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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 ...
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Overview

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?
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The first meeting between Kelly Maines and flight instructor Jack Livingston was contrived to look like chance. Eight years before, Kelly's infant had been kidnapped and Jack's eight-year-old adopted niece seemed to fit her profile. What couldn't have been planned is that the yearning mother searcher would fall for the little girl's guardian. A trade paperback and NOOK Book original. (P.S. Raising the emotional pull of this novel is the presence of Amish nanny Laura Mast, who loves the child as if it were her own.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781441264541
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/3/2014
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 6,324
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Beverly Lewis
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.
Beverly Lewis, born in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch country, is the New York Times bestselling author of more than ninety books. Her stories have been published in eleven languages worldwide. A keen interest in her mother's Plain heritage has inspired Beverly to write many Amish-related novels, beginning with The Shunning, which has sold more than one million copies and was recently made into an Original Hallmark Channel movie. In 2007 The Brethren was honored with a Christy Award. She has been interviewed by both national and international media, including Time magazine, the Associated Press, and the BBC. Beverly lives with her husband, David, in Colorado. Visit her website at www.beverlylewis.com for more information.
David Lewis is the bestselling author of Coming Home, his first solo novel, as well as a keyboard artist and pilot. He is the first editor for his wife, Beverly Lewis, as well as research partner and manager. David was born in Minnesota, grew up in the Midwest, and met Beverly in Colorado, where they currently make their home.
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  • Posted November 13, 2014

    Child of Mine is a fantastic book! It is full of twists and turn

    Child of Mine is a fantastic book! It is full of twists and turns. Just when you think you have it all figured out, another curve-ball is thrown in. It is great. I enjoy Beverly's books normally but this one was even better than normal. You have a child sold on the black-market, a child adopted by a family, a nanny and a little girl who wraps herself around your little finger. I can not wait to read another one of her books.
    I received this book from the Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.

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  • Posted October 23, 2014

    I absolutely loved this collaboration between Beverly and David

    I absolutely loved this collaboration between Beverly and David Lewis! This book held my interest with the story of hope, repentance and redemption.
    What I loved most about this book, is that just when I thought I had it all figured out, a new twist was thrown in....drawing me in even further! The ending is not exactly what you expect...are you intrigued yet?!
    The characters were very well written and realistic...many of which draw you in and tug at your heartstrings. I am very impressed with this co-authored book, I have always been a fan of Beverly and David's dual efforts! I am looking forward to the next book with great anticipation!
    I highly recommend this book to everyone - it is a wonderful story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2014

    Great Christian book!!!

    If you are looking for a great Christian book, then you should definitely get this. I enjoyed it sooooo much that I could not put it down! Beverly Lewis is the greatest author EVER!!!

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  • Posted September 14, 2014

    Captivating! "Child of Mine" is an engrossing and c

    Captivating!



    "Child of Mine" is an engrossing and captivating story of three adult characters and a child whose parentage is questioned after eight years has passed. The lives of these four people and those closest to them are followed through an interlacing plot, keeping the reader alert to any clues as to the direction these lives will take. I am very impressed at the seamless blending of the lives of these characters, having no clue as to which author is developing any particular scene. David and Beverly Lewis have composed a deep, emotion packed novel with continuity and integrity. I highly recommend this book!
     
    Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from Bethany House through the Book Fun For Readers Only program in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.

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  • Posted September 12, 2014

    I'm not as enthusiastic about his book as so many others are. It

    I'm not as enthusiastic about his book as so many others are. It is a good book, but certainly not excellent and not at all what I expected. This is NOT an Amish book of the same caliber as Beverly Lewis has written in the past. It does have surprises in it  which makes it interesting. The story line has twists and turns. That is fine and good. But, there is so little "Amish" in it that I am forced to say I was genuinely disappointed. Also, the cover is quite misleading in that regard. 

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    Posted September 10, 2014

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  • Posted September 1, 2014

    Beverly Lewis has the gift of weaving a story. Making you feel a

    Beverly Lewis has the gift of weaving a story. Making you feel as if you're right there, watching these people live their lives! She has twists and turns that you don't see coming! Very good book!

