Book Review: The Two of Us by Victoria Bylin, author of Someone Like You

"Their gazes danced in the way of curious strangers, a man and a woman who noticed each other and felt the mysterious searching of a human heart." (10)

Title:  The Two of Us
Author: Victoria Bylin
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
Release Date:  August 8, 2017
Genre: Inspirational Contemporary Fiction

After two broken engagements, Mia Robinson is done with dating. From now on, she's focusing on God and her goal to join an international aid organization as a nurse practitioner. But when her 18-year-old sister, Lucy, calls with an invitation to her Vegas wedding, it throws a wrench into Mia's plans.

Jake Tanner has recovered from the injuries he sustained as a police officer--on the outside. Inside, he's yet to heal from losing his partner in the tragedy, but finds some solace in keeping an eye on her young adult son, Sam, who's asked him to be best man at his wedding.

Mia expects a mess when she arrives to sort out the situation with Lucy, but she wasn't expecting Jake, who views the marriage a little differently. As Jake's and Mia's lives slowly become more intertwined, could his courage and her caring heart be enough to bring them a lifetime of healing?

Victoria Bylin sure knows how to write them. Stories that is, and her latest The Two of Us can easily relate to so many of us. It's about dreams, reaching for them, believing in God's plans for them, promises of them and yes, the goal. Yet, do we sometimes have tunnel vision when it comes to these dreams?

"We're sitting together in this beautiful place God created, wrestling with our dreams, and thinking about giving them up - not for each other, but because they don't fit anymore. Like old shoes." (279)

I love the various threads going on in The Two of Us.  First, and what I loved most is the meaning behind serving, and how serving isn't just a single act, it affects others - and when to know to let go. Then there's the servitude right where you're intended to be. It doesn't have to be elaborate or going overseas, though there's nothing wrong with that.  God's grace and love reaches everywhere, and how staying is just as important as going. Sometimes our dreams may take a turn, and it's just as God had planned it.

"Love is a choice. It's keeping promises when they're tough to keep. It's staying when you want to leave. And it's seeing the other person through the same forgiving lens through which God sees us all." (95)

Then we have the love and trust thread. Broken hearts and uncertainties in oneself and others may be too familiar than not. The author's words are perfectly and intrinsically placed throughout, allowing readers to feel with each of these characters, no matter how different they are. From the confident Mia finding it hard to trust, and a single goal in mind to fulfill her promise, to Lucy, fun and flamboyant, seemingly without a worry in the world. Yet we see her transformation in accepting and relying in God. Beautiful.

"It felt good to ride to the rescue again, even if it was just with a handkerchief for a teary woman." (98)

And did I mention Jake Tanner and his sidekick, Pirate? There's just so much weight on this man's shoulders, but in the end, I enjoyed his development throughout the story. His acceptance of what is right and understanding there are more than one dream.

There's also a thread about Alzheimer's and it opened my eyes a bit more to the emotional toil, let alone the physical one for the patient and his/her family.

In all, I've truly enjoyed The Two of Us with a little expectation of the author's writing, which exceeded it by far, and what I can see from that gorgeous, yet peaceful cover. It made me smile.

"Life will always have good times and hard ones. . . Trust means something different to me now. It's not about avoiding the hard times. It's about going through them with God's grace and the help of other people." (335)

And there we have it. Don't miss out on The Two of Us, a story of dreams, trust, and love.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.

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Victoria Bylin writes contemporary and historical romances known for their realistic, relatable characters. Her work has finaled in contests such as the Carol Awards, the RITAs, and the RT Reviewers' Choice Award. A native of California, she and her husband now make their home in Lexington, Kentucky.

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  1. I have recently won this one. I've only read one of Victoria's books before but I was enthralled from the first page! This review is so beautiful Annie it makes me want to forget all my other books and dive right into this one. I love the book quotes, they tug at the heart, you know? This one is going on top of my TBR pile :-)


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