AnnAlysis: And Then I Found You

and then i found y ouFrom Goodreads.com:
Kate Vaughan is no stranger to tough choices.

She’s made them before. Now it’s time to do it again.

Kate has a secret, something tucked away in her past. And she’s getting on with her life.  Her business is thriving. She has a strong relationship with her family, and a devoted boyfriend whom she wants to love with all her heart. If Kate had ever made a list, Rowan would fill the imagined boxes of a perfect mate. But she wants more than the perfect on paper relationship; she wants a real and imperfect love. That’s why, when Kate discovers the small velvet box hidden in Rowan’s drawer, she panics.

It always happens this way. Just when Kate thinks she can love, just when she believes she can conquer the fear, she’s filled with dread. And she wants more than anything to make this feeling go away. But how?

When the mistakes have been made and the running is over, it’s time to face the truth. Kate knows this. She understands that a woman can never undo what can never be undone. Yet, for the first time in her life she also knows that she won’t fully love until she confronts those from her past. It’s time to act.

Can she do it? Can she travel to the place where it all began, to the one who shares her secret? Can the lost ever become found?

And Then I Found You gives new life to the phrase “inspired by a true story.” By travelling back to a painful time in her own family’s history, the author explores the limits of courage, and the price of a selfless act.

My Thoughts:

Before getting into this book, you have to read the note from Patti Callahan Henry at the beginning. Sometimes I read these, sometimes I skim them, and sometimes all I want to do is get immersed in another life and skip it completely. For some reason I read this one and learned that this book is near and dear to Patti and her sister because Patti has taken some real life events and woven them into a beautiful story. I will leave this vague and say there is an adoption in the book and part of the plot hinges on it. There’s not much more else I can say without being a spoil sport, but there is more you can read about it. While doing some research for this review, I found that Patti and her sister Barbi have co-written another book, a kind of behind the scenes of this one if you will, a story behind the story. It’s called Friend Request, and  you can get it for 99 cents.

As I said above, there’s not a lot you can tell about this story without giving it away. But what I can say is that once you start, you don’t want to stop. Normally the times I get so involved in books that I am using every last second of my lunch hour are when I just can’t wait to finish it and I know there’s going to be some be climatic scene at the end. I found this very early on in And Then I Found You and within the second day, I was almost in tears at the lunch table while reading and hoping that time would stop so I could keep going.

The summary above mentioned a Rowan as a love interest of Kate’s, but I’ll spill the beans and say there is another one. His name is Jack. There are several times through this book that I wanted to smack Jack and Kate. Like. Several. But at the same time I loved them. This is a story bringing the past and present together, a long lost love reunited. As I was reading it, I couldn’t help but think about Noah and Allie from The Notebook. Yes, I went there. I saw a lot of similarities in their stories and applaud Patti Callahan Henry because I’ve never read a love story like a Nicholas Sparks love story and she is the closest I’ve ever come across.

I give And Then I Found You 5 out of 5 bookmarks.

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Release: April 9, 2013
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2 thoughts on “AnnAlysis: And Then I Found You

  1. So glad I stopped by to learn about FRIEND REQUEST, I love hearing good stories about social media among the many no so good tales. There is a time and a place for everything.

    I definitely broke into tears a few times along the way myself and I might have found myself talking/yelling at one or another character. But when a book pulls me in that way then I know it is a winner.

  2. Kari says:

    I definitely want to check out Friend Request too! I love hearing the stories behind the stories!