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Child of Mine

Child of Mine

Написано David Lewis и Beverly Lewis

Озвучено Christina Moore


Child of Mine

Написано David Lewis и Beverly Lewis

Озвучено Christina Moore

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3 июн. 2014 г.
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9781490619088
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Jack Livingston has been raising his nine-year-old adopted niece, Natalie, since the accident that took her parents' lives. While he travels for work, Natalie is lovingly cared for by Laura, an Amish nanny who loves her as her own.
Kelly Maines is nearing the end of her rope. Her baby was kidnapped, the apparent victim of a black market adoption ring, and for eight years, Kelly has tirelessly pursued every lead to its bitter end. Now, there's one last lead from a private investigator: Just a few miles away lives a girl who matches the profile. Could this, at long last, be her beloved child?
Desperately, Kelly initiates a "chance" meeting with Jack Livingston. It goes really well. So well, in fact, that Jack asks her out. One date leads to another, and before she can come clean with her original motives, Kelly realizes Jack is falling for her-- and she for him.
Now how can she tell Jack why she's really here? And having gotten to know Natalie, what if she isn't her long-lost daughter, after all? This was all supposed to be so simple.
But nothing in Natalie's world is simple ...
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David Lewis is Professor of Social Policy and Development in the Department of Social Policy, London School of Economics. He is the author of Bangladesh: Politics, Economy and Civil Society (CUP, 2012), co-author of Anthropology and Development (Pluto, 2015) and co-editor of The Aid Effect (Pluto, 2005).


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  • (4/5)
    I'll admit, upon running across this book's lovely cover for the first time, I expected a good enough story, seeing the authors' names on it, but I didn't expect my heart to get involved. "Another Amish tale," I thought, as while the closest I've gotten to actually experiencing a Lewis Amish tale was watching Saving Sarah Cain, a film I enjoyed based on a novel by Beverly Lewis, I remember back when it seemed that the Christian Fiction section at my favorite bookstore was fast becoming the "Amish and Post-Apocalyptic Christian Fiction" section with less and less room for anything else. While I have nothing big against those book themes, the takeover at that bookstore and others had a fad-like scent, in my opinion, and I tend to steer clear of what would seem too much like hopping on a bandwagon, in case a fad will be just that, without any staying power.However, Child of Mine is more of a contemporary romance with Amish elements, and even suspense elements, stirred in, and my heart couldn't help getting involved with these characters after all. I enjoyed the gradual unfolding of the unknowns about Kelly, Jack, and Laura: imperfect people feeling their way through a journey with imperfect circumstances to face, having to learn how to trust God, and other people, the more. After all, "Faith is a light that's best seen in the dark."On one hand, Jack's heart seemed to be "breaking" frequently, at this moment, then again at another, and during the final third or fourth of the novel, he settled on so many different conclusions that I was reluctant to keep on believing him. On another hand, there was a bit of "throw in some new information after the fact in order to support the fact" storytelling where I would've liked foreshadowing better.Yet, in all, this was a satisfying story that took me on a good amount of emotional turns without losing its course, and it painted a compelling picture of how, at the end of the day, love wins out. Hats off to David and Beverly Lewis for this collaboration!Oh--and don't be surprised when I do read a little more Amish fiction. I guess it's about that time.____________I received an advance reading copy of this book from the publisher through the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program for an honest review.
  • (5/5)
    I loved Child of Mine by Beverly Lewis and David Lewis! I have been a fan of Beverly Lewis for quite sometime. This is the first I have read anything by David Lewis but look forward to more by both authors.This was not the usual Amish type book that I am used to by Beverly Lewis. Although we do see a bit of the Amish in this story through the nanny, Laura. A heart wrenching story of love and loss. A true test of forgiveness, when Kelly's baby is stolen and sold on the black market. I fell in love with the characters, especially nine year old Nattie. I laughed and cried as I read this story, it really made me feel what was happening. This took several unexpected twists and turns to keep me guessing on the outcome. I did like the ending but won't talk to much here about it. I highly recommend this book, it is a very interesting story. I received an advanced copy of this from the publisher in exchange for my review rather it be good or bad.
  • (4/5)
    Really enjoyed this one...loving story that everyone would enjoy reading!
