Child of Mine  -     By: David Lewis, Beverly Lewis
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Child of Mine

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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?

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0764212540
ISBN-13: 9780764212543
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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?

Author Bio

David Lewis grew up in Aberdeen, South Dakota. He met and married Bev in Colorado, where together they make their home in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, enjoying their three grown children and one grandchild.

Beverly Lewis
was born in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch country. She fondly recalls her growing-up years, and due to a keen interest in her mother's Plain family heritage, many of Beverly's books are set in Lancaster County.

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  1. mcaldwell
    Erie, PA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A Child of the Heart
    July 25, 2014
    mcaldwell
    Erie, PA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4

    Kelly Maines has searched for over 8 years for the daughter that her estranged (and now deceased) husband sold out from under her. Jack Livingston cares for his young niece upon the death of his brother and sister-in-law. There's also Laura Mast and Aunt San who provide other mother figures in the book. Kelly's private investigator finds Jack's niece and believes he has finally made the genetic connection. There are sins of omission in the story and need to be sorted out The book teaches what it means to be born of the heart.

    Thanks to Bethany House for the advance copy for review.

  2. vjones
    St Paul, MN
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Heartwarming, Dynamic, powerful
    July 24, 2014
    vjones
    St Paul, MN
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5

    This is a story of forgiveness and putting others first. I dont normally get emotional when reading most books.But Child of Mine really tugged at my heart strings. I had a hard time putting the book down until I knew how it was going to end. Whenever I thought I could predict the ending, the authors put in a twist that had me reeling. I very quickly gave up trying to figure out what to anticipate next.

    Meet Jack, a man raising his nephew Nattie after the death of her adopted parents. He did not have an easy childhood and now is determined to do what is best for Nattie including finding a mother for her. Then there is Kelly whose child was kidnapped and sold by the childs father eight years ago. Kelly is determined to find her little girl no matter the cost. We also meet Laura the nanny with secrets of her own. And finally, involved in the story is an aunt who says what she thinks and is very opinioned on how Jack should live his life.

    Child of Mine is unlike any other Beverly Lewis book I have ever read. This is my first book with coauthor David Lewis. But if this book is any indication of his other books, I am a loyal fan. The characters in Child of Mine are faced with making some tough choices including deciding whether to forgive those people in their past who had hurt them. They experience joy, sorrow, betrayal, lies, painful truths, and living in a world where hurts are inevitable and life does not always work out as expected. I have always enjoyed Beverly Lewis books. But this book coauthored with David Lewis raised the bar even higher and I hope we will see more coauthored books

    I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review

  3. Creative2xmom
    California
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Loved it!
    July 22, 2014
    Creative2xmom
    California
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female

    Kelly is a mother. Well, she was at one time, before her ex-husband sold her daughter for drug money. And with his accidental death, she has no leads for finding her Emily. So she resorts to traveling the States on her weekends, DNA testing unsuspecting adoptees.

    Jack is a single father, left to struggle through parenthood after his brother and sister-in-law die in a tragic accident. His adopted niece, Natalie, loves her "Dad", but struggles with her desire for a mom. She even goes so far as to try and set him up with her Amish nanny, Laura.

    Eventually in Kelly's investigations, she comes across Jack and Natalie's special situation and decides to find out if this could possibly be her lost daughter. But will she tell the truth this time? Or continue using deceptive methods? And what of her relationship with Jack? And his relationship with Laura? And what if adoptive and birth parent issues aren't nearly as cut and dry as they seem?

    This newest novel by David and Beverly Lewis takes so many twists and turns. There were several moments in the book where I thought I had it figured out, only to have the authors throw everything I knew upside down. I love the way their two writing voices played off each other as well. The character's voices were distinct, yet there was no disruption in the change of writing. The story flowed nicely.

    While I've been a long time fan of Beverly Lewis, this is the first time I've read anything by David Lewis. And he certainly held his own in this work. While Beverly Lewis typically writes Amish fiction, this book is NOT Amish fiction. The only Amish character in the book is Laura, who does play a prominent part, but is not the entire focus of the book.

    My only complaint was San's character. Jack's grouchy sister, San, has no problem sharing her discontent with absolutely everything Jack does. While she is a believable character, she is highly annoying and I could have done with less of her in the book.

    All in all, I enjoyed it. This one gets four stars in my book. Kept me guessing till the last page. Hope you enjoy!

    *Disclaimer: I received a few copy of this book for review. All opinions are my own.

  4. Lecia
    Timberville, Va.
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Awesome book by Beverly & David Lewis
    July 21, 2014
    Lecia
    Timberville, Va.
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5

    Jack Livingston is raising his 8 year old adopted niece with the help of an amish nanny Laura Mast.
    Eight years ago Kelly Maines little girl was kidnapped. With the help of a private investigator there is a new lead, could it be Nattie, Jack's adopted daughter?
    Or could the little girl belong to her amish caregiver?
    The book keeps you on the edge of your seat trying to figure out who is her mother.
    I recommend this book highly! Another winner by Beverly Lewis.

  5. Pamela Jo
    Bucks County, PA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Surprise Ending!
    July 19, 2014
    Pamela Jo
    Bucks County, PA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5

    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.

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