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Child of Mine

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  1,635 Ratings  ·  258 Reviews
Bestselling Author Duo Delivers Heart-Stirring Drama
Jack Livingston has been raising his nine-year-old adopted niece, Natalie, since the accident that took her parents' lives. While he travels for work, Natalie is lovingly cared for by Laura, an Amish nanny who loves her as her own.
Kelly Maines is nearing the end of her rope. Her baby was kidnapped, the apparent victim o
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Paperback, 406 pages
Published June 3rd 2014 by Bethany House Publishers (first published 2014)
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Kristi
Child of Mine by David and Beverly Lewis is the story of a woman who is looking for her daughter who was kidnapped as a baby. Jack is the uncle of Nattie who he is raising after the death of her parents. Laura is the Amish nanny who has been with Nattie four years and is more like family to her than a babysitter. San is Jack’s sister who sometimes stickers her nose in where she shouldn’t but seems to have good intentions. Their lives all intertwine when Kelly pursues a lead from her private inve ...more
Ashley Rainwater
May 14, 2018 rated it liked it
I rated the book Child of Mine 3 out of 5 stars because it seemed to interest me, but there were some parts that didn’t catch my eye as much. However, I also feel as if this book could be a bit of a teacher to some people. The main purpose of this book is to simulate how two parents attempt to give only the best to their children. This book could advise adults about noticing their children’s feelings about things. Although the main demographic of this book is adults, teenagers may also enjoy th ...more
Beverly
It's not very often that I tell other readers that a book is awesome, because when I do, I don't take the term lightly. For me to rank a book this way, I need to have my interest held all throughout the story; there needs to be several subplots expertly woven together with a few surprise twists that I don't anticipate. The characters need to be portrayed in such a way that I'm invested in their lives, while I come to care for them. When the book is finished, I still feel their presence and circu ...more
Dana Cheryl
Child of Mine was my second foray into Christian fiction and my first time reading a book by the authors. While the premise piqued my interest I found the end less than satisfying.


The story follows Jack the father of eight year old Nattie adopted as an infant and Kelly who's baby daughter, Emily, was kidnapped around the same time. So ya see where it's going...

Jack is a pilot who runs a successful small business during the day and spends his evenings dating various women in an effort to find a
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Lydia Dyslin
Jan 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was my first book I've read by Beverly Lewis, as I'm just getting into Amish fiction. I loved it. (Although I don't think that this book should even really be classified as an Amish fiction book - Nattie has an Amish nanny (view spoiler). That's it.)

Nattie was the sweetest little kid. She just made me smile. :) (view spoiler) I really liked Jack and Kelly. Basically all
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Victoria
Jan 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Paula  Phillips
Jun 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Nine years ago, Kelly had everything she ever wanted - a husband and a beautiful baby girl called Emily and then within a flash , it was all gone . Her husband had died of a drug overdose but not before he had taken their baby girl and sold her on the black market. Now years later Kelly has travelled all over looking for her baby girl and testing DNA of children that could be her Emily but none have matched. That is until she is thrust into the world of Nattie Livingston , a girl that could be ...more
Holly (2 Kids and Tired)
Beverly Lewis is easily my favorite author of Amish Fiction and I eagerly await her new books. Child of Mine however, is not going on my shelf for rereading. I really struggled with this one. I liked the characters of Jack and Natalie and Laura. I never did connect with Kelly and found her part of the story implausible, especially wealthy benefactors who fund her search and her unorthodox and dishonest ways of getting DNA from potential children.

The feel of the book is different than her others
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Olivia
Nov 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: mid to late teens and up
Recommended to Olivia by: my sister
Going back and forth with how to rate this! I hate when I can't decide between half and whole stars! Overall I loved the story and the end was a surprise. For some reason I never grew to like Kelly, but others might very well like her. Jack and Nattie's relationship was sweet and I smiled at nearly all their conversation. I'm so glad to finally read a book where the hero has the name Jack. That and him being a fight instructor won me over :) Laura, Nattie's nanny, is probably my favorite charact ...more
Cisco Ramon
I decided to read Child of Mine.

