- Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: Bethany House Publishers; Large type / large print edition edition (June 3, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0764212540
- ISBN-13: 978-0764212543
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.5 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 644 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #146,149 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Child of Mine Paperback – Large Print, June 3, 2014
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From Bestselling Authors David & Beverly Lewis
Flight instructor Jack Livingston has been raising his eight-year-old adopted niece, Natalie, since the accident that took her parents' lives. When he travels, Natalie is tenderly cared for by her Amish nanny, Laura Mast, who loves the little girl as her own.
Eight excruciating years ago, Kelly Maines's baby was kidnapped. Determined to find her child, Kelly has tirelessly pursued every lead to its bitter end. And now, with the clock ticking, one last clue from a private investigator ignites a tiny flame of hope: Just a few miles away lives a young girl who matches the profile.
Can this be, at long last, Kelly's beloved daughter?
"Heartwarming scenes, well-developed storylines and realistic characters combine in this tale of a mother's love." -RT Book Reviews
About the Author
Beverly Lewis, born in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch country, is the New York Times bestselling author of more than ninety books. Her stories have been published in eleven languages worldwide. A keen interest in her mother's Plain heritage has inspired
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This book starts with Kelly Mains, a woman whose daughter was kidnapped as an infant 9 years ago. Kelly has dedicated her life to finding her daughter, even when it means stealing possible matches' DNA. Kelly works a low level job so she can have the flexibility to fly as needed to investigate these possible matches. She's cut off nearly everyone in her "old" life, only associating with the couple who helps to finance her search and her private investigator.
The novel switches to the story of Jack Livingston, a pilot who adopted his niece, Natalie (or Natty), after his brother in sister-in-law died about 5 years ago. Natty was adopted by her first parents. Jack employs a nanny that Natty has had even before her parents died. Her nanny is Laura, an Amish woman who was shunned from her old community and now lives with cousins who are beachy Amish (less strict rule). Beverly Lewis loves writing about the Amish and I had to laugh to see that she inserted her favorite topic even into this story. It did add an interesting extra storyline, though. Most recently, Natty has been obsessed with the idea of a mother, pushing Jack to ask out her favorite nanny.
Kelly meets Jack when Natty comes up on her list of possible matches. Is Natty really her kidnapped daughter? Kelly meets Jack under false pretenses and can't figure out how to tell him the truth, especially when they begin dating and she comes to care for him and Natty.
There are a lot of twists and turns in this story. I figured them out before the characters and it was annoying at times to watch the slow characters finally catch up to certain realizations. However, the twists and turns definitely weren't obvious at the beginning of the story. It was not predictable and I loved that. Sometimes Natty seemed bratty and annoying to me, but that may have been the narrator's little girl voice. All of the adult characters showed a lot of development. It was easy to care about and want the best for them. The story moved at a good pace and definitely kept my interest. There were some beautiful messages in the novel about sacrifice and trusting God. It is a Christian novel, but not preachy at all, and I think anyone would enjoy it, regardless of beliefs. This book certainly made me want to find more novels of Beverly Lewis that I haven't read yet. I would highly recommend this to fans of Christian fiction or just fiction in general.
I like Beverly Lewis' books - I can't say I've read every one of them...but I've read a lot of them. But to see a book that is a mystery - along with having "plain" people in it...well done.
The storyline is easy to follow - one woman has been looking for her daughter for over 8 years. Her daughter had been sold to an adoption "ring" by the woman's husband - who died shortly afterwards from an overdose. She's been searching for her daughter for years....thanks to some folks who are helping her with her expenses.
I won't say more because the story has so much more "meat" to it than that.
The story was fulfilling and the lead-up to the ending was not rushed and so when the ending came...it felt right. I had closure. While I would love to see a sequel - the fact is that I can put this book down and be content that the ending picked up all the loose ends and knit them together successfully.
I would like to see more books by this husband and wife team because while they are definitely different from the ones Beverly writes alone...they have a lot of depth to them and bring in another perspective simply from having a second writer.
Thanks for a great read! I will keep my eyes open for more books from you both!
The adoption of one of the key figures in this novel is a legal adoption. There wasn't an open adoption in that the little girl didn't know who her real mother was.
This journey that we followed with Kelly, who's child had been kidnapped and sold on the black market, is riveting. The pain that Kelly goes through tears at your heart. Along the journey, Kelly finds a wonderful man who happens to have an adopted daughter.
The twists and turns that this novel takes is real page turning reading! I found that I couldn't stop reading even though I was tired!! I really appreciate that this wasn't a run of the mill story line! I strongly recommend this book but with a warning; you might not be able to stop reading!