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CHILD OF MINE by DAVID and BEVERLY LEWIS REVIEWED



Child of Mine
By David and Beverly Lewis
Published by Bethany House
ISBN#978-0-7642-1254-3
245 Pages

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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...

Review: Thanks to The Book Club Network www.bookfun.org  for a review copy of a book that introduced me to Beverly Lewis and her new novel. I’ve known about this author and have actually watched one of her movies that had been made from her book called Saving Sarah Cain.

I enjoyed the movie very much. I don’t read many Amish novels, it was not a topic my book club ladies wanted to read about often. I was thrilled to receive the review copy of a book I really enjoyed. Not only did I instantly connect with the leading man, Jack; uncle to Nattie. But I adored little Nattie. She is a spit fire full of questions and love to share with her Uncle, Laurie her Amish nanny and friends.

I enjoyed this novel because it took place completely outside of the Amish community. There were references to their way of life and customs because Laure was Nattie’s nanny for so many years.  These authors talked about how an Amish woman could care for an Englisher child but still maintain her way of life. I found it interesting.

Laura was Nattie’s whole world when she suddenly lost both of her parents. Nattie’s Uncle Jack became her guardian and moved into his brother’s house. He wanted to keep things stable for this precious little one. The transition was made easier with the assistance of Laura. Life was hard in the beginning but with the help of his sister San and Laura they figured out a comfortable routine. Jack grew to love this little girl the Lord put in his life and couldn’t imagine life without her. Life was good until Nattie tries to play match maker for Jack. Nattie was in search for a mother and a soul mate for Jack.

I was delighted by Nattie. She was fun loving, bright, over flowing with love to share, she was all girl. She wasn’t afraid to tell you what she was thinking either. Nattie was quite the list maker. I enjoyed reading about Jack and Nattie’s relationship and the fun they had that often times included Laura.

“Fee Fi Fo Fair!” he heard from inside Nattie’s room.
“I can hear you out there!”
Jack cracked the door open and flipped on the light…since you’re still awake…maybe we could talk.”
“I do like talking when I’m not in trouble.” She made a face. “Wait a minute – am I in trouble again?”
“You’re never in trouble, sweet Pea.”
“Okay, let’s go with that.” Nattlie smiled.

The other story line throughout the novel was about Kelly. She is in search for her baby girl named Emily. She was adopted to a family and Kelly has made it her life’s mission to find her. Chet, a father figure to Kelly says to her, “Whenever things are bleak, messy, consider it an opportunity. Anyone can believe in the light of day, but few persist under the shroud of darkness. Never forget, faith is a light that’s best seen in the dark.”

There are nuggets like this throughout the novel. They are naturally mingled in the middle of the fun and drama.

Laura says to Jack, “Character is what we give God. Character is forged by faith and persistence and doing the right thing.” No matter how hard it is.

This story instantly grabbed my heart and my attention. I adored Nattie, I liked Jack and Laura as well. I felt for Kelly. As her flight unfolded my heart broke. Things were going along good when Jack learns in a parent teacher conference that Nattie is in search of a mother.  Jack doesn’t know what to think or what to do. It’s been years since he’d been on a date!

This is a sweet, fun story filled with some twists, turns and a few surprises along the way. This is a wonderful story with believable characters walking out impossible situations. All of them trusting God has their best in store for them. I laughed, my throat tightened and I was teary eyed in parts. I highly recommend this book as a book club pick and/or a great summer read. This is the first book I’ve read by this author it won’t be the last.

Nora St. Laurent
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2 comments:

  1. Is there very much of the Amish lifestyle involved in the book, or is most of it about the English? I know their book The Sanctuary was mostly about the English.

    Thanks,
    Gail

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    1. Hi, Gail, Great to see you here! It's mostly about the English. Laura the nanny had been shunned. They go into why later in the story so they talk about the Amish Community more at that time!

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