I finished it today, and my goodness, it was absolute torture! It was an absolute soap opera. Does [person A] like [Person B]? It kinda seems like that for the first ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY PAGES, but then, oh, here’s [Person C] , and they're cute, but they're actually looking for their daughter when BAM, they decide [Person A] is cute and they start being romantic for the next ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY PAGES, but OH NO! That means [Person B] has to leave, and all of a
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bedtime
Jul 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is my first Beverly Lewis book, and I believe that I am already addicted to her books. It's one of the cutest books I've ever read; it makes me want to have a child just like Nattie, even if she could not possibly exist...

I'll not reiterate all of the wonderful things that have already been said about the book and which I agree with, but I do want to express a major gripe I had with the book. Sadly, it seems to be a shortcoming which is quite common...

I warn you: this vent is huge—get the p
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Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
About this book:

“Jack Livingston has been raising his nine-year-old adopted niece, Natalie, since the accident that took her parents' lives. While he travels for work, Natalie is lovingly cared for by Laura, an Amish nanny who loves her as her own.
Kelly Maines is nearing the end of her rope. Her baby was kidnapped, the apparent victim of a black market adoption ring, and for eight years, Kelly has tirelessly pursued every lead to its bitter end. Now, there's one last lead from a private inves
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Christian Fiction Addiction
Combining their efforts for a solidly entertaining read, husband and wife David and Beverly Lewis offer up an intriguing story in their latest book "Child of Mine". What would you do if your baby daughter was kidnapped? How long would you search before you gave up, if you did at all? Would you ever be able to move on? The authors have tackled this difficult "what if" scenario through the eyes of character Kelly Maine, and have done a wonderful job at dealing with something so heartbreaking while ...more
Cheri Swalwell
Jul 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I had the privilege of reading Child of Mine by David and Beverly Lewis. I love Ms. Lewis’ books and I knew I would thoroughly enjoy this book too. I read it in one day - not because it was too short, but because I had to figure out how it all ended.

It was great - it had enough twists and turns in it that I was surprised up until the very end. I didn’t suspect the outcome which made it even better. Yet, it wasn’t the suspense of the book - it was the way Ms. Lewis and David wrote the characters
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Janet
Jan 28, 2014 rated it liked it
This was a long book. I think the story could of been told in a 100 pages less.

It had some great parts in it and a few that I wonder why it was there.

We start with 2 main stories. Kelly, who is looking for her daughter that was kidnapped 9 years ago. In Kelly's life is Chet and his wife and the PI, Ernie, who are all trying to help Kelly find her daughter God's way. Oh almost forget Melody. Kelly's story starts with her being all consumed with finding her daughter then its like she quits but th
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Sara
Jun 13, 2014 rated it liked it
I got 99 problems and Amish romance novels are one of them. I don't go purposely looking for them or anything and more often than not I get kind of angry at the authors for assuming the Amish are these perfect, angel like creatures who fall into gentle, totally G rated love with each other and never experience problems worse than pissing off the bishop by daring to read a magazine. But that's also kind of why I love them. There's something comforting about the idea that faith in god and living a ...more
Catherine
Nov 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. Flight instructor Jack Livingston has been raising his eight year old adopted neice, Natalie, since the accident that took her p parents lives. When he travels she is cared for by her Amish nanny, Laura Mast, who loves her like she's her own. Eight years ago, Kelly Maines baby was kidnapped. Determined to find her child, Kelly persues every lead to its bitter end. And now one last clue from a PI there is a young girl miles away who fits that profile. Can it be Kelly's ...more
Janice Aitkens
May 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read this on the Kindle

I enjoyed this book you had two stories which intertwined you had Jack who has adopted his adopted Niece Natalie after his brother & wife were killed Laura who is Amish she is the Nanny

Then you have Kelly looking for her daughter who was kidnapped when was only a few weeks old now nearly 9 years later she still looking

