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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

And Then I Found You - Patti Callahan Henry

Released April 2013

Patti Callahan Henry
St. Martin's Press

Book Review by Tracy Farnsworth

And Then I Found You is a touching story that's based on true-life events. Kate Vaughn and her high school sweetheart never expected she'd become pregnant, but it happened. They knew they were not prepared to become parents, so they gave the infant girl to a family who would love her. They never stopped wondering about her though.

Many years later, Kate owns a thriving clothing boutique and finds her boyfriend is planning to propose. She's kept the fact that she has a daughter somewhere hidden from him. Needing to regroup, she sets off to find her ex-beau, a man who is now a single dad. Their entire world changes when the daughter they gave up reaches out to Kate on Facebook. Kate's always wanted to meet the girl, and now she has that very chance.

Grab the Kleenex because you'll need them. Adoption is a very personal and often painful issue. One I know well because a relative had a baby when she was a teenager, and in that era teens were sent away to have their babies before anyone realized they were pregnant. After graduation, she moved south, leaving her family behind, in hopes that someday the child she had would find her. It's yet to happen, but she never gives up hope. And Then I Found You touches on this.

In this case, the author's sister gave up her infant and that child did reconnect with them through Facebook. That set the stage for this emotional story. It's an easy story to get lost in. I started reading it and then ended up not moving from my recliner until I was done. It was that good, and a book I highly recommend.

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