Saturday, January 4, 2014

Book Spotlight and a Giveaway! And Then I Found You by Patti Callahan Henry


And Then I Found You


And Then I Found You by Patti Callahan Henry
Hardcover, 261 pages
Published April 9th 2013 by St. Martin's Press

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, the author explores the limits of courage, and the price of a selfless act.


My thoughts about And Then I Found You ~~

Okay, I first have to talk about the cover, that's just what I do. This one is so beautiful, with all the blue, and then it makes me wonder why she is standing outside watching that house in the distance that looks so inviting.

Now about the story. Patti is such a fabulous writer that when I started this book, I did not want to stop reading. In fact, I 'saved' it for a time when I knew I could get some quality reading time in. And I was not disappointed.
'I hope that whatever it is you want that you don't give up just because someone else asks you to do so. Anything you want, Katie, anything, don't let someone else talk you out of it.'
And Then I Found You was an emotional ride with love, heartache, forgiveness, family, separation, laughter, and tears. And it is based on a true story involving the author's family. What courage it must have taken to dig through all these events and feelings and to be able to put all of that emotion down on paper.
'She had tried everything to outrun the pain of losing both Jack and her daughter: moving away, coming home, no dating, too much dating; anything to keep her mind away from the memory. 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.'
Thank you Patti for writing such a heartfelt book and for sharing such an intimate part of your life with us. It was an amazing read!

About the author


Patti Callahan Henry is the National Bestselling author of six novels with Penguin/NAL (Losing the Moon, Where the River Runs, When Light Breaks, Betweeen the Tides, The Art of Keeping Secrets, and Driftwood Summer).

Patti is hailed as a fresh new voice in southern fiction. She has been short-listed for the Townsend Prize for Fiction and has been nominated for the Southeastern Independent Booksellers Fiction Novel of the Year. She is a frequent speaker at luncheons, book clubs and women’s groups where she discusses the importance of storytelling and anything else they want to talk about.

Patti grew up as a Minister’s daughter, learning early how storytelling effects our lives. She grew up spending her summers on Cape Cod where she began her love affair with the beach, ocean, tides and nature of the coast. Moving south at the tender age of twelve, she found solace in books and stories. While attending Auburn University, she met a southern boy who later proposed on Daufuskie Island, South Carolina, next to a historic lighthouse overlooking the Sound. After earning her Master’s degree in Child Health, Patti worked as a Clinical Nurse Specialist until her first child was born.

Patti is a full time writer, wife and mother living with her husband and three children outside Atlanta on the Chattahoochee River where she is working on her next novel.

Connect with Patti


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14 comments:

  1. Then I Found You sounds wonderful. Thank you for the opportunity to win.

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  2. This novel sounds enjoyable for the New Year. Thanks for your giveaway. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  3. Wow, what a great post! Thank you for the excerpt and review!

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  4. I am a southern girl and I see that Patti went to Auburn. I live in Birmingham Alabama and have a nephew and 2 nieces that also went to Auburn. Patti even though I am an Alabama fan I still think you are a fantastic author and hope you continue to share your talent with us. Thanks for the great giveaway, this sounds like a fantastic read!

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  5. The book sounds beautiful. Sometimes you need those heart wrenching books!

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  6. This book sounds awesome. I love reading books that contain secrets. Thanks for having this giveaway.

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  7. I would love to read this book and see what the secrets are. I like that it is based on a true story
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  8. I have not read any of this autjor's books but I need to. I love Southern fiction.

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  9. I've never heard of this author before -- always love finding a new book!

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  10. i just discovered your site yesterday. It is awesome!

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  11. The book sounds great! One that is very touching!! thanks

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