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  • Posted August 31, 2014

    WOW! This book took hold on my emotions! It was interesting from

    WOW! This book took hold on my emotions! It was interesting from the start, but about half way through, I just could not put it down! It was a roller coaster ride of cheering on the characters, experiencing their pains and joy, and the feeling of knowing the characters personally.

    Every time I thought I had it figured out... The authors threw in a new twist. On a deeper level, this book is also about choices, consequences, forgiveness, truth, reality, and issues people deal with daily. You will find much food for thought as you read this book. It certainly makes you take a look inside you.

    Something that spoke to me in this story, was Kelly's feeling of desertion by her friends and community after years of searching for her child. The people are tired of your problems attitude. After searching for her daughter for eight years, there were very few supporters out there. She gave up all she had, time, money, to keep looking. She withdrew from people. It reminded me of the importance of being supportive, sticking by people even when their trials seem to be hopeless, or not necessarily have an end in sight. We need to be careful not to judge, or tell people to "just get over it". It's not always that simple. 

    Although the outcome of the book is positive - thank goodness! The ending is not exactly what you expect. I highly recommend this book - You will be surprised! 

    I received this book from TBCN  and Bethany House in exchange for my honest opinion. I am not required to give a positive review.

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  • Posted August 22, 2014

    Another Beverly Lewis treasure!

    Beverly Lewis writes another brilliant book with well developed characters. This novel has some unexpected turns which makes it even more interesting.

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  • Posted August 22, 2014

    A must read

    I have this on my Nook. Once I started reading this ebook I found it very hard to put down.

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  • Posted August 13, 2014

    It's not very often that I tell other readers that a book is awe

    It's not very often that I tell other readers that a book is awesome, because when I do, I don't take the term lightly. For me to rank a book this way, I need to have my interest held all throughout the story; there needs to be several subplots expertly woven together with a few surprise twists that I don't anticipate. The characters need to be portrayed in such a way that I'm invested in their lives, while I come to care for them. When the book is finished, I still feel their presence and circumstances linger, so that I continue to think about them. Their lives and thoughts should influence my own. They should have something to say or experience that touches me right down to my soul. For me, Child of Mine delivers all the above criteria. I even went through a hefty pile of tissues in testimony of how stirred I was.




    When I begin reading a story, there is usually a predominant question in my mind regarding the theme of the story. The cover of this book and its title suggested a few questions for me to ponder: Whose child? Which child? Who was claiming the child? When I opened the pages of the opening chapter, I was introduced to Kelly Maines. By the end of the chapter, I learned that Kelly has been seeking a specific child for the past eight years, but she was using methods that were not completely ethical. In the next chapter, the readers are introduced to Jack Livingston and his niece Natalie who likes to be called Nattie. Nattie was a precocious eight-year-old, lovingly cared for by her uncle and an Amish nanny, Laura Mast. At this point, I felt I knew where this story was heading.




    In the final quarter of the book, circumstances take an abrupt turn, and for me instituted a series of new questions after the initial shock. Several times the expected became the unexpected, and I'm sure I said to myself, "Say...what?!" more than twice. The pace picked up dramatically, with frequent re-assessments of my original question of who's claiming whose child. The authors, after lulling readers into expecting one thing to happen and one history to have occurred, turn our expectations on their ears and switch directions entirely. I even flipped back pages a few times to see where I might have missed a clue or to verify what a person said. I love when an author does that, especially when it is written as smoothly as it was in this book.




    Rest assured that while this book is not primarily a romance, there are portions of the story where romance is an important element. It just isn't the main feature. There is also some mystery that contributes to the twists and turns that reveal facts and change the flow of the story line. Happily, most loose ends are satisfactorily resolved. In addition, unlike many of Beverly Lewis's other books, having an Amish woman play one of the main characters does not mean this is a book about the Amish. It is just an incidental factor among many that makes this book so interesting to read. 




    Finally, the spiritual aspect of a book's plot is important to me. I look to see if life's tough situations are realistically portrayed, the reactions to them true to life, and the lessons learned over time contribute to a character's development. This can happen with or without a person acknowledging God's role in their lives. I admire when an author doesn't make transitions sound too trivial or too easy. I also realize how realistic it is that some people will not heed God's nudges toward a closer relationship with Him. I feel the authors in this story hit upon a balance between the many types of responses possible to God's prompts without sounding overly preachy, idealistic or syrupy. I loved their ability to write soul-stirring fiction that challenges their readers to be introspective. I highly recommend this book for anyone who loves complex Christian fiction. 




