Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Book Review: Together With You

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 From the Back

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.


My Reflections:

Together with you is a moving and sweet read. Though the story line moves slowly, it gives the reader the opportunity to savour the slow progression of relationships made and mistakes forgiven.

Dr. Ryan Tremaine feels as if there is no grace big enough to cover his transgressions, his daughter is living proof of his misconduct and Ryan will do anything to make it right for his broken family. Penny his daughter is often misunderstood, yet a sweet little sprite.
Diagnosed with FAS (Fatal Alcohol Syndrome) She faces a host of challenges, however the nurturing, love and support her father lavishes on her make a world of difference in her young life.

Carly Mason is also trying to forget a mistake she made in her professional career, will Carly and her father Ryan be the answer to helping Carly overcome her guilt. Will something else more sweet bloom from the two of them coming together to support Penny?

This novel boasts the thread of forgiving ones mistakes, trusting God to work out the details and moving onto a healthy productive future. It is true to life, and highlights the challenges and struggles one may face when dealing with a child with FAS, Although no one can truly understand what a parent faces when dealt with the unique challenges FAS presents, this book does a good job of bringing these issues to light.

Overall an interesting read, I quite enjoyed how the author was able to weave together an array of experiences and life moments and to create a well flowing storyline. I am a sucker for a happy ending and this one was not a disappointment.

Book provided free of charge in return for my honest review from Graf Martin Communications. Thank you Graf Martin!

About The Author

  1. Victoria Bylin
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    Victoria Bylin

    Victoria Bylin is a romance author acclaimed 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, Vicki and her husband...
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