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Mia Robinson is a nurse practitioner who has gone through two broken engagements and is now focusing on her younger sister Lucy and caring for her patients. Lucy is eighteen, pregnant and plans to run off the Las Vegas to marry Sam, her twenty-one year old boyfriend. Jake Tanner is an injured police officer who lost his partner in a tragedy. He created a camp for the sons of fallen officers and began to mentor Sam, who is his partner’s son. Sam has asked Jake to be his best man. Mia arrives to try to help her sister but to her surprise, she begins to develop feelings for Jake. Could this become a double love story?
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2017
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
After two broken engagements, nurse practitioner Mia Robinson is done with dating. From now on, she only trusts herself and God, and she's focused on her eighteen-year-old sister, Lucy, and caring for patients. Just as she applies to work for an international aid organization, a phone call from Lucy, who's pregnant and running off to marry her twenty-one-year-old boyfriend, throws a wrench into all of Mia's plans.
Jake Tanner may have recovered from the physical injuries he sustained on the job as a police officer, but his heart has yet to heal from losing his former partner in the tragedy. He's poured himself into starting a camp for the sons of fallen officers and mentoring Sam, the adult son of his deceased partner, who's asked him to be his best man at his wedding.
Mia is expecting a mess when she arrives to sort out the situation with Lucy, but she wasn't expecting Jake. And Jake, who can't help envying Sam and Lucy, doubts he'll ever experience their happiness for himself. But maybe Jake's courage and Mia's caring spirit are just what they need to bring them a lifetime of healing and a forever kind of love. . . .
Britney Adams4 Stars Out Of 5The Two of UsSeptember 18, 2017Britney AdamsQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0The Two of Us is a tender and touching tale! From family dynamics to Alzheimer's care, Victoria Bylin deftly portrays her characters and their emotions. I delighted in Mia's and Jake's journey, as well as the secondary story between Sam and Lucy. Hope-filled and heartfelt, I thoroughly enjoyed The Two of Us!
I received a complimentary copy of this book. No review was required, and all thoughts expressed are my own.
ThereadmasterDavenport,IowaAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5wonderful romanceSeptember 16, 2017ThereadmasterDavenport,IowaAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I loved this wonderfully written romance. This has two stories. There are Mia and Jake and Sam and Lucy. All four people learn to trust in God and each other. Sam and Lucy will have many obstacles to get through in there life having started out so young in their lives. Mia and Jake were my favorite couple in the book. They go through many obstacles to get together. I received a copy of this book from the author for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
Melmanro5 Stars Out Of 5LovedSeptember 6, 2017MelmanroQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0I have loved everything I've read by Victoria Bylin, so suffice it to say, I loved this book. Three different views of marriage are shown in the story through the relationships of three very different couples. Mia has given up on ever finding true love and has shifted her passion toward a certain career, but then she meets Jake. Her sister, Lucy, is about to marry Sam, but aren't they too young? What about the fairy tale marriage of Jake's parents? Victoria Bylin has written a novel with real characters dealing with real issues. How does one make the best decisions and make sure he is on the right path in life? One of my favorite parts of the book was the author's treatment of a character with Alzheimer's. Bylin's personal experience in dealing with a family member who has this disease shows through in the character and the heart-breaking reality that this disease brings to a family.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher for honest review.
Kara LynnWVAge: 18-24Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5You Choose Whether Or Not To Love. It's Up To YouSeptember 2, 2017Kara LynnWVAge: 18-24Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5If there's a police officer in the book you can bet anything I'll want to read it. This one blew me away and I feel it's very close to perfection: The characters, the plot, the inspiration. Nothing is cheesy, everything holds realism, sweet simplicity and beauty as Jack struggles with his past as a police officer and Mia struggles to find out where she belongs. Jack is damaged and I love that we get to see and experience his struggles as well as see as how God sustains him.
Sometimes Christianity can come across as cheesy in a romance novel or it's barely there. I really liked how The Two Of Us combines real-life such as Jack's mom with Alzheimer's, his own inner struggles, Mia's sister becoming pregnant out of wed-lock and learning to trust God, and then Mia deciding whether moving overseas is something God is calling her to do or she's simply trying to fill the hole in her heart.
I really related to the characters and laughed, cried, and felt inspired right along with them.
Jane1 Stars Out Of 5The Two of UsSeptember 1, 2017JaneQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 1I wanted to like this book, I really did...but I just didn't.
From the get go, I found the main character, Mia, to be flat. While she was dealing with the very real issues that come from abandonment, I thought she came across as either a harsh and judgmental control freak or a wishy washy whiner. Mia had been abandoned by her father as a young girl, cheated on by a boyfriend in college, and dumped by her fiance, so her fears of rejection had cause. The problem was that instead of breaking my heart she bored me to tears. Then, at her sister's wedding, she seemed less like a caring, protective sister and more like a disapproving micro-manager with no desire to look at things from someone else's point of view. For most of the book Mia is rather stoic. A sense of humor and sensuality are hinted at, but then near the end she completely turns into an indecisive emotional mess who, ultimately, relies upon the toss of a coin to decide her future.
Jake, the male lead, is recovering from trauma and pursuing his need to honour the memory of his police partner. His character is so focused on building his monument - a camp for troubled teens - that he failed to see his drive was hurting more than healing.
Had the characterization of these two been better developed, this book would have been a far better read. As it was, I was literally banging my hand against the floor in frustration at their lack of depth.
The love story is expected but still seems to come out of nowhere for these two. They seem to never quite be in the same place emotionally. Then suddenly, BAM, they're in a serious relationship.
The Two of Us has all the proper makings of a good love story: issues that need working out, spiritual growth, tension between characters, but it just is not a cohesive whole. I couldn't wait to finish this book, not because I wanted to see what happened, but because I wanted to shelve it and be done.
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review