Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Book Review: Until I Found You by Victoria Bylin


Until I Found You by Victoria Bylin
Bethany House Publishers
May 6, 2014

When Kate Darby swerves off a mountain road to avoid hitting a California condor, she ends up trapped in her car, teetering on the edge of a cliff. Terrified, she breathes a prayer that changes her life: “God, if you’re real, I want to know you.”

It’s Nick Sheridan who comes to Kate’s rescue. Nick is handsome, confident, and seems to develop a habit of rescuing her, but Kate is in town only until her grandmother recuperates from a stroke. She’s not planning to fall in love with one of the locals.

Nick Sheridan is a reformed veteran of life in the fast lane, a new Christian, and a travel writer. When he sees a car dangling on the edge of a cliff, the daredevil in him jumps into action. He doesn’t expect to be swept off his feet by the car’s occupant. He’s made a vow: no dating for a year. And it’s a vow he intends to keep in spite of his attraction to Kate Darby . . .

So a book cover can really do something for a person to pick up a book and this cover is gorgeous!! When I read the blurb, well there was nothing left to do but read the book. However, before I started it I just knew it was going to be good. Sometimes that happens with me, something about a book just tells me it's going to be good, different. This book was that on both counts!

The first thing that comes to mind when thinking about this book is the depth of emotions the characters go through. Nick, Kate and her Grandmother experience a lot of real emotions and situations. When I say that, they aren't facing tragedy after tragedy, just life in it's realness - the bitter, the sweet and the hard decisions people have to make. It was really nice to see both hero and heroine making mistakes -  in short acting like people!

Nick is a flawed hero, who is trying to get this faith even deeper with God, but he forgets about God's grace sometimes. He's a strong and capable man, who is well aware of his failings and weaknesses. Kate is lonely and she has been for most of her life. Time and experience have taught her that she must always be in control and that people you love are all too often taken away from you. When she meets Nick, the guard slowly comes down until life gets messy again, where she finds herself running away from her new faith and Nick. 

Nick and Kate in the end sort out the issues between them and it's a beautful ending to a beautulf story full of facing the things in life that scare us and learning to trust in the God who is bigger than our fears.

A fantastic book and I'm so excited to be reading more from this author in the future.

Thank you to NetGalley for a copy of this novel for review.  I was in no way obliged to give a positive review.


Jess' favourite genre is contemporary women's fiction and contemporary romance fiction. She also enjoys historical fiction with a focus on romance. She loves books set in country towns or farms with a cowboy featured in either historical or contemporary settings.

She is currently writing her first novel, a contemporary women's fiction/romance set in a small country town.

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