  • (5/5)
    Surprise Ending!Beverly Lewis is my favorite Amish fiction author. Child of Mine was written with her husband, David Lewis. In a way, it is a bit different than most of Lewis' novels. However, it has quickly become one of my favorites! I loved this book! There is drama, romance, and intrigue. It will keep you turning the pages!In Child of Mine, Kelly Maines is one of the lead characters. She is searching for her daughter who was kidnapped eight years ago. Following many leads, and finding many dead ends, she finally receives word from her private investigator that there is an eight-year-old girl living in Ohio who matches the profile of her missing daughter.Jack Livingston is a flight instructor living in Ohio. He is raising his brother's daughter because his brother and sister-in-law were killed in an accident and wished for Jack to become her guardian in the event of their deaths. Jack adores his niece, Natalie. She has become his world. Natalie's parents could not have children of their own and were thrilled to adopt her as an infant. Sadly, they would not survive to see Natalie grow up.Laura Mast is the Amish nanny who is helping Jack to care for Natalie. Laura was hired by Jack's brother and his wife after they adopted Natalie. She is devoted to the child, so remains with her when she moves to Jack's home. Natalie would like nothing more than to have her Uncle Jack marry Laura. The three have been living a content life together for years. Because Laura is Amish, Jack believes it would be impossible to have a romantic relationship with her. Laura is originally from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, but has been shunned by her family there, so she moved to Ohio to live with her cousin who is a member of the "Beachy Amish" order. Jack wonders about Laura's shunning, but all that Laura will say about her past is that the door is forever closed to her regarding reconciling with her family in Lancaster. She can never go back.Kelly Maines enters Jack's life when she asks for an introductory flight at his flight school. Jack has no idea that Kelly is really in Ohio to find out if Natalie might be her daughter. Jack and Kelly become close, developing a romantic relationship. It all falls apart when Jack discovers that Kelly has been deceiving him. He realizes she has only been using him to get to Natalie...or has she?There are so many twists in the plot that I had no idea what was coming next. It was a book I could not put down, so I literally read this novel in one sitting. I was very surprised by the conclusion! Most times when I read a book, I have a general idea about what will happen by the end of the story. Child of Mine was a shocker! It is absolutely a MUST READ!!!I received a copy of this book from the publisher, through The Book Club Network (bookfun.org) in exchange for my honest review.
  • (5/5)
    Child of Mine is a great read and so different from other Amish tales. Jack Livingston has been raising his eight-year-old adopted niece, Natalie. Her parents were killed in a car accident and he has spent his time creating the best life for her and giving up his selfish past. Kelly Maines's baby was kidnapped and she believes Natalie is her child. When she goes to confront Jack they fall for each other. She starts to date Jack and is struggling with whether or not she should DNA test her or just let things run their course. In a twist turn of events you not only find out who Natalie's birth mother is but it is someone you would least expect. I thought this book was suspenseful and just amazing! Characters are well written and you can easily relate to them.
  • (4/5)
    I have not read very many books about the "Amish" and this one really did not reflect that much about their life but a very enjoyable story. Realistic characters that will keep you wanting to read more and has surprise ending! Would recommend this book for "lite" but interesting reading
  • (5/5)
    5 starsI love to read Beverly Lewis' novels, and this one is a bit different from the rest of hers I have read as the connection to the Amish is through the nanny, and not the main character. I also had a bit of a hard time connecting with Kelly at the very first when she is sitting watching children playing on the playground. Jack? Not so much as he is raising his brother's daughter. However, it does not take long, as Kelly let me into her life and I saw and felt her anguish and realized this is not just any woman looking for her child that she gave up, but one that was taken from her. This gives a whole new understanding for me about the AMBER ALERT we read and hear about. Both the nanny and Laura. Jack's sister are invaluable to the story. This is not considered a romantic suspense, and yet I found it hard to put down until I was finished the book.I wonder how any writer, David and Beverly included, can bring out the emotions so clearly and personally until I as the reader felt I was living the story, when they have not lived it for themselves. An amazing novel and definitely one I can recommend to my friends and followers.I received this book free from Emily at Graf-Martins communications through their Nuts about Books program in exchange for an honest review. A positive critique was not required. The opinions are my own.
