Natalie Clark knew never to ask her sensitive adoptive mother questions about her past. She doesn’t even know her birth mother’s name—only that the young woman signed parental rights over to the state when Natalie was a baby. Now Natalie’s own daughter must complete a family tree project for school, and Natalie is determined to unearth the truth about her roots.
Brooke Walker doesn’t have a family. At least, that’s what she tells herself after being separated from her mother and her little sister at age four. Having grown up in a state facility and countless foster homes, Brooke survives the only way she knows how, by relying on herself. So when she discovers she’s pregnant, Brooke faces a heart-wrenching decision: give up her baby or raise the child completely on her own. Scared and confused, she feels lost until a surprise encounter gives her hope for the future.
How do our early experiences—the subtle and the traumatic—define us as adults? How do we build relationships when we’ve been deprived of real connection? Critically acclaimed author Amy Hatvany considers controversial and complicated questions about childhood through the lens of her finely crafted characters in this astute novel about mending wounds by diving into the truth of what first tore us apart.
Kindle Edition, 368 pages
Expected publication: March 8th 2016 by Washington Square Press
Genre: Fiction/Womens Fiction
** I received an advanced readers copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!**
I have read quite a few books by Amy Hatvany but it's been a while and I forgot. I forgot how much I loved her writing and I forgot how her stories make me feel. Then I read Somewhere Out There and I remembered why she is a favourite author of mine. She always leaves me emotional and satisfied.
Somewhere Out There tells the story of a broken family that was separated by time and circumstances. Jennifer found herself in trouble with the law and unable to care for her two daughters, four and six months, and did the only thing she could think of that would give them a good life. She gave up her rights so that they could be raised by people that could give them what she couldn't. The only thing that kept her going was knowing that they had each other. Little did she know that the girls would be separated with one getting adopted and the other spending years in the system. Told from Jennifer, Brooke and Natalie's perspective the reader learns about the years after that fateful night and the impact it had on all of them.
I'm not sure what I can say that will do this book justice. It was absolutely beautiful. The story flowed seamlessly and I couldn't put it down. Hatvany has a way of penning characters that makes you love them and care about what happens to them. That was certainly the case with Jennifer, Brooke and Natalie. This was a family drama that I won't soon forget. There was so much emotion and depth that I found myself with a lump in my throat on more than one occasion. It was a story of heartbreak and loss but also a story of love, healing and forgiveness.
I loved every minute of it!
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