Until I Found You, by Victoria Bylin
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.
It’s Nick Sheridan who comes to Kate’s rescue. Nick is handsome and confident, and he 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 get involved with one of the locals.
Nick 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—but keeping that vow is going to be a lot more difficult now that he’s met Kate Darby…
This was a really lovely novel. While it may start with the typical “heroic knight swoops in to save the damsel in distress”, the rest of the story felt very fresh and not your average romance novel.
Nick and Kate are very likeable characters. Kate is passionate about her job, but is willing to put it on the line for family. Nick is always ready to lend a hand and help someone in need. I related to Kate especially as someone who also likes to be in control. I’m not your “fly by the seat of your pants” type of girl. Schedules, organization, and plans are my friends. To me, when you have control, you have predictability, and when you have predictability, you have stability…at least, that’s what I tell myself. And I do believe there is some truth to that. However, the other truth is that one cannot have control of absolutely everything, and when something goes awry, for me, it can be very difficult to accept the fact that unexpected events can happen and to be able to deal with it as it throws (or so it seems) everything off-kilter.
This book was a good reminder to me that God has everything in control – like the childhood song, “He’s got the whole world in His hands”. When life throws curveballs, the unexpected or unexplained occurs, our Father in heaven is our strong fortress, Who we can run to with all our fears, doubts, and struggles. No burden is too hard for Him to bear, and no mess is too complicated for Him to untangle.
Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.