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And Then I Found You

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Katie 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 fil
Paperback, 288 pages
Published May 20th 2014 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published April 9th 2013)
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“What will fill the place where you were?”

For a book to be great, in my eyes, it has to touch me on an emotional level. I want to feel everything the characters are going through - right along with them. That's exactly what I got with this one. It’s a little embarrassing to admit, but I was a total mess reading this book. I laughed, I cried, I was extremely frustrated, but most of all, I adored this story.

For Katie, the first day of spring became a day of firsts. It’s the day she experienced h
Feb 28, 2013 Ionia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't start out enjoying this book. In the beginning,especially during the first chapter, I had a hard time paying attention to what was happening in the story. Soon after, during the second chapter, I felt the story took off and there was no looking back.

By the end of this book I was thrilled with it and couldn't wait to tell others about it. This book is one that I think I will remember for a long time. The characters are so well fleshed out and developed that over the course of reading th
Jun 04, 2013 Nicole rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
So, twenty-something Katie has found the Love of Her Life AND a job she really enjoys. The job is hundreds of miles away from Love of Her Life, but that's okay because he is busy in law school. Unfortunately, Love of Her Life doesn't see it that way and wants her to be closer. Henry writes: "She tried to explain that if she didn't do this one thing she would never again do what she wanted, that if she could let someone-even Jack- talk her out of doing this, that she would never again follow thro ...more
Carrie Ardoin
I was a little apprehensive about reading this novel at first, since I'm a mother and under no circumstances could I even imagine having to give up my child. However, I am glad I did read this, because it was a beautiful story even though things weren't perfect.

Firstly, and I say this as a woman who was 23 years old and married when I had my first child, I thought Kate's reasons for giving up Luna were not good enough. I know, this sounds very very judgmental of me. But I simply felt that there
Jun 24, 2013 Patty rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
And Then I Found You
Patti Callahan Henry

My " in a nutshell" summary...

Young love...lost love...found love...on many levels.

My thoughts after reading this book...

This was a lovely book. It was a great story with just the right amount of angst. It was the story of Kate/Katie and Jack. They knew each other for most of their lives. They assumed they would always be together and then something this case Katie just wants to stop waiting for Jack and wants to do something of her own. And
Judy Collins
Dec 31, 2012 Judy Collins rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this e-book! Patti Callahan is one of my favorite authors and never disappoints. This was an incredible love story, written and inspired from the author’s own family. A poignant story of love withstanding the tests of time. Being from the southeast, always love the southern states, as they are so familiar and puts you realistically in the setting. You will fall in love with the characters of this close knit family, the boutique, art studio, their homes (all so charming). This would also ...more
Jan 12, 2013 Marcia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-library
Great book but many lazy editing errors. Times when Rowan was called Jack, Birmingham was in South Carolina instead of Alabama and little things like Kate following them to a pizza place in her car only to be dropped off later at the baseball field where she left her car. Things like that take away from a story for me (big pet peeve. Otherwise loved the idea of the story and loved the fact that it was personal and happened to her sister.

Favorite quote..."That's what love does sometines-talks you
Jun 21, 2013 Lynn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: light-reads
This is a very light read, with a fairly predictable plot, but enjoyable nonetheless. Pretty much what I was in the mood for, so it did not disappoint. It manages to pull on the heart strings without being too sappy. Sometimes eating the circus peanuts of literature can be enjoyable too, in small doses.
Jaime Boler
Mar 17, 2013 Jaime Boler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: she-reads
For Katie Vaughn, the first day of spring was always a day of firsts: the day she experienced her first kiss, the day she fell in love, the day she ran a marathon, the day she opened her boutique, and the day she vowed to love Jack Adams forever. It was also the day she gave up her newborn for adoption in Patti Callahan Henry’s tender, sincere, and deeply poignant novel And Then I Found You, the April Book Club Selection for She Reads.

The plot of And Then I Found You is as swiftly-paced as the c
I really enjoy Patti Callahan Henry but I didn't enjoy her novel And Then I Found You as much as her other novels I have read. For a synopsis, read Goodreads.

