Child of Mine [NOOK Book]

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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: 4,290
  • 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 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2014

    I like Beverly Lewis books. :) I've also read at least one of Da

    I like Beverly Lewis books. :) I've also read at least one of David Lewis' books, so it was interesting to read this book, the second that they've co-authored. It does have an Amish character who is central to the story, but it is not a "Amish" story. 
    This is the story of Kelly, who has spent the last eight years desperately and futilely searching for her lost daughter, Emily. Emily was kidnapped as a baby by Kelly's estranged husband, who sold her on the black market adoption agency and then died of an overdose shortly thereafter. Any clue to Emily's whereabouts died with him, and Kelly's private investigator has so far only turned up dead end leads. With her heath and finances about to give out, Kelly tries one last shot. 
    It's also the story of Jack, a flight instructor whose life revolves around his adopted eight-year-old niece/daughter....she had been adopted as a baby by his brother and sister in law, but when they died in a tragic car accident he was left as little Natalie's guardian. As she's growing older he decides maybe it's time for some stability in her life, more than just the Amish nanny, Laura, who takes care of her while Jack works. But after trying a few dates that flop royally, Jack kinda gives up the idea of getting Natalie a mother. Then he meets Kelly he thinks maybe he should give it another shot....until a Google search reveals that Kelly is still frantically searching for her lost daughter. Might Natalie be the one? Will Jack lose this little girl that's become his whole life? Will Kelly finally find the daughter she lost as an infant? And who IS Laura, anyway?? 
    I really enjoyed this story....it was different and interesting, and plot twists keep you guessing right up to the end, even after you're SURE you've figured out where the story is going. I think David & Beverly need to team up again as they write well together and have turned out a couple of really great books so far!! 
    I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my unbiased review. 

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  • Posted July 11, 2014

    What an incredibly enjoyable, heart-warming story! The child in

    What an incredibly enjoyable, heart-warming story! The child in the title is Nattie, a smart, affectionate, imaginative eight-year-old girl who is lovingly cared for by Jack, her bachelor uncle, and Laura, an Amish nanny. The uncle became her guardian when her adoptive parents died when she was four. The story of their lives provides one storyline, alternating with the story of Karen, who is unceasingly searching for her daughter, stolen from her eight years previously. The mixing of the two stories appears inevitable, but the twists and turns of the plot ensure that the reader will continue to turn pages long into the night to see how things will work out. In fact, the last 100 pages had many surprises that completely turned what was expected upside down before leading to a satisfying ending.
    All of the characters are well-developed and extremely likeable, and it is easy to be emotionally drawn into their struggles, yearnings, and neediness. The reader just wants everyone to get their hearts’ desire. The faith of the characters is woven naturally into their stories as it is fundamental to their daily living. Questions are explored about times when God seems silent and the need to keep hope alive until He brings about His solutions in His perfect timing. As the author writes: “Familiar with the first clutches of despair, she brushed away tears, mentally tying a rope to her faith and holding on.” And “She felt strangely rejuvenated by the sense of losing everything. . . nothing to offer God in return for answers to her prayers, nothing but a small candle of faith to light in the darkness.” And “Without the darkness, we would all be deprived of the candle of faith.”
    Although Laura is Amish, this isn’t “an Amish book”. The lives and situations of the characters are firmly planted in the English world. Karen’s desperate quest and lonely life is contrasted nicely with the warm family time in Nattie’s home. Jack’s feeble attempts at dating, and Nattie’s witticisms provide great touches of humor. The romantic segments are sweet, and the relationship between Jack and Nattie touching. Overall, the mood of the narrative is hopeful and encouraging and very satisfying. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and strongly recommend it. I received it through The Book Club Network in exchange for this my honest opinion.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2014

    Heartwarming/Heart wrenching

    Kelly has been searching for her child for quite awhile. It has been hard but Kelly will not give up. Jack is busy raising his niece/daughter since his sister died, but yet there is something different. Jack begins to see Kelly but is truly willing to trust her. He somehow sees the what Kelly is searching for.
    Is he willing to help her find her daughter?

    Is he willing to trust her amist the hardship?

    Will Kelly truly find her daughter and have a true family?

    I give this book 5/5 stars because of the suspense in it because it kept me guessing through the whole entire book.

    **this book was sent to me for my honest review all opinions are my own.****

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  • Posted July 8, 2014

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    This is the first collaboration between David and Beverly Lewis

    This is the first collaboration between David and Beverly Lewis I have read and I have to say I am very excited to read their others!

    WOW!

    This is most definitely the best book I’ve read this year – maybe even in the last few years. No offense intended to all of the other books I’ve read this year.

    David and Beverly Lewis have written an amazing book – one that I will read and re-read for years to come.

    In fact the first thing I did when I finished, before I even stopped crying, was hand it to mom – telling her she HAS to read it NEXT!

