“And Then I Found You” by Patti Callahan Henry (St. Martin’s Press, 261 pages, in stores)
Katie Vaughn seems to have it all: a close-knit family, good health, friends and more. Normally, this type of idyllic life would be thoroughly annoying to me, as everything is just a bit too perfect.
It’s a testament to author Patti Callahan Henry that Katie is anything but annoying. She has a fragility that makes you overlook characteristics that would otherwise be less than endearing — even before you understand the pain and anguish she will face over one of the biggest decisions in her life.
Put simply, Katie finds herself facing a painful choice. She can keep the baby she loves and wants, or she can put the baby up for adoption. The decision she makes and her reasons for making it are entirely understandable, if incredibly hard to read about.
“And Then I Found You” is a story about sacrifice. But it’s also about love of self and others. Once Katie learns to love herself and let go of past torments, things click into place for her. It’s an absolute joy when Katie discovers her own happily ever after.
The novel is an emotional roller coaster. Katie’s story is told in simple flashbacks, but the emotional toll on the reader is profound. Highly recommended.
Michelle Geries, for The Oklahoman