Ever since the accident that took her parents' lives, Natalie has lived with her uncle, Jack Livingston. Jack is a flight instructor who travels all over the nation, and he trusts his Amish nanny, Laura Mast, to take care of his little niece when he's gone. Laura loves Natal... Read More
Eight years ago, Kelly Maines's baby was kidnapped. Kelly is determined to find her child, even after countless failed attempts. But this time is different. Her private investigator ignites a tiny flame of hope: he's found a match. There is a young girl who lives only a few miles away and she fits the profile perfectly.
Could this be Kelly's beloved daughter? Or a terrible mistake?
Page Count: 352
- Product type: Book
- Format: Softcover
- Release Date: Jun 3, 2014
- UPC: 9780764212543
- Volumes/Discs: 1
- Pages: 406
- Publish Date: Jun 3, 2014
- Language: English
- Audience Age Maximum: 0
- Audience Age Minimum: 0
- BISAC: "FIC042000"
- ISBN: 0764212540
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- Captivating! by Nancee on 9/14/2014
"Child of Mine" is an engrossing and captivating story of three adult characters and a child whose parentage is questioned after eight years has passed. The lives of these four people and those closest to them are followed through an interlacing plot, keeping the reader alert to any clues as to the direction these lives will take. I am very impressed at the seamless blending of the lives of these characters, having no clue as to which author is developing any particular scene. David and Beverly Lewis have composed a deep, emotion packed novel with continuity and integrity. I highly recommend this book!
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from Bethany House through the Book Fun For Readers Only program in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.
- Letting Go and Letting God by Jeanie on 8/10/2014
Child 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!
- Wonderful Story by Deanna on 8/8/2014
Child of Mine by David & Beverly Lewis is a wonderful story that touches the heart. Kelly Maines has been searching eight years for her daughter who was stolen at birth, a victim of a black market adoption ring. Finally, Kelly has a lead on a young girl that just may be her daughter. This young girl is the adopted niece of Jack Livingston and he has been rearing her since the death of her adopted parents. Jack travels a great deal in his work and when he is gone, Laura, an Amish nanny. cares for Natalie and loves her as if she were her own. Kelly arranges a chance meeting with Jack and this meeting leads to more meetings and Kelly realizes that she is falling for Jack and he is falling for her. This happens before she gets up enough courage to tell him the real reason they met. As Kelly gets to know Natalie she begins to wonder if Natalie is really her daughter.
The authors did an excellent job in the development of the story. All the characters were so well developed that I felt as if I knew each one of them personally. I especially loved Natalie, a little girl that could steal anyone’s heart. All the scenes were so real that I could feel myself being right in the middle of what was happening. Dialogue was great and I especially loved everything that was uttered by Natalie. There were many twists and turns in the story and these kept me guessing as to which woman was really Natalie’s mother. When the real mother was revealed I must admit that I was somewhat surprised. The story had a great ending with everyone being happy and content.
I recommend this book to anyone that loves a great story that has love, forgiveness, laughter, and tears.
Bethany House provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
- Not your run of the mill Amish book. by Michelle on 7/17/2014
Child of Mine by Beverly & David Lewis
Jack Livingston is raising his adopted niece Natalie after his brother and wife passed away. Natalie is a sweet child that would love nothing more than to know her birth mother and have a mother to call her own. She plays match maker with her Amish nanny Laura and Jack. Kelly is searching for her daughter that was kidnapped eight years ago, is it possible that Natalie is her missing daughter?
Child of Mind is has a surprise ending I never saw coming. The characters are dynamic and well thought out. David and Beverly Lewis did a glorious job with this book. The way they handled the adoption story was so real, the emotions of all the characters just come to life. You can’t help but feel their pain and joy. This book is not your run of the mill Amish story I assumed it would be. I give Child of Mine 5 stars and highly recommend it. If you like Amish, Christian, romance and a little suspense then this is a great book for you.
I want to thank the authors Beverly & David Lewis and publisher Bethany House for bringing a good clean Christian books like this one to readers like me. I would also like to thank The Book Club Network Inc. for providing me with this book in exchange for my honest review.
- Like a Quilt for Visiting Englischers to Work by Becky on 7/12/2014
I have a confession to make. I have recently learned that I can give away even books I loved reading and reviewing. Face it, most I will never read again, great though they were. This is NOT one of those!! David and Beverly Lewis have evoked so many emotions: maternal love(from many different characters, not necessarily biological);familial love; romantic love; anxiety; deceit,(so many people have secrets!); and finally the sweet relief of the ending. I just finished the book last night, but found myself re-opening it today, not for the review, but to re-immerse myself in the wonderful world of feelings the story produced.
Jack Livingston is an aviator gone AWOL from his dysfunctional family, only to find himself sudden guardian of his 8-yr old niece. He returns home and begins to raise Natalie (Nattie) in a Christian home as best he can with the help of her Amish nanny, Laura Mast.
The counterpoint story is of Kelly Maines, whose baby daughter was stolen and sold on the black adoption market 8 years ago. Kelly is working with a detective, plus a wonderful, wealthy older couple, and prays daily for help to find her long-lost daughter.
