Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Together With You

Together with You
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
5 Stars

Book Description:
A Tender Contemporary Romance about Finding Unexpected Love
When a Lost Child warning blasts over the mall's PA system, toy store manager Carly Mason finds the little girl playing with a stuffed rabbit. Something about five-year-old Penny Tremaine is different. An ex-social worker, Carly recognizes that Penny suffers fetal alcohol effects, and a piece of Carly's own past suddenly confronts her. Never again will Carly become involved with a client. The risks are far too great. But something about Penny--and Penny's handsome father--tugs at Carly's heart. Before she has time to think it through, she agrees to a much-needed job as a nanny.
Dr. Ryan Tremaine knows he messed up his life. But this summer he will redeem himself. 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 is dedicated to his sink-or-swim list, a plan to reconnect with his children. The first step: recruiting 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?

My Thoughts:
Wow, what a great book!!
This is a story about bad decisions, forgiveness, trust and faith.
As humans we are not perfect and make many mistakes, but we have to remember no sin is too big to be forgiven. 
The author brings us a wonderful, contemporary romance about learning to live with the choices we make.  We are introduced to two incredible characters that are easy to love.  Ryan and Carly are both good, strong people, but they have their flaws which makes them more real.  Carly is a very strong woman who is tethered to the past, but she is trying to learn from it instead of letting it define her as a person. There are times when she could give up or give in, but she turns to the Lord for direction.   Ryan, on the other hand, is the father of 3 and has a past mistake which he lets define him as a person.  Ryan does not believe in God and thinks religion is cult.  The story also addresses the issue of fetal alcohol disorders in great detail.  The author eloquently points out that education is the key to preventing it.  I love that this issue is addressed.  Not many people are familiar with it or realize how prevalent it is.  This is a beautiful story about a family in crisis that must deal with trust, forgiveness, and humor.  I would recommend this book to anyone. 
I received this from Netgalley for a honest opinion without bias as stated above. 

Meet the Author:
Victoria Bylin

Known for her realistic, likable characters and vivid writing, Victoria Bylin writes both western and contemporary inspirational romance. Her next book, Until I Found You, hits the shelves in May 2014. Victoria's books have finaled in the ACFW Carol Awards, the Rita Awards and RT Magazine’s Reviewers’ Choice Awards. She and her husband currently live in Lexington, Kentucky and have two grown sons.


  1. Loved your thoughts, Katrina! Her previous contemporary romance was on my 2014 favorites list, so I really look forward to this one. There's just something that sets Vicki's books apart in this genre.

    1. Carole, I have not read her first book, but if you liked it then I need to pick it up. She's a new author for me, but I know I will keep reading her books. I love books that bring not only a good story, but a great message and she accomplished both. I love finding new authors. Thank you for stopping by.

    2. I hope you enjoy "Until I Found You" as much as I did, Katrina. The romantic part was great, but the nature/wildlife theme made this book special to me for some reason. Here's my review from last year:

    3. I did buy it and will read it shortly. Thank you Carole. A wonderful review. I am looking forward to reading more from this author.