Monday, March 5, 2018

Someplace Familiar by Teresa Tysinger

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About the Book

Book Title: Someplace Familiar
Author: Teresa Tysinger
Release date: May, 2017
Artist Livy Johnson needs a fresh start. That’s what a broken heart and forgotten dreams can do to a person. On little more than a whim, she reclaims her grandmother’s old home in quaint Laurel Cove, North Carolina and vows to restore its original charm. When she literally collides with childhood friend, Jack Bowdon, Livy wonders if she’s back for an entirely different reason.
Jack can’t believe his childhood crush is back. As the owner of Bowdon’s Supplies, and once again the town’s most eligible bachelor, he offers to help Livy with repairs. Together they embark on the project – and an undeniable whirlwind romance.
But it’s not all smooth sailing. Can they survive the destructive pain of their pasts and discover God’s grace waiting to renovate their hearts?

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"There's no place like home" How true this is even though it took Livy awhile to feel like that. 

I definitely agree with the quote. As long as Jesus and my immediate family are around me no matter what we do or where we are it's home.

I can certainly relate to Livy a lot in this story. I really enjoyed seeing her grow and come to love, trust and forgive others for the wrong that was in the book. 
This is also the author's debut novel that has a little bit of everything in it right down to the Southern charm especially one called Jack Bowdon.
I just loved Jack. He's every girl's dream man. Good-looking, sweet, You know the type. Oh and did I say Hot?!
Jack has a lot of forgiveness to overcome if he's to get on with his life too.( Bitterness and hate can make you mean and irritable in most peopl) but it seems Jack can hold his own until Livy came along and he realized he had to change.
It's through Gods Grace and love that we are able to do this just like they did. 
I think that it's wonderful to get to pick up friendship where you left off.
I thought I was going to get to do that but it seems like God had other plans for me.
I really enjoyed this wonderful story of true friendship. 
You see, that is very hard to come by these days and times. 
I didn't like all the judging from the townspeople that went on. There's too much of that in real life too.
No one knows what really goes on in a person's life. Only God does.
That's why Livy is my most favorite person and I love her mother too!!
Sam's a butthole. To many self centered ppl in this world. He only thinks of himself. 
I hope you don't mind but I skipped the bedroom scenes and the smooching that went on. 
But, otherwise I thought it was a very good book and I can't wait to see what Teresa does next!! 
This book definitely deserves 5 stars!! I wish I could give it more!! cause this story has a lot of everything going on!! Even humor!!
I just loved it!!
I received this book for free. All opinions are my own

About the Author

TeresaTysingerTeresa Tysinger is a wife and mother transplanted from North Carolina to North Texas. When not working as the Director of Communications for a large downtown church, she writes charming southern romances inspired by grace. Her debut novel, Someplace Familiar, released this summer. She also is a contributing writer for the Fort Worth Moms Blog (part of the national City Moms Blog Network). A member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Religious Communicators’ Council, and the Association for Women in Communications, Teresa has spent over a decade committed to telling stories of faith through written word. She loves coffee, caramel, and stories with happy endings.

Guest Post from Teresa Tysinger

Someplace Familiar began way back in 2014 when I participated in National Novel Writer’s Month, a challenge to write a 50,000 word novel during the month of November. It was an exhilarating, albeit exhausting, experience! Since then, the book was workshopped with a critique group, had large portions rewritten countless times, pitched at workshops, edited by two editors, and even renamed (original title was Good Graces). After a lot of prayer, I decided that self-publishing would give me the greatest flexibility and control while being able to maintain my responsibilities as a wife, mother, and full-time communications director. It’s been a wonderful ride!
About the Inspiration for Someplace Familiar One thing I’ve learned about myself through writing Someplace Familiar is how much I am personally drawn to setting and place. The idea for the book was born out of my desire to introduce readers to the charming small-town life found in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina where I went to college. Laurel Cove, the fictional town where the story is set, is directly based on my best friend’s hometown of Burnsville, NC. The other source of inspiration comes from my great-grandmother’s tiny bungalow home in West Palm Beach, Florida. Long weekends and summer vacations spent there were full of imagination, adventure, and sweet memories. The scents of her garden, feel of the damp earth beneath my feet, slow pace matching gauzy curtains dancing in the breeze—it all is mirrored in the cottage home of Livy’s Gram in the book. The rest of the story formed around my desire to capture my childhood memories of this home that was so magical and safe for me.
About My Writing Style Here are a few ways I would describe my writing style: Sensory—I aim to provide readers with an experience that enlivens all of their senses. Relatable—It’s my hope that readers see themselves in realistic, flawed characters trying to make their way to discovering grace in a less than perfect world. Charming—Like any good southern fiction, there’s a good dose of charm in these pages.
My prayer is that Someplace Familiar will touch readers with an awareness of God’s grace even during circumstances and within relationships that feel hopeless. Restoration is possible!

Blog Stops

Just Commonly, March 1
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Among the Reads, March 2
Bigreadersite, March 2
Quiet quilter, March 3
C Jane Read, March 4
Remembrancy, March 5
Book by Book, March 7
A Greater Yes, March 10
Carpe Diem, March 13
Simple Harvest Reads, March 14 (Guest post from Mindy)


To celebrate her tour, Teresa is giving away a grand prize of a gift basket that includes a signed copy of the book, an Original Painting by Author’s Sister (artist Cyndi Browning), and a $10 Amazon Gift Card!!
Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries!


  1. I absolutely loved your review. I can’t wait to read it. You are right that there is to much judgment in the world. When I taught in the children’s church I always reminded myself that I didn’t know what these kids had to go home to. I was determined to show them that God loved them.

  2. Thank you Deana. Your reviews are awesome too

  3. Congrats on the tour and thank you for the book description, your review and giveaway. I appreciate it!

  4. Enjoyed your thoughts/review.

  5. Love a man with Southern charm!


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