Saturday, March 3, 2018

Book review with a giveaway: Someplace Familiar by Teresa Tysinger

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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My Review

Thus was a sweet, clean romance-an enjoyable read.  Livy and Jack were entirely likable characters, and their story of finding each other after having been childhood friends was a lot of fun.  Jack's friends were great, but the exes who had hurt them caused deep wounds from which they needed to heal.  The author was able to convey that small-town, Southern feel very effectively throughout the book, as well as the excitement, yet uncertainty, of a new love.

Romance readers will enjoy this book, a copy of which I received from the author for review purposes.  The thoughts expressed here are my own.

About the Author

Teresa 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

All-of-a-kind Mom, March 1
Just Commonly, March 1
Pursuing Stacie, March 1
Among the Reads, March 2
Faithfully Bookish, March 2
Bigreadersite, March 2
Quiet quilter, March 3
Blogging With Carol, March 3
C Jane Read, March 4
Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, March 4
Remembrancy, March 5
Inklings and notions, March 5
Chas Ray’s Book Nerd Corner, March 6
100 Pages per Hour, March 6
Book by Book, March 7
Red Headed Book Lady, March 7
Ashley’s Bookshelf, March 8
Ladybug Chronicles, March 8
Two Points of Interest, March 9
proud to be an autism mom, March 9
Bibliophile Reviews, March 10
A Greater Yes, March 10
Texas Book-aholic, March 11
Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, March 11
Reflections From My Bookshelves, March 12
Janices book reviews, March 12
Jeanette’s Thoughts, March 13
Carpe Diem, March 13
A Baker’s Perspective, March 14
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. Small towns are a favorite setting to me. It’s great that you can draw on your memories of your grandmother’s cottage, too. This one sounds really good!

    1. Thanks, Paula! I hope you enjoy reading, if you get the chance to pick it up. :)

  2. Thanks so much for hosting me on this tour! So glad you enjoyed the book. :)

  3. Enjoyed your review. Would love to read this.