And Then I Found You is a story of lost loves: her boyfriend(s), a family, and for herself. However, I just didn't care much for the main character Kate Vaughan. She is an extremely ambitious woman with a successful career and as a young woman, knew what she wanted in life although is shut out the most important person in her life. I also d
I won this book on a First Reads Giveaway. The forward from the author grabbed my attention when I discovered this was to be a story of adoption. As a mother, I can't imagine the love & hard choices women make to give their babies the best possible life, even when it means their own hearts must break. This was a good book, it moved a little slow until the middle, then it got good. I was happy with the ending, & I would read from this author again! Thank you for the book!
Renea Winchester
Jan 24, 2013 Renea Winchester rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great read from Patti-Callahan Henry. This time the story is taken from a page in her life. It's hard to tell you more without a big spoiler. Love the characters and the voice of this author.
Apr 14, 2013 Louise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Story Description:

St. Martin’s Press|April 9, 2013|Hardcover|ISBN: 978-0-312-61076-0

Kate Vaughn 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. Bu
Apr 23, 2013 Cynthia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed-books
"It didn’t make any sense, but she was beyond sense now. Life, she believed from living in the wilderness, was tied together by hints, whispers, and unseen fabric-makers. She imagined someone far more knowing than she, sewing together a fragile web that she wouldn’t see until time was done. She could ignore the whispers and threads, everyone could, and she often did, but this time she wouldn’t."

And Then I Found You, by Patti Callahan Henry is not a mystery. It’s about the oldest story in the wor
Feb 04, 2013 Marlene rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
To thirteen year old, Katie Vaughn, March 20th was not only the first day of spring, it was the start of what would become many firsts in her life. Walking in the moonlight with Jack Adams was something that Katie had always dreamt of. Now it was becoming her reality. They walked hand in hand down a stone path that led to the May River. While talking about the occurrences of the day, Jack did the one thing that Katie had always wanted him to do. He kissed her under the moonlight and that was the ...more
Apr 02, 2013 Ellen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: blog-tours, arc
Contains spoilers

The year is 1988, the first day of Spring, and 13-year-old Katie Vaughn finds herself walking in the moonlight with Jack Adams in Bluffton South Carolina, the guy she has a major crush on, and the night Katie gets her first kiss. Jack says, “So, you’re my girlfriend now, right?” Katie’s reply was, “Of course.” Jack then proceeds to tell Katie about how his mother believes that anything you promise on the first day of spring is a promise you can never break.” After Jack leaves an
Faye, la Patata

If you know me, I rarely go out of the Young Adult genre. I've read some hard core science fiction, a few epic/high fantasies, and some literary works for school, and some philosophy books like Foucault's Discipline and Punish (which is TOTALLY good, by the way). You may be muttering, "That's actually a lot..." and you're right, it is a fair number, but if I can avoid it, I will. But I make exemptions. Especially when I can totally feel in my gut that the novel in question will blow me away.

Kate Vaughan has loved and lost and will probably be the first to tell you that it isn't better to have loved and lost than never at all. Losing those she's loved has been hard and that pain and loss have been with her every day for the past thirteen years. She's tried to move on with her life and has a successful boutique and is in loving relationship, but she craves what she has lost. In an effort to say goodbye to her past, she makes a trip to Alabama to visit her ex. Jack has moved on with h ...more
Tiffany Myers
Feb 13, 2013 Tiffany Myers rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
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Mary Gramlich
Jun 02, 2013 Mary Gramlich rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Doing the right thing can lead to a string of wrong things

The decision that Kate Vaughn made early on her life created a domino effect that has never stopped altering her ability to love again. Kate is in a wonderful relationship with Rowan a man that adores her but there is a huge roadblock to commitment on her part. This relationship should make her delirious with happiness and forget the pain of the past. However, after so much soul searching Kate know in order to take the steps that lead to
Feb 12, 2013 Becky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adoption, fiction
This book started out slow. In fact, I considered putting it aside. I'm glad I didn't. Once the story started moving along, it was a page turner. By the time I got to the final pages, I was sorry to see the story end.

