About the Book:
From Bestselling Authors David & Beverly Lewis
Flight instructor Jack Livingston has been raising his eight-year-old adopted niece, Natalie, since the accident that took her parents’ lives. When he travels, Natalie is tenderly cared for by her Amish nanny, Laura Mast, who loves the little girl as her own.
Eight excruciating years ago, Kelly Maines’s baby was kidnapped. Determined to find her child, Kelly has tirelessly pursued every lead to its bitter end. And now, with the clock ticking, one last clue from a private investigator ignites a tiny flame of hope: Just a few miles away lives a young girl who matches the profile.
Can this be, at long last, Kelly’s beloved daughter?
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About David Lewis:
David Lewis is the bestselling author of Coming Home, his first solo novel, as well as a keyboard artist and pilot. He is the first editor for his wife, Beverly Lewis, as well as research partner and manager. David was born in Minnesota, grew up in the Midwest, and met Beverly in Colorado, where they currently make their home.
About Beverly Lewis:
Beverly Lewis, born in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch country, is the New York Times bestselling author of more than ninety books. Her stories have been published in eleven languages worldwide. A keen interest in her mother’s Plain heritage has inspired Beverly to write many Amish-related novels, beginning with The Shunning, which has sold more than one million copies and was recently made into an Original Hallmark Channel movie. In 2007 The Brethren was honored with a Christy Award. She has been interviewed by both national and international media, including Time magazine, the Associated Press, and the BBC. Beverly lives with her husband, David, in Colorado. Visit her website at http://www.beverlylewis.com for more information.
I began reading Beverly Lewis years ago and her books are what prompted me to start seeking the Lord again after years of running so when I had the chance to read her newest book, Child of Mine, co-written with her husband I knew I had to get my hands on it! I can only imagine what it would feel like to have your child stolen from you, especially if it was stolen by the father and there was no clue as to where he took the child. I’d probably be like Kelly Maine – never giving up hope that my child is alive and searching to the ends of the earth to find said child. Some of Kelly’s story seems a little far fetched, as most probably wouldn’t have a kind benefactor who would provide untold amounts of funding to pay for travel, DNA testing and such but overall Kelly’s struggle is what I’d imagine it to be like – the struggle to find her daughter in a moral way but knowing the immoral may be faster. Jack is raising his niece after the untimely accident took her parents, even though it seems at the time he is the most unlikely to raise her but he has help from the Amish nanny – who his niece wants him to marry.
Not your typical Amish fiction book, this book pulled me in from the go and I finished it quickly, even with a few tears in my eyes as I was finishing it. There is the story of the lost, the searching, sacrifice and redemption woven through out the story and it’s themes are very reminiscent of what it is we go through as Christians in losing, seeking and ultimately finding our redemption and salvation in Christ. Jack and Kelly both find out that their redemption cannot come from those around them – only One person has the ability to save them from themselves and bring complete restoration to their lives. The twists and turns in the books will have you guessing, as it did me, through out and that is what I appreciated – if I can figure out the ending too soon I lose the ability to want to finish so the constant guessing kept me turning the page. Of course, the story gets all wrapped up into a neat little package at the end and while I liked that and who really wants to get bad news about Kelly’s daughter? I would have liked it not to be so neat and tidy.
I haven’t read a book written by David and Beverly Lewis since I read Sanctuary years ago, and this one has proven that husbands and wives can write together especially if they both share the passion of the subject – and I could feel that through the pages in the book. I hope to read more by both authors, especially if they team up again because I really enjoyed Child of Mine and maybe they’ll come up with a sequel so we can check in on Jack, Kelly, Natalie and Laura as their lives continue on in new dimensions that they’d never dreamed of at the start of Child of Mine. I do want to mention that this book does deal with the very sensitive issue of kidnapping, the market of buying and selling children and a mom’s struggle to find her lost daughter – and while sad the book was also quite compassionate and gently in how the subject matter was presented. Also I must say that Natalie is quite spoiled, whether it’s because Jack feels guilty for her having lost both parents or what I cannot say, but she is never held responsible for her misdeeds as no one wants to make her feel like a bad child. This was actually my only pet peeve about this book, even the Amish nanny, did nothing to correct Natalie’s wayward actions and everyone sort of pooh-poohed them.
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