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When Nathan McCann discovers a newborn baby boy half buried in the woods, he assumes he's found a tiny dead body. But then the baby moves and in one remarkable moment, Nathan's life is changed forever.

The baby is sent to grow up with his grandmother, but Nathan can't forget him and is compelled to pay her a visit. He asks for one simple promise - that one day she will intr
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Paperback, 512 pages
Published September 10th 2009 by Black Swan (first published August 13th 2009)
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Susan I liked the book in general but not enough character development and didn't go into motivations enough. Other than that.... it read very fast.
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I liked the book in general but not enough character development and didn't go into motivations enough. Other than that.... it read very fast.
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Merri
As a professional in the foster care, adoption and counseling field, I enjoyed the message this novel shares about committing 100% to a child regardless of how hard they push you, test you, infuriate or emotionally hurt you. Nathan was the type of surrogate parent every professional in my field looks for when placing abused and neglected children. I applaud the author's insight in understanding the loss and grief process children such as Nat experience and the unconditional support their caregiv ...more
John
May 04, 2012 John rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: friends
Recommended to John by: a friend
When I Found You: a masterpiece of human emotion...

Just read this short paragraph, let the words sink in, then close your eyes and visualize what you've read:

"Nathan McCann stood in his dark kitchen, a good two hours before dawn. He flipped on the overhead light, halfway hoping to see the coffeemaker all set up with water and grounds and waiting to be plugged in and set to percolating. Instead he saw the filter basket lying empty in the dish drain, looking abandoned and bare."

Sometimes when we r
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Penelope
I was expecting quite a lot from this book, so I was extremely disappointed with what I got. Hyde's writing is minimalist but emotionless (at least the majority of the time); books often bring me to tears but I could not even feel a twang in my heart. I love the minimalist style, but part of minimalism is not just saying few things and describing little; it's using as few words as necessary to pack a punch. It's meant to be like a 5 Hour Energy vs a Rockstar.

The pace of this novel is rapid; by
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Rick
Five tear-stained stars. This book had me blubbering like a baby at the end. Hyde writes characters that are flawed, yet so sympathetic, you can't help but love them and root for them. If you want a truly emotionally-resonant read, pick this one up.
Connie
My first read of this author, I had expected a quick, perhaps rather fluffy chick lit story. Surprise when I found a heart wrenching, heart warming and touching book with men as the main characters. Well crafted and believable these were men that the I found myself rooting for.

Every young man, full of a difficult past and yearning for something should have a man such as Nathan in their life. Firm, yet kind and quieting, Nathan was yearning for something of his own to give his rather dull life
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Pam
I probably would have rated this book higher if the last half wasn't a disappointment for not living up to the promise of the first half. It's an interesting premise for a story--a man finds an abandoned newborn early one morning when he's hunting in the woods. He actually wants to raise the child, but the infant's family is found and the baby is raised by his grandmother. The man keeps tabs on the boy throughout his young life but does not personally interact with him. The boy is troubled and w ...more
Therese
Sep 12, 2013 Therese rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anybody who ever wants to give up
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You get what you pay for is believed to be true by many, including me, but I know there are exceptions to every saying and every rule, or so it seems, and this is definitely one of them.

As you can see I got this book for free, but it was worth so much more than that. I first came across When I Found You in another short story collection by Catherine Ryan Hyde and it grabbed me so much I was just about ready to go ask her where the rest of the story was. At the end of that short story collect
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Sally
This is a book about unconditional love for a child not related by blood. It also shows us that life may not go in the direction we planned, but still can be a rewarding life. Nathan, married and childless, finds a baby in the woods and from there, the writer kept me guessing. This would be a good book for teens and young adults, but it left a lasting impression with me.
Aidan Bizony
Jul 04, 2014 Aidan Bizony rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: EVERYONE
Recommended to Aidan by: keen interest
Shelves: fantasy-fiction
BRILLIANT! BRILLIANT! BRILLIANT!!! 'When I Found You' by Catherine Ryan Hyde is possibly one of the best books I ever read in my life. 'When I Found You' embraces the ideas of unconditional love. It starts out when a duck hunter finds a two day old baby in the woods in October and from that moment on a long up/down story begins. 'When I Found You' was the book that made me start to love Catherine Ryan Hyde. I think that this book is (or should be) ranked as the best book about unconditional love ...more
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What can unconditional love do? The book's premise is a duck hunter rescues a day old baby in the woods in October and from that moment on a long up/down story begins, and perhaps for the first time in his life, develops a deep connection, only to have the baby's grandmother adopt him. Hyde takes no shortcuts with this novel, following the separate and then merged lives of the baby and hunter. Her characters are flawed, but so sympathetic that you like and root for their salvation, but there are ...more
Lisa
Wow. This book is available through the Kindle Lending Library (for all my friends and family who own one) and it is fantastic and free. It is actually Young Adult fiction I think which explains the less complicated prose but the story is still compelling, no matter your age. You can read the summary to get an idea about what the premise of the book is about, but it doesn't tell you how well the author captures that element of love for the sake of it. Love that is given because the person who gi ...more
Paula Vince
I got this as a 99c kindle book and enjoyed it a lot.

