18-year-old Finley Sinclair has been struggling since the death of her beloved brother Will, a CNN correspondent in Afghanistan. When Will had been her age, he’d spent a glorious year as an exchange student in Ireland. Now Finley is armed with her brother’s journal and is determined to follow in his every footstep, certain that she’ll find meaning for her life in Abbeyglen…or at least the ending for her musical composition which will certainly get her into the New York Conservatory, which will provide meaning enough.
But life in Ireland is more complicated than she expected. Teen heart-throb Beckett Rush is not only her seat-mate on the flight, but turns out to be staying at the bed-and-breakfast owned by Finley’s host family while starring in his current vampire movie. No stranger to wealth or the tabloids, Finley is strongly unimpressed by Beckett, which only intrigues him the more.
Life in a Catholic high school where her worst enemy turns out to be not only the principal’s daughter but a minor (jealous) actress on Beckett’s set is not as fun as Finley had hoped. Add in an assignment requiring her to spend twenty hours playing granddaughter to a caustic old woman dying of cancer. And the fact that every time she shows someone the final photo in her brother’s journal–that of a single Celtic cross–they tell her it could be one of thousands.
But it can’t be. Finley is driven to find the one exact cross in the photo, and Beckett is willing to help her, so long as she’ll keep rehearsing his lines with him. Against her better judgment (because the tabloids say he’s involved with his co-star), Finley is falling for his Irish charm and discovering all is not well in his vampire empire.
One of the things I enjoyed about There You’ll Find Me is the vivid Irish imagery in it.
“That’s an old cathedral. St. Ciaran’s.”
A ruin stood in the center, just walls, and we walked toward it. “Look at the way the sky looks so blue through what’s left of the window openings.”
It wasn’t just the ruin, it was everything. The riot of headstones and crosses. Their stark white shapes against the vivid green grass beneath them and the cloudless sky above. I had to walk the grounds, touch the stones. My fingers ran over inscriptions, the shapes and designs, the rough grain, the textures so cool to the touch.
This is, in a way, a coming of age story. Finley is a girl most anyone can identify with. How many times have we felt our lives spiraling out of control? Finley is determined to find peace with God, and her journey has the expected bumps along the way, but the author’s humorous voice lends an ease to the tension and melodrama that Finley finds herself in. Taking a minor character from Save the Date, which I reviewed here, Jenny B Jones weaves a story of a young woman finding more than she bargained for on Irish shores.
Jenny B Jones writes Christian fiction with a few giggles, quite a bit of sass, and lots of crazy. Her novels include the Katie Parker Production series, A Charmed Life series, and her contemporary romances, Just Between You and Me and Save the Date. She would also like to take credit for Twilight , but somewhere she thinks she’s read you’re not supposed to lie.
When she’s not typing her heart out (or checking email), she teaches at a super-sized high school in Arkansas.
I received an ebook version of this novel for review from the publisher via NetGalley. As always, the opinions are mine alone.