Thursday, August 10, 2017

The Two of Us by Victoria Bylin

After two broken engagements, nurse practitioner Mia Robinson is done with dating. From now on, she only trusts herself and God, and she's focused on her eighteen-year-old sister, Lucy, and caring for patients. Just as she applies to work for an international aid organization, a phone call from Lucy, who's pregnant and running off to marry her twenty-one-year-old boyfriend, throws a wrench into all of Mia's plans.

Jake Tanner may have recovered from the physical injuries he sustained on the job as a police officer, but his heart has yet to heal from losing his former partner in the tragedy. He's poured himself into starting a camp for the sons of fallen officers and mentoring Sam, the adult son of his deceased partner, who's asked him to be his best man at his wedding.

Mia is expecting a mess when she arrives to sort out the situation with Lucy, but she wasn't expecting Jake. And Jake, who can't help envying Sam and Lucy, doubts he'll ever experience their happiness for himself. But maybe Jake's courage and Mia's caring spirit are just what they need to bring them a lifetime of healing and a forever kind of love. . . .

I loved the opening scene for this book and how the characters all came together in the beginning.  It was a great start for the book and sparked my interest.  This book felt a little long though, and started to drag a bit for me in the middle part.  Even with it's slower pace, I remained interested until the end.

Jake and Mia are both so careful and deliberate.  It wasn't often that emotions flared with them or between them which made me feel like I was just outside of connecting with them but I really liked them both.  I had to admire the commitment they had to their goals and their desire to help people.  The world could use more people like Mia and Jake.

I thought the author did an excellent job of portraying some real life struggles like death of a loved one, Alzheimer's Disease, military life, pregnancy problems and so many more. 

This is a Christian fiction book and the Christian themes were prominent but not too preachy.

Content:  mentions of sex outside of marriage resulting in pregnancy with no details, kissing, death

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