Monday, May 18, 2015

Review: Together With You by Victoria Bylin

Together With You 
by Victoria Bylin
Adult Inspirational 
Asked to Review
Average Goodreads Rating: 4.21
Published by: Bethany House Publishers
Published on: April 7, 2015 
Pages: 336

Before I get into my review, here's the synopsis from Goodreads:

When a Lost Child warning blasts over the mall's PA system, toy store manager Carly Mason finds the little girl playing with a stuffed rabbit. Something about five-year-old Penny Tremaine is different. An ex-social worker, Carly recognizes that Penny suffers fetal alcohol effects, and a piece of Carly's own past suddenly confronts her. Never again will Carly become involved with a client. The risks are far too great. But something about Penny--and Penny's handsome father--tugs at Carly's heart. Before she has time to think it through, she agrees to a much-needed job as a nanny. 

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?
 


My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars. 

Disclaimers: I received an e-galley of this novel from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not obligated to write a good review nor did I receive any compensation for writing this review.

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: So about thirty pages in, all I could think about was how much this book made me think of Jane Eyre. Now this book is in no ways a strict retelling of Jane Eyre. However, the parallels between a man taking on a nanny for his children and developing feelings for her...how can I not think of Jane Eyre?

Naturally, that was one thing I enjoyed about this book. However, Bylin did a great job at creating complex characters. Often you see characters who are perfect or have minor flaws. These characters had real flaws. I'd say that was one of the major strengths of the book. 

The book was predictable, but I didn't mind that. I thought the book was an enjoyable cute read. It was definitely different from a lot of other books I've read in the genre too, which was a plus. 

Major Strengths: Complex, intriguing characters. 

Major Weaknesses: The story dragged at parts and at times was a little hard to relate to. 

So why 3 stars? An intriguing read and one that I enjoyed, but it didn't quite stand out enough to be a 4. 

Warnings/Side-notes: None. 

The Wrap-up: An enjoyable fun read about an interesting (undermentioned) subject. 

Love,

Danica Page

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