  • (3/5)
    I love anything Beverly Lewis so I was thrilled to receive her new book co-authored with her husband, David Lewis. In Child of Mine, two different worlds collide. Jack Livingston is raising his niece, Nattie, after her adopted parents' tragic death. Kelly Maines is desperately searching for her missing child. Almost nine years ago, Kelly's daughter was kidnapped by her ex-husband and sold on the black market for drugs. Kelly has never stopped hoping that her child is alive and well. She uses whatever means necessary to follow up on the leads her private detective digs up. Of course, I and any other reader would assume that since Nattie was adopted, she must be Kelly's daughter. But is she the missing child? And if not, then who is she? David and Beverly do an excellent job of keeping the reader's attention to the last page. I did not expect the plot twist at the end.
  • (5/5)
    Like a Quilt for Visiting Englischers to WorkI have a confession to make. I have recently learned that I can give away even books I loved reading and reviewing. Face it, most I will never read again, great though they were. This is NOT one of those!! David and Beverly Lewis have evoked so many emotions: maternal love(from many different characters, not necessarily biological);familial love; romantic love; anxiety; deceit,(so many people have secrets!); and finally the sweet relief of the ending. I just finished the book last night, but found myself re-opening it today, not for the review, but to re-immerse myself in the wonderful world of feelings the story produced.Jack Livingston is an aviator gone AWOL from his dysfunctional family, only to find himself sudden guardian of his 8-yr old niece. He returns home and begins to raise Natalie (Nattie) in a Christian home as best he can with the help of her Amish nanny, Laura Mast.The counterpoint story is of Kelly Maines, whose baby daughter was stolen and sold on the black adoption market 8 years ago. Kelly is working with a detective, plus a wonderful, wealthy older couple, and prays daily for help to find her long-lost daughter.The stories begin to weave together like parts of an Amish quilt coming together. However, I have read stories of Amish folk who allow Englischers to work on a quilt while visiting a B&B, only to have the Amish folk take those less than accurate stitches out after the Enlischers leave. That's a good parallel for how this book plays out. Just as the pieces start fitting into place, the authors skillfully use their seam rippers and give information which makes that "quilt pattern" an impossibility and the reader has to start restitching new solutions. What a sweet relief when it all comes together at last!!Some favorite take-aways? "Never forget. Faith is a light best seen in the darkness." "God can give us what we ask for, but He can't just give us character. Character is what we give God. Character is forged by faith and persistence and doing the right thing."I received this book from bookfun.org in exchange for an honest review.
  • (4/5)
    I found this book to be quite different from Lewis's other novels. The focus to this one is not an Amish character in an Amish community but a man named Jack striving to be a single parent to his deceased brother's adopted daughter. Enter Kelly, whose daughter was sold for drugs as a baby by her deceased husband, who has spent years trying to locate her daughter. The Amish factor enters the story with Laura, Jack's Amish nanny. We see glimpses of the Amish culture through Jack's eyes, but that is not the focus of the novel. I found this to be refreshing and interesting, a decent story. I won't, of course, divulge the ending, but suffice it to say that there are some unexpected twists and turns.
  • (5/5)
    This book delivered all that I've come to expect from Beverly and David Lewis. A heartwrenching story of love and loss, it follows Kelly Maines as she tries to find her now 9-year-old daughter who was kidnapped and sold to a black market adoption ring. Her sources point her to Natalie Livingston, a young girl being raised by her uncle after her adoptive parents were killed in a terrible accident. As the story progresses, relationships develop and fall apart and nothing is as simple as it seems. The ending twists and twists again and ends up going places I never expected.
  • (2/5)
    I just couldn't get interested in this book. I read several chapters hoping that things would perk up but it didn't have the 'can't put it down' quality. I couldn't find anything that made me want to know more about the characters, or feel like I was actually part of the community. I finished it in 10 days. It usually takes only 2-3 days for me to finish a book. This just wasn't a good read to me.
  • (4/5)
    This book reminded me of the other book that Beverly and her husband wrote together. I believe the man in that book also worked in flying. The tone of both books is pleasant and has that healing aspect that all of Beverly's books impart. However, while I enjoyed the book, I didn't find the characters as absorbing as they are normally in her novels. Somehow they were a bit flat--they lacked something. I didn't feel, as I usually do, that I was in it with them, struggling alongside them through everything. It felt like the novel had no real center, but that it was split between Jack and Kelly. That said, I still enjoyed the story. I like the way she completes stories--in a way that gives satisfaction and hope. She reminds me very much of Janette Oke in this. Just as in life there are ups and downs and her characters weather everything, trudging through no matter what--running the race. I admire this and it gives the reader hope, peace, and encouragement.
