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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.
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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Conceived in love and possibility, Bonaventure Arrow didn’t make a peep when he was born, and the doctor nearly took him for dead. No one knows Bonaventure’s silence is filled with resonance – a miraculous gift of rarified hearing that encompasses the Universe of Every Single Sound. Growing up in the big house oh Christopher Street in Bayou Cymbaline, Bonaventure can hear flowers grow, a thousand shades of blue, and the miniature tempests that rage inside raindrops. He can also hear the gentle voice of his father, William Arrow, shot dead before Bonaventure was born by a mysterious stranger known only as the Wanderer.
Bonaventure’s remarkable gift of listening promises salvation to the souls who love him: his beautiful young mother, Dancy, haunted by the death of her husband; his Grand-mere Letice, plagued by grief and long-buried guilt she locks away in a chapel; and his father, William, whose roaming spirit must fix the wreckage of the past. With the help of Trinidad Prefontaine, a Creole housekeeper endowed with her own special gifts, Bonaventure will find the key to long-buried mysteries and soothe a chorus of family secrets clamoring to be healed.
This book is the March selection for SheReads.org. This is my third month with the online book club. I’ve loved the books I’ve read with them so far, but I wasn’t as sure about this one when I started. It sounded good, but it didn’t sound like one that I would be head over heels for.
There were some things that I really liked about this book. Leganski did an amazing job of speaking for a child who does not speak. When Bonaventure was having conversations with his dead father, we heard this thoughts, but for the rest of his story, we just heard a description of what he heard, and his signing. Who would have ever thought that a silent character could have such a strong role in a book? It proves that in some books, you don’t need dialouge to drive it home. Leganski is an amazing story teller and this book proves it.
But it wasn’t easy for me to get through this book. It took me eight days to get through it, which is a very long time for me. I think that there were times that it was so descriptive, I got lost, caught up in what was going on in the book, and listening for sounds that I knew only Bonvanture could hear. I started thinking about colors and what they would sound like if I could hear them. I loved that this book reminded me to stop and listen.
I really loved Bonaventure’s character. While the others will leave a mark on you, the young boy makes you want to be a better person. Stop and smell the roses. Listen to the wind and trees. And love. This young boy, so different from others in his class and life, is so full of love. He has such a strong relationship with both of his parents, even if one isn’t physically here. And he wants the best for them and for them to be happy, even if it means he has to do something that doesn’t make him comfortable.
This book reminded me a lot of the style of The Lovely Bones and I think, done the right way, it could be a very interesting movie.
I give The Silence of Bonvanture Arrow 4 out of 5 bookmarks.
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On March 18, 1990, thirteen works of art today worth over $500 million were stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. It remains the largest unsolved art heist in history, and Claire Roth, a struggling young artist, is about to discover that there’s more to this crime than meets the eye.
Making a living reproducing famous artworks for a popular online retailer and desperate to improve her situation, Claire is lured into a Faustian bargain with Aiden Markel, a powerful gallery owner. She agrees to forge a painting—a Degas masterpiece stolen from the Gardner Museum—in exchange for a one-woman show in his renowned gallery. But when that very same long-missing Degas painting is delivered to Claire’s studio, she begins to suspect that it may itself be a forgery.
Her desperate search for the truth leads Claire into a labyrinth of deceit where secrets hidden since the late nineteenth century may be the only evidence that can now save her life.
First of all, I am really excited about this review. This is my first month working with SheReads.org and I am already loving it. I picked a great month to start because this is a phenomenal book.
When it comes to the book, I know absolutely nothing about art. At first I was concerned that I would be lost and it would be totally over my head because I don’t know the techniques or terms, but after a while, I felt like I could go out and paint a masterpiece. Kidding. My art skills are worse than a two-year-old’s art skills. But Shapiro painted a masterpiece of her own with this novel. I also have never been to the Isabelle Stewart Gardner Museum, but I’ve done some reading and found that Shapiro mixed fiction with fact for this book, so for those who are familiar with it, you may have a hard time separating the two. There really was a heist at the museum and works by Degas were stolen. I always appreciate coming away from a novel and feeling like I walk with away more knowledge than when I started.
I loved that this book was told through Isabelle’s past, Claire’s past and the present. I am always a fan of a book that uses many different times to tell a story.
I also loved the ethical decision that Claire was faced with in this story. Not that I would face one similar, but being a journalist, we are often faced with decisions that we have to determine if we would get sued or in trouble for making. So I was able to understand Claire’s tough time deciding to or not to paint this masterpiece. And let’s not forget her amateur sleuth skills. I think that most of us would admit that if it came down to it, and there was something that could put us or a loved one in jail, we would do all the investigating we could to get our names cleared. Claire didn’t do anything monumental to make it unbelievable, but did just enough to uncover history and get herself in the clear.
I have read several other reviews on The Art Forger and am glad to see that I wasn’t the only one staying up way past my bedtime to finish this book. If you love art, I think you will love this book. But even if you have no knowledge of art past paint by numbers (like myself), it is still one that you won’t be able to put down.
I give The Art Forger 5 out of 5 bookmarks.
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