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Dr. Ryan Tremaine knows he messed up his life. But this summer he will redeem himself. 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 is dedicated to his sink-or-swim list, a plan to reconnect with his children. The first step: recruiting 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?
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2015
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
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.
loriwellerLancaster,PaAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Excellent Book!February 10, 2016loriwellerLancaster,PaAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Together with You is an excellent, emotional book. It deals with a child with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. There are many twists and turns along with romance, faith and love. Family plays a strong part in this book.
I received this book from the Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.
RachelGender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5Romance, Faith and ExcitementSeptember 2, 2015RachelGender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I really enjoyed this book. The romance was just right, the writing awesome and the characters well thought out. I didn't have any trouble staying engrossed in the story. It flowed wonderfully and there was never any lag to it. The story was steady from start to finish. I enjoyed the spiritual aspect and appreciated Carly's never wavering faith. Victoria did an excellent job of blending faith and real life together without compromising the gospel. She also made Carly seem real and human, not like a perfect Christian know-it-all which is what I have found in some books. I love stories that read as if they are happening in real life not completely made up fiction. I also was able to learn something in this book. I knew nothing about FASD before reading this book. It brought to light many things I didn't even realize. FASD is a very sad thing especially since it is so preventable. I enjoyed Victoria's writing very much and can't wait to read more of her books.
I was blessed with a copy of this book by TBCN in exchange for an honest review. A positive review was not required.
ThereadmasterDavenport,IowaAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5wonderful romance with a twistAugust 22, 2015ThereadmasterDavenport,IowaAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is a wonderful story about how a family and a nanny deal with a child with Fetal alcohol Spectrum Disorder.. This is a story of a man trying to raise his two sons and a daughter who has FASD. They hire a nanny , Carly Mason, who has dealt with other children with this disorder. She and the father , Dr. Ryan Tremaine fall in love but are not sure how to handle it. This is a wonderful romance and it is great how the disorder can be worked out and dealt with. Lots of love in this story. I received a copy of this book from Bethany House for a fair and honest opinion.
Seasons of GraceAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Wasn't exactly what I expected but I enjoyed itAugust 19, 2015Seasons of GraceAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is the first Victoria Bylin novel I have read and I was impressed. She is a good author and I enjoyed the plot as well as how she portrayed the characters and her inclusion of some very touchy matters.
The book is about a family whose father has made his share of mistakes. Dr Tremaine has many regrets and is trying hard to make up for lost time and bad choices. He is attempting to remedy those with his SOS list and a summer with his children. While his efforts are worthwhile, it isn't exactly going as planned. The story begins with Penny, his daughter, getting lost in the mall.
Enter Carly, ex-social worker, with regrets of her own. Carly is in LA strictly for the purpose of studying and getting her degree, but her heart is still back in Kentucky where she grew up. She pretty much dislikes everything about LA - the rush of life, the smog, the traffic, and the people are not quite like they are in Kentucky. But God has a plan for her and a purpose for her life, and when she finds Penny in the mall, she can't help but wonder what path He is leading her on.
There were several characters in this book I could relate to. The story line tugs at your heart. I was also able to relate to some of the situations those characters had to deal with. The relationship between Carly and Dr. Tremaine was an interesting twist. Although, I wouldn't necessarily label this book a mushy romance. Dr. Tremaine is not a believer and Carly is, and does her best to share her faith with those around her. Carly has very good convictions and morals based on how she believes God wants her to live. I like Victoria's approach to the whole save-yourself-for-marriage concept. She also addresses Penny's condition of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and how it affects families, children, and caretakers. I definitely gleaned a lot of insight from this book. If any of this has peaked your interest, you'll have to read the book. :-)
I received this book from TBCN in exchange for my honest opinion. All opinions are my own and no other compensation was provided.
jacquiRIllinoisAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Together with YouAugust 3, 2015jacquiRIllinoisAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Together With You by Victoria Bylin is a refreshingly sweet romantic novel that quickly engages the reader. Dr. Ryan Tremaine is trying to get his life back on track after his poor choices ended his marriage and caused the child from his indiscretion to live with fetal alcohol effects. His ex-wife has since forgiven him and happily remarried. The childs mother died, leaving her in his care. It was a huge challenge to maintain his ophthalmology practice and cope with a young daughter with FASD, but he loved her deeply. He had immediately faced his responsibility in all that had happened and set out to restore his relationship with his two sons.
Carly Mason, an ex-social worker, employed at a mall toy store, has issues from her past that haunt her. She feels responsible for the disappearance of a troubled young girl from her last position. She is rather adrift in her life, twenty-eight and not yet settled in a career or in a loving relationship. Her pastor father has raised her with Christian beliefs and morals. She wants to honor God with purity until her wedding night.
A shopping trip to the mall and a lost, little girl bring Ryan Tremaine and his family into Carlys life. She seems to be the perfect fit for the nanny position, once again open due to the challenges of his five-year-old daughter. Because Carly sees herself as a failure due to the missing teen at her last job, she is quite reluctant to accept a nanny position with Ryans family. Yet when she does accept, she soon becomes an invaluable member of their household. Two people with different backgrounds and life views, very attracted to each other, struggle with the possibilities of a future together.
The characters are very realistic and appealing. Their story is emotional and heart-warming. I highly recommend this book and look forward to reading more works by this author. I received this book through TBCN in exchange for an honest review.
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