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She's already cashed the payout on her dad's life insurance check and looks at it as her ticket to a new life. The lure and puzzle of digging into this hidden past is too much to resist, and she soon finds herself in Tennessee. When the trip threatens to open doors to the past better left shut, and her plans for the future are threatened, Kelli must make an agonizing choice that will change her life forever.
Number of Pages: 336
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2015
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
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All her life, Kelli Huddleston has been told the story of a fire--a fire that killed her mother and two siblings when she was an infant. After her father's death though, she uncovers evidence of a different story, including clippings about a boat accident that killed a young father and his infant daughter. And Kelli quietly realizes the story of her life has been a fiction.
How far would you go to discover the truth?
Armed with only a few pictures of what she thinks might be her family, Kelli crosses the country to Tennessee, determined to uncover the truth about what happened over twenty years ago in a small southern town. When the trip threatens to open doors to the past better left shut, and her plans for the future are jeopardized, Kelli is faced with an agonizing choice that will change her life forever.
RickMiddleburg, FLAge: 35-44Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Review From A Man's PerspectiveMay 19, 2015RickMiddleburg, FLAge: 35-44Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5So what do you do when youre not feeling very well and you cant sleep? Me? I pick up a copy of whatever is lying around and open it up. Boy, this is one time that I can say that Im glad I wasnt able to sleep!
The tragedy of having a parent and siblings dying in a house fire when youre just a baby and then your only surviving parent and your step-mother perish in an auto accident later in life would put anybodys life in a tailspin This is what has happened to Kelli Huddleston. As she attempts to recover from all of the despair in her life, she begins the process of cleaning out her parents house. With all rooms emptied except for her dads office, she finally tackles the once forbidden area. Gaining entrance to the safe, she finds old photographs of a family. Knowing that the fire that had killed her mother and siblings had destroyed everything including photographs, shes not sure who these photos must be of. There are also newspaper clippings of a father and his daughter disappearing in the ocean and their bodies never being found. What connection would these photos and clippings have to her father? With just a little information, Kelli pieces together that all of what it seems her father has told her has been a lie. In order to find the truth, Kelli heads out to find these people and find out why her father would have abandoned them all by faking his and his daughters death. What secrets will she find out when she connects with the people in the photo? Will they believe her story of who she is? Will she be able to add anything to their lives now? Dont worry about uncovering the truth now, just go BUY THIS BOOK!
This isnt the first book that Ive read from Katie Cushman, but I must say that its probably the one that I enjoyed the most. The pace of the story was steady, there wasnt much lag, but there always wasnt much speed either. I stayed in focus of what the character was trying to accomplish, nothing was too unbelievable. I felt that a couple of the characters (Shane and Kenmore) could have been fleshed out a little more, as their acceptance of Kelli seemed a little rushed. I loved the additional back story of Kelli and her view on salvation, what a great discussion this can open up to so many different people. I do feel like the ending was a bit rushed, but I understand why it had to be presented in the way that it was.
Is this a "Mans Book"? I would say that this is a great book for a man to read, even without the obligatory smashups and explosions. This book, though, is one that men need to read so that they can see consequences of actions when they think that the grass is greener in the other pasture. I will point out, though, that the tagline to the author is Womens Fiction Author, so just make sure that you cover that up before you sit down to read this great book.
MaryAnnORAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Heart-winning Story Begs to Be ReadMay 16, 2015MaryAnnORAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5A powerful story that will touch your heart.
Kelli Huddleston learns she is not who she thinks she has been all her life. Could her father really have built their life upon lies? Since he and her stepmother died in a car accident, how will Kelli learn the truth? Armed with a bit of evidence and growing suspicions, Kelli embarks on a journey of discovery. She drives from California to Tennessee and meets people from her past. But can she share her true identity or will that tear apart the relationships she's forming with these special people?
