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A Tender Contemporary Romance about Finding Unexpected Love
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 s
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Paperback, 336 pages
Published April 7th 2015 by Bethany House Publishers (first published March 31st 2015)
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Andrea Cox
Nov 08, 2016 rated it it was ok
by Andrea Renee Cox

The premise for Together with You sounded promising, but I was disappointed by the first chapter. I didn't realize this book focused on the child that came from an affair. Yes, life is messy, but that doesn't mean I want to read about such promiscuity. Still, I tried to keep an open mind. While I enjoyed parts of this book (the innocent relationship between Taylor and Kyle, the growth and maturity of Eric, and the marine-life angle), it really came off as a dissertation on Fet
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Teresa Snyder
Mar 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I am so blown away by this book! I don't even know where to begin --- or what to say. It's a book about imperfect people - especially Ryan. He didn't believe in God. He had an affair resulting in the birth of his daughter --- born with FASD - Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. His marriage ended as a result of the affair and his daughters mother was killed in a car accident --- leaving him to raise his five year old special needs daughter. He doesn't have a clue how to relate to or handle his daughter or h ...more
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Anna Hurtt
Mar 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This novel pulled me in from the very first page and didn't let me go. Victoria Bylin is a new-to-me author, but I look forward to seeing what else she has written.

From their first scene together, Carly and Ryan are perfect together, even when they're butting heads. Both of them are flawed and hurting, but their characters came alive to me as a reader, springing to life off of the page. Their love story is sweet, genuine, and authentic, growing slowly but surely.

Before reading this book, I was
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Hannah
I read Until I Found You by this author a few years back and enjoyed it so much that I promptly bought a stack of her books. I’ve had a hard time finding contemporary fiction I like and I was so impressed by the other one I made a wrong assumption about this one also being just as great, so I went in with too many expectations.

First off, it’s a romance between a Christian and a non-Christian and I wasn’t expecting that. Furthermore, after a serial killer suddenly kills a neighbor of hers, she mo
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Nora St Laurent
Apr 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is an emotionally-charged story that had my gut wrench and heart hurt as Dr. Ryan Tremaine finds himself in a situation no parent wants to ever be in; hearing the PA scream there is a Code Adam and you see them lock the mall doors. The author masterfully invites readers into this characters’ family drama which reveals the good, the bad and the messy.

Ryan is trying to cope with the fact that the affair he had destroyed his family and created a precious little girl that suffered from FASD. Pe
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Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
This book drew me in from the very first page.

I felt that Ryan and Carly were portrayed realistically and I liked them as individuals. Together they were better than they were alone. Both Ryan and Carly have mistakes from their past that limit their ability to move on in life.

Ryan had an affair that resulted in a child with FASD (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder). The affair ended his marriage. His daughter, Penny, is a hand full. I couldn't help fall in love with her character. She has so much t
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Brittany
Apr 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
My, oh my! This is not your typical romance. When I began reading the book, I was actually unsure of how much I would be able to connect with, or even like, the hero of the book. Ryan is coming from a place of so much hurt, has caused so much pain to those in his life, carries enormous guilt, and has no belief in God at all. But I loved the path that he walked through this story and I quickly realized that I desperately wanted things to work out for him and his family. His journey (as well as th ...more
Lyssa
Apr 10, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arcs, couldnt-finish
A warning to those sensitive souls who cannot stomach graphic violence: this is probably not the book for you.

This book reminded me with I stay almost exclusively in historical fiction. While I know that the violence that plays a role in this book (murder, rape, etc) has always happened, I do believe it was less... casual, if not less prevalent. Therefore, my chances of stumbling upon a book with a subplot of *SPOILER* teen drug-related serial rape/beatings/murder (where the child is only discov
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Judy
Mar 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Together With You by Victoria Bylin
Carly Mason is a long way from home in more ways than being in LA instead of her small town in Kentucky. She ran away from her past but it seems to have caught up to her when an Adam Alert sounds in the mall she works at. The small girl changes everything for her.