  • (2/5)
    I enjoyed one character a lot more than the other. I felt that Jack was drawn out and to detailed and Kelly was right to the point. I grew so tired of Jack that I wanted to skip his parts. This book was an easy read, you could come back to it whenever and not have to remember details...BUT I had issues wanting to come back to it. Looking over the other reviews I suppose it just wasn't the book for me.
  • (4/5)
    A young girl, Nattie, is orphaned at age four when her adoptive parents are killed in a tragic accident. Her single, carefree uncle, Jack Livingston, is chosen as her guardian. The young Amish woman, Laura Mast, who had been shunned by the Amish community, had worked for Nattie's parents. She continues as Nattie's nanny after the child goes to live with her uncle. A sad and struggling young woman, Kelly Maines, searches for years to find the daughter who was stolen from her as an infant and sold to "baby buyers". Compelling characters are brought together in an involving story line in "Child of Mine", an inspirational contemporary romance from the husband-and-wife writing team of David and Beverly Lewis. Irrepressible Nattie is an inveterate list-maker and a determined matchmaker. She wants a mother, and she thinks Laura would be the perfect choice to marry her uncle Jack. When Jack meets Kelly, however, she captures his immediate interest. Checking out one more lead from the private investigator she had hired to help her locate her daughter, Kelly makes her way to Jack's aviation business. Her original intention had been to tell him the truth of her visit, but something about Jack makes her hold back, and she pretends to want to take flying lessons. The more Jack talks about Nattie, the more Kelly hopes that the girl will turn out to be her own daughter. Laura, who has always been like a mother to Nattie, is harboring a secret of her own--a secret which will greatly affect all those around her. "Child of Mine" is a touching and intriguing story, a reminder of the roles that faith and fate play in all our lives. This is a heartfelt tale of loss and forgiveness, discovery and redemption, and at the center of the story there is one small girl with a big personality. Review Copy Gratis Library Thing
  • (5/5)
    I really enjoyed reading this book. The stories about finding the lost daughter was very well done and kept me wondering the whole way through the book. I was questioning what was going on with the Amish girl, and where she would end up. I liked the ending in the story. It was a hard one to finish. Very good one for me!! Good Read!!
  • (5/5)
    Another great book from Beverly Lewis and her husband, David. This book once again shows the talents of these two writers. The reader is taken on a different twist than what we usually see from Lewis since the Amish character was not the primary focus of the book. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Child of Mine.
  • (5/5)
    This was one of the best books I have read in a long time and I read a lot.
  • (5/5)
    There isn’t a book that I haven’t read by these authors. I am a huge fan of Beverly Lewis and quickly becoming a fan of David Lewis. When I first started to read this book I wondered where the authors were going with it. What a clever story line.As readers get into the story of Kelly Maines and Jack Livingstone they will find that there are some twists and turns to it. It is not your cut and dried ending. In fact, I was kept guessing until near the very end. (Well done David and Beverly Lewis!)What you will read about is heartache, unforgiveness, many sorrows, happiness, joy, forgiveness and trust. A story that catches you completely off guard.This story will make you feel what the characters feel. Many characters will capture your heart. One little girl named Nattie will be such one. Without a doubt you will keep the pages turning to find out the ending. I highly recommend this book. I loved it!I received an ARC of this book from the publisher to read and review. The opinions expressed are mine alone.
