Sometimes the most unexpected love can be exactly what a heart needs…
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.
My thoughts and giveaway:
I so enjoyed Victoria’s first novel as I was excited to read this one. My excitement wasn’t in vain. This is a wonderful story about how God can use our brokenness to draw us closer to Him.
The character of Carly was so well-developed. I loved how she handled issues that came up in the Tremaine family. But she wasn’t perfect. She had her past mistakes that she needed to deal with.
Ryan was a great character as well, distant yet not. I couldn’t wait to see how he would come to know Jesus, how his heart would soften and how God would draw his family together.
I loved that Victoria allowed to see the world from Penny’s perspective. Wow. That was a real eye-opener and made me realize how the things we say can mean something totally different to a child who learns differently then we do.
Overall, a wonderful story that will have you thinking and remembering how good our God is.
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