Gallery Books An Imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc., 2016
(Includes Readers Guide)
My Review (5 Stars: Loved it!)
The excellent book trailer (below) opens with the question:
“WHAT IF YOU TOOK A BABY AND GOT AWAY WITH IT?”
In What Was Mine, author Helen Klein Ross imagines the answer to that question and paints a picture for us to imagine with her.
As you might imagine, lives are devastated, but there is much more to this story.
Lucy Wakefield, tried but could not have a baby. Her marriage failed as a result of it and she wasn’t approved for adoption. One day Lucy is overcome with emotion and, almost against her own will, takes someone else’s four month old baby girl, to keep, love and raise as her own. She changes the baby’s name to Mia. When Mia is twenty-one, she learns the truth. The mother she loves is not really her mother.
The author does an excellent job in presenting many sides of the story. We hear from many people who are affected by this crime, as Lucy states in the second paragraph:
“I can’t tell my story straight. I have to tell it in circles, likes rings of a tree that signify the passage of time.”
Chapters are interspersed with perspectives from various people in addition to Lucy and Mia. We hear from Lucy’s ex-husband, Mia’s mother and father, Mia’s Chinese babysitter, Lucy’s sister, and others affected by Lucy’s actions.
What Was Mine is a very suspenseful and touching novel.
I would like to thank author, Helen Klein Ross, the She Reads Organization and the publisher, Gallery Books An Imprint of Simon & Schuster, for providing me with this book, free of charge, for review.