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April 24, 2015

Finding Me {Kathryn Cushman}

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After her father and stepmother's accidental death, Kelli Huddleston sorts through their belongings and learns a shocking secret. Years before, her father faked his death during a boat wreck at sea--and faked Kelli's as well. He'd run from a wife, a son, and a daughter back in Tennessee, meaning Kelli has a family she's never known. 

She's already cashed the payout on her dad's life insurance check and looks at it as her ticket to a new life. The lure and puzzle of digging into this hidden past is too much to resist, and she soon finds herself in Tennessee. When the trip threatens to open doors to the past better left shut, and her plans for the future are threatened, Kelli must make an agonizing choice that will change her life forever.

My Thoughts:
This book is just so... wow!

Almost immediatly I found my self drawn into Katie's story and ended up staying awake almost all night just so I could finish it. Katie has her life in California full of friends and a plan. She is cleaning out her father's office after his death when she finds clues of a past family that she has believed to be dead all these years.

I was so excited for Katie when she hopped in her car and headed for Tennessee. I also found myself getting very nervous for her as she began poking around to try to find the people that she wanted so desperately to meet. The first person she met was Kenmoore, the owner of the local store. The connection that immediately forms in that relationship becomes the glue that holds this entire story together. I just loved watching her treat her as a daughter, and continue to encourage her to tell her secret to the family that she is beginning to love.

The relationship between Katie and Beth is amazing. They immediately become so close, and it is so obvious that sist
erly bonds truly know no bounds. They become best friends, and watching as Katie is there for the family during one of their darker days just shows how deep this family love is.

Everything about this book just made me smile. I found myself cheering Katie on as she made decision after decision about where to go in her journey. I cried with her when memories of her past began to make sense. And I smiled so happily with the ending of this sweet story.

I definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves a good story about the love a family, and the love of God.

Author Kathryn "Katie" Cushman is a graduate of Samford University with a degree in pharmacy. She is the author of five novels, including Leaving Yesterday and A Promise to Remember, which were both finalists for the Carol Award in Women's Fiction. She is also the co-author of Angel Song with Sheila Walsh. Kathryn and her family currently live in Santa Barbara, California. Visit her Web site at

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