    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary review copy of this book from The Book Club Network on behalf of Bethany House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.””

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  • Posted August 10, 2014

    Child of Mine is written with the excellence that one has come t

    Child of Mine is written with the excellence that one has come to anticipate from David and Beverly with a slightly different focus than usual.
    Kelly Maines is a young widow whose late husband had stolen their infant daughter, Emily, from her after they separated due to his addictions and anger that she chose to carry and keep their daughter. He subsequently sold their baby to a baby broker for drug money, and was found dead of an overdose of those drugs. Kelly has gone to great lengths to find her daughter in the more than eight years since, trying to raise enough money to fund her search. She has lived sparingly so she could pay a private investigator, travel-related costs as needed to follow up on any leads that have strong potential, and lab costs for DNA testing.
    Jack Livingston adopted his niece after his brother and sister-in-law died in an accident four years earlier. A bachelor who travelled as a flight instructor, his love for Natalie led him to put down roots with his own company in the town and home where Natalie “Nattie” had lived with her adoptive parents. He maintained the same nanny that Nattie had had since an infant.
    Nattie is an engaging girl who is older than her years and adores her uncle Jack and the life they have. She loves her nanny, a single Amish woman, Laura Mast. Laura had been shunned by her family for reasons unknown to Jack, and lives with distant relatives in a nearby town. Jack learns from Nattie’s teacher that she desperately wants Jack to marry Laura, and has drawn a picture showing the imagined upcoming marriage, not understanding that Laura’s Amish faith would not allow her to marry a man who is not Amish.
    Kelly’s faith in the Lord is all she had to hold onto for the more than eight years she has searched for Emily. When Kelly is almost ready to give up her search, her PI locates a girl who meets the criteria established. She goes out yet one more time on this potentially hopeful lead – Natalie Livingston. When she and Jack meet for the first time, it is clear that this lead is different from all the rest.
    Child of Mine is a tale that plays out in this country more than we think, as parents look for their children who have been stolen by non-custodial parents or worse, strangers who seek to make a profit from the innocent ones. This novel is written with compassion for the innocent victims – a parent seeking his or her child as well as the children and their adoptive parent(s).
    The characters are believable and likable. The depth of their faith in the Lord, conversations, and relationships is excellent. It is easy to empathize with each person, from Jack, Nattie, and Laura to Kelly and those who have stood with her through her ordeal.
    I highly recommend Child of Mine to adults and older teens who enjoy Christian drama and mystery with the potential of romance. The Lewis’ draw the reader into the story quickly, and keep one’s attention to the very last page. There are unforeseen plot twists that surprise, yet satisfy, the reader. Few others could write a book of this depth with strength and tenderness as David and Beverly Lewis.
    I received a copy of this book through the “For Readers Only” group at The Book Club Network, in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review. Many thanks to TBCN, the authors and publisher for this most excellent, heartfelt novel!

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  • Posted August 8, 2014

    Child of Mine by David & Beverly Lewis is a wonderful story

    Child of Mine by David & Beverly Lewis is a wonderful story that touches the heart. Kelly Maines has been searching eight years for her daughter who was stolen at birth, a victim of a black market adoption ring. Finally, Kelly has a lead on a young girl that just may be her daughter. This young girl is the adopted niece of Jack Livingston and he has been rearing her since the death of her adopted parents. Jack travels a great deal in his work and when he is gone, Laura, an Amish nanny. cares for Natalie and loves her as if she were her own. Kelly arranges a chance meeting with Jack and this meeting leads to more meetings and Kelly realizes that she is falling for Jack and he is falling for her. This happens before she gets up enough courage to tell him the real reason they met. As Kelly gets to know Natalie she begins to wonder if Natalie is really her daughter.




    The authors did an excellent job in the development of the story. All the characters were so well developed that I felt as if I knew each one of them personally. I especially loved Natalie, a little girl that could steal anyone’s heart. All the scenes were so real that I could feel myself being right in the middle of what was happening. Dialogue was great and I especially loved everything that was uttered by Natalie. There were many twists and turns in the story and these kept me guessing as to which woman was really Natalie’s mother. When the real mother was revealed I must admit that I was somewhat surprised. The story had a great ending with everyone being happy and content.