    I was going to say that the only negative thing I have to say about this book is that from the very beginning of the book I felt a strong sense of foreboding - but after reading the book, I am convinced it was simply the exceptional writing of this unbeatable pair. They don’t just pull you into the story, they drag you right into their characters’ skin! And with this delicate topic, there is plenty of worry making it’s way through the people with fill these pages with their lives.

    Yes. They’re that real!

    And it is a true testament to their skill that the book does not real like it was written by two different people. It is as seamlessly smooth a partnership as I have ever seen between two people – another reason I am excited to read their other works as well… if for no other reason than to compare them to the solo books they’ve also written.

    And this story is unlike any other story I have ever read – Amish or not!

    There is nothing, positively nothing predictable about this book. Even when you are completely certain you have it all figured out… you’ll find out you’re wrong. I know I did. I was sure I knew what was coming and I could not have been more wrong.

    But oh… to be wrong.

    This story is a beautiful example of God’s plans and how far-reaching and inter-woven they are. These two wonderful authors weave together a story that involves so many people and so many different sub-plots and the end result is one you could never imagine… but when all is said and done, you can see the harmony of each little piece that came together and blended into the breathtaking tapestry that shows us just how much God loves each one of us!

    And what a blessing!

    READ IT! You won’t be sorry!

    I received this book free in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2014

    Child of mine

    Very good

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  • Posted July 1, 2014

    Over eight years ago, Kelly Maines¿ baby girl was kidnapped and

    Over eight years ago, Kelly Maines’ baby girl was kidnapped and sold on the black market. Kelly’s still searching and is eventually led to Natalie Livingston. Nattie is a spunky, witty, vivacious eight-year-old. She’s been raised the past four years by her Uncle Jack after the death of his brother and sister-in-law. Nattie has always known that she’s adopted, but makes it clear she wants a mommy again. She even goes so far as to play matchmaker between Jack and their dear Amish nanny Laura Mast.

    Lewis & Lewis have created another novel of faith, hope, loss, redemption, struggle and love. Sure, there’s a happy ending, but the characters, young and older, aren’t without their strife. The characters are all connected, yet have their own issues to sort through.

    With regard to the cover: a potential reader might think the story focuses on a young girl and her Amish nanny. Certainly there’s plenty of interaction between the two and an obvious rapport, but I found I wasn’t surprised that it didn’t take place in Lancaster County. Why? Because this novel isn’t just by Beverly Lewis; it’s a collaboration with her husband.

    I appreciated reading of Nattie’s desire to, not just have a mommy, but to know her birthmother. No matter your situation, it’s still normal to go through a phase where you wonder about birthparents. I know I went through that phase in my youth, so Nattie struck a chord with me. Not one of longing or regret. Simply, ‘I understand.’

    -- Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions are expressly my own.

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  • Posted June 30, 2014

    Good read

    A different type of book for Berverly Lewis. Main characters were not Amish, just an Amish nanny in a sub-plot. Enjoyed the book.

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  • Posted June 25, 2014

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    Child of Mine brings to light every Mother¿s nightmare, with kid

    Child of Mine brings to light every Mother’s nightmare, with kidnapping of her infant. When we learn the facts of what happed to this baby, my maternal instincts went wild, how could anyone do this, much less the person who did do it?
    How does a mother ever give up looking, through eight and then nine years of anguish? Her hopes are dashed numerous times, and she has a way of sneaking DNA for an unsuspecting child, but her efforts have not been blessed and her life is in tatters. Kelly is a woman of faith, and God has not blessed her efforts, especially with her using deceit.
    On one of her searching trips she meets a girl she is positive is her missing daughter, now what should she do to be sure? Use her deceit and get a DNA sample again? She then proceeds to weave a tangled web, and after a while how do you tell the truth? Will she find her Emily, or is she lost forever?
    It was so hard to put this book down for any reason, I wanted to get to the end and find the answers, and there are some very big surprises in store. Most I never saw coming, and there are a lot of answered questions, maybe not how you want them, but the way that life is.
    Keep the tissues handy, and try to keep your emotions in control, but don’t miss this great read. One of the best I’ve read all year, it will stay with you, and hit you right where it hurts, in your heart.

    I received this book through Bethany House Publishers, and was not required to give a positive review.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2014

    I received a copy of CHILD OF MINE by David and Beverly Lewis fr

    I received a copy of CHILD OF MINE by David and Beverly Lewis from Bethany House.  Overall, the novel is enjoyable.  You want to find out what happens next.  It is a standalone book, but the storytelling follows the line of strong fiction from beloved author Beverly Lewis.  I kept guessing at the ending and was still surprised when it arrived.  




    Without giving much away, the novel involves Jack Livingston and Kelly Maines.  Jack is raising his adopted niece, Natalie, after the sudden death of her parents.  Natalie is a sweetheart, but longs for more of a family unit.  To help him, Jack hires an Amish nanny.




