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Book Review + #Giveaway: Since You’ve Been Gone

Happy Monday!

Can you believe it’s October already? This year has flown by, but it could have been all the books I’ve read that made it seem so. My latest read is by Tari Faris, Since You’ve Been Gone. It’s book three in the Restoring Heritage series. Grab a cup of coffee (or tea) and chat with me!

About the Book

Leah Williams is back in the quaint town of Heritage, Michigan, and ready to try again to make her business a success. But blank slates are hard to come by, and a piece of her past is waiting for her there. Heir to the Heritage Fruits company, Jonathan Kensington is the guy who not only made Leah’s past difficult, he also seems determined to complicate her present as well.

Jon is trying to prove to the Heritage Fruits board that he, not his manipulative uncle, should be running the business. The board insists Jon find a new owner for the building that will house Leah’s business. To avoid forcing a buyout of Leah’s part of the building, Jon strikes a compromise with Leah, and the two go into business together. With her vision and his know-how, it might work. And Leah might realize he’s loved her since high school. If only he didn’t keep on shooting himself in the foot by boxing her out of important decisions.

Sparks fly in this romantic story of two people who must learn to trust both each other and the one who called them to this journey.

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My Thoughts

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Heritage, Michigan has become real to me since I started reading the prequel to the series. There’s just something about the town and its people that draws me in.

One thing I liked about this book was seeing characters from the past and getting a little peek into how they’re doing now. As for the two main characters in this book, sparks fly yet Leah and other outside forces prevent the connection from happening.

It was nice to see Leah grow and deal with her past so that she could fully embrace her future. The grand gesture at the end is sweet and the perfect one for the two.

There’s also a great subplot with two other characters that kept me intrigue as well.

*I received a complimentary copy from the publisher. My review was not required nor influenced.

About the Author

I have been writing fiction for more than twelve years. It has been an exciting journey for this math-loving-dyslexic girl. I had read less than a handful of novels by the time I graduated from college and I thought I would end up in the field of science or math. But God had other plans and I wouldn’t trade this journey for anything. As someone told me once, God’s plans may not be easy, and they may not always make sense but they are never boring.

Represented by Wendy Lawton at Books & Such Literary Management, I am a member of ACFW and My Book Therapy. I am a 2017 Genesis winner, 2016 Genesis finalist and double semi-finalist, 2014 Genesis finalist, 2012 Genesis semi-finalist, and a 2012 Frasier bronze medalist.

In addition to my writing, I also work for My Book Therapy as a special project project manager and blogger at

When I am not writing or working, I spend time with my amazing husband. We have been married for fifteen wonderful years and have three sweet children. In my free time, I love coffee, rock hounding with my husband and kids, and distracting myself from housework.

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To enter the giveaway for a paperback copy of Since You’ve Been Gone, leave a comment by 10/10/21 11:59pm EST saying why you’re interested in reading the book.
*US only entrants. Full giveaway policy here.

10 thoughts on “Book Review + #Giveaway: Since You’ve Been Gone”

  1. It sounds like a great second chance romance. My mom recently enjoyed a book by Tari Faris so it is in my TBR pile.


  2. I think I’d really like this one especially with the guy loving the girl ever since high school, That’s really cute!


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