Is Natalie Kelly's daughter

This has a very good twist at the end with a nice ending
Heather {JoshuasGirl.com}
Nov 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-of-the-best
Wow, what an ending! I did NOT see that one coming. David & Beverly Lewis have outdone their writing style again with this carefully woven tale of intrigue, betrayal, and deceit.
Jan Scher
Jul 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read

Love reading her books. Lots of twists to her stories but always a fantastic ending. Never what you excpect. Highly recommend.
Laura
Read this as a book club selection. Not terribly thrilled by this -- I'd give it a 1.5 star rating if only for the "twist" ending, but boy, was it rough to get there. The details were a bit pointless: we got pages on what flavors of Pop-Tarts Nattie likes, and we only got a mention towards the end that Jack had recovered from an earlier alcohol problem. Wait, what? You want to maybe re-think which situation might add more depth and insight to your characters (and hint, expand on those situations ...more
Abigail
Sep 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Despite the Amish lady on the cover, this isn't really an Amish book, hence the reason it is shelved as Christian Fiction. This is the story of a guy named Jack and a girl named Kelly and a kid named Nattie. Hilarity ensues. Okay, not really but I kind of felt like I was in a bit of a rom com what with hapless Jack trying to fix everything.

It wasn't a terrible book. Though it often felt like it was the second in a series. I'm usually pretty good about telling these things and so I was surprised
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Sherry
★★★

I enjoyed the book and had second guessed myself a few times when trying to figure out the mother of young Nattie. This book does not directly involve the Amish lifestyle as Lewis other books are. But it still had some which made it very enjoyable as it isn't a normal Amish book but still affect the characters within the story.

This book is about a young woman looking for her lost daughter. Years ago, her stoner ex-husband sold her baby and O'D leaving no trace of where her precious baby. Now
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Teresa
Aug 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Sometimes after closing a book at the end of the story you question 'what would you have done in this situation?" That is what I found myself doing with the main character's decision at the end of her years' long search for her daughter. Kelly Maines' daughter had been stolen as an infant and sold on the black market. A part of me understands the decision Kelly felt compelled to make, but the other part of me doesn't think I could have come to the same conclusion. This thought provoking story, i ...more
Annette Moore
Jun 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
this was an amazing book, but then, Beverly Lewis is an amazing writer! This time she teams up with her husband, David Lewis, to write a thoroughly captivating and emotionally gripping novel about a woman who has spent the last eight years looking for the daughter who was stolen from her by her husband, sold on the black market,and the money received put to use by purchasing the drugs that would ultimately kill him, along with the secrets he harbors about their baby's whereabouts. Meanwhile, Jac ...more
CM
Jul 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's always such a joy to read a Beverly Lewis book. She's a very thorough author, so I was fascinated to see that she wrote this jointly with her husband. I have no complaints. I read this book throughout a single day. I'm going to put it away for now, but I am certain that I will pick it up again in the near future. Knowing the ending, I would now like to read it through again with that knowledge and get the nuances that I know I missed, so I can get a better understanding of how all of the ch ...more
Stephanie Quesnelle
Apr 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
Needed a little happier pick me up after some of the thrillers I've been reading... this book was less intense but not always happy. A young girl's being raised by her uncle after her adoptive parents died. Another woman is looking for her daughter who was kidnapped many years ago. The two stories interweave and the end result is quite a surprise as to who the girl's real mother is and who Jack ends up marrying!
Cheryl
Jun 09, 2017 rated it it was ok
I enjoyed some of the relationships in this book. I loved that Nattie gave Jack a stuffed animal every night to sleep with. Laura didn't really seem Amish to me but I liked her. Kelly felt a little creepy to me and I didn't like San at all. The storyline felt forced at times and I felt it could have been shorter. There was just something off with this book.
Rach
Feb 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
Not very deep, and it took a lot of time to tell a story that wasn't very complicated, but appreciated the idea behind it: that a child doesn't have to be your blood to be your child, and a child of your blood could be better off being raised by different parents.

Annoying that them seemed to live in a world where everyone was magically a Christian, but whatever.
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