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    Patti Callahan Henry(Author)

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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, 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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  • PDF | 272 pages
  • Patti Callahan Henry(Author)
  • St. Martin's Press (April 9, 2013)
  • English
  • 6
  • Literature & Fiction

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  • By Karielle @ Books à la Mode on April 9, 2013

    Springtime in Bluffton, South Carolina heralds thirty-five-year-old Kate Vaughan's annual tradition of trying New Things. This spring, her past--which she's tried so hard to keep in place over the past decade--will come marvelously apart; her New Things will make everything change, and everything begin.Composed of flashbacks of only the component parts of Kate's childhood and early adulthood that have led up to the present moment, And Then I Found You details the most determined, devastating decision a mother should ever have to make. These brief evocations slowly clarify her past, and are intermingled with her current conflicts with Rowan--the perfect boyfriend whom she still isn't completely satisfied with--and with her inability to let go of what's already happened.Without giving too much away, I will say I was awed by the plot, especially because it actually happened in the author's life, but was very disappointed by the story itself. Don't get me wrong; Henry's prose is elegant and coherent, but I just feel the book as a whole is kind of boring. Everything that happens isn't exciting--at least not as exciting as the author tries to convey it as. She flits across the complexity of human emotion but doesn't exactly capture it, which is why I couldn't connect with this book, either.My biggest issue however, is Kate. She's just really, really snobby and difficult to understand, or respect, for that matter. I adore all the characters around her, from her sisters to her best friends to her lovers--they are really well created--but she herself is really dislikable. Her mindset is incredibly selfish and stuck up; her mantra is "you don't know what I've experienced so get away from me and stop trying to sympathize with me." I know Henry was trying to convey the difficult emotional burden upon a mother who is forced to part with her child out of "selflessness," but she sacrificed Kate's character to do so. My detachment from and dislike of the protagonist soured the entire mood and perspective of the story.I was proud at Kate's growth, though; throughout the book, she learns she needs to love herself before loving anyone else, and this is something to which all readers will be able to relate. Compassion, even through wistfulness, matters; you just have to be willing to freely give it.Pros: Henry is an accomplished storyteller // Secondary characters are lovable // Fascinating premise // Kate's character development is clearCons: Highly dislikable protagonist // Style is decent, but really mediocre... very forgettable // Not that resonating // Predictable, unsatisfying ending // Rather dull and not suspenseful throughoutLove: "People talked about heartbreak, but in Kate's opinion, hearts don't break, they merely ache and throb until you learn to ignore that same heart all together."Verdict: And Then I Found You wasn't as I good as I thought it would be. The plot revolving around a mother reuniting with her long-lost daughter seemed touching, but in the book, it just isn't portrayed very movingly. However, I am impressed with Patricia Callahan Henry's ability to craft a beautiful, feel-good story about self-actualization and self-discovery. The overarching message is quite affecting as well; this is a book about loss, and about finding--both those you love, and yourself.6 out of 10 hearts (3 stars): Satisfying for a first read, but I'm not going back.Source: Complimentary copy provided by Wunderkind PR in exchange for an honest and unbiased review, for the Itching for Books blog tour.

  • By The Spoiler on April 21, 2013

    I just hope Callahan's sister is not as unlikable as Kate aka "Katie". Kate wasn't so much self-less as she was selfish. She had gone to/graduated college therefore she wasn't a "child" when she got pregnant by, and I can't stress this enough, "THE LOVE OF HER LIFE"... Yet she sacrificed her "love" for him (time after time while he in turn begged her to come home and make a life with him) to work in the desert with wayward girls and then felt betrayed when he had finally had enough and married someone else. She was so gung-ho on saving other girls that she gave up her own daughter.....aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrrrggggggggggggggh, UN-DAMN-BELIEVEABLE!!!I couldn't even read the entire book because Kate just ticked me off!!! I can sympathize with the agony of placing a child for adoption, but not because it's what's best for you at the time. Kate is surrounded by a loving family,who would have been a wonderful support group, and yet she opts to place her child with strangers and then torments herself for the next 13 years with the "what ifs", she can't fall in love with a wonderful man because of a promise she made to herself to love only one man forever when she was 14, yet she ditched him, time and again to pursue, what really made her happy. Now before she can commit to love a man she has been with for 4 years, she has to go back and see if she can recapture that love with the man she dumped and find the child that she gave up because there is a void in MY life.....and yes, yes readers it is all about ME!!!This book is not life affirming to me, it is more all about Kate's selfishness!!!

  • By Darlene @ Peeking Between the Pages on February 26, 2014

    And Then I Found You by Patti Callahan Henry tugged at my heart right from the beginning and never let go. The inspiration for this novel comes from true experiences within the author’s family and because of this you find yourself being pulled even more into the emotional struggles of her characters and really feeling what they’re going through. I smiled at times and cried at others while reading And Then I Found You – it is an emotional novel of love, family, and the miracle of second chances.Kate and Jack were childhood friends which took them straight into a relationship as they got older. It seemed they had always loved each other. Jack was busy with his studies and Kate just couldn’t see herself waiting around for him and doing absolutely nothing so she gets a job at a wilderness camp that helps young people with issues. She loves it! So much so that she promises Jack any number of times that she’ll come home and they’ll start their lives together but it never happens. Finally Jack wanting to move forward in life marries someone else but not before he has one last night with Kate which results in a pregnancy. Ultimately Kate decides that hand picking an adoptive family is what is best and Jack doesn’t offer any resistance. This decision affects the rest of Kate’s life in terms of being able to trust in love anymore as well as the overwhelming yearning to know that her daughter – she names her Luna – is safe and okay. However the adoption records are sealed until Luna is twenty-one at which time she can contact her birth mother if she wants. Never in a million years does Kate expect to get a friend request on Facebook from a young thirteen year old girl named Emily… who just happens to be her daughter Luna.This novel brings up so many issues and emotions that come with giving up a child for adoption. In your mind you can understand that you’re doing what’s best for your child, but your heart will always tell you different. I can’t even imagine the pain of giving up a child and the multitude of emotions and indecision. It would be one of the hardest things you would ever do but I can understand the desire to give your child the best that they can have in this life because, depending on your circumstances, love isn’t always enough although it would be nice if it could be. Then there is the other side of the coin with the child that’s been adopted. Even being adopted by loving and good parents doesn’t take away that feeling of ‘why didn’t my birth mother want me’ or where did I come from, did my parents love each other – so many questions and no answers. I think it’s fantastic when an adoptive family can feel secure enough to allow their child to meet their birth mother or parents. I believe it must tear them up but their love for their child allows them to see past that. And then there is the aspect of social media today. These things didn’t exit years ago but now they seem to be opening up so many new avenues in terms of being able to find people.And Then I Found You is a novel I won’t soon forget. Even as I type up this review my emotions are still all over the place. I felt this novel if that makes sense. It touched my heart – these people all touched my heart and I hope that, now a few years later, they are all doing well and have been able to build healthy and loving relationships with this young girl who was at the center of it all. I love that these two families were united because a child can never have too much love. I think this novel will make an excellent book club choice. The range of topics to discuss are great and I can see the discussions being quite lively and emotional and to help you along there is a Discussion Guide that you can download.I loved And Then I Found You and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it! This is the first of Patti Callahan Henry’s books that I’ve read but it most certainly won’t be the last. I love her writing style and her beautiful way with words!

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