The stories begin to weave together like parts of an Amish quilt coming together. However, I have read stories of Amish folk who allow Englischers to work on a quilt while visiting a B&B, only to have the Amish folk take those less than accurate stitches out after the Enlischers leave. That's a good parallel for how this book plays out. Just as the pieces start fitting into place, the authors skillfully use their seam rippers and give information which makes that "quilt pattern" an impossibility and the reader has to start restitching new solutions. What a sweet relief when it all comes together at last!!
Some favorite take-aways? "Never forget. Faith is a light best seen in the darkness." "God can give us what we ask for, but He can't just give us character. Character is what we give God. Character is forged by faith and persistence and doing the right thing."
I received this book from bookfun.org in exchange for an honest review.
- A great book! by Kati on 7/1/2014
*** I was given a copy of this book by Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest and unbiased review of the book.
I enjoy reading anything Beverly Lewis writes and I also enjoyed the book she wrote with her husband David, called The Sanctuary. I was looking forward to reading their latest book Child of Mine and I was happy when Bethany House offered that book as one of the choices in the blogger review program.
Jack Livingston has taken on the responsibility of raising his adopted niece, Natty, after her parents were killed in an accident. When he has to travel for work, their Amish nanny, Laura, watches over eight-year-old Natty. Natty longs for a mother and she things Laura would be perfect for the roll. Kelly Maines lost her baby daughter eight years ago when she was taken from her crib in the middle of the night. After years of dead ends, her private investigator finally thinks he's found a clue to where Kelly's little girl is, less than an hour away. The end to the search could be in sight.
Child of Mine is a wonderful story of love and forgiveness. Unlike most of Beverly Lewis's books, this joint-effort book doesn't come from the perspective of an Amish person, but from the perspectives of two Englishers. It is also different since it has a bit of mystery and suspense as the authors take you on the journey of finding Kelly's long-lost daughter and her methods of retrieving DNA samples from children. This is not an edge-of-your-seat kind of mystery but I did have a hard time putting it down because I wanted to see what would happen next. I would definitely recommend this book.
- Loved It! by Maureen on 6/25/2014
Child of Mine brings to light every Mother’s nightmare, with kidnapping of her infant. When we learn the facts of what happed to this baby, my maternal instincts went wild, how could anyone do this, much less the person who did do it?
How does a mother ever give up looking, through eight and then nine years of anguish? Her hopes are dashed numerous times, and she has a way of sneaking DNA for an unsuspecting child, but her efforts have not been blessed and her life is in tatters. Kelly is a woman of faith, and God has not blessed her efforts, especially with her using deceit.
On one of her searching trips she meets a girl she is positive is her missing daughter, now what should she do to be sure? Use her deceit and get a DNA sample again? She then proceeds to weave a tangled web, and after a while how do you tell the truth? Will she find her Emily, or is she lost forever?
It was so hard to put this book down for any reason, I wanted to get to the end and find the answers, and there are some very big surprises in store. Most I never saw coming, and there are a lot of answered questions, maybe not how you want them, but the way that life is.
Keep the tissues handy, and try to keep your emotions in control, but don’t miss this great read. One of the best I’ve read all year, it will stay with you, and hit you right where it hurts, in your heart.
I received this book through Bethany House Publishers, and was not required to give a positive review.
- Interesting Read by Kimberly on 5/23/2014
I loved Child of Mine by Beverly Lewis and David Lewis! I have been a fan of Beverly Lewis for quite sometime. This is the first I have read anything by David Lewis but look forward to more by both authors.
This was not the usual Amish type book that I am used to by Beverly Lewis. Although we do see a bit of the Amish in this story through the nanny, Laura.
A heart wrenching story of love and loss. A true test of forgiveness, when Kelly's baby is stolen and sold on the black market. I fell in love with the characters, especially nine year old Nattie. I laughed and cried as I read this story, it really made me feel what was happening.
This took several unexpected twists and turns to keep me guessing on the outcome. I did like the ending but won't talk to much here about it.
I highly recommend this book, it is a very interesting story.
I received an advanced copy of this from the publisher in exchange for my review rather it be good or bad.
- What An Ending! by Judy on 5/21/2014
There isn’t a book that I haven’t read by these authors. I am a huge fan of Beverly Lewis and quickly becoming a fan of David Lewis. When I first started to read this book I wondered where the authors were going with it. What a clever story line.
As readers get into the story of Kelly Maines and Jack Livingstone they will find that there are some twists and turns to it. It is not your cut and dried ending. In fact, I was kept guessing until near the very end. (Well done David and Beverly Lewis!)
What you will read about is heartache, unforgiveness, many sorrows, happiness, joy, forgiveness and trust. A story that catches you completely off guard.
This story will make you feel what the characters feel. Many characters will capture your heart. One little girl named Nattie will be such one. Without a doubt you will keep the pages turning to find out the ending.
I highly recommend this book. I loved it!
I received an ARC of this book from the publisher to read and review. The opinions expressed are mine alone.