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When I Found You by [Ryan Hyde, Catherine]
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While duck hunting one morning, childless, middle-aged Nathan McCann finds a newborn abandoned in the woods. To his shock, the child—wrapped in a sweater and wearing a tiny knitted hat—is still alive. To his wife’s shock, Nathan wants to adopt the boy…but the child’s grandmother steps in. Nathan makes her promise, however, that one day she’ll bring the boy to meet him so he can reveal that he was the one who rescued him.

Fifteen years later, the widowered Nathan discovers the child abandoned once again—this time at his doorstep. Named Nat, the teenager has grown into a sullen delinquent whose grandmother can no longer tolerate him. Nathan agrees to care for Nat, and the two engage in a battle of wills that spans years. Still, the older man repeatedly assures the youngster that, unlike the rest of the world, he will never abandon him—not even when Nat suffers a trauma that changes both of their lives forever.

From the bestselling author of Pay It Forward comes When I Found You, an exquisite, emotional tale of the unexpected bonds that nothing in life can break.

About the Author

Catherine Ryan Hyde is the author and co-author of nineteen books, including When I Found You, Second Hand Heart, When You Were Older, and Don’t Let Me Go. Her novel Pay It Forward was included on the ALA’s Best Books for Young Adults list, translated into twenty-three foreign editions, and turned into a major Warner Brothers motion picture. Her short stories have received honorable mentions in the Raymond Carver Short Story Contest, nominations for Pushcart Prizes and the O. Henry Award, and citations in the Best American Short Stories anthologies. Along with Anne R. Allen, she recently co-authored How To Be A Writer In The E-Age…And Keep Your E-Sanity. An avid traveler and amateur photographer, she has hiked the Grand Canyon, the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, and many more of the world’s most beautiful places. She currently resides in Cambria, California. For more information and book club questions, please visit the author at www.catherineryanhyde.com.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1024 KB
  • Print Length: 410 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 161109979X
  • Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (April 23 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ANAE6PM
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 35 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #364 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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It is about how the past can shape you. It is about a commitment to unconditional love which may or may not break that mould. It is about a village of people that raises a child and its influence. A great read.
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I can't stop thinking about this book... the writing is beautiful, the storyline is unbelievably compelling, and the characters draw you in so deep you cannot believe that this is fiction. I definitely recommend this book for those who want something deep and touching.
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Note: This book review, as well as many more, can also be found on my blog, The Baking Bookworm (www.thebakingbookworm.blogspot.ca).

My Review: This is an e-book that I bought for my Kindle awhile ago and it has been sitting there waiting for me to 'crack click open' ever since. I had bought it due to the high ratings from other readers and, let's face it, the lower price. Unfortunately, you sometimes get what you pay for and sometimes you get a different feel for a book than the majority.

This book had a great premise but that's about it. The story plodded along and never, not once, gripped me. The writing was emotionless and I guess I just expected a whole lot more from this book.

I think that the lack of 'oomph' I experienced with this book had a lot to do with the lack of character development. Nat and Nathan seemed to be clichés -- the 'bad boy who just wants to be loved' and 'the heart of gold older man' -- and they never changed enough throughout the book. Restricting the characters' development, I feel, negatively influences the plot, pace and interest in the book.

At first I really liked Nathan. Here's this man in his late fifties who wants to do the right thing and help this innocent baby (and add some love to his own life too). He's extremely patient, insightful, wise and has wonderful parenting skills even though it seems he's never really spent time with any kids. He's the perfect father figure. Don't get me wrong, I liked witnessing Nathan's commitment to Nat no matter how verbally abusive, aggressive or just plain unthankful Nat behaved. It was admirable. Even Mother Teresa and Ghandi would have been impressed with this man's attitude and perseverance.
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Unconditional love and kindness are the foundation of this well written story. Love can reach your heart in unusual, unexpected ways. This remarkable tale shows us that coincidences may in fact be anything but.
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I kept reading because I finished everything else I had downloaded for flight. this is comparable to Gr 11 attempt at creative writing or screenplay. boring, sparse, a few good opportunities to develop characters and a compelling storyline were wasted... never read anything by this author previously, surprised to learn of her success given this dull tale.
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excellent and gripping from beginning to end. Easy reading and able to grab empathy for the hero. Teaches and shows mankind and humanity and proves blood is not thicker than water. The story is somewhat believable, heartwarming and compelling. We may all know a throw away child or have heard of one.
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I just finished it this week. I can't say I liked it from the beginning but as I read through the chapters it was very real how difficult it is for someone to help a person who does not want to face reality. Nathan McCann was an amazing character who did everything to help Nat Bates and at the end he finally won the battle.
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This book was incredible. The author truly made the characters come alive and represented human emotions with such raw honesty and passion. A wonderful book and the subject matter was written with much sensitivity.
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