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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?
Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2014
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
Availability: In Stock
The Kauffman Amish Bakery Collection: A Gift of Grace, A Promise of Hope, A Place of Peace, A Life of Joy, A Season of Love - eBookAmy ClipstonZondervan / 2014 / ePub$16.99Availability: Out of StockCBD Stock No: WW66174EB
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?
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.
MaryMinnesotaAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Energetic mystery and romanceJuly 27, 2014MaryMinnesotaAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Wow! "Child of Mine" is a wonderfully good story. When I first saw the cover I thought, "Hmm, yet another Amish book." Well, this went way beyond another Amish book! Yes, there was an Amish character, the nanny Laura, who worked for Jack, helping him raise his adopted niece, Natalie. (Beverly and David Lewis do a much better job than I do of explaining that so please don't be confused.) Anyway, while there is some of the Amish lifestyle in the story, the Amish are not the main theme of the book.
"Child of Mine" is a mix of mystery and romance. Kelly's daughter was kidnapped eight years ago and she is desperate to find her child! Her methods are often unethical but she has neglected her own life and health in order to continue her search. When her journey has her crossing paths with Jack, she doesn't tell him the whole truth, which eventually gets her into trouble! Can Natalie be Kelly's biological child? Have her years of searching finally paid off? Will Jack accept Kelly's love in spite of her lies? And most of all, can a person really, truly and deeply love a child that is not biologically theirs?
"Child of Mine" is a great story that I highly recommend! It is a light, clean, easy read that will have you wondering what will happen next. I enjoyed the humor as well as the high energy of Natalie's character. Just when you think you have it all figured out the author throws in another twist!
I received this book from The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.
mcaldwellErie, PAAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5A Child of the HeartJuly 25, 2014mcaldwellErie, PAAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Kelly 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.
vjonesSt Paul, MNAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Heartwarming, Dynamic, powerfulJuly 24, 2014vjonesSt Paul, MNAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This 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
Creative2xmomCaliforniaAge: 25-34Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Loved it!July 22, 2014Creative2xmomCaliforniaAge: 25-34Gender: femaleKelly 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.
LeciaTimberville, Va.Age: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Awesome book by Beverly & David LewisJuly 21, 2014LeciaTimberville, Va.Age: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Jack 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.
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