Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Hidden in the Heart - Book Review

Claire is struggling in life and has a deep need to find her birth parents, to know that part of her history. She was adopted at birth and it was a closed adoption.  Her parents have never opened up about it to her, it's a hole in her heart that she continually tries to fill with other things.

I enjoyed this book.  As most of you know, we adopted (at birth) our sweet second son just 2 years ago.  Granted, while our adoption process is more open as are many these days, I could still sympathize with Claire and her family.  I was really able to feel for all of the characters on both sides and understand why they felt the way they did.  As a good friend of mine blogged about recently, you don't always think about the birthmom in these cases, whether she ever wants to be found. So many adults who were a part of closed adoptions are out there seeking their birth parents,but what if those parents don't want to look back?  Or do they all have a hole in their hearts as well, needing to be filled with the right thing?  These are questions I had not given much thought to until I read her blog post and this book. 

Catherine does a wonderful job developing the characters, you get angry at them, happy for them and you even want to be there pushing them in the right directions.  I did get a little tired of Claire's self-loathing behaviors and while I know that is true to many lives, it made a few pages seem too long to read.  I just wanted to tell her to get over herself!  Which her family had also been trying to do in the story.  However, that is a part of who Claire is and vital to the story.  I love that her husband is willing to fight for their marriage, that's not something you see or read a lot anymore. 

Even if you do not have any connections with adoptions, you will definitely enjoy this story.  It comes from Catherine's own background in a round about way, and is very well written.  There is a range of emotions that flows through the characters that will bind them to you as you read.   It is a beautiful story of grace, love and forgiveness.

About the Book:

Everything Claire wants seems to be beyond her reach...
After losing her mother to cancer and suffering a miscarriage soon after, Claire Ferguson numbs the pain with alcohol and pills, and wonders if her own life is worth living.
Adopted at birth, Claire is convinced she has some unknown genetic flaw that may have been the cause of her miscarriage. She must find a way to deal with the guilt she harbors. But exoneration will come with a price. With her marriage in trouble and her father refusing to answer any questions about her adoption, Claire begins the search for her birth mother. For the first time in her life, she really wants to know where she came from. But what if the woman who gave her life doesn't want to be found?
Hidden in the Heart has been nominated for a 2013 Grace Award and is on the long list for an INSPY award.
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Meet Catherine:

Catherine West is an award-winning author who writes stories of hope and healing from her island home in Bermuda. Her first novel, "Yesterday's Tomorrow", released in 2011 and won the INSPY for Romance, a Silver Medal in the Reader's Favorite Awards, and was a finalist in the Grace Awards. Catherine's second novel, "Hidden in the Heart", released in September 2012. When she's not at the computer working on her next story, you can find her taking her Border Collie for long walks or tending to her roses and orchids. She and her husband have two college-aged children. 
Learn more about Catherine by visiting her website:

Catherine West is celebrating with the Hidden in the Heart Kindle Fire Giveaway! Enter today.


One winner will receive:
  • A brand new Kindle Fire
  • A copy of Hidden in the Heart and Yesterday's Tomorrow by Catherine West
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Disclosure : I received this book free from Standard Publishing through Litfuse Publicity Group. I was not required to write a positive review, the opinions expressed above are my own.

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