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When I Found You

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  38,340 ratings  ·  2,907 reviews
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 h ...more
Kindle Edition, 410 pages
Published April 23rd 2013 by Lake Union Publishing (first published August 13th 2009)
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Julie Nathan felt like a real person to me. Developed well. We understood why he was compelled to help Nat. I kept wishing Nathan’s efforts were better spen…moreNathan felt like a real person to me. Developed well. We understood why he was compelled to help Nat. I kept wishing Nathan’s efforts were better spent. This might be the point; that we shouldn’t be kind to get something in return. The story veered second half into what was, for me, just not believable on any level. A quick read. (less)

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Aug 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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.
Jul 25, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Feb 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 building maturity of Nat, and the way he grows up, finding his way in the world and how he cares for his saviour. The back story was boxing, a sport that has never interested me but was crucial to the storyline. I've read a couple of books lately where the characters have been such nice people, and ...more
Jul 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
* A Reader Obsessed *
I get it. I really do. The take home message here is that unconditional love is a powerful thing. It gives confidence and drive and a sense of self worth. The infallibility of Nathan who does so was the best part of this book - albeit frustrating. Nathan finds an abandoned baby and proclaims that no matter what, he will always be there for that child - and he surely delivers over and over as the boy Nat grows up and makes mistakes like you wouldn't believe.

And perhaps that is the message. People
Apr 29, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 01, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aidan Bizony
May 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: EVERYONE
Recommended to Aidan by: keen interest
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
Mar 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anybody who ever wants to give up
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 collection
Jan 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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.
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“From the author of Pay It Forward comes a poignant tale of love, pain, and trusting people to stay by your side in a world where leaving is easy.”
I hope to eventually read every book by this author who specializes in imperfect characters trying to make the world a better place.
5 stars
Aug 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
This was was my first book by Catherine Ryan Hyde. I was thinking it was a 3 star rating for me but the more I read I realized it would be 4. There are so many life lessons and wisdom between the pages of When I Found You. I loved Nathan McCann and will carry some of his wisdom with me. A story of circumstances we have no control over and making the choice to rise above them.
Rebecca McNutt
Surprisingly original and a wonderful story of truth and family, When I Found You is both sad and yet inspirational all at once.
May 31, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another tear jerker! Loved it!
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
Susan Marshall
Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I won this book on a Facebook page called Reader's Coffeehouse. I was very excited to start it and when I did I realized I had started this book already at some time and didn't finish it. I had only gotten about a chapter in when I put it aside for some reason, I honestly don't know why .
I am SO happy I won this because I would've missed out on a really great story.
The characters were so well developed, I couldn't love Nathan more if I tried. Every word he says in the story is profound. He is
Jun 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What an absorbing read! I got into this book right away. It intrigued me throughout the book. I thought it was very well written with a lot of emotion, common sense and well being. I normally don't have much time in the day to read, but I found time in between cooking meals and cleaning. I picked it up at any oppotunity as I wanted to know what happens next.

The character were very well explained and portrayed, the narration was not overly long and when conversations were being had between charac
Jan 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: pleasure-reading
Nat Bates begins life by being left to die in the woods. The man who finds him, Nathan, saves his life in more ways than one. I fell in love with Hyde's characters and enjoyed every moment of watching Nat become a man worthy of Nathan's love.
It was Nathan's patience and commitment that interested me most.I think it is far too easy to give up on a difficult relationship, when if we hang in there it might become the most important thing in our lives. We might apply this to more than just the foste
Spider the Doof Warrior
This book was so good. I love this book. Nathan has to be one of the best father figures I ever read in a book. The way he was so compassionate towards the boy he found in the woods as a baby was just a joy to read. He gave this kid unconditional love and support when his grandmother couldn't handle him. He let him take responsibility for his bad decisions and guided him into being a better person.

It was so good.

Also never marry a man or a woman who won't let you bring the dog in the house. I'd
Mar 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle
I just loved Catherine Ryan Hyde's writing style. So easy to read. It was so enjoyable to see the relationship develop between Nathan & Nat. I admired Nathan's ways & how he loved & taught his young friend/son. I'm looking forward to reading another book by this author. I would highly recommend When I Found You, one of the few books ive ever read about unconditional, dependable, loyal love! ...more
Feb 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love love loved this book, the story line and the way it was written. Very much one of my favorites, and definately my favorite so far in 2016!
Rhonda Ruff
Apr 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book and had good and bad points i really like the story and how it all unfolded . some things just seemed alittle out of place for instance like he told everyone he wanted the baby right away that did seem funny to me Just wanted alittle more depth in some parts. But all in all i enjoyed it
Angie Dokos
Sep 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story was heart-touching. I loved it. I did want more info about some of the characters. I wanted some deeper backstory for some. I needed more, but it was a great book. I cried like a baby, but it was a beautiful story. And it has great life-lessons. Nathan offers lots of good advice in my opinion.
JG (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
Oct 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 15, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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