NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Kathryn Shay writes fascinating, realistic contemporary romances. Her specialty is troubled teenagers. A teacher in a public school for years, she knows kids and the men and women who teach them, as evidenced by this new book in the Bayview Heights series!
Joe Taylor has followed in his father's footsteps. A former journalist, he switches careers and becomes a high school teacher, just like Seth. He also loses his wife and is left a single father. When he returns to Bayview Heights to live and work, he settles in a wing of his family's home. He has great childcare, is surrounded by unconditional support and a job he adores. But something's missing. It's time to move on.
Juliet Mason returns to Bayview Heights High School to teach in the English Department. She left her job to have a baby five years ago and help her husband with his career as a U.S. Congressman. When she meets Joe, she sees a gentle, tender man who loves deeply. But because she's married, they maintain a collegial relationship. Until her secret is revealed...
The world of education and politics clash in this story of love and hope when Joe realizes that Juliet needs rescuing...and he's the man to do it, even if Juliet has other ideas.
If you like the Bayview Heights series, teacher romances and teacher student relationships, be sure to read COP OF THE YEAR, BECAUSE IT'S CHRISTMAS, COUNT ON ME and BETWEEN TWO WORLDS.
Praise for the Bayview Heights series:
"Kathryn Shay will make you pull out a hanky for more than one intensely moving scene." RT Book Reviews
"You have to read this powerful, heart-wrenching story. Ms. Shay...is a truly gifted storyteller." Old Book Barn Gazette
"Shay's heart-touching, sympathetic approach, powerful storytelling ability and depth of characterization of not only the main characters, but also the secondary characters, speak of first-hand knowledge of teens, challenges, and matters of the heart." Word Weaving
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
As a former high school teacher, I have fallen in love with Kathryn Shay and her Bayview Heights series. She clearly draws upon her background as a teacher to convey life, love, teenage angst and other emotions. Her characters are realistic and ones with which you can't help falling in love. I recommend reading eah book in order so you understand their relationships among eh other.
I have read many of Kathryn Shay's books and they are, like this one, well-written and gut wrenching. This book tackles a very hard subject which is abuse but it is approached in a way that makes the reader stand up and look at the world a little bit differently. We are all aware of it but you always think it happens to someone else. Totally enjoyed this story.
Joe Taylor left his journlism job after his wife's death and return home to teach high school and raise his son, Brady. Juliet Mason is returning to teach high school after leaving 5 years ago to raise her daughter, Hannah. Through their jobs and their kids Joe and Juliet keep getting pushed together and feelings are starting to develop. Juliet is in an abusive relationship but doesn't realize it until she helps a student with the same issue. Once faced with her reality she starts taking actions to gain control of her life again. I like the indepth look into abusive relationships. Having an abusive relationship in the past I could really relate and felt really drawn into this book. This was the first book in this series that I read and it can easily be a stand alone book. I hope in a future book we get to revisit Joe and Juliet. I received this book as a gift for an honest review.
When I think Ms Shay’s writing and stories can’t get any better, she gives us a book like If You Were Mine. I am overwhelmed with her talent and in depth storytelling. This is a book not only about Bayview Heights, as well of Joe Taylor and Juliet Mason. It’s a story about domestic abuse found in the lives of teenagers and adults. You never know what goes behind closed doors. No matter if you are poor, rich, famous , a bright girl or woman, the abuse still exists. She presents the theme in a very touching and sensitive way. Shows us how it affects the self esteem of the abused, how powerless they feel and how it affects their relationships with others. That said she gives hope , support , redemption and happy endings to these victims. Thank you Ms Shay , for another winner.