson Publishers who through NetGalley provided me with this book to read and review.Paperback: 320 pages Publisher: Thomas Nelson (October 4, 2011) ISBN-10: 1595545409 ISBN-13: 978-1595545404more
This was astounding book that brought joy and peace in a life that was turning for the worst. It showed that even if you can't hear God that he's there watching you and protecting you. I would recommend every teen girl reads this. more
A bit boring at times.more
It was nice to read a Christian YA book where I wasn’t rolling my eyes every two seconds from the cheesiness of it all. This book was actually realistic the way author, Jenny B. Jones portrayed relationships, faith, and hardship.The main character, Finley, broken hearted and lost after her brother’s death, decides to take a trip to Ireland. With her brothers travel journal in hand Finley plans to retrace his steps and hopefully heal her relationship with God, who she thinks has forgotten about her.On the plane ride she is seated next to teen movie star Beckett Rush. He barley opens his mouth before Finely shuts him down, claiming to know his type (bad boy, partier, player). They part ways after the flight only to find out that Beckett is staying at the B&B her host family owns, throwing them together once again.I liked Finley, she was a really believable and realistic main character. She has a strong personality and is not afraid of speaking her mind, whether it be to the school bully, Beatrice, or heartthrob, Beckett. Finley is flawed and real. I think anyone could relate to her in one way or another. I was able to relate to her in more than one. I really liked how whenever she was nervous or had to do something hard she would recite the same Bible verse to herself, “In all these things, I am more than victorious.” I loved this because I do the same exact thing, with the same verse! The version I know is “I can do all things through him who gives me strength.”Beckett is a real charmer. I can see why Finley doubted him at first but it didn’t take long to see that he really was a genuine, sweet guy. It took a lot of convincing for Finley to believe that. Even after they’d hung out and spent hours upon hours together Finley still doubts him, which was a little annoying, but she comes around in the end.This was a great story about finding out that one is never lost with God. He is always there, with his arms wide open, waiting for us to find him.more
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I just discovered Jenny B Jones a few months ago and I love her work. She writes with such humor that it's so refreshing, but when she delves into the spiritual aspect of her novels, it's heart shatteringingly deep. Moves me like no other.This book touched me in such an enormous way that I've tears in my eyes typing this review. I was sobbing at the end. Out loud.She touches spiritual depths that I rarely see in a book. Never like hers, anyway. Just blows my mind.Please read Jenny B. Jones. You will be enormously blessed.more
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?Review:I wish when reading it that I knew it was Christian Fiction. Religion is so in your face in this book, if I was expecting Christian Fiction, then I would be appropriate, but I wasn't so it was kind of disturbing. After her brother dies, Finley changes her ways on a trip to Ireland, on the way there she meets teen heartthrob Beckett Rush. In return for being his assistant, he agrees to show her around Ireland, and all the places that her brother wrote about in his journal. Finley has a lot of problems, and she doesn't want to admit to it. I really loved the ending, not in a sarcastic sort of way, but I legitimately loved the way it ended. If you aren't one that reads Christian fiction, then you'll definitely want to skip it. Had I known I probably would've as well, but I didn't, and all I can say was it wasn't horrible, and there are some good parts. I think if this wasn't a christian novel, I would've loved it, but the religion was suffocating and in your face, especially for someone who wasn't expecting it.ARC provided by NetGalleymore
I don't read a lot of contemporary fiction. I’m more of an escapist reader who prefers fantasy, paranormal romance and science fiction but my friend KM from One Page at a Time raved about this book and recommended that I read it, and since she has never given me a bad recommendation, I thought I would give it a try. I loved There You’ll Find Me so much. It made me laugh, made me cry, made me think about all the things in my own life that I try to control when I should really just let go and let God handle it. While I did not know it at the time, There You’ll Find Me was exactly the kind of book I needed to read. Finley, heiress to a hotel chain and recovering party girl, cannot get over the death of her beloved older brother, Will. She is angry at God for not saving Will, a devout Christian and humanitarian who was working to rebuild schools in Afghanistan when he was killed by a bomb. Seeking closure and peace, Finley follows in her brother’s footsteps by going to Ireland for her senior year of high school, just as he did.Finley is smart and snarky. She is also loving, kind and oh so flawed. I found her to be such a realistic and likable character. She considers Ireland a fresh start but for a girl who has felt that her life is out of control, Finley strives to control what she can (her diet, weight and her relationships with others) with disastrous results. There is an awesome romance in this book that is so sweet! Beckett