And Then I Found You is emotional, believable and thought-provoking. It is a story that explores the heart of a woman who loved and lost not only her first love, but her first child. It explores big questions without easy answers. It acknowledges that what has been done cannot be u
Jan 31, 2013 Amanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads, reviewed
I received a copy of this ARC through the Goodreads First Reads program. And Then I Found You deals with lost love and the fact that our past is never really in the past. Kate, at the age of 35, still wonders about the daughter she gave up for adoption thirteen years ago and Jack (the father), and her lost love. The story is heartbreaking at times but is a beautiful story of never ending love - love for a child and love for a significant other.

I had a hard time putting the book down, as I HAD to
Charlotte Lynn
Feb 28, 2013 Charlotte Lynn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: she-reads
Kate Vaughn thinks she has fallen in love, but before she can take the next step with Rowan she has to put her past to rest and tell Rowan her secret. She goes back to her first love Jack Adams to try to come to terms with the fact that on March 20, 1997 Kate gave birth to Luna and then gave her up for adoption.

By the very first chapter I was hooked. I could not put this novel down. The characters were so real. I could feel Kate’s pain at loving her daughter so much but yet knowing that she coul
Aug 20, 2014 Lightblue rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-book
And Then I Found You
Questo libro mi incuriosiva molto per il tema trattato: quello delle adozioni. Si racconta la storia di Kate che decide di dare in adozione la sua bambina appena nata, ma rimarrà sempre con il desiderio di ritrovarla e sapere come sta. Dopo 13 anni sarà la stessa bambina a ritrovarla grazie a Facebook. L'Autrice racconta che questa è la storia romanzata di sua sorella a cui appunto successe di essere rintracciata tramite il social network dalla figlia adottiva. L'idea di bas
Julie Barrett
Nov 10, 2015 Julie Barrett rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
And then I found you by Patti Callahan Henry
Beautiful story of a lady who becomes pregnant but the guy has gotten married tired of waiting for her.
Kate has the baby girl, Luna and gives her up for adoption. Her whole family remembers every March 20 of the birth. Jack and Kate exchange letters to one another about their life and reminiscing about Luna every year of her birth.
Chapters go from present to the past and then onto Emily who we learn is Luna and she's trying to find her birth mother.
Anne McLaughlin
Life can be implausible especially when it comes to love but I found many things implausible in this book which I liked many parts of. Some of the adoption issues made me squirm.

SPOILER ALERT I think I would have been more comfortable with the adoptee using facebook to locate the biological parents if she had been older than 13. Not sure how things would have worked out plot wise with an older teen. The author inserted lots of safeguards like the adopted parent knowing about the contact and bei
Mar 21, 2013 Madoline rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fun-fiction
Woman tries to move on in life after placing daughter for adoption. And then said daughter finds her... on Facebook. That ultra-drama plot idea drew me in like Lifetime movies and Nicholas Sparks novels did once upon a time. And it did not disappoint; I finished the novel in two late-night sittings like a bowl of rich chocolate ice cream. What really drew me into the novel, though, was having interviewed Patti (I write for her local newspaper) about how the book was inspired by how her own siste ...more
I won a copy of "and then i found you' by Patti Callahan through the Goodreads Giveaway Contest.

It is the story of "firsts",the first day of Spring,first kiss,first promise,first love,first boyfriend.It is the story of a women that gives her child up for adoption. This decision will always be in the back of her mind and the fathers for years to come. Then thirteen years later, they are reunited when the daughter finds them.

It is about choices and tough decisions we make in life and the consequen
Georgie Wiebe
Feb 01, 2013 Georgie Wiebe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I received this book thanks to a Goodreads giveaway and the author.

It was very hard to put down! The author did an awesome job conveying the emotions of the characters in the book, you could almost feel the struggle of emotions they were feeling. It was a story of hard decisions and love lost and found. A great story of knowing in order to move on you have to finish one chapter in order to start another. But what happens when you aren’t able to close a chapter… when you wonder if your on the ri
Mar 13, 2013 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Inspired by actual events in the author's family, this emotional story of unplanned pregnancy, adoption and loyalty is a quick, easy read that shows how social media has changed the way we all live and how easy it can be to be 'found'. I found it to be a satisfying story with likable characters who were good people. This is a book I'm happy to have read. My complete review can be found here:
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