Middle-aged Nathan McCann is out on an early morning duck hunt when he discovers a new born baby abandoned in the woods. Although he'd like to adopt the boy, the police trace his maternal grandmother, who decides to name him after his rescuer. For the next several years, Nathan leaves a present at their doorstep for the boy on his birthday. Then one day, the distraught grandmother knocks on his door with a surly 15-year-old in tow. She pleads
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Debbie
This is my second Hyde book (I read “Walk Me Home” not long ago). Like the first, “When I Found You” is a great story--well-written, straightforward, and with the right amount of drama to hold my interest. A man finds a newborn in the woods and makes sure his life is intertwined with the boy he has saved. With skill, the author explores all the permutations of passion, love, trust, and honesty. The plot has a good pace and the characters are well-developed and likeable.

Hyde also wrote “Pay It F
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JG (The Introverted Reader)
Nathan is in the woods early one October morning, heading out with his faithful dog to go duck hunting. Sadie bounds away from him and starts scratching at the leaves on the forest floor. Sadie is a good dog and this is totally unlike her, so Nathan goes to check out what she's found. It's a newborn, obviously abandoned to die in the woods. Nathan realizes the infant is actually still alive and rushes him to the hospital. He feels compelled to adopt the child, but a grandmother comes forward to ...more
LemonLinda
What a compelling story of absolutely unconditional love from a man with no family connection - just someone who saves a young life and never looks back. The world would be a better place of there were more Nathan's regardless of how obstinate, how rebellious, how unruly a young person can become. This is a great story of how that love can make a difference even if that difference is not noticeably detected early on. Persistence does indeed pay off.
Suzanne
Apr 20, 2014 Suzanne rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: mum
I loved this book, following the lives of young Nat, who was abandoned at birth, and his 'rescuer' Nathan. The story mostly follows the relationship between these two, it was interesting watching the maturity of the younger character, and the way he grows up and cares for his saviour. The back story was boxing, a sport that has never interested me but was crucial to the storyline, and the maturing oh Nat. I've read a couple of books lately where the characters have been such nice people, and
this
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Linda
Sometimes a book makes its way into my hands because I really need to read it, and this was one of them. While I certainly identified with many of the situations in the book, I really needed to read about the quiet strength of one man's devotion, even with some huge sacrifices. I am going through another challenging time in my life, and I'm frequently exhausted and sad. Yet, this book was a great reminder that situations are temporary, but the lasting effects of how I handle them can be huge if ...more
Samantha
'When I found you' is a touching (there were some tears)story told from two alternating points of view - it's about a relationship that is essentially a father/son, best described as a foster care/guardian relationship.

It's hard going in places but stick with it, and you'll be rewarded.

Some of the thoughts in the book made me think about how I might like to be remembered - and how do I go about making that happen? What have I done in my life that's exceptional? Not that I mean this in a bad wa
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Bonnie
Amazon Description: "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
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Carol
One morning, hunter Nathan finds an abandoned infant boy in the woods. He wants to adopt the baby, but the baby's grandmother steps forward to take him in. Fifteen years later, the now-teenager has become difficult and the grandmother asks Nathan to raise the young man (Nat).