is a teen heartthrob movie star (along the lines of Robert Pattinson) and the dialogue between he and Finley is hilarious. While I loved seeing the relationship between Finley and Beckett develop, it is not main focus of the book. There You’ll Find Me is really about Finley’s healing and finding her way back to a loving God who never left her in the first place.The main characters and the secondary characters in this book are very well developed and I must point out that Ireland itself is like a secondary character. The descriptions of the country are breathtaking and makes me want to get there and see it for myself! I also love Jones’ subtle but effective writing, mainly the steady way we see Finley’s issues spiraling out of control. The pacing in the book is perfect, it’s never rushed and not too slow either.There You’ll Find Me is not your mom’s Christian fiction. It’s fresh, funny, entertaining and extremely appealing to anyone who wants to read really good contemporary YA fiction. I want to thank Ms. Jones for showing me that a book about heavy issues can be sensitively written with humor and light. I’m really, really hoping that she plans on writing more books like this.Content: Kissing.My Rating: The Best!more
I think I saw the cover for this so many times before I ever decided to read it. It was actually a review on a blog, I cannot remember which, that convinced me this was worth checking out. Thanks to Net Galley I was able to read a galley of it, and I am so glad I took a chance on this!As the story began, I was immediately a fan of Finley. Her story really resonated with me, and I ached with the feeling of her grief. I have lost people close to me, but never a sibling. I cannot imagine the horror and pain it would be to lose my sister. Finley is a broken soul wrapped in a tough outer shell. I completely understood her; she felt so entirely real. Beckett was another amazing character. I can definitely understand why all the girls were swooning over him. He is such a sweetheart underneath the Hollywood façade. The banter between him and Finley was one of the best parts of the story. Other notable characters were Finley’s host family, especially Erin, and Cathleen Sweeney, a bitter old woman searching for forgiveness.I was not sure how I would feel about the religious element of the story. I have read very few YA books that incorporate God, but I was very impressed with it here. It felt like a real part of the story, an integral component of the characters. Preachy it was not. It was handled beautifully. The writing all around was pretty fantastic. There were a few things, however, that kept me from completely loving the story. Finley comes from a very wealthy family, her rebellious exploits are said to have made the ‘news’, but later she is told she is not on the same level as Beckett. This really confused me. Wealthy socialite plus actor sounds pretty average to me, so the idea that she was not an actress equaling no relationship with Beckett just was not plausible. The second thing that bothered me was how readily she believed the tabloid stories about Beckett. Coming from a wealthy family and having some experience with them herself, it just did not really make sense. Otherwise though I really, really loved the story, and I would definitely say it was worth the read.This is a book I am going to highly recommend reading. Full of romance, the struggle for forgiveness, and the aching pain of loss, it captures Finley’s journey to find peace wonderfully. I think fans of If I Stay by Gayle Forman and the forthcoming Virtuosity by Jessica Martinez will enjoy this as well.more
***E-ARC obtained from NetGalley*** Any review I write will not do this story justice. THERE YOU'LL FIND ME was powerful and amazing and delivered it's message incredibly without being "too preachy." Finley Sinclair experienced a devastating loss two years ago when her older brother, Will was killed in a terrorist attack. Since that time, she has continued with her life, but relied on the faith she knew her brother had to keep hers afloat. Finley travels to Ireland for a semester her Senior year because that's what Will did, and in his travel journal Will claims to have experienced God's presence everywhere in the lush country land. But when Finley doesn't feel her faith grows as Will's had, she begins to doubt if God cares anything for her anymore. As heart-breaking as Finley's story is, she carries out her grief in an OCD-like way that punishes her body and eventually becomes something she can no longer control. Over the course of a month, as her faith crumbles, so does her emotional state. During that time people are brought into Finley's life that she pledges to not care anything for, but without her knowledge they grow on her heart and ultimately lead her back to where she belongs in her faith, and at the same time help her discover the closure she was so achingly desperate for. From the first page, author Jenny B. Jones captures her readers interest and keeps the story flowing without any lulls. The book comes together so well, had I the time I would have finished it in one sitting. Even though I consider myself to be strong in my Faith, for whatever reason I tend to stay away from 'Christian-Lit.' But am I ever glad I picked up this one. It's an inspiring story that has EXACTLY the right amount of romance. The scriptures were introduced at just the right times to identify with the story, almost like an example...and introduced me to my now favorite Verse: Isaiah 43.more
There You’ll Find