And Then I Found You by Patti Callahan Henry
Narrator: Shannon McManus
Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
Date Read: May 2013
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.
Publisher: Brilliance Audio, St. Martin's Press
Overall Rating: 4.25
Story Rating: 4.25
Character Rating: 4.25
Audio Rating: 4.50 (not part of the overall rating)
First Thought When Finished: And Then I Found You was a heart-string pulling story that hits all the right emotional spots!
Story Thoughts: And Then I Found You was a little bit romance, a little bit family/loved one drama, and a whole lot emotional. This was a story of one woman’s journey in life that included giving up a baby for adoption, making/changing careers, having (and losing and finding) a great love, and finally reconciling her past so that she could have a future. The story will make you cry, make you angry, and make you want to slap some people upside the head. Some choices made by the characters will make you shake your head and cry for them but the journey of this messy life (lives) will resonate to your emotional core.
Character Thoughts: There is a character for everyone in this story. While Kate (the main character) is the emotional center of And Then I Found You, it really can be said that her journey impacts so many people that it is their story too. How all of these people interact, engage, and emote will have you being more aware of how your actions and decisions trickle down to others. Kate is not always likable or identifiable but her journey is one of love and understanding. I found myself pulling for her even when I really wanted to go “why are you doing that”. Kate is proof that even the most together person on the outside can have scars that we just don’t see!
Narrated By Shannon McManus / Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
This is a quick and beautifully narrated piece by Shannon McManus. Her emotion, pacing, and styling was perfect for And Then I Found You. I really think the narration added an extra “oomph” to the story and made me connect even more with the characters. I highly recommend this on audio!
Final Thought: This was a deviation from the type of story I normally read but I really did enjoy it! I did cry so if you read it grab some hankies!
NOTE: I also read the companion self-pubbed book of how Patti Callahan Henry’s real life story played into the basis of And Then I Found You! If you get a chance, you should read it too! It is called Friend Request
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