Thursday, August 6, 2015

Together With You by Victoria Bylin

Sometimes the most unexpected love can be exactly what a heart needs...

When a Lost Child warning blares over the mall's PA system, Carly Mason finds the little girl playing with a stuffed rabbit. Something about Penny Tremaine is different. An ex-social worker, Carly recognizes that the child suffers fetal alcohol effects, and a piece of Carly's past suddenly confronts her. Never again will she become personally involved with a client. The risks are far too great. But something about Penny--and Penny's handsome father--tugs at Carly's heart. Dr. Ryan Tremaine is trying to put his life back together. With his ex-wife remarried and on a trip far away, his two teenage sons and Penny are living under his roof full time. Ryan has put his faith in his Sink-or-Swim list, a plan to reconnect with his children. The first step: recruit Carly Mason to be Penny's nanny. 
Ryan never anticipated being so drawn to Carly, an attraction Carly seems to fight as much as he does. Could Carly be the missing piece that helps his family stay afloat, or will their blossoming romance only complicate things further?

Known for her realistic and engaging characters, Victoria Bylin delivers an emotion-packed story reminiscent of The Sound of Music, one that reminds us all to believe in the power of faith and love.

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About the Author:
Victoria Bylin is a romance writer known for her realistic and relatable characters. Her books have finaled in multiple contests, including the Carol Awards, the RITAs, and RT Magazine's Reviewers Choice Award. A native of California, she and her husband now make their home in Lexington, Kentucky, where their family and their crazy Jack Russell terrier keep them on the go. Learn more at victoriabylin.com.

I received this book from TBCN in exchange for my honest opinion. All opinions are my own and no other compensation was provided. 

My Thoughts:
This is the first Victoria Bylin novel I have read and I was impressed. She is a good author and I enjoyed the plot as well as how she portrayed the characters and her inclusion of some very touchy matters. 

The book is about a family whose father has made his share of mistakes. Dr Tremaine has many regrets and is trying hard to make up for lost time and bad choices. He is attempting to remedy those with his SOS list and a summer with his children. While his efforts are worthwhile, it isn't exactly going as planned. The story begins with Penny, his daughter, getting lost in the mall. 

Enter Carly, ex-social worker, with regrets of her own. Carly is in LA strictly for the purpose of studying and getting her degree, but her heart is still back in Kentucky where she grew up. She pretty much dislikes everything about LA - the rush of life, the smog, the traffic, and the people are not quite like they are in Kentucky. But God has a plan for her and a purpose for her life, and when she finds Penny in the mall, she can't help but wonder what path He is leading her on. 

There were several characters in this book I could relate to. The story line tugs at your heart. I was also able to relate to some of the situations those characters had to deal with. The relationship between Carly and Dr. Tremaine was an interesting twist. Although, I wouldn't necessarily label this book a mushy romance. Dr. Tremaine is not a believer and Carly is, and does her best to share her faith with those around her. Carly has very good convictions and morals based on how she believes God wants her to live. I like Victoria's approach to the whole save-yourself-for-marriage concept. She also addresses Penny's condition of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and how it affects families, children, and caretakers. I definitely gleaned a lot of insight from this book. If any of this has peaked your interest, you'll have to read the book. :-) 

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