Me is a moving and inspiring story. Even if you’re not generally a religious person, it’s easy to identify with the struggles and stress Finley faces.Sure, you might not be struggling with the sexy Irish actor you sat next to on the plane, but in general, Finley is just a normal girl. She’s dealing with stress to do well in her upcoming music audition, along with the grief of losing her brother, and loss of what to believe in and who to turn to.The setting of Ireland is so beautifully described in There You’ll Find Me – it made me want to hop on a plane this very second. The castles and the rolling hills and the churches and graveyards and the people – I felt like I was really there with Finley, experiencing it through her eyes as she followed her brother’s journal.I loved all the members of Finley’s host family and Beckett’s dog Bob and basically everything in this book, including the blecky Beatrice. There was an element of There You’ll Find Me that came totally out of nowhere (or maybe I just missed all the signs, just like the people in Finley’s life), but it definitely added to Finley’s story.Overall, I enjoyed There You’ll Find Me a lot. Even though I’m not typically the most religious person, I definitely identified with Finley’s struggles. Like I said, it’s a very moving story and anyone who is looking for a contemporary with a relatable main character, definitely check out There You’ll Find Me. Bonus – it takes place in Ireland!more
There You'll Find Me by Jenny B Jones Thomas Nelson Publishing Due: 10/04/2011 Young Adult/Christian Fiction Rating: 4 stars Foreign exchange student, Finley Sinclair, boards a plane set for Ireland with the intent of seeking solace from her brothers death and trying to discover for herself the peace he found there with God only years earlier. But nothing can prepare her for the moment she wakes up on the plane seated next to the handsome, teen star, Beckett Rush. Finley and Beckett (who just happens to be shooting a new vampire movie in the same rural town) seem to cross paths at every turn and soon become fast friends, much to the dismay of classmate Beatrice, who feels that Finley is overstepping the bounds of the celebrity status. It doesn't take long before Beatrice is on a mission to send Finley packing. To top it off, Finley finds herself on an required assignment at a nursing home with the cranky, Mrs. Sweeney. As the stress builds and weighs heavily upon Finley's shoulders, she starts making choices under pressure to try to keep control of her life. As her tough exterior starts to crack, she realizes that things aren't always what they seem; people are not who they appear to be and only when we are truly broken can we be open enough to find what we are truly looking for. This is a fascinating story with true-to-life characters. It is well written without being preachy. I felt pulled in from the very beginning and read the entire book in one sitting. Jenny B. Jones does a great job touching on various topics affecting the hearts and minds of teenagers today, bringing reassurance that through friendship and faith in God, there is hope for the future. Highly recommended.more
Finley Sinclair is trying to deal with the death of her brother while also trying to compose an ending to her audition piece she's to play at the Manhattan music conservatory called "Will's Song". She decides to study in Ireland and walk in her brothers footsteps using his travel journal. Maybe then she'll feel close to God, find peace and the ending for Will's Song. On the plane she meets Beckett Rush who is a well known actor on his way to Ireland to film his latest movie. Beckett is quite taken with Finley because it seems she's not impressed by who he is. He agrees to take her around Ireland if she agrees to be his assistant. She's also assigned an 'adopted grandmother' in a nursing home whom she's suppose to care for. But crotchety Mrs. Sweeney presents Finley with some really big challenges. There's also a few kids at school who are not real pleased with her relationship with Beckett and cause all kinds of trouble. And what exactly is hers and Beckett's relationship? As these stresses begin to pile up Finley begins to melt down. Will she be able to find an ending to her audition piece? More importantly will she find the inner peace that has seemed so far away or will she find it was closer than she thought?This is one of those stories that will be floating around in mind for a long time to come. I absolutely LOVED this story for all that it was. It was so real. Finley was so relateable. Don't we all have times of doubt and question whether God is really there? I liked seeing how all the different people the Lord brought into Finley's life made an impact that changed her forever. Doesn't the Lord do that for us as well. Finley didn't see it that way though and I think that is totally with us too. Those difficult things we deal with (like Mrs. Sweeney) are tough but they change us in ways that living a smooth life wouldn't. I also loved Beckett and how he related to Finley. Even though his life was complicated he took time with her and gave some great advice. It was also fun to watch how the Lord used Finley in Beckett's life as well. One thing that really drew me into the story was the humor. There was so many things that Finley said that just cracked me up. They were real things that you and I could have said or thought. But along with the humor there was a great amount of emotion and seriousness to this story. At some point we've all struggled with finding peace. I must say that even though this is billed as fiction for young adults I could easily relate the issues to my own life and found there was a lot of wisdom within these pages. This is the first book I've read from this author but I guarantee it will not be my last. I thoroughly enjoyed "There You'll Find Me" and highly recommend you take a trip to Ireland with Finley. You never know what you might find! A thank you goes to Thomas Nelson for this complimentary copy for my review through Netgalley.more
