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Review: What Was Mine

May 12, 2016

What Was Mine

Lucy is desperate to have a baby.  So desperate, it broke up her marriage.  Her ex-husband gets remarried and has children of his own, so the problem is obviously Lucy.  She considers using a sperm donor but her sister convinces her that’s a bad idea and, as a single mother, she’s unable to adopt.  She’s ready, though – she even has a nursery in her home.

One day when she’s out shopping, Lucy sees a baby unattended in a shopping cart and can’t resist the urge to take her.  At first she can’t believe what she’s done and tries to figure out a way to return the baby she’s named Mia but, after a while, she concocts a web full of lies and raises her as her own.   Her lies eventually catch up with her and Lucy is forced to come to terms with them.

What Was Mine by Helen Klein Ross is an engrossing read!  It’s easy to understand Lucy’s desire for a child but it’s hard to understand her solution to it.  Ross writes her character in such a way, though, that it’s easy to empathize with her.  She acts rashly, only thinking of herself, but it’s done out of love rather than hate.

What really made this book unique is the fact that it’s told from multiple points of view, including Lucy, her ex-husband, Mia’s biological mother, Mia’s nanny, and Mia herself, giving readers a great overview of the story.  The writing and character development are terrific and I was hooked on this book from the start.  If you enjoy women’s fiction, you’ll want to pick this book up!

The audio version of What Was Mine is read by a full cast including Cassandra Cambell, Julia Whelan, Amanda Carlin, Rebekkah Ross, and Jonathan Todd Ross.  I thought they all did a terrific job and I never had trouble keeping track of the characters.

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21 Comments leave one →
  1. May 12, 2016 8:19 am

    Everyone in my GR feed agrees with your review – all 4 and 5 star ratings. Adding it to my list.

  2. May 12, 2016 8:22 am

    I am on the fence with this one.

  3. May 12, 2016 8:45 am

    I have this on my list to read.

  4. bookingmama permalink
    May 12, 2016 8:50 am

    Wow! Sounds fantastic. This wasn’t even on my radar until your review!

  5. Patty permalink
    May 12, 2016 9:01 am

    I haven’t seen this one either…but it sounds really good.

  6. May 12, 2016 9:18 am

    I definitely like when a book is told from multiple viewpoints, if it’s done well. And this appears to have been done well.

  7. May 12, 2016 9:26 am

    I loved this one. It got me hooked from the start. I couldn’t believe when she just took the baby – it was crazy! Such a great read!

  8. May 12, 2016 9:43 am

    I am fascinated by stories about people who make a split-second decision and then live with the consequences. This sounds so good.

  9. May 12, 2016 11:13 am

    I loved this book as well.

  10. May 12, 2016 11:31 am

    I loved this one, too, and as you pointed out, it was not difficult to empathize with Lucy, despite her behavior. The multiple POVs worked well, and definitely added some great layers. Glad you enjoyed it.

  11. May 12, 2016 11:55 am

    I haven’t even heard of this one! Must get it now though!

  12. May 12, 2016 2:03 pm

    How horrifying (from a mother’s standpoint)! And yet so intriguing! This sounds like something I would really like.

  13. May 12, 2016 2:23 pm

    Sounds like a good one. I’ll have to pick up the audio book!

  14. May 12, 2016 4:15 pm

    I have never listened to a one with a full cast before

  15. May 13, 2016 10:41 pm

    I’ve got this on the stacks and want to move it up!

  16. May 14, 2016 12:39 pm

    This one is on my TBR list, I look forward to reading it.

  17. May 15, 2016 8:08 am

    I really liked this book, too. I was particularly impressed at how the author made me sympathize with and even root for a woman who stole another person’s child!

  18. May 16, 2016 11:14 am

    I’ve been meaning to start this one. Will go with the audio. You do make it sound good!

  19. May 18, 2016 12:42 pm

    I can’t imagine having sympathy for this woman. But you make this sound like it is possible.

    • May 26, 2016 8:11 am

      Exactly my thoughts! Oh my! I can’t even imagine! Thanks for sharing with us at Booknificent Thursday on this week!

  20. May 23, 2016 12:20 am

    I liked this one too!

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