Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Until I Found You



Title:  Until I Found You
Author:  Victoria Bylin
Pages:  352
Year:  2014
Publisher:  Bethany
Unique, captivating and compelling are the words I use to describe this wonderful novel that has characters almost like real people.  Kate Darby and Nick Sheridan are the main focus in the tale that is filled with tension, romance and faith.  The past of Nick Sheridan is one he wants to be able to forget in so many ways.  Once he becomes a Christian, he makes a vow that is tested when he meets Kate Darby.
Kate is the beloved granddaughter of Leona, who is the sole owner of the local paper.  While Leona hopes Kate will take over the family business, there is a story Leona needs to share with her.  However, one morning changes are brought to Leona; the ripple effects touch Kate and Nick.  Kate wishes she could have the faith her Nonnie (Leona) has, but just cannot seem to bring herself to believe in someone she cannot see or hear.  What happens during the whole book will lead readers on an adventure that is sure to captivate the heart and mind.
As I turned page after page, the tension between Kate and Nick was very palpable as their choices always came back to their beliefs, which weren’t the same.  The vow Nick had made and the life he had led, which is now radically different, gives him a certain understanding of the worldly temptations that Kate is facing.  Yet, he knows that Kate must make her own choices.  The frustration Nick feels, I believe, many can relate to.  When we see someone choosing a path that can be hurtful to them, but know they have to make their own mind up, is very hard to endure.  Praying for them helps no doubt about it, but the heart is broken and people hurt deeply as they realize only God has the power to influence someone to choose Him.
Believers know in order to have a lifetime marriage to their husband or wife, there needs to be a foundation of beliefs that are the same.  Life can be so hard and if the hearts aren’t together in the foundation, the road to “until death do us part” is certainly not filled with roses.  There are times where there are thorns.  I can testify that if my husband and I weren’t believers and had made a decision before marriage that divorce is never an option, with all we have been through we would not be married today 26 years later.
The author does a fantastic job of showing how the older generation needs to pass on to the next their past regardless of what it holds as it is a way to show God’s hand in their life.  Also, depicted is how hard it is really to find someone who is willing to make a lifelong commitment to God first then to another person.  Finally, the choice we all have to make is to go God’s way or the way of the world which is at odds with each other and constantly pulling for our devotion.  This is a very well written novel!
My rating is 5+ stars.
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