Thursday, May 7, 2015

Autism isn't a Defect

Together With You
Victoria Bylin

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?

     Together with You  is a really well done piece about love and children with autistic disorders. Fetal alcohol effects can have serious repercussions, and I knew absolutely nothing until I read this book. 

     Victoria Bylin made me fall in love with a cast of emotionally wounded characters who needed someone to love them unconditionally - and they found it in Christ. I grew to love each of the characters, and to see them mature was so fulfilling. 

     Take the cover as an early warning. This isn't some light-hearted quick summer read. It will make you cry (probably multiple times). Have chocolate and tissues on standby. But it is so worth it to power through all the sadness, and the grey feeling that kind of washes over you, and enjoy the wonderful story. 

I received a copy of this book from the publisher (Bethany House) in exchange for my review. Enjoy reading! (and don't forget to click on the cover to read an excerpt. 

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