  • (5/5)
    It's not very often that I tell other readers that a book is awesome, because when I do, I don't take the term lightly. For me to rank a book this way, I need to have my interest held all throughout the story; there needs to be several subplots expertly woven together with a few surprise twists that I don't anticipate. The characters need to be portrayed in such a way that I'm invested in their lives, while I come to care for them. When the book is finished, I still feel their presence and circumstances linger, so that I continue to think about them. Their lives and thoughts should influence my own. They should have something to say or experience that touches me right down to my soul. For me, Child of Mine delivers all the above criteria. I even went through a hefty pile of tissues in testimony of how stirred I was.When I begin reading a story, there is usually a predominant question in my mind regarding the theme of the story. The cover of this book and its title suggested a few questions for me to ponder: Whose child? Which child? Who was claiming the child? When I opened the pages of the opening chapter, I was introduced to Kelly Maines. By the end of the chapter, I learned that Kelly has been seeking a specific child for the past eight years, but she was using methods that were not completely ethical. In the next chapter, the readers are introduced to Jack Livingston and his niece Natalie who likes to be called Nattie. Nattie was a precocious eight-year-old, lovingly cared for by her uncle and an Amish nanny, Laura Mast. At this point, I felt I knew where this story was heading.In the final quarter of the book, circumstances take an abrupt turn, and for me instituted a series of new questions after the initial shock. Several times the expected became the unexpected, and I'm sure I said to myself, "Say...what?!" more than twice. The pace picked up dramatically, with frequent re-assessments of my original question of who's claiming whose child. The authors, after lulling readers into expecting one thing to happen and one history to have occurred, turn our expectations on their ears and switch directions entirely. I even flipped back pages a few times to see where I might have missed a clue or to verify what a person said. I love when an author does that, especially when it is written as smoothly as it was in this book.Rest assured that while this book is not primarily a romance, there are portions of the story where romance is an important element. It just isn't the main feature. There is also some mystery that contributes to the twists and turns that reveal facts and change the flow of the story line. Happily, most loose ends are satisfactorily resolved. In addition, unlike many of Beverly Lewis's other books, having an Amish woman play one of the main characters does not mean this is a book about the Amish. It is just an incidental factor among many that makes this book so interesting to read. Finally, the spiritual aspect of a book's plot is important to me. I look to see if life's tough situations are realistically portrayed, the reactions to them true to life, and the lessons learned over time contribute to a character's development. This can happen with or without a person acknowledging God's role in their lives. I admire when an author doesn't make transitions sound too trivial or too easy. I also realize how realistic it is that some people will not heed God's nudges toward a closer relationship with Him. I feel the authors in this story hit upon a balance between the many types of responses possible to God's prompts without sounding overly preachy, idealistic or syrupy. I loved their ability to write soul-stirring fiction that challenges their readers to be introspective. I highly recommend this book for anyone who loves complex Christian fiction. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary review copy of this book from The Book Club Network on behalf of Bethany House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.””
  • (5/5)
    Child of Mine by David & Beverly Lewis is a wonderful story that touches the heart. Kelly Maines has been searching eight years for her daughter who was stolen at birth, a victim of a black market adoption ring. Finally, Kelly has a lead on a young girl that just may be her daughter. This young girl is the adopted niece of Jack Livingston and he has been rearing her since the death of her adopted parents. Jack travels a great deal in his work and when he is gone, Laura, an Amish nanny. cares for Natalie and loves her as if she were her own. Kelly arranges a chance meeting with Jack and this meeting leads to more meetings and Kelly realizes that she is falling for Jack and he is falling for her. This happens before she gets up enough courage to tell him the real reason they met. As Kelly gets to know Natalie she begins to wonder if Natalie is really her daughter.The authors did an excellent job in the development of the story. All the characters were so well developed that I felt as if I knew each one of them personally. I especially loved Natalie, a little girl that could steal anyone’s heart. All the scenes were so real that I could feel myself being right in the middle of what was happening. Dialogue was great and I especially loved everything that was uttered by Natalie. There were many twists and turns in the story and these kept me guessing as to which woman was really Natalie’s mother. When the real mother was revealed I must admit that I was somewhat surprised. The story had a great ending with everyone being happy and content.I recommend this book to anyone that loves a great story that has love, forgiveness, laughter, and tears.Bethany House provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
  • (4/5)
    Ever since her baby daughter was stolen from her, Kelly Maines has done whatever she could to find her. Eight years later she is still looking but her search has cost her some friends and even at times the loss of her self-respect. She is pursuing yet another lead when she meets Jack Livingston and his adorable niece Natalie (Nattie). Kelly knows that there is a chance that Nattie could be her daughter but she is also starting to realize that she needs to do what is best for all involved and doing so might change her life forever. Written by husband and wife team David and Beverly Lewis, “Child of Mine” is the at times heartbreaking yet ultimately uplifting story of love between a parent and child whether the child is biologically theirs or not. The Lewis’s take their time telling both Kelly and Jack's story - consequently the book starts off slowly but gains momentum halfway through. Initially I wasn't sure I like Kelly but the more her story was unveiled the more I liked her and my heart ached for her as she struggled to do the right thing – her story is truly heartbreaking. Jack and Nattie were quicker to grow on me as characters. Nattie is too cure and precocious for words but their story is also heartbreaking at times. Again, the Lewis’s take their time with the Jack/Kelly storyline and the result is a very richly developed story between the two. Unfortunately, the one character who didn't work for me was Laura, Nattie’s Amish nanny. Beverly Lewis is known for her Amish books and does them quite well but Laura never struck me as a fully developed character and any attempt for a deeper relationship between her and Jack felt forced to me and an unnecessary plot device. Laura aside, I really enjoyed this book and hated to see it end.
