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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Finders Keepers

Victoria Bylin has a writing style that reads like a memoir. Her characters have a realism that compels the reader to believe that she truly understands them. The characters battle true to life temptations, live in real-world situations, and have the same fears that the readers do. Reading Until I Found You was like reading part of my own life story.

Kate Darby is an advertising executive who has come home to help her grandmother run her newspaper. On her way from Los Angeles to Meadows, her car loses traction on the road and slides off and over a cliff. While trapped in her car, Nick Sheridan finds her, calls the emergency rescue personnel, and then pulls her from her car, minutes before it explodes. From this auspicious beginning, Victoria hooks the readers and takes them on a roller coaster ride of a search for God, the meaning of life, fulfillment, and a bit of romance on the side. Kate's angst about her grandmother and about running the Clarion--the newspaper--bring her to a soul-searching search for God. In the meantime, there's Nick, always around when Kate needed him to rescue her.

I've often said there's a formula for writing romance: boy sees girl, boy gets girl, boy loses girl, boy gets girl back again. Victoria does follow this formula, but in the most believable way I've ever read. The truth in the conflicts of Kate and Nick are so authentic it makes the book hard to put down. I didn't get to sleep yesterday until after 4:00 AM simply because I had to finish reading the book! Five Stars, Two Thumbs Up, and an ad campaign to hook you into this book!

This book was provided to me by Bethany House for my honest review. I was not compensated in any way for this review.

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