Sunday, November 27, 2011

There You'll Find Me by Jenny B. Jones

         In There You'll Find Me, Finley Sinclair, 18 year-old hotel heiress, {Paris Hilton, anyone?} enrolls in an Ireland student exchange program to find relief, inspiration, and reconciliation with God. Relief from the haunting of her older brother's recent death, murdered by Taliban terrorists. Inspiration for her upcoming violin audition - her ticket into the New York music conservatory. And reconciliation with a God whom she claims has kept her on hold, and waiting in silence for far too long. 

          But through many painfully unrealistic coincidences Finley is constantly thrown into the company of teen heartthrob, Beckett Rush. Beckett, the leading star in the filming of a rabidly famous vampire movie, {Edward Cullen, anyone?} helps Finley locate a egnimatic Celtic cross in exchange for her services as a script runner. Finley is certain that this specific relic, captured on film by her deceased brother, will bring closure to his death and the culminating inspiration for her composition. 

         ...And that's basically the story. Throw in some mean girl drama, a side story of a dying woman's regret, Beckett's very unhollywood-like gentleman behavior, Finley's mental and emotional struggles, and a very predictable everyone-is-happy-forevemore ending sums it up in a nutshell. 

        I found There You'll Find Me to be extremely unrealistic; the plot was remedial; the characters were more or less undeveloped, and the ending was cookie-cutter boring. The book wasn't bad; it just wasn't good. But, that's solely my opinion. There You'll Find Me has 4 1/2 stars on Amazon. The reviews there are very favorable. Towards the end, the book explores spiritual threads of forgiveness, self-deception, and peace. But even so, I was disappointed. It failed to hit me at the heart or play with my mind.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com <http://BookSneeze®.com> book review bloggers program. 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 

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