Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Together With You: A Review

Together with You by Victoria Bylin is one of the sweetest Christian romance novels I have read.  This book addresses the incredible reality of living with a child with some form of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, a very difficult diagnosis you don't hear much about.  It is a book that threads together the beautiful tapestry of sin and redemption, and deals honestly with both. 

The character development is strong, and stereotypes dispelled systematically throughout.  With most romance novels, the plot can be seemingly simplistic without much reality.  Although there was a bit of that in this novel as well, there were true representations of realistic struggles as well. 

I learned a lot about the mindset of a child with Fetal Alcohol Disorder, as well as the struggle to attach with and parent a child with this challenge.  I also observed what happens when well-meaning, but ignorant, relatives try to swoop in and "save the day" only to the detriment of the child and the child's family unit. 

This is a tough read with many redeeming characteristics.  I recommend any book that not only entertains, but educates as well.  This is such a book.  It is a reminder of the frailty AND resilience of the human spirit. 

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