Since You’ve Been Gone by Tari Faris

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About the Book

Title: Since You’ve Been Gone
Series: Restoring Heritage #3
Author: Tari Faris
Genre: Contemporary Christian Romance
Publisher: Revell
Release Date: September 7, 2021

With her vision and his know-how, this thing just might work . . .

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, but he also seems determined to complicate her present as well.

In order to avoid forcing a buyout of Leah’s building, Jon will have to strike a compromise. Can the two of them work together? Or will their troubled past set the tone for their future?

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About the Author

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

Tari has been married to her husband for eighteen wonderful years, and they have three sweet children. In her free time, she loves drinking coffee with friends, rock hounding with her husband and kids, and distracting herself from housework. Visit her at to learn more about her upcoming books and to read what happened the day Leah and Jon were on the river.

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My Review

Since You’ve Been Gone
by Tari Faris
Book 3 in the Restoring Heritage series
Rating: 4.5/5

One of the things I love about Tari Faris is she likes to give the reader two love stories in one book. The characters are great and it’s nice to catch up with characters from the other two books in the series. However, this book can be read by itself without confusion. I do still recommend reading the other two books though because they are also great.

Leah is back in her hometown and wants to revive her grandfather’s general store. However, she needs the cooperation of the Kensingtons without compromising her vision. When she discovers Jon is back and helping run the company, she doesn’t know how to handle it. For some reason, Jon has always had it out for her and she can’t explain why. Meanwhile, Jon has had a huge crush on Leah since high school but his words always seem to be misunderstood when he speaks to her. Can these two find a way to partner in business and maybe in love?

Madisen is back in her hometown but only briefly to renovate her childhood home to sell it. When Colby’s friend invites him to lay low in Heritage, he takes a chance and even offers to help Madisen with renovations. As a Christian musician who’s looking to avoid scandal, Colby finds Heritage more interesting after meeting Madisen. She has her own secrets and is afraid that her small town will judge her based on her actions during high school. Can Colby convince her to open up her heart to her town again and maybe even him?

The themes of redemption and learning to trust and forgive are prominent and really resonate with the reader. I love how naturally the author incorporates faith into the story. I always love returning to Heritage and am sad the series is over.

Highly recommend if you enjoy Christian contemporary romance with humor, heart and small towns.

My thanks to the author and publisher for providing me with an ARC of the book. All opinions expressed here are entirely my own. No positive review was expected and no compensation received.

Restoring Heritage Books & Novellas

Read my reviews for You Belong with Me, Until I Met You and While It Was Snowing.


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Book Review: While It Was Snowing by Tari Faris

While It Was Snowing
by Tari Faris
Book 2.5 in the Restoring Heritage series
Rating: 4/5
Release Date: November 5, 2020

I am a huge fan of Tari Faris and this novella was such a sweet, charming holiday story about two best friends. I highly recommend reading the other books in this series but it is not required.

Growing up without a mother, Danielle “Dan” Fair is a young mechanic working at her father’s garage in Heritage. When Danielle gets pulled into becoming the last minute replacement bridesmaid, she puts on her first dress ever. After a quick makeover, she is walking down the aisle with her hair in curls and hoping that maybe Gideon Mathews, her best friend and secret crush of two years, will start seeing her as a woman and not “just one of the guys”. Of course, Gideon can’t take his eyes off his best friend, but despite being a sought-after bachelor, he’s never been good at talking with the opposite sex. With Gideon trying to forge his own career path and Danielle trying to convince her dad that she’s ready to takeover the business, can the two of them admit their feelings and trust that they deserve their own happily ever after?

I love returning to Heritage. It’s always fun “seeing” characters from other books and getting a life update. I always enjoy Tari Faris’ writing and her characters. They are not perfect. They are flawed and have insecurities just like you and me. They have fears about taking a risk for love. They find it hard to trust and like to avoid conflict.

Don’t hesitate to read this cozy Christmas story!

My thanks to the author for providing me with an ARC of the book. All opinions expressed here are entirely my own. No positive review was expected and no compensation received.