What lengths would you go to find your daughter if she was brutally kidnapped from you as an infant? I can’t even begin to imagine the pain, the panic that would come from such an event.
“Child of Mine” has a fantastic premise and one I was curious to delve into. You think you have the book figured out about until about ¾ of the way through, but keep reading—it has a fantastic twist at the end. Though at times I was wondering when I was going to stop being redirected from what I thought was my ultimate destination.
The book was about one hundred pages too long. I felt there were moments when the tension could have been seized and was left to dangle without a purpose. I will admit at this point of the book, much as I wanted to take my time to enjoy, I did skim.
Besides the one hundred too many pages, Natalie is a doll. Laura is the complex Amish nanny that I truly didn’t figure out until closer to the end of the book. And secondary characters play well against the story’s backdrop. I appreciated that the romance between Jack and Kelly felt natural without the usual “drama” surrounding the breakup and getting back together of the typical contemporary romance. (smile)
All in all the plot is attractive. The writing good. The pacing a bit slow, but still a good story. Solid three stars.
This review is my honest opinion. Thanks to the publishers for my copy to review.
More about the book...
Bestselling Author Duo Delivers Heart-Stirring Drama
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...