Genesis 5020

Stories for His Glory

When He Found Me by Victoria Bylin April 29, 2019

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Once a strong Christian, third baseman Shane Riley lost his faith the night he injured his knee in a freak car accident. Determined to return to professional baseball and to find the sister he treated badly, Shane retreats to Refuge, Wyoming. There he meets Melissa June “MJ” Townsend, a single mom battling the virus that causes cervical cancer.

MJ wants nothing to do with the handsome athlete—no doubt a womanizer considering the stories in the news. But when a mistake results in Shane renting her garage apartment, they become friends. That friendship blossoms into something deep and pure, leaving MJ with a painful secret to tell. Even more complicated, she discovers an unexpected tie to Shane’s missing sister—a wounded woman who wants nothing to do with the perfect brother who scorned her.

My thoughts:

I usually enjoy Victoria’s books and always look forward to reading them. This has probably been my favorite by far. For me it felt very different then her other books in a good way.

It was real and raw. It dealt with the weakness of our flesh and the brokeness of our hearts and there is only One who can restore  us.

She held nothing back in dealing with the sexual temptations all of characters faced. But in the same fashion she held nothing back in sharing the gospel message and God’s design for sex and purity. She doesn’t gloss it over and make it look easy, she deals with it in a very real way.

If you are sensitive to this topic this might not be the book for you but otherwise I highly recommend this read.

Visit Victoria here.

Grab your copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Christianbook.com or your favorite retailer.

A copy of this book was give to me. All opinions are my own. 

 

 

The Two of Us by Victoria Bylin September 19, 2017

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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?

My thoughts:

This is a wonderful story with a great romance. It also show real Christians struggling with real issues and sometimes failing.

Mia is a strong character. She knows what she wants and goes for it. She thinks nothing can get in her way.

Jake has his own scars and baggage he is carrying. He has such a kind heart toward others.

I even enjoyed getting to know Mia’s sister and her husband. Their story is one that will touch your heart as well.

Overall, a wonderfully crafted book with a very engaging story and characters.

Visit Victoria here.

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A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher. All opinions are my own. 

 

Someone Like You by Victoria Bylin June 2, 2016

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Julia Dare is trying to run her own business, raise her young son, Max, and help her widowed mother. Her biggest worry, though, is keeping Max’s father from being a bad influence while still allowing the boy to spend time with his dad. When an account from her event-planning business sends her to Caliente Springs resort, she’s shocked to encounter Zeke Monroe, her college sweetheart.

Zeke is determined to keep Caliente Springs running despite financial trouble. When Julia walks back into his life, he’s surprised at the feelings she stirs up. As they work together on an important client’s wedding, the fate of the resort soon depends on their success. With Zeke and Julia both pushed to their limits, will their history put up walls between them or bring them together?

My thoughts:

As I began reading this book and wondering what I love about Victoria’s stories I realized it’s this strong sense of story world. She creates these unique atmospheres for her characters and we get to be there.

I have loved each book of Victoria’s that I have read and this book strikes a strong chord in my heart. It was so interesting see how Zeke and Julia’s lives crossed and then uncrossed (for lack of a better word) and the choices they made.

They both carry a lot of regret, the good news is Julia has found the redeeming love of Christ. The bad news is Zeke once knew that love and has walked away from it.

I couldn’t wait to see how Jesus would draw Zeke back to his heart and probably use Julia to do that.

Overall, another great read by Victoria. If you haven’t had the chance to read anything by her yet I encourage you to pick up one her books, I don’t think you will be disappointed.

Visit Victoria here.

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A copy of this book was given to me through Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review. 

 

Review and Giveaway: Together With You by Victoria Bylin May 4, 2015

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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.

Visit Victoria here.

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Leave a comment by May 13th for you chance to be entered to win a copy. Winner will be chosen by random.org. (U.S. residents only. I am not responsible for books lost in the mail.)

A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

 

Until I Found You by Victoria Bylin May 29, 2014

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This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Until I Found You

Bethany House Publishers (May 6, 2014)

by

Victoria Bylin

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
A word from the Author:

This may sound crazy, but I was driven to write romance by giant bugs and killer rabbits. I just couldn’t take it anymore. My husband and two sons would be camped in front of the television watching a movie about spiders the size of bowling balls, and I’d be wondering when the handsome scientist would get around to kissing the spunky woman with the bug spray. When it didn’t happen, I decided to write my own happy endings–without the giant bugs…

Known for her realistic, likable characters and vivid writing, Victoria Bylin writes both western and contemporary inspirational romance. Her books have finaled in the ACFW Carol Awards, the Rita Awards and RT Magazine’s Reviewers’ Choice Awards. She and her husband currently live in Lexington, Kentucky and have two grown sons.

ABOUT THE BOOK

Finding each other was only the beginning . . .

When Kate Darby swerves off a mountain road to avoid hitting a California condor, she ends up trapped in her car, teetering on the edge of a cliff. Terrified, she breathes a prayer that changes her life.

It’s Nick Sheridan who comes to Kate’s rescue. Nick is handsome and confident, and he seems to develop a habit of rescuing her, but Kate is in town only until her grandmother recuperates from a stroke. She’s not planning to get involved with one of the locals.

Nick is a reformed veteran of life in the fast lane, a new Christian, and a travel writer. When he sees a car dangling on the edge of a cliff, the daredevil in him jumps into action. He doesn’t expect to be swept off his feet by the car’s occupant. He’s made a vow–no dating for a year–but keeping that vow is going to be a lot more difficult now that he’s met Kate Darby. . . .

If you’d like to read the first chapter of Until I Found You, go HERE.

My thoughts:

This is another great book. I loved each character in this story and Victoria has some great threads going through this book.

I was especially drawn to Leona, Kate’s gramma. She has a story of her own and Victoria lets it out bit by bit. She feeds you just enough to keep you reading and guessing what her story is. If there are any Walton’s fans out their, Leona reminded me of the grandma in the show after she had her stroke, she wanted to talk so badly but the words wouldn’t come.

Kate is lost and doesn’t have the hope of Christ. You will be rooting for her and hoping she will open her eyes to His great love and goodness.

Nick is a great hero. A motorcycle man, which my husband happens to be as well. I loved the scene when Kate gets on the motorcycle for the first time. She is afraid but finally begins to relax. I could totally relate.

Their romance is a slow build since neither of them want a relationship and I couldn’t wait to see how they would get together and finally give into their feelings.

Another great read for you contemporary romance lovers.

Grab your copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Christianbook.com and Books-A-Million.

A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher through the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance in exchange for an honest review.