Title: There You’ll Find Me
Author: Jenny B. Jones
Synopsis: 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? (Taken from Goodreads)
First Thoughts: I loved this novel!
Loves: I loved the side plot with Mrs. Sweeney (Jones just loves her grandma characters, doesn’t she?). I really liked Finley of course, and I thought the romance was very sweet.
Dislikes: The one downside I had was that I found the writing a little stitled at times. Jones’ strength is obviously in wit and sarcasm, and with this being a book carrying some heavier themes, the lighter jokes and sarcasm that snuck in felt out of place and out of character, stilting the story a bit. If the story was a little more lighthearted, I think it would have worked a little better, but with the themes so heavy, it felt out of place to me.
Analyzation: I really liked it overall. Jenny B Jones is doubtlessly a very good writer and she did an impressive job of capturing anxiety in words. Though I do not struggle with this personally, I found myelf getting anxious and worried as I read, truly able to feel Finley’s emotions. The romance subplot was unexpected, challenging, sweet. I seriously would read romance every day if they were all written how Jenny B. Jones writes hers.
Cleanliness/Negative Content: No negative content that I recall.
Rating: 4.5 / 5.0
Recommendation: Recommended to ages 13+ and for Jenny B Jones fans for sure.