Dr. Ryan Tremaine is at the end of the rope. He's trying to make up for all his past failures...and failing at it. He has his special needs daughter and two teenage sons and he's just not sure how to b
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Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. And honestly? I loved it! Great story, characters I instantly fell in love with, and a plot rich with themes of real-life struggles, God's redemption of messy situations (even the ones we've caused for ourselves) and accepting God's forgiveness. Plus it features my beloved Lexington, Kentucky & the hymn I walked down to at my wedding (Be Thou My Vision) plays an important role in a wedding in the book too! :) ...more
Bekah Malik
Jun 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Was craving a good contemporary romance read, and that's exactly what I got. Two thumbs up! :D ...more
Tandie
This was a well written story with characters I got invested in. Very heavy in Christian elements, and I prefer a lighter touch. Ryan’s conversion was this lightning bolt moment that strained credulity. Maybe it would’ve worked better if Ryan was a character that had left his faith behind, but not so much as a character who didn’t even believe a God exists.

I like how the family evolved with Carly’s guidance. It was interesting that the author created a main character who had an affair, resulting
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 The Flipped Page (Susan K)
Romance, clean, contemporary; Christian faith themes
Carly and Ryan's story was heartfelt, emotionally honest, hurting, and healing, along with being a sweet romance. There were a few moments that felt a bit forced re the faith elements, or a little to quick to turn, but still overall a good read for me. Carly seemed just a bit stilted in how she worked with the family and Ryan, and others (almost too know it all). But that being said, it was nice to see how well she was able to heal and help Rya
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Rivalie
Apr 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was sent to me from Bethany House for review - this did not influence my thoughts in any way shape or form.

Together With You follows Carly Mason who is working on her grad degree in California focusing on fetal alcohol syndrome in children. Having worked with people diagnosed with this syndrome before, she takes one look at Penny Tremaine and instantly feels her heart reach out to her. Penny's father is Dr. Ryan Tremaine whose affair that brought him Penny broke his marriage and he's now tr
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Sarah Vanscoyoc
Apr 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Enjoyable Romance
I’d only read one of Victoria Bylin’s books (a Love Inspired Historical) when I requested this one, so I wasn‘t sure what to expect from a contemporary novel. I found that I really enjoyed it, though it did leave me with a few mixed emotions.
Victoria does an excellent job of bringing all of the characters to life and definitely made the Tremaines realistic. I was quickly engrossed in the story and didn’t want to put it down. I’m honestly not sure what drew me in so easily, other
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Iola
Apr 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Ophthalmologist Dr Ryan Tremaine has a problem. Not only has he promised his ex-wife that he’ll look after their two sons for the summer while she’s on a short-term missions trip, but he’s also recently taken custody of Penny, his five-year-old daughter from the affair that ended his marriage. And Penny is a problem: she has FASD, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, and her behaviour has already run off three nannies.

Carly Jo Mason is working at the Animal Factory while completing a PhD specialisi
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Madison
Nov 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Together With You is the second book I have read by Victoria Bylin, and I enjoyed it much more than Until I Found You. Unfortunately, I had let my apathy for Until I Found You cloud my judgement of Victoria Bylin and her writing. I am glad I gave her a second chance because I enjoyed this novel of family healing, second (and maybe third and forth) chances, love, and children with special needs.

Carly has worked with children and teens with FASD (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder) before. But she l
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Christian Fiction Addiction
May 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
"Together With You" is a beautifully written story that not only celebrates the love that can blossom between a man and a woman, but the love story that takes place when God pursues us and we finally surrender to his love. Victoria Bylin has done a great job at weaving together a number of different story lines, from the relationship that develops between Carly and Ryan, to the painful mistakes that each have made in their pasts, to the fetal alcohol effects that Penny is living with. As a socia ...more
Tammi
Apr 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a heartwarming and memorable Christian Contemporary novel with characters that are well developed and extremely likeable. As a matter of fact, this author does such a great job with character development that I found myself secretly rooting for the handsome ophthalmologist, Dr. Ryan Tremaine, even though he has a history of divorce due to having an affair and fathering a child out of wedlock. Together With You is most definitely not your cookie cutter Christian romance, so if you’re look ...more
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
When I saw this title on NetGalley, I knew I wanted to read it. I'll admit that the cover attracted me too. :)

This is a meaty sort of book. Yes, it has a developing romance but nothing is really acted upon until the end of the book. Ryan and Carly are attracted to each other from the beginning but there are some major issues that separate them.

