Book Review: And Then I Found You

Mar 12, 2013 by

And Then I Found You: A Novel

Over the past several months, I’ve been lost in a world of time travel, 18th century Scotland and America, romance, drama, action and sex.  All thanks to Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series.   I recently discovered this series of seven very long books and I’ve been obsessed.  While I’m waiting on book eight to be released later this year, my reading list is looking a little more varied.  

The Outlander series has an adoption story line, 18th century style.  Though adoptees are a minority, adoption is a theme that seems to come up a lot in fiction.  Or maybe I’m just drawn to adoption-related books…   

And Then I Found You is a novel centered on adoption.   I recently received an advance reading copy of this book from Goodreads.  (The book is scheduled to be released in early April.)  Below is my Goodreads review of this book.  

And Then I Found You: A Novel by Patti Callahan Henry

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book started out slow. In fact, I considered putting it aside. I’m glad I didn’t. Once the story started moving along, it was a page turner. By the time I got to the final pages, I was sorry to see the story end.

And Then I Found You is emotional, believable and thought-provoking. It is a story that explores the heart of a woman who loved and lost not only her first love, but her first child. It explores big questions without easy answers. It acknowledges that what has been done cannot be undone. And that the past will find you. It goes well beyond a traditional love story with a predictable ending.

What I appreciated most about this book was how well Patti Callahan Henry dealt with the complexities of adoption and the lifelong emotional impact on all of the parties involved. She explores the emotions of not only the birth mother, but also birth father, the extended birth family, the adoptive parents, and the child placed for adoption. In the introduction, the author explains that she speaks from experience: her sister placed a child for adoption. This novel is inspired by her family’s experience.

Though heartwarming, the novel highlights the stark reality of the many lives that have been forever changed by an adoption decision. As an adoptee, I appreciate that she does not sugarcoat the emotions. Rather, she explores them in a way that acknowledges that even a happy adoption reunion carries emotional baggage for all involved.

I received an advance reading copy of this book through Goodread’s First Reads program. Had I not received this advance copy, it is definitely a book I would purchase. I’m glad to have discovered this author through this program and I’m looking forward to reading more of her books.

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