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Review: And Then I Found You

May 16, 2013

And Then I Found You

Kate Vaughn has been in love with Jack from the time she was thirteen years old yet somehow has trouble committing to him.  He decides he can’t wait for her any longer and moves on.  Kate pays him one last visit just before his marriage to another woman and, a few months later, she discovers she’s pregnant and single.  As much as it hurts her, she decides the best thing to do for baby “Luna” is to put her up for adoption.

On the surface, it appears that Kate has moved on with her life – she’s the owner of a successful boutique and she has a great boyfriend.  When it appears that he wants her to make a commitment, Kate realizes she has to make peace with her past in order to have a future.

And Then I Found You, by Patti Callahan Henry, sounded like an emotional read that was right up my alley and while I did enjoy it, I didn’t love it as much as I’d hoped to.  Inspired by a true story from Callahan’s own family, the book is full of heart and emotion but it didn’t stir me the way I thought it would.  I found the story to be sweet and predictable and thought the writing was fine but the character development felt uneven to me so I had a lot of trouble relating to, or empathizing with Kate or Jack.

The story alternates been 2010 and the past and is told from Kate’s point of view.  It’s set in Bluffton, SC and Birmingham, AL, both places I know, so I enjoyed the settings very much.  Most people have enjoyed And Then I Found You more than I did – to see what others thought, check out the links on She Reads.  Watch for a giveaway of this title coming soon!

Review copy provided by Wunderkind PR. I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
22 Comments leave one →
  1. May 16, 2013 4:50 am

    Thanks for the review and looking forward to your giveaway.

  2. sandynawrot permalink
    May 16, 2013 6:38 am

    I had a few issues with Kate, but overall this book was very readable! And Patti is the sweetest lady.

  3. May 16, 2013 6:39 am

    So many reviews are mixed but I still am interested in reading it!

  4. May 16, 2013 6:54 am

    Hmmm, not sure about this one, but perhaps I’ll try it this summer.

  5. May 16, 2013 7:59 am

    I had a similar reaction as you did.

  6. talesofwhimsy permalink
    May 16, 2013 9:49 am

    I tried it but couldn’t connect with the main character. Great honest review.

  7. May 16, 2013 10:44 am

    I’ve enjoyed several books by PCH so I know I’ll read And Then I Found You. Thanks for your thoughts.

  8. May 16, 2013 11:59 am

    Kathy, thanks for sharing your thoughts. Excellent review as usual. I haven’t read any books by this author, but I’ll keep her work in mind for the future.

  9. May 16, 2013 12:56 pm

    Too bad you didn’t enjoy it as much as you had hoped to. The premise sounds intriguing!

  10. May 16, 2013 1:16 pm

    I started this book, set it aside for one I was eagerly anticipating and now need to pick it up again.

  11. Patty permalink
    May 16, 2013 2:50 pm

    Do you think that we read so much that a book has to be really amazing for us to love it? Lately I think that…

  12. May 16, 2013 4:35 pm

    Yep — that pretty much sums up my feelings too. At least you could appreciate the setting…

  13. May 16, 2013 9:24 pm

    I’ve read several lukewarm reviews like yours. Makes me lukewarm about reading it. One that I’d have to pick up because the mood struck me.

  14. May 16, 2013 9:30 pm

    Someone commented on my review that they thought the daughter’s family’s story would have made a great storyline and I agree! Katie didn’t resonate much with me either.

  15. May 17, 2013 5:22 am

    sometimes you just need sweet and predictable.

  16. May 17, 2013 9:39 am

    Sounds like this one fell a little short of your expectations. I hate when that happens.

  17. May 17, 2013 11:02 am

    I’ve seen this one all over the place and when a book gets mixed reviews it intrigues me more.

  18. May 17, 2013 1:53 pm

    I hope to see the giveaway and I sure hope it’s international because I’m hoping for a chance to win it. LOL! The story sounds good to me.

  19. litandlife permalink
    May 18, 2013 11:23 pm

    I’m about half way through this one and struggling with the same issues you have. I’ve been wondering if I should just abandon it; just not connecting with it and there are so many books out there I might love.

  20. May 19, 2013 5:36 pm

    All the mixed reviews make me want to read it more so I can see what I think.

  21. May 19, 2013 9:19 pm

    Having trouble to relate to characters is something that can really take away from my enjoyment of a book, too. Especially when the story is something that should be so emotional!

  22. May 22, 2013 9:01 pm

    Oh, that’s a bummer. I have wanted to read this one but now I’m not so hot on having it be right now!

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