    Kelly is looking for her long-lost daughter.  Her ex-husband kidnapped the baby and sold it.  Kelly is hoping that Natalie is that long-lost daughter.




    Sadly, the book wasn’t a fast read.  At times, it seemed to drag.  I had to force myself to keep going once I reached the middle.  The Amish nanny also bothered me.  Amish fiction by Beverly Lewis is usually a captivating insight into the Amish lifestyle; this, however, seemed more like an afterthought.  The Amish nanny could have been any sort of nanny.  She even drove a car.  In the novel, she is called a Beach Amish, but that term is never fully explained.  The cover of the book is also misleading – it seems to focus on the Amish nanny, Laura.  




    I requested this book to share with my mother, who loves Amish fiction as I do, but I fear she will be disappointed.  I would recommend this more for mystery fans.  

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2014

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    I loved this! One of their best! Would highly reccomend.

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  • Posted June 9, 2014

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    I'll admit, upon running across this book's lovely cover for the

    I'll admit, upon running across this book's lovely cover for the first time, I expected a good enough story, seeing the authors' names on it, but I didn't expect my heart to get involved. "Another Amish tale," I thought, as while the closest I've gotten to actually experiencing a Lewis Amish tale was watching Saving Sarah Cain, a film I enjoyed based on a novel by Beverly Lewis, I remember back when it seemed that the Christian Fiction section at my favorite bookstore was fast becoming the "Amish and Post-Apocalyptic Christian Fiction" section with less and less room for anything else. While I have nothing big against those book themes, the takeover at that bookstore and others had a fad-like scent, in my opinion, and I tend to steer clear of what would seem too much like hopping on a bandwagon, in case a fad will be just that, without any staying power.

    However, Child of Mine is more of a contemporary romance with Amish elements, and even suspense elements, stirred in, and my heart couldn't help getting involved with these characters after all. I enjoyed the gradual unfolding of the unknowns about Kelly, Jack, and Laura: imperfect people feeling their way through a journey with imperfect circumstances to face, having to learn how to trust God, and other people, the more. After all, "Faith is a light that's best seen in the dark."

    On one hand, Jack's heart seemed to be "breaking" frequently, at this moment, then again at another, and during the final third or fourth of the novel, he settled on so many different conclusions that I was reluctant to keep on believing him. On another hand, there was a bit of "throw in some new information after the fact in order to support the fact" storytelling where I would've liked foreshadowing better.

    Yet, in all, this was a satisfying story that took me on a good amount of emotional turns without losing its course, and it painted a compelling picture of how, at the end of the day, love wins out. Hats off to David and Beverly Lewis for this collaboration!

    Oh--and don't be surprised when I do read a little more Amish fiction. I guess it's about that time.
    ____________
    I received an advance reading copy of this book from the publisher through the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program for an honest review.

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  • Posted June 3, 2014

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    Very Interesting Story -  I loved Child of Mine by Beverly Lewi

    Very Interesting Story - 

    I loved Child of Mine by Beverly Lewis and David Lewis! I have been a fan of Beverly Lewis for quite sometime. This is the first I have read anything by David Lewis but look forward to more by both authors. This was not the usual Amish type book that I am used to by Beverly Lewis. Although we do see a bit of the Amish in this story through the nanny, Laura. 
    A heart wrenching story of love and loss. A true test of forgiveness, when Kelly's baby is stolen and sold on the black market. I fell in love with the characters, especially nine year old Nattie. I laughed and cried as I read this story, it really made me feel what was happening.  

    This took several unexpected twists and turns to keep me guessing on the outcome. I did like the ending but won't talk to much here about it.  

    I highly recommend this book, it is a very interesting story. 

    I received an advanced copy of this from the publisher in exchange for my review rather it be good or bad.

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  • Posted June 3, 2014

    What An Ending!   There isn¿t a book that I haven¿t read by th


    What An Ending!  

    There isn’t a book that I haven’t read by these authors.  I am a huge fan of Beverly Lewis and quickly becoming a fan
    of David Lewis.  When I first started to read this book I wondered where the authors were going with it.  What a
    clever story line.

    As readers get into the story of Kelly Maines and Jack Livingstone they will find that there are some twists and turns
    to it.  It is not your cut and dried ending.  In fact, I was kept guessing until near the very end.  (Well done David and
    Beverly Lewis!)

    What you will read about is heartache, unforgiveness, many sorrows, happiness, joy, forgiveness and trust.  
    A story that catches you completely off guard.

    This story will make you feel what the characters feel.  Many characters will capture your heart.  One little girl named
    Nattie will be such one.  Without a doubt you will keep the pages turning to find out the ending.  

    I highly recommend this book.  I loved it!

    I received an ARC of this book from the publisher to read and review.  The opinions expressed are mine alone.

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