Beautifully written story: "Together with you" by Victoria Bylin

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about the book....

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 review....

"Together With You" is a beautifully written story that not only celebrates the love that can blossom between a man and a woman, but the love story that takes place when God pursues us and we finally surrender to his love. Victoria Bylin has done a great job at weaving together a number of different story lines, from the relationship that develops between Carly and Ryan, to the painful mistakes that each have made in their pasts, to the fetal alcohol effects that Penny is living with. As a social worker who works with children with FAE myself, I can testify that Bylin has done an excellent job at realistically portraying Penny with her disability and showing how difficult it can be for parents to learn to handle the behaviours that accompany it. I loved how Bylin gives us glimpses into Penny's mind and perspectives, adding a real uniqueness to this story. But as I already hinted, I think my favourite part of the story is how everything collides in Ryan's life to bring him to the end of himself and discover that God is real. I won't go into more details about how that exactly occurs, but I can tell you that this is quite a read! All in all, this is an incredibly heart-warming read that will no doubt have readers battling tears as they watch the scenes unfold. This story truly has it all - realistically drawn characters, scenes that will have you racing through the pages with bated breath, and spiritually rich moments. And those who love happy endings should definitely add this book to their collection!

This is the first story written by Victoria Bylin that I have read - but it certainly won't be the last. I enjoyed this story from start to finish, and award it 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. 

 about the author....

Victoria Bylin

Victoria Bylin writes contemporary and historical romances acclaimed for their true-to-life characters and stories. Her work has finaled in contests such as the Carol Awards, the RITAs, and the Reviewers' Choice Award. A native of California, she and her husband now make their home in Lexington, Kentucky. Visit her website at to find out more.

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