Wow! I have a new favorite book for 2014! Child of Mine was just that good. David and Beverly Lewis kept me guessing the whole way through, then delighted me with the way everything turned out for everyone. I. loved. this. book.
Though there is an Amish woman on the cover, make no mistake, this is not an Amish book. Laura Mast, a shunned Amish woman with a mysterious past, has been Natalie Livingston’s nanny all of Natalie’s life. When Natalie’s parents were killed in a tragic accident, her uncle, Jack Livingston, became her guardian, adopted her, and asked Laura to continue on in the role of nanny, giving as much continuity as possible to Natalie’s life. His younger sister, San, agreed to help for a time. Her dreams lie in the fashion industry in New York, however. When she gets her big break, she’ll be moving away.
As it turns out, that won’t be the only change Jack and Natalie may have to face. A secret investigation brings a young woman named Kelly Maines into their lives. Eight years ago, Kelly’s daughter had been stolen right out of her crib. Since then, Kelly has sacrificed everything in her search for her missing child. Soon-to-be-nine Natalie fits the profile perfectly.
This book asks a lot of interesting questions, exploring concepts such as integrity, forgiveness, family, sacrifice, and the essence of true motherhood. Though each character in the book has personal desires, each also wants to do the right thing, the just thing, the best thing for all concerned. This makes for a lot of inner conflict—and a beautiful story!
Bethany House Publishers sent me a complimentary copy of Child of Mine in exchange for this honest review. I highly recommend this story to you.