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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?
Number of Pages: 352
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Publication Date: 2014
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The Kauffman Amish Bakery Collection: A Gift of Grace, A Promise of Hope, A Place of Peace, A Life of Joy, A Season of Love - eBookAmy ClipstonZondervan / 2014 / ePub$16.99Availability: Out of StockCBD Stock No: WW66174EB
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?
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.
Mrs. White3 Stars Out Of 5Not What I ExpectedAugust 19, 2014Mrs. WhiteQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 3The beautiful cover misled me to think the book was about the Amish. It is, in fact, about a modern family who happens to have a shunned Amish woman working for them. The story is about an English (non-Amish) woman, Kelly, who is searching for her daughter.
We meet two families as we go along. We get to know Kelly (the main character) and follow her difficult life. We also get to know Jack and his family. Jack is the one who has an Amish woman working for him.
The book is full of modern sayings, which I consider "slang" talk of the young. It is not a pleasant escape from our current world, as many Amish - based books tend to be.
However, it is very well written, and will hold your attention to the very end.
BookaholicAtlanta (GA)Age: Over 65Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5A good readAugust 13, 2014BookaholicAtlanta (GA)Age: Over 65Gender: FemaleQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4Child of Mine by David and Beverly Lewis have written a very enjoyable book. The cover indicated it might be Amish but it is not. I really loved the cover of the book. It is a good read.
Jack Livingston is raising his 8-yr old niece. Laura is the Amish housekeeper and loves Jack's niece, Nattie, like her own. San is Jack's sister and she thinks it is time for Jack to find a wife to help him raise Nattie. Nattie loves Laura and wants Uncle Jack to marry Laura.
Kelly Maines has been looking for her daughter for almost 9 years as she was kidnapped from the crib. She hires an investigator to help her find her daughter, Emily. Every tip brings hope that she has finally found her.
The characters are well developed as Kelly searches for Emily. Will she ever find her and what then? Would it be a court case? Is she dead or alive?
Kelly meets Jack under false pretenses because she thinks that Nattie just might be her daughter. Is she or is it someone else's daughter? Who is Nattie's mother? Read the book and find out beause you just might not figure it out.
Will Jack ever meet anyone he cares to spend his life with and also be a mother to Nattie? Will Laura be the one even with her Amish upbringing?
I received this book from bookfun.org to review. This is my honest opinion. It is a good read and CBD has a great price.
GazpachoClare, MIAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5One of the best books I've read this year!August 13, 2014GazpachoClare, MIAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5It'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 Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
JeaniePhoenix, AZAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Letting Go and Letting GodAugust 10, 2014JeaniePhoenix, AZAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Child 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!
Rena NunleyNorth CarolinaAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Interesting StoryAugust 8, 2014Rena NunleyNorth CarolinaAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4I began this book, Child of Mine by David & Beverly Lewis, with happy anticipation as both the title and cover were very appealing to me (yes, the cover picture is important, too!). This novel of how a young lady locates her stolen daughter after nine years is, beyond a doubt, a very interesting story. The descriptive vocabulary (but not overly so) and sentence structure seemed to flow naturally making it easy to read. To me, that is very important otherwise I get bogged down trying to figure out what is being said or I get irritated with the author's style of writing. I'm assuming that's a normal concern for most readers.
Anyway, having said all that, I was a bit surprised and, yes, disappointed at the climax of the story a few chapters from the end. My heart was actually beating faster as I wondered just what would happen next and where this story would end...it was that good! But then all of a sudden it's like the bubble burst, the story took a very unexpected turn and I felt like there was just something missing, something that was needed to kind of connect the dots. Although it ended well...although probably not how I would have chosen (but isn't that just like life?)...I still felt some disappointment in the way the last few chapters were written. This might seem strange, but I actually felt like the authors were in a sudden hurry to finish the book. I'm now wondering if some of this is because two people were writing the story. It would appear that somehow, towards the end, their thoughts about how the story should end up were going in two (or more) directions.
I still would recommend this book to others, it is overall very interesting and in some parts it is on-the-edge-of-your-seat quality. The Amish flavor in parts of it also adds some charm.
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