This unique plot is well developed and peopled with realistic characters who come to life and make the reader truly care about them. I cried more over one scene than I have over any book in a long while. I highly recommend Finding Me. I didn't want the novel to end. Katie Cushman pens stories worth reading, so look for her other books too. I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
JanetColumbus, GAGender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A Journey to Find without Revealing the TruthApril 28, 2015JanetColumbus, GAGender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5When Kelli Huddlestons father and stepmother are killed in a car accident, Kelli makes discoveries which suggest the life she has been leading is a lie. She discovers that she doesn't know who she really is; in fact, her name might not even be Kelli. On impulse, she drives from California to Tennessee intending to discover the truth without revealing her secrets to others whove been deceived by her father's scheme. Her mission turns out to be much more difficult to accomplish than shed ever believed.
I loved this new novel, Finding Me, by Kathryn Cushman. She does a beautiful job of creating impossible situations for well-meaning characters, characters readers cant help care about while being frustrated with results of the choices they make. When they come to their senses, it is such a relief.
Of course, Kenmore was my favorite character. Hes one readers wont want to missa former friend of Kellis father, an instant father figure to mentor her through the complications of her adventure in Tennessee, also a human being in need of her gifts. This relationship and what came of it was one highlight of the story. Lacey and Mrs. Birdyshaw were treasures as well.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for this honest review. I recommend it to fans of contemporary Christian fiction, of modern day damsels in distress in need of Gods gentle guidance.
mcaldwellErie, PAAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Finding PeaceApril 19, 2015mcaldwellErie, PAAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Kelli Huddleston has just lost her father and step-mom in a car accident. She also loses her job because she chose to do the right thing. Reeling from these losses, Kelli is overwhelmed when she finds some disturbing papers in her father's safe. Kelli heads to Tennessee to find herself and the answers to the clues in the safe. This book was quick to read and hopefully an uncommon happening for families. It certainly shows the trouble people can get into when they follow false gods. Kelli bears the weight of her father's choices and it is a giant burden.
Thank you to Bethany House for providing me an advance copy to read and review in my own words.
Foster3Ontario, CanadaAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A great read!April 19, 2015Foster3Ontario, CanadaAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5What would you do if you discovered your life was a lie?? When I read this question on the back cover of this book, it really made me think! What would I do??? I really don't know, however I know I would be confused, terrified, and my faith would definitely be tested. This is the case of the main character, Kelli.
Synopsis: All of her life, Kelli Huddleston has been told the story of a fire- a fire that had killed her mother and two siblings when she was still an infant. After her father had died, she uncovers an unbelievable secret. There is clear evidence of another story , completely different from what she had believed for years. There were newspaper clippings about a boat accident that killed a young father and his infant daughter. Kelli soon realizes the story of her life has been fiction. NOT one bit of truth!
How far should Kelli go to discover the truth??? With a few family pictures in hand, which might be those of her real family, Kelli crosses the country to Tennessee determined to uncover the truth about what happened twenty years ago in a small town. But this trip threatens to open doors to the past that will hurt many people . Would it be better to leave it shut?? Kelli's plans for the future become jeopardized. She is faced with a choice that will change her life forever. Should she keep investigating or go back home to her old life, one that is no longer real???
Kathryn Cushman has the wonderful ability to describe her characters in a realistic way so that you immediately identify with them. I could feel Kelli's every fear, challenge and hurt. I just wanted to wrap my arms around her and tell her that everything would be alright. I questioned, why would she ever have been told such lies? What would I have done if put in her situation??
The plot is well developed with many twists and turns. Just when you believe that you have answers to the mysterious situation, there is a new fact that comes up to change the whole outcome. I was engrossed from the first page to the last. The world passed me by as I kept my nose in the book until I had reached the last page.
This book made me really search my soul - what would I do if I learned that my life was a lie?? Would I still be able to function? Would I be able to love those who had lied to me???
The book does make you think! It is clearly a five star book!!
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