Kate Vaughan is no stranger to tough choices.
She’s made them before. Now it’s time to do it again.
Kate has a secret, something tucked away in her past. And she’s getting on with her life. Her business is thriving. She has a strong relationship with her family, and a devoted boyfriend whom she wants to love with all her heart. If Kate had ever made a list, Rowan would fill the imagined boxes of a perfect mate. But she wants more than the perfect on paper relationship; she wants a real and imperfect love. That’s why, when Kate discovers the small velvet box hidden in Rowan’s drawer, she panics.
It always happens this way. Just when Kate thinks she can love, just when she believes she can conquer the fear, she’s filled with dread. And she wants more than anything to make this feeling go away. But how?
When the mistakes have been made and the running is over, it’s time to face the truth. Kate knows this. She understands that a woman can never undo what can never be undone. Yet, for the first time in her life she also knows that she won’t fully love until she confronts those from her past. It’s time to act.
Can she do it? Can she travel to the place where it all began, to the one who shares her secret? Can the lost ever become found?
And Then I Found You gives new life to the phrase “inspired by a true story.” By travelling back to a painful time in her own family’s history, the author explores the limits of courage, and the price of a selfless act.
Final Verdict: 4/5
If you know me, I rarely go out of the Young Adult genre. I’ve read some hard core science fiction, a few epic/high fantasies, and some literary works for school, and some philosophy books like Foucault’s Discipline and Punish (which is TOTALLY good, by the way). You may be muttering, “That’s actually a lot…” and you’re right, it is a fair number, but if I can avoid it, I will. But I make exemptions. Especially when I can totally feel in my gut that the novel in question will blow me away.
And Then I Found You by Patti Callahan Henry did. And I loved every minute of it.
You can say this is my first non-young adult contemporary chick lit, and I am thankful that my first experience was an overall amazing one. This book is full of themes that I love reading about: friendship, love, family, heartache, and finding oneself. It didn’t just immerse me in the main character’s journey of calming the demons and conflicts within, it also made me learn from them, too – life lessons that will surely help me as I trudge on with life. Unfortunately, not all books are like this, as a lot of them serve as mere mindless entertainment and nothing else, so I am sincerely thankful that there are gems like this one with the capability to impart helpful values to me. It is both a beautiful and heart-breaking story, but the ending is full of hope and love.
The voice, narration, and the overall prose was elegant, powerful, and personal. It’s the kind that will immediately suck you in and won’t let you go. The plot is equally compelling and intense, sending you towards a tornado of emotions, making you want to continue on reading. In order to give us a clearer view of the events that transpired in the past, we are given flashbacks and several backstories. I’m not really fond of this style, but the author was able to make it work, and even made me look forward to each and every one of them, be it past or present. It never felt cluttered, or forced, or rushed. It’s a smooth ride all the way from beginning to end.
Overall, there is really not much to say, except that this book is a gem. If you want to read something out of the young adult genre, but still full of values and lessons and emotions, then give this book a chance. It is a powerful, resilient, well-written novel that will make you smile, laugh, and feel happy and warm inside. Don’t miss out!
About the Author
Patti Callahan Henry is a New York Times Bestselling novelist. She has published nine novels (Losing the Moon, Where the River Runs, When Light Breaks, Betweeen the Tides, The Art of Keeping Secrets, and Driftwood Summer, The Perfect Love Song, Coming up for Air and the upcoming And Then I Found You –April 2013, St. Martins Press). Patti has been hailed as a fresh new voice in southern fiction, appearing in numerous magazines (Good Housekeeping; SKIRT; The South; Southern Living, etc..). She has been short-listed for the Townsend Prize for Fiction. She has been nominated four different times for the Southeastern Independent Booksellers Fiction Novel of the Year. Her work is published in five languages and all novels are on Brilliance Audio. Two of her novels were OKRA picks and Coming up For Air was an Indie Next choice. Patti is a a frequent speaker at fundraisers, library events and book festivals, discussing the importance of storytelling. Her next novel, AND THEN I FOUND YOU, will be released on April, 9th, 2013 by St. Martins Press. Patti Callahan Henry is a full time writer, wife and mother of three living in Mountain Brook, AL.
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