Saturday, June 7, 2014

Until I Found You by Victoria Bylin

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. . . .

My Thoughts:

First of all, Victoria Bylin is an excellent author.  Her book has faith, heart, humor and enough action to keep the pages turning.  Her characters are fully fleshed out, and easy to relate to throughout the book.

BUT...this book is about more than just fiction.  I encountered multiple layers of story, and was deeply moved.

People find Jesus in the most unique of circumstances...something we all know, be we see through Kate.  Faith is simple, but messy and can feel complicated...we see that through both Nick and Kate.
God is merciful, but sometimes we feel as if He is absent during the hard times...another lesson we gain from "Until I Found You".

In fact, the title serves two purposes.  Nick kept his vow until he found Kate...a lesson in how we demand expectations of ourselves that God would never hold us to on His part.  Kate knew exactly what she wanted in life until she found Nick...a lesson in how we can plan and plan and plan but until we know Jesus, we're really just wandering.

And both Nick and Kate had no hope until they found Jesus...but lives wasn't all hearts and flowers immediately.  This is the read meat and potatoes of faith in this fallen world.  It is entertaining, it is is a must read.

My thanks to my friends at Bethany House Publishers for my advance copy of "Until I Found You" via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Go out and get this one.  Now.

Happy Reading!



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