Saturday, March 10, 2018

" Someplace Familiar" by Teresa Tysinger Book Tour and GiveAway

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:
I'm reading, I know not a surprise to anyone, but here is another proof that books do more than entertain.
In this book a character is complaining that life isn't fair and this is what his pastor replies
"what's right isn't always fair, Jack." "Fairness assumed something deserved." He didn't really deserve.......He wasn't perfect-never would be."  "But if what was right included......" "Man, I tell you, if fairness led the way, God would never forgive any of us for anything. " "And grace is really what we're talking about here." "...... might not deserve your forgiveness , but for each of you to heal, you need to forgive her and she need to forgive herself. "
Most of the books I have reading lately have been about forgiveness and learning to accept ourselves as God has.
I think God is trying to tell me something and I think I am starting to "Get It"

The above statement is what I wrote while reading " Someplace Familiar" by Teresa Tysinger.

I think you can tell by reading that that the book is about forgiveness and healing of emotions.

It is a clean love story but there is lots of passionate kisses.  This is a story that deals with betrayal and emotional bullying in relationships.

I think one reason I liked the book was because, like other books that I have read lately, it was fictional but true to life and could be our neighbors or friends or family, and it also has truth quoted in the pages that readers could learn from to improve their own lives.

The other reason I liked the story is because it reminder me of the special relationship I had with my grandma. Yes, stories that are about grandma's and granddaughters are special to me. I am not saying that the relationship between Livy and her grandma is like mine with my grandma but just the closeness and the love between the two brought memories.

I recommend "Someplace Familiar" by Teresa Tysinger to any reader that needs to remember that forgiveness is possible after betrayal and it is really for the forgiver more than the one forgiven.

I was given a complimentary copy by the author and Celebrate Lit. These opinions 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

Just Commonly, March 1

Pursuing Stacie, March 1

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. Sounds like a good book. Great giveaway.

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

  3. Forgiveness is hard. I can never read enough on this subject.

  4. Sounds like a lesson to be learned within a great story! Thanks!

  5. I love stories about grandmothers! My grandma is so dear to me. She's the reason I look for so many Christian fiction books -- I send her a box full every month!

  6. I have heard nothing but good about this book and author. Enjoyed your review.

  7. Thank you for your review on "Someplace Familiar" by Teresa Tysinger and for being part of the book tour.

    I'd love the opportunity to read this book.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net