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Heart2HeartVictorville, CAAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Sometimes we just need to let go and let God intervene in our lives!December 19, 2017Heart2HeartVictorville, CAAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I am so glad I held off reading The Two of Us by Victoria Bylin til the Christmas season, because this one is just so good, I didn't want to rush it and take my time enjoying the relationship that is played out between Mia Robinson and Jake Tanner. The two meet in Las Vegas where they are best man and maid of honor to their siblings without realizing it. They meet in a small cafe, where Jake wins a stuffed Hen that he gives to Mia. This is their meet-cute! They won't discover how closely they are about to be related until the day of the wedding in just a few hours. Mia has vented a bit to Jake, that her sister Lucy is making a bad decision in getting married so quickly just because she is pregnant.
When they meet up again at the Vegas wedding chapel, Lucy has started spotting and fears she is going to lose the baby. Mia thinks this might not be such a bad thing, since it was what initiated such a quick marriage to begin with, but puts aside her own personal feelings and takes over with her nurse training and manages to get Lucy to a hospital where she learns that baby is safe for the moment, but Lucy will be on strict rest until the doctor feels the baby is well enough that she can go back to normal life again. This doesn't sit well for Lucy who wants her marriage and honeymoon to Sam to be picture perfect, but Sam is more than willing to wait.
Mia is planning on leaving soon to head off on a Missions trip where she will take her medical training and help children in third world countries, but insists that she will stay and help Lucy until that happens. Jake insists on Sam and Lucy moving to the Tanner ranch where there is plenty of help and support to help not only Lucy, but Jake's mother Claire who is in the early stages of Alzheimer's. This also gives Jake and Mia time to explore their own feelings for one another even though they agree remaining friends is the best thing knowing where they both envision a future for themselves. But does God have other plans? Find out by picking up this wonderful heart-warming romance! I received The Two of Us by Victoria Bylin, compliments of Baker Publishing Group and Net Galley and easily give this one a 5 out of 5 stars in my opinion.
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.