And Then I Found You: A Novel
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, author Patti Callahan Henry explores the limits of courage, and the price of a selfless act.
A Patti Callahan Henry (Coming Up for Air, 2012) story can be counted on to contain one or more of the following: secrets from the past, lost love, and a damaged heroine who keeps others at arm’s length. Her latest novel sticks true to form, with a twist—Henry drew inspiration from her own sister’s true-life story. In the fictional version, the secret harbored by Kate, owner of an upscale boutique, is that she gave a baby girl up for adoption when she was young. This is news only to Kate’s current boyfriend, Rowan, who’s about to propose marriage. Before she can commit, Kate needs to find closure with Jack, the father of her child and the love of her life. When her daughter, now a teenager, manages to track Kate down, the situation grows more complicated. Henry instills her characters with precisely the complex emotions and erratic behavior one would expect in the situation. Though she presents an idealized outcome, Henry does effectively convey how such reunions are tinged with equal parts elation and fear. --Patty Wetli “AND THEN I FOUND YOU is as authentic as it is riveting and ultimately unforgettable. Your past will find you―and it can change your life. I think it’s the most soulful book she’s ever written.” ―Dorothea Benton Frank, author of Porch Lights“In And Then I Found You Patti Callahan Henry explores the labyrinth of a woman's heart--mother, daughter, sister, friend, lover. Moving and beautifully written. ” ―Mary Alice Monroe, author of Beach House Memories“Patti Callahan Henry has a singular gift----she can connect her characters so deeply to the natural world. She leads Katie Vaughn by moonlight, with a touch as light and deft as a white feather, unafraid to plunge her into the deepest sorrows so that she can emerge changed and beautiful. You can't help but root for Katie. AND THEN I FOUND YOU is Henry at her best, brimming with heart and compassionate wisdom.” ―Joshilyn Jackson, New York Times bestselling author of A Grown Up Kind of Pretty“Patti Callahan Henry asks the big, equivocal questions about what it means to be a mother, a child, a family, and the answers she finds in AND THEN I FOUND YOU will surprise you, provoke you, and rearrange your heart.” ―Jacquelyn Mitchard, author of The Deep End of the Ocean and What We Saw at Night“A touching story” ―Kirkus“Henry writes this story with eloquence and beauty. This is her most personal and her most powerful story to date.” ―Huffington Post“A delicious read featuring all of the elements of love, loss and familial tension.” ―The Atlantan
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