What Was Mine

By Helen Klein Ross

4 out of 5 stars

My first book of the year! It was a good one to start. Hard to put down and quite the emotional roller coaster.

Lucy Wakefield is in IKEA when she sees a baby alone in a shopping cart. Before she knows what she is doing, she takes the baby girl and leaves the store. All the while, she’s telling herself it’s just to warm the baby up and she’s taking her right back in the store. She gets the baby into her car and goes home. It almost feels as if she is on auto pilot with her actions. As she lives with the fear of being found out, nothing happens and she raises the baby she calls Mia.

Marilyn’s life is turned upside down when her baby Natalie is taken from her. She ultimately goes on with her life, not completely whole, until a chance meeting at a bookstore changes everything.

Then there is Poor Mia. What she knew to be true has been a lie the whole time. How do you forget who you have become because of who raised you? How do you hate someone who has loved you and how do you love someone who doesn’t really know you?

The story is told in their three voices but also told by others involved with them. Sometimes that can be confusing but it’s done very well here, with the chapters being short and succinct. My heart broke for all the characters, even Lucy, though she did take the baby all those years before. That’s always the sign of a finely written story when you feel sympathy for the “bad guy”.  This is definitely one you will not want to put down.

I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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