Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Book Review-Together With You by Victoria Bylin

Together With You
By:  Victoria Bylin
Publisher:  Bethany House

Dealing with children is not always easy even when your children are considered “normal”.  Special needs children come with a whole host of issues that most of us never have to deal with on a first-hand basis.  This book deals with FASD (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder).

As the story begins with five year old Penny Caldwell/Tremaine being lost at the mall, which can easily, happen in normal circumstances but with an all too accepting child such as Penny it can be devastating.  Carly Mason, employee at the Animal Factory in Los Angeles found Penny quietly playing with the stuffed animals.  Since Carly has a BA in Biology, a Master’s in Social Work and a year of PhD work at UCLA she immediately recognizes something is off in Penny’s demeanor.  When Penny’s father, Dr. Ryan Tremaine realizes Carly understands Penny’s condition he offers her a job as a nanny.  Carly is reluctant to accept because she feels she let down Allison Drake, a seventeen year old with FAS, who went missing in Lexington, KY.  Carly left her hometown of Boomer, KY to come to LA to continue her education and to try and put closure to losing Allison on her watch, all the while praying that Allison will be found.  Carly did eventually accept the job as nanny because she realized not only did Penny need her, but Dr.  Tremaine and his other two sons also needed her help and the whole family needed healing.

I found this to be a very deeply woven book and also hard to write the review as I have seen first-hand what FASD can do to a child in my extended family.  Its effects are not only difficult for the child but devastating in many cases for the family.  Through Carly’s understanding of FASD she is able to communicate on Penny’s level and in Penny’s world.  This book is sure to give hope to anyone dealing with not only this disorder but any debilitating disorder.  She shows patience and faith play a huge roll in maintaining some degree of a normal life.

Although this is predominately about FASD it is also filled with mystery, murder, forgiveness, healing and a little romance.  It is a great read and I would highly recommend it.

Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eBook by the publisher, Bethany House, through NetGalley blogger program for review. I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.

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