He Belongs to Me Paperback – Jun 1 2013
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I must say from the first chapter I could not put the book down. Catherine Boyd has just graduated from college and is excited about getting her life back on track and more importantly regaining custody of her son Drew who had been living with her parents why she attended school at Stanford.
When her parents tell her they feel he is much better off to let him stay with them as they have the means to take care of him and have given him a good and enjoyable life while she was away at college she is shocked.
The temporary order she gave them seems to not be a temporary one at all and now she has a fight on her hands. The problem is she has been estranged from her husband Thomas all thru her year at college.
When Drew was born he had a twin and the after the baby dies her parents accuse him of murdering Drew's twin so he decides to leave to make it easier for her.
What her parents do not expect is just what determination Catherine has and how she has grown up and is willing to fight for her child even if it means reconciling with her husband who although never divorced has not seen in many years.
The court scenes are great and you will hear secrets, lies, confessions and surprises that will make you laugh and cheer at the same time
A must read.
When I started reading this book, my immediate thought was that it had been a long time since I read a family drama like this one. And it turned into an emotional read that thoroughly entertained.
First Line of He Belongs To Me:
“In a life riddled with painful endings and bright beginnings too few to count, Catherine sought refuge in routine and simplicity.”
My Thoughts on He Belongs To Me:
This book is an entertaining mix up; you have the intrigue and backstabbing politics of a family court case, the romance of a love affair being rekindled and the sadness of a child caught in the middle of it all. It was high on drama and despite the heavy issues, it still felt like a light read that was perfect for my nightly wind down.
The main character is a sweet girl who has blossomed from a somewhat easily influenced teenage mum into a strong, determined woman who wants her son back with her. Her parents who have raised him over the previous 5 years are not willing to let go. So Catherine reunites with her husband and together they do battle for justice.
All the characters are believable with the exception of one who confused me. Catherine and Thomas quickly prove themselves to be more than capable of raising their son Drew and their genuine love for each other and their son shines through. Catherine’s parents are not so likeable so I quickly choose sides on who I felt should win. I think I would have preferred it, if there had been more of a moral dilemma over whom should raise Drew, as it would have heightened the tensions.
However, despite that the book was totally captivating. I was never sure what way the court case would go and I loved that element of unpredictability. The only character I found hard to believe in was Catherine’s mother. I found it hard to reconcile how distant she was a mother with how much better she was as a grandmother. I know it’s a different role but I found it difficult to pinpoint why she was able to show her emotions with Drew when she couldn’t do it with her children.
I loved the writing style; the conversations flowed naturally and felt very realistic. I also thought the character development was spot on (apart from my issue with Catherine’s mother). Initially I thought I was going to hate Catherine and Thomas for walking away from Drew as a baby but there are layers within layers here and I really believed and understood why they made I what I thought initially were unforgivable choices.
There are lots of themes discussed and dissected during the court case and I think it would make a great book for a book club as I can see some interesting debates arising.
Who should read He Belongs To Me?
I’d recommend this book to fans of chick-lit books who like lots of drama, tension and some moral ambiguity to chew over. It felt like a book that was half between Danielle Steele and Jodi Picoult so if you like either of those authors, then I think you might also enjoy this one.