I'm always leery of Sophomore books from new authors. Especially, when I so thoroughly enjoyed their debut. Sort of like a sequel for a move--nothing ever quite surpasses that first. BUT! Victoria Bylin did herself proud!
|Magnificant Sophomore Novel|
Victoria takes the reader not only into a romance between a caregiver and the children's father, but she also takes you deep into the heartbreak of the after-effects of extramarital affairs, the children scarred by the parental action, and the pain of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.
Her way of approaching these topics is sincere, authentic, and while she writes about some very gritty topics, the reader doesn't walk away feeling scarred. Instead, redemption and healing is an enormous part of this entertaining read.
Of course, it doesn't help the hero is stinkin' gorgeous. And I loved the contrast between a Southern girl meets a boy from LA. Because, those are naturally cohesive personalities and cultures - not. :)
The kids in the book are so realistic it killed me. I have to admit, I love the fact the little one with FAS wasn't super cute. I mean, she was in a way, but she wasn't written with the typical child colloquialisms that endear a natural mother heart. Instead, she was difficult, irascible, problem causing, and written in a way that you loved her, but she exhausted you because of the high maintenance of a child with Fetal Alchohol Syndrome. The older boys were well written too. Not super gentlemanly or stereotypical Christian boys. Instead, the impacts of a dysfunctional household were stark and realistic.
This is fiction, but it is also very poignant and relevant to today's family units. I loved how the author wove brokenness and dealing the hardness of life and consequences with peace, healing and ultimately love.
WAY TO GO, Victoria. Where's book #3?
Enter to win your copy....ummm...which I have, but my three-year-old decided to read, so there is a slight bend in a few pages ... :P ... what can I say? It's well-loved.
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Spirited and gritty turn-of-the-century romance stained with suspense. Youth leader.Professional Coffee Drinker. Works in HR and specializes in sarcasm :)
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