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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. . . .
hes75 Stars Out Of 5The Two of UsNovember 14, 2017hes7Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5A contemporary romance full of emotions and faith, Victoria Bylins The Two of Us is just excellent. As soon as I started reading it, I flew through the pagesit had me hooked and I couldnt help falling for the characters. They drive the story with their longings and hurts, dreams and decisions, and I loved it. The romance develops well and with perfect chemistry, the challenges that arise feel realistic, and the emotions and faith through it all have great depth. The Two of Us is a pleasure to read, a good choice for any contemporary readers in need of another good bookI recommend it.
Thanks to Bethany House, I received a complimentary copy of The Two of Us and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.
Melissa5 Stars Out Of 5A great read!October 28, 2017MelissaQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The Two of Us is the best book I have read yet by Victoria Bylin and that is saying a lot because they have all been great reads. What I always appreciate from her books are her realistic and relatable characters. Very early on, readers fall in love with Mia and Jake and root for them until the end. They are introduced under circumstances neither of them planned on and both have to move beyond their own pain from the past. Both of them have dreams that revolve around helping others, but their dreams are taking them in different directions. The story keeps your interest as you watch these two people try to figure out how they can live out their dreams and make this relationship work at the same time.
In several reviews, I saw readers compliment the way Ms. Bylin handles the topic of Alzheimers. Jake's mother has Alzheimers and as someone who has watched her own mother-in-law battle this horrendous disease, I believe Victoria Bylin handles the whole topic with dignity and respect.
I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
IolaNew ZealandAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Intriguing mix of romance, young adult and women's fictionOctober 22, 2017IolaNew ZealandAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5Mia isnt in Las Vegas to check out the menshes here because Lucy, her baby sister, is pregnant at eighteen, and is about to marry. Despite her Christian faith, Mia isnt convinced that marrying Sam is the best solution. It might just add another whole layer of problems to her life, especially her plans to put her nursing skills to use as a full-time foreign medical missionary.
Jake Tanner is in Las Vegas to act as best man to Sam Waters, the son of his police partner, the boy Jake has mentored into manhood following the death of his mother. Now Jake is determined to support Sam and Lucy in any way necessary.
Mia and Jake are thrown together again after Mia moves to Jakes hometown of Echo Falls, both to support Lucy and to prove to the missions board that she has what it takes to be a foreign missionary. Shes a great charactera strong and intelligent woman with a real desire to follow God, even when following Him means making the hard choices, and losing people she loves. Like her fiances. Both of them. So shes through with love.
Until she meets Jake.
Jake is the one possible fault with The Two of Us. Sure, hes got issues in his past hes had to work through. But the present-day Jake is practically perfect. Hes the perfect gentleman, always looking out for other people, always selfless even when it means getting hurt. Its possible that hes perfect
The other central character is Lucy, the pregnant teen bride. I wasnt as interested in her storyline at firsthey, I wanted to see Jake and Mia. But Lucys story was essential, as her ongoing pregnancy and relationship with Sam provided a lot of the background to the bigger story. It also introduced us to Jakes parents, Frank and Claire. Claire suffers from early onset Alzheimers disease, and needed constant supervision.
It was good to see a Christian novel dealing with Alzheimers, and showing such a positive way of dealing with the disease. This was a realif heartbreakingstrength of the novel. It was also refreshing to read a Christian novel where the characters faith in God came through loud and clear, where seeking His will and serving Him were central plot pointseven if the characters did get the details wrong on occasion. But that provided them with room to grow, and was one of the biggest strengths of the novel.
Recommended for fans of contemporary Christian romance, or those wanting a picture of Christs love in action in dealing with Alzheimers.
Thanks to Bethany House and NetGalley for providing a free ebook for review.
Mrs ARS5 Stars Out Of 5Emotionally satisfyingOctober 16, 2017Mrs ARSQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The Two of Us by Victoria Bylin was a read that really felt so true to life. I felt the emotions the characters were feeling, in their mess ups, confusion, love, and difficult life choices. This story started out simply enough: big sister (Mia) is concerned her little sister (Lucy) is making a mistake by getting married so young, even if she is expecting the groom's baby. Mia has always taken care of Lucy. Mia had to grow up too quickly with the loss of her mother and after two broken engagements she is having trouble finding purpose.
Then Mia meets Jake Tanner who is determined to show her that she is worthy and that it is not too late to start over. That is just what Mia has planned, but she is actually trying to land what she believes is her dream job that would take her very far away from those she loves.
This book really got my heart and would not let go. I felt for Mia who was unsure of herself and her own decision making. She had been on her own for a long time and I could understand that she thought her dream of a marriage and children of her own were unattainable. Jake is the perfect guy for her. Wounded physically but very protective, and his willingness to not let her go easily had me cheering in his corner.
Author Bylin touches on some other difficult subjects as well. We get to see Lucy and her new husband Sam trying to navigate newly married life with a baby on the way. Jake's parents are going through a heartbreaking health situation but his father is the epitome of how a man should love his wife. There were times I just wanted to sit down and cry for these characters. I really enjoyed this true to life story and especially watching the love story of Jake and Mia unfold.
I received a copy of this book for free. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.
SignGirl5 Stars Out Of 5Sweet Story, Not Lacking EmotionsOctober 3, 2017SignGirlQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Sometimes I pick up a book because it looks sweet and simple. I imagine the outcome and am there to enjoy the predictable ride. Then came "The Two of Us." Of course, Mia and Jake will be thrown into each other's life, but that is as far as the "predictable ride" goes! Victoria Bylin weaves a sincere story of two adults who have their own fears, shortcomings, and passions. Nothing felt fake or rushed and I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know these characters and I even cried at part. Thank you, Victoria Bylin, for writing a wonderful tale that swept me in and has me wanting more!
I received a copy of "The Two of Us" from Bethany House Publishing for my honest and fair review.