This was my first time reading anything by this author, but it won't be my last. I found this to be a very good story with a great message weaved throughout the book, with a great conclusion to that message at the end. Although the cover intrigued me, I didn't feel like it captured the story line really well. I laughed and enjoyed the "banter" that went back and forth between the two main characters, Finley and Beckett, and also loved the way Finley and Mrs. Sweeney "got along". There was alot of different emotions going on with me throughout the book and it was a story that was hard for me to put down, until I read how the author was going to end this one.Finley finds herself on a plane to Ireland, trying to find the places her brother wrote about in his journal (before he died tragically overseas). She wants to get her life, her faith and her music back, which she lost when he died. "Where was God when my brother died? Where was God when I was at rock bottom" - these are the questions Finley keeps asking herself. She finds herself sitting by movie star heart-throb, Beckett Rush on the plane and the fun begins with their constant "baiting" each other in their conversations. Beckett and Finley are thrown together alot while he works on a movie and she is going to school and that whole part of the book was very well written. I really liked Beckett's advice to Finely at one time in the story when she couldn't understand her feelings towards God, he said, "Maybe you should stop going by what you feel. And start going by what you know is truth." Finley also runs across another lady at the school who continues to give her good advice, Sister Maria, like "the world can be ugly, but your heart doesn't have to be." Then there is also a old lady, Mrs. Sweeney, who Finley has as an assignment at school, she must spend time with her and get to know her. This is a lady who has had a miserable past. She also gives Finley some great advice and the one I liked the best was, "Don't hang on to old hurts. You can spend your years blaming God, blaming other people, but in the end it was a choice". The book was filled with gems like this throughout this story and I loved it. I have many more good quotes highlighted in my book, but I won't continue to give them all away; but I hope folks will read this story and find more gems for themselves, and find out if Finley can piece back together her life with God's help. It really had a good message to it and a good story line. Well worth reading!! Good job Jenny B. Jones!A special thanks goes to Thomas Nelson Publishers who through NetGalley provided me with this book to read and review.Paperback: 320 pages Publisher: Thomas Nelson (October 4, 2011) ISBN-10: 1595545409 ISBN-13: 978-1595545404more
This was astounding book that brought joy and peace in a life that was turning for the worst. It showed that even if you can't hear God that he's there watching you and protecting you. I would recommend every teen girl reads this. more
A bit boring at times.more
It was nice to read a Christian YA book where I wasn’t rolling my eyes every two seconds from the cheesiness of it all. This book was actually realistic the way author, Jenny B. Jones portrayed relationships, faith, and hardship.The main character, Finley, broken hearted and lost after her brother’s death, decides to take a trip to Ireland. With her brothers travel journal in hand Finley plans to retrace his steps and hopefully heal her relationship with God, who she thinks has forgotten about her.On the plane ride she is seated next to teen movie star Beckett Rush. He barley opens his mouth before Finely shuts him down, claiming to know his type (bad boy, partier, player). They part ways after the flight only to find out that Beckett is staying at the B&B her host family owns, throwing them together once again.I liked Finley, she was a really believable and realistic main character. She has a strong personality and is not afraid of speaking her mind, whether it be to the school bully, Beatrice, or heartthrob, Beckett. Finley is flawed and real. I think anyone could relate to her in one way or another. I was able to relate to her in more than one. I really liked how whenever she was nervous or had to do something hard she would recite the same Bible verse to herself, “In all these things, I am more than victorious.” I loved this because I do the same exact thing, with the same verse! The version I know is “I can do all things through him who gives me strength.”Beckett is a real charmer. I can see why Finley doubted him at first but it didn’t take long to see that he really was a genuine, sweet guy. It took a lot of convincing for Finley to believe that. Even after they’d hung out and spent hours upon hours together Finley still doubts him, which was a little annoying, but she comes around in the end.This was a great story about finding out that one is never lost with God. He is always there, with his arms wide open, waiting for us to find him.more
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