I did not like this book as much as I'd hoped. The Nathan character is far too "good" to seem like a real person. He shows very little emotion, just steadfastly goes about supporting Nat emotionally and financially, no matte
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Angelica
Unique, interesting, and unpredictable.
I appreciated the pensive nature of this book. I felt like I got a glimpse into the mind of a steady, wise, introverted man. That sounds boring, but it was actually endearing, and the story line was strong enough to keep me engaged. I did not anticipate where this author would take the story so I found myself quite surprised at various points along the way. I find myself thinking through the story, remembering bits of quotes and wanting to go back and memo
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Marti
Out on a duck hunting trip, Nathan's dog finds what turns out to be a barely living newborn baby boy. Nathan gets the baby to the hospital and at that moment decides he wants to adopt this child. It's not to be, however, since a living relative is found and agrees to take the baby in. Nathan contacts the relative, the boy's maternal grandmother, and tells her that he would like to at least get to see the boy at some point. The grandmother doesn't like the idea of letting the boy know the circums ...more
Anne
I've been a fan of Catherine Ryan Hyde for some time now, she writes fiction for both adults and children/young adults. 'When I Found You' is a gripping story that asks the question 'could you love someone else's child as if he were your own?'

When Nathan discovers the new born baby, abandoned under a tree in nearby woodland, he is shocked and horrified. The child's maternal grandmother promises him that one day she will introduce the boy to 'the man who found you'. The child is named Nat in hono
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Dale Harcombe
An enjoyable read about a man who goes above and beyond the expectations of many, after he finds a new born baby covered in leaves in the woods. Although unable to legally adopt the child as he would have liked because the child has a blood relative - his grandmother, Nathan never loses sight of young Nat, named by his grandmother after his saviour. It's not at all an easy relationship for Nat and he encounters more than a few of life's troubles, some self inflicted. Though I found some of the p ...more
Elaine Bergstrom
Kindles make reading so much easier, and in the case of this exquisite and quick read, having it as an e-book also allowed me to fall into a story without any information on the author. I downloaded a "sample," fell in love with the characters and just kept going. What shone through every chapter was the incredible goodness of Nathan, the main character. His sense of rightness (as opposed to righteousness) and his compassion to do what needs to be done for the baby the he found abandoned in the ...more
Lorraine Wilke
A beautifully unique love story between a quietly noble man and the boy whose life he saves --

This is a beautifully unique book, told in a style reminiscent of older novels, with a directness and forthrightness of verbiage and narrative that actually compelled me check the publication date to see if it had been written decades earlier. Not that I minded; in fact, I found the style a perfect match for the tale being told. What some reviewers defined as stilted or unnatural dialogue seemed, someho
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Nenette
I admire Nathan's character - calm and collected, dedicated, focused, patient. The story didn't spin towards where I was expecting it to go...but where it went made sense; made it more realistic. It let Nathan's character shine all the more. His wisdom, gotten from what he made of his life experiences made for a good role model for Nat to follow. Albeit late, Nat started to gain some of this wisdom. There were lots of failures, but Nathan's constant presence helped Nat to at least come to some p ...more
Farnoosh Brock
Well-written, intriguing, simple novel that was surprisingly good

I listened to most of this book on audio and read parts of it when I couldn't put it down. By "couldn't put it down", I don't mean at the level of some other amazing unbelievably good complex novels that I totally fall in love with. No, I didn't fall in love with this book but it hooked me from the beginning and the pace of the novel is so good and the writing is so simple and tight with a very easy to follow story that I just went
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Jane Brocious
This book was a pleasant surprise for me, having never read a book by Catherine Ryan Hyde. I chose it for my book club because it was easily accessible (I borrowed it through Amazon Prime for free). I like books that are engaging and thought-provoking. This book was both for me. I particularly identified with Nathan and loved the compactness of his speech. The relationships in this book are unusual and deep.
Patricia
Me gustó la historia. En su humanidad y ciertos giros inteligentes sobre las relaciones interpersonales es donde están los puntos fuertes de este libro. También en los personajes, muy bien delineados en general y, en el caso de los dos protagonistas, muy bien desarrollados, con un enfoque profundo sobre sus necesidades, carencias y deseos, todo lo cual explica el comportamiento y la forma de ser de ellos. El joven Nathan Bates es un personaje exasperante durante gran parte del libro, pero su arc ...more
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I'm the the author of 28 published and forthcoming books.

My newest releases are The Language of Hoofbeats, Take Me With You , Where We Belong, Walk Me Home, Subway Dancer and Other Stories, When You Were Older, Don’t Let Me Go, When I Found You, Second Hand Heart, The Long, Steep Path: Everyday Inspiration From the Author of Pay It Forward, Always Chloe and Other Stories, and 365 Days of Gratitude
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“Most people prefer to think that their resentment is entirely the fault of the person they resent, and that twisted logic seems to make sense in their minds. But it makes no sense to me at all... But it's a popular point of view. Probably because it's so much easier. It relieves you of the burden of any and all self-examination.
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