Friday, March 25, 2016

We Both Liked "What Was Mine" by Helen Klein Ross

What Was Mine by Helen Klein Ross is fantastic!  Lucy has been trying to have a baby, but it is a no go.  One day she sees a baby alone at a store and takes it!  The next day, she makes up her mind to return the baby to its mother, but she decides otherwise and keeps it, raising the baby girl as her own.  This story is told by a bunch of people that were affected by this decision, which really adds to the story.   I was hooked from page one all the way through!  This page turner is told very well and I liked the ending too, although not everyone may agree.  Read it for yourself to see what you think.
(Gerard's review, 5++ stars)

Karen's review, 5 stars:
What Was Mine by Helen Klein Ross is an interesting contemporary fiction story about Madelyn whose baby, Natalie, is kidnapped by Lucy, a woman who wants a baby but can’t conceive. Lucy raises Natalie as her own, changing her name to Mia. Mia is raised with love and given the best education, never suspecting Lucy is not her real mother until she gets a friend request on Facebook from Madelyn.

This book tugged at my heart and kept me turning pages to find out how Mia feels about her abduction and finding her real family, what will become of Lucy and will Mia keep her bond with Lucy or bond with her real mother? This book shows how good people can make mistakes that affect many lives for years to come. I found myself liking Lucy better than Madelyn even though Madelyn was the victim and suffered a major loss because of Lucy. I never heard of restitution justice until reading this book. I thought the ending was incredible but left me wanting more! I think this would be a great book club read and highly recommend it to anyone who likes good contemporary fiction.


Have you read this one? What did you think of it?  Did you like the ending?  Did you like Lucy?  If you reviewed this too, feel free to share your link to your review in the comments. To find books on a specific topic, scroll to the bottom and click on the topic you want. Happy Reading!

Shared this review at Mama Kat's Writer's Workshop.

7 comments:

  1. Photographing the book with a cat every time is adorable.

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    1. Thanks, glad you like. Sometimes I'll do books with my dog as well.

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  2. This actually sounds like a book I'd really be interested in! I've never heard of restitution justice either. I find it strange that Mia would randomly (because I haven't read the book) be friended by Madelyn on FB! I'm going to need to find this at my library! I did my post on a book review, too. =)

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    1. It wasn't at all a random connection on FB--Madelyn was reading any book she could find about kidnapping in the hopes of getting some clues that might help her find her daughter. Turns out the kidnapper co-authored a book she read that contained some of the same circumstances and actually met the kidnapper at a "meet the author" reading in her city. Although she was beginning to suspect it might be her, she wasn't certain but then she searched on FB and found she had a daughter that could be hers so sent a friend request with a message. I think you'll like it! I'd be curious to hear your thoughts after reading it.

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  3. I am adding this to my list of what to read next. Don't think I could have read it when my kids were small though!

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  4. I agree, it would be hard to read it if you had young children at the time. However, it's pretty amazing how the author gets the reader to actually liked the kidnapper.

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  5. Oh wow! What an interesting premise! Sounds like a page turner for sure!

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