I have been so busy the past few months that I have not read one fictional book. I started a book club in my neighborhood three years ago when I moved to Florida, and I have not attended the monthly discussion since last year. For me, that is unbelievable. My choice of books has always been fiction. It's my escape!
Devouring And Then I Found You reminded me of how much I have missed that escape.
And Then I Found You was inspired by a true story. The author's younger sister made the decision to give up her baby for adoption after an unplanned pregnancy. Following a series of events that unfolded many years later, Patti Callahan Henry decided to write a book based on that experience.
Katie Vaughan is a strong, successful woman. She has a thriving business, and a boyfriend who adores her. Why is there something missing? Why, when it is time to get serious about her relationship, does she begin to rethink her future?
There are pieces of Katie's life that she keeps hidden from only the family who helped her through it. As those pieces began to unfold in this book, I was swept up and could not put it down. Dinner? Oops. Laundry? Really? You have no underwear?
As I read, I marked a few lines that spoke to me:
"And inside this disorder, a new order unfolded." This line summed up Katie's decision. She needed to revisit the past to find out if the future right in front of her was the one she wanted to take place. What was done, was done. But was it?
"Pink petals fell to the ground in extravagant waste along the steps." Can you see that? The author paints beautiful visuals. I love that.
"Laughter filled the room the same way the universe fills the sky: with pure delight." See what I mean? I had to smile reading that line!
This book is a wonderful read for the beach or pool this summer. It would make a thoughtful gift for Mother's Day, as well. Pick it up at Amazon or your local bookstore.