  • (5/5)
    Child of Mine brings to light every Mother’s nightmare, with kidnapping of her infant. When we learn the facts of what happed to this baby, my maternal instincts went wild, how could anyone do this, much less the person who did do it?How does a mother ever give up looking, through eight and then nine years of anguish? Her hopes are dashed numerous times, and she has a way of sneaking DNA for an unsuspecting child, but her efforts have not been blessed and her life is in tatters. Kelly is a woman of faith, and God has not blessed her efforts, especially with her using deceit.On one of her searching trips she meets a girl she is positive is her missing daughter, now what should she do to be sure? Use her deceit and get a DNA sample again? She then proceeds to weave a tangled web, and after a while how do you tell the truth? Will she find her Emily, or is she lost forever?It was so hard to put this book down for any reason, I wanted to get to the end and find the answers, and there are some very big surprises in store. Most I never saw coming, and there are a lot of answered questions, maybe not how you want them, but the way that life is.Keep the tissues handy, and try to keep your emotions in control, but don’t miss this great read. One of the best I’ve read all year, it will stay with you, and hit you right where it hurts, in your heart.I received this book through Bethany House Publishers, and was not required to give a positive review.
  • (5/5)
    Child of Mine by Beverly & David LewisJack Livingston is raising his adopted niece Natalie after his brother and wife passed away. Natalie is a sweet child that would love nothing more than to know her birth mother and have a mother to call her own. She plays match maker with her Amish nanny Laura and Jack. Kelly is searching for her daughter that was kidnapped eight years ago, is it possible that Natalie is her missing daughter?Child of Mind is has a surprise ending I never saw coming. The characters are dynamic and well thought out. David and Beverly Lewis did a glorious job with this book. The way they handled the adoption story was so real, the emotions of all the characters just come to life. You can’t help but feel their pain and joy. This book is not your run of the mill Amish story I assumed it would be. I give Child of Mine 5 stars and highly recommend it. If you like Amish, Christian, romance and a little suspense then this is a great book for you.I want to thank the authors Beverly & David Lewis and publisher Bethany House for bringing a good clean Christian books like this one to readers like me. I would also like to thank The Book Club Network Inc. for providing me with this book in exchange for my honest review.
  • (5/5)
    Beverly and David Lewis have again combined their talents to write what is sure to be a best seller! I loved this story! I like the way the back story of how Kelly lost her daughter is slowly introduced…at first you don't know HOW they were lost to each other. It keeps you wondering…..and when it is revealed, it helps you understand Kelly's obsession with her search. What I also like is how this book is faith driven. It isn't until Kelly gives up doing things 'her way' that things finally start falling into place in her search. I won't give away any plot details, but there are a number of twists and turns…you think you have it figured out, then another twist is thrown in….more 'aha' moments! But I will say it is a story of a mothers unending love for her missing daughter, and the people she meets along the way and unexpectedly grows to love. Other characters have their own 'back stories' which makes things more interesting, and has you wondering who will end up with whom! Although things don't turn out as you may expect, there is a feeling of 'rightness' about it all….By the end of the book, you see the big picture and understand that 'all things work together for the good of them that love God'. I really liked the characters…they grow on you…..in fact I want ANOTHER book to keep up with what is going on in their lives!! Child of Mine should have been released around Mother's Day…. it is a great story that explores mother-child bonding, the capacity of a mother (biologic or not) to give love, and to put a child's needs first and foremost. (Warning: you will put aside chores to keep reading this book to the end!!)
  • (4/5)
    This isn't your typical Amish story, it's seen through the eyes of Englischer Jack Livingstone who is guardian over his young neice who adoptive parents were killed. Kelly's baby daughter was kidnapped and sold to black market adoption. She still hopes that someday she will find her young daughter. Kelly and Jack meet and all I can say is it's not what you think will happen. Interesting storyline with enough twists and turns to keep you reading, some heartwrenching scenes, and a great ending. Well written, maybe a bit drawn out, but it's still a good book. Disclosure: I received this book free from Bethany House through their Blogger program. The opinions I have expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255