Title: And Then I Found You
Author: Patti Callahan Henry
Release Date: April 9, 2013
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Source: Publisher, SheReads Book Club
Rating: 4 out of 5
Kate Vaughan is successful, with a supportive family and a man who loves her. Why, then, does she feel incomplete? Perhaps it’s due to the lack of closure regarding the baby Kate gave up for adoption when she was just 16 years old. Over the years, Kate’s wondered about that sweet little girl, wanting to know who she ended up with and whether or not she’s happy. Realizing that she can’t move forward until the past stops haunting her, Kate decides that she needs to deal with her complex feelings surrounding her daughter.
And Then I Found You would be an engaging story, regardless of its background. But, the fact is, every story comes from somewhere, and sometimes being aware of that germination can make a reader appreciate a novel that much more. That’s the case with this book, which is actually based a true story. Patti Callahan Henry’s sister gave up a baby for adoption. It was a difficult decision, and years later, her family are still grappling with the aftereffects. I’ll stop there, lest I give away any of the novel’s plot, but knowing this gives the reader an extra level of understanding.
Despite the fact that And Then I Found You is loosely based on a true story, the characters are from Henry’s imagination. Sometimes this is difficult to believe, as they are so realistic and well-written. Kate is an absolutely sympathetic character, and readers will understand her conflicted feelings when it comes to her daughter. Giving up her baby was the best thing Kate felt she could do, but that doesn’t mean it was easy, nor that Kate has forgotten about her daughter.
Indeed, And Then I Found You presents a very close, realistic examination of adoption. It’s not easy, even in the best of circumstances. Even if everything is the absolute best you can hope for, the family is perfect and the baby is well loved and raised knowing she’s special, it’s still hard. Even knowing that the best thing you could do for your child was give her to someone else, it’s a horrible decision to have to make. Henry doesn’t sugarcoat the difficulties of this decision for the reader, nor does she make the consequences simple for Kate, her family, her daughter, or her daughter’s adoptive family. It’s layered and well told.
If you’re looking for an easy read that will draw you in, And Then I Found You is a good choice. It examines difficult issues while being compulsively readable. This is a novel you’ll want to read in one sitting; in fact, it would make an ideal book club pick, as there’s plenty to discuss within the novel.
And Then I Found You is the SheReads Book Club pick for April, so if you’re interested in learning more about it, please head over there for more reviews and information.
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