Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Child of Mine

Authors: David and Beverly Lewis
Publisher: Bethany House
June 2014
ISBN:  978-0764212543
Genre: Contemporary / Women’s fiction

From Bestselling Authors David & Beverly Lewis

Flight instructor Jack Livingston has been raising his eight-year-old adopted niece, Natalie, since the accident that took her parents' lives. When he travels, Natalie is tenderly cared for by her Amish nanny, Laura Mast, who loves the little girl as her own.

Eight excruciating years ago, Kelly Maines's baby was kidnapped. Determined to find her child, Kelly has tirelessly pursued every lead to its bitter end. And now, with the clock ticking, one last clue from a private investigator ignites a tiny flame of hope: Just a few miles away lives a young girl who matches the profile.

Can this be, at long last, Kelly's beloved daughter?

Usually, I love Beverly Lewis' books.  I have read every single one of her books, except maybe the Cul-De-Sac series, though I did read a few of those my daughters brought home. And with the exception of maybe one or two books, they all went on my keeper shelf.  Not so with CHILD OF MINE. I didn't like the writing style, I didn't like it is marketed as Amish when only one character is Amish and the main characters are not -- can't they be honest and market it as contemporary? And it is flat. I couldn't care about the characters at all. I tried. None of them had any real personality. 

If you are looking for a good Amish book to read, this isn't it. Not Amish, and not up to Ms. Lewis' usual standards, though that might have something to do with the co-writing. 3 stars, but only because it's Beverly Lewis. $8.63 Kindle. $15.99 paperback. 416 pages.

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