Ryan and Carly are really opposites as to where they are in life. Ryan is a bit older than Carly with teenage sons from a first marriage, and a daughter f
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Valri Western
Apr 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
My first takeaway from this book was how much one person can make a difference! Carly makes a huge difference in the lives of so many people in this book, and her own life is changed in the process by the end of the book! As others have stated, a young girl goes missing in a shopping mall in the beginning of the book and she finds her way into Carly's store. Penny suffers from Fetal Alcohol Effects and I really learned a lot about this disorder throughout the book. I give high marks to the autho ...more
Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
My attention was grabbed right off the bat when the background to Ryan's daughter Penny was explained. I didn't expect his character to be so flawed, but at the same time I admired his resolve and determination to be a better father and improve his family dynamics as best he could. I also didn't expect there to be such a huge focus on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. I definitely learned some new things in that regard. It was a brilliant move by the author to have a few scenes from Penny's point of view ...more
Marianne
Jun 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Together with you
5 stars out of 5
Contemporary romance

WOW. W.O.W. What a powerful story! As I looked around at the people around me in church this morning, and as I think of other friends whose adopted children have Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, I want them all to have a Carly in their life. On their side. The parents are probably a little like Denise, or even perhaps a bit like Dr. Ryan. I want to make each of them read this book because of the things I saw in it. The funny thing is, that is
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Paula-O
Mar 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Together With You novel by Victoria Bylin


This is a story mostly about FASD(Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder), but Victoria has also added the story of Carly Jo Mason and Dr Ryan Tremaine....
She has worked with this syndrome before and has a heartache that she has not forgiven herself for that happened with one on her watch.
He had an affair that contributed to the end of his marriage and also to the child born having this syndrome with his drinking. He is agnostic and has no peace that could help
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Billie Conrad
Apr 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Together with You by Victoria Bylin is stirring contemporary fiction. Five year old Penny will steal your heart. She is a victim of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder; her mother has died and she is now living with her father for the first time in her life. Not only is Ryan Tremaine, Penny’s father, dealing with Penny’s problems but he also has charge of his teenage sons for the summer while his ex-wife is on an extended trip. He is in over his head. Carly Jo Mason is a social worker, working on a ...more
Cheri Swalwell
May 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I just finished together with you by Victoria Bylin. The characters were so captivating that I was hooked by the first few pages. I loved Carly. I saw bits of myself in her and that drew me into the story for sure, but I loved her love of life and loving to serve others. I loved the way the author described the family - full of flaws but willing to work hard at overcoming what they could, forgiving what they couldn’t, and continually fighting for better than what they had.

The storyline flowed e
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Patti
May 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was a great story about a little girl with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and those that love her. I love the unique perspective we get in a few instances where the author speaks from the child's point of view. It really drove home to me the way a child with FASD thinks and why they respond the way they do. I also enjoyed the main character and the struggles she went through from a mistake in her past. The guilt she carried with her did not allow her to experience joy in her life. H ...more
Kav
May 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Incredibly good read. The kind you need to savor for a while before starting on your next book. I became emotionally connected to the characters. Carly -- so hopeful and yet wounded too. Ryan -- so endearing in his clumsy attempts to patch his family back together. And the kids -- teenage angst, first love and little Penny who has her own unique take on the world.

Bylin's exquisite wordsmithing left me feeling a gamut of emotions. From outrage, despair,, fury, hope, aching sorrow and the ultima
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Alicia
Jan 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book; I tried putting it down but I couldn't! What I particularly liked about the story was Dr. Ryan Tremaine's genuine efforts to reconcile with his kids, Carly and Ryan's journey in responding to their past mistakes, and Carly's example of sticking to her convictions. The ending was beautiful, too. ...more
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