    I recommend this book to anyone that loves a great story that has love, forgiveness, laughter, and tears.




    Bethany House provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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  • Posted July 30, 2014

    One of best books I have read . Keeps you guessing who it is.

    One of best books I have read . Keeps you guessing who it is. Every time you think you know a new piece to the person you learn something new. Keeps you guessing to the end.

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  • Posted July 28, 2014

    I had the privilege of reading Child of Mine by David and Beverl

    I had the privilege of reading Child of Mine by David and Beverly Lewis. I love Ms. Lewis’ books and I knew I would thoroughly enjoy this book too. I read it in one day - not because it was too short, but because I had to figure out how it all ended.

    It was great - it had enough twists and turns in it that I was surprised up until the very end. I didn’t suspect the outcome which made it even better. Yet, it wasn’t the suspense of the book - it was the way Ms. Lewis and David wrote the characters that pulled me in and kept me coming back for more.

    Jack, Nattie, Kelly, Laura, San - all of the main characters were written so well that I felt like I was in the living room with them watching Disney movies and eating popcorn, flying in the airplane, working at the convenience store, or sitting around Chet and Eloise’s grand table eating soup. The depth of the characters and the way the story unfolded naturally was beautiful and made me want more.

    I highly recommend this book to many different readers. Those who like a little mystery when they read, those who love to get to know the characters in a book deeply, and those who just love a great story. Beautiful from start to finish.

    I received this book for free from Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2014

    This is a story of forgiveness and putting others first. I don¿

    This is a story of forgiveness and putting others first. I don’t 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 child’s 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

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  • Posted July 23, 2014

    Eight year old Natalie lives with her uncle, Jack, who adopted h

    Eight year old Natalie lives with her uncle, Jack, who adopted her when her parents were killed.   Eight years ago Kelly’s baby was kidnapped and sold for drug money.   Two stories and two lives.  So far apart and so intertwined.  Or are they?

    When Jack is traveling, Natalie is cared for by her Amish nanny, Laura Mast.  And Kelly spends her day lying to mothers as she tries to run genetic tests on their young daughters.   One final, desperate lead drops Kelly into the lives of Jack and Natalie – confusing and complicating their lives.

    When Jack finds that Kelly has used them and lied to him, what will that do their friendship?  And what will the genetic test say when it comes back?

    What I Thought
    This book was well written, intriguing, and interesting.  I enjoyed every minute of reading it, and would recommend it to anyone looking for a pleasant, quiet read.  Only two things bugged me:
    1) You end up getting frustrated with Kelly when she just won’t come clean and stop lying.
    2) The part with Laura Mast, the Amish nanny, felt a little forced.  Like they really just wanted to just have an Amish character in the story and didn’t know where to put her.

    But like I said, I enjoyed it, and would recommend it.

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  • Posted July 22, 2014

    Kelly is a mother.  Well, she was at one time, before her ex-hus

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2014

    Disappointed

    Not very well written. I was very disappointed, not in the storyline, but in the way written.

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  • Posted July 17, 2014

    Child of Mine by Beverly & David Lewis Jack Livingston is ra

    Child of Mine by Beverly & David Lewis
    Jack Livingston is raising his adopted niece Natalie after his brother and wife passed away. Natalie is a sweet child that would love nothing more than to know her birth mother and have a mother to call her own. She plays match maker with her Amish nanny Laura and Jack. Kelly is searching for her daughter that was kidnapped eight years ago, is it possible that Natalie is her missing daughter?
    Child of Mind is has a surprise ending I never saw coming. The characters are dynamic and well thought out. David and Beverly Lewis did a glorious job with this book. The way they handled the adoption story was so real, the emotions of all the characters just come to life. You can’t help but feel their pain and joy. This book is not your run of the mill Amish story I assumed it would be. I give Child of Mine 5 stars and highly recommend it. If you like Amish, Christian, romance and a little suspense then this is a great book for you.
    I want to thank the authors Beverly & David Lewis and publisher Bethany House for bringing a good clean Christian books like this one to readers like me. I would also like to thank The Book Club Network Inc. for providing me with this book in exchange for my honest review.

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