Fiction · Mystery

Book Review – You Were Always Mine by Nicole Baart

Goodreads Synopsis:

Jessica Chamberlain, newly separated and living with her two sons in a small Iowa town, can’t believe that a tragedy in another state could have anything to do with her. But when her phone rings one quiet morning, her world is shattered. As she tries to pick up the pieces and make sense of what went wrong, Jess begins to realize that a tragic death is just the beginning. Soon she is caught in a web of lies and half-truths—and she’s horrified to learn that everything leads back to her seven-year-old adopted son, Gabriel.

Years ago, Gabe’s birth mother requested a closed adoption and Jessica was more than happy to comply. But when her house is broken into and she discovers a clue that suggests her estranged husband was in close contact with Gabe’s biological mother, she vows to uncover the truth at any cost.

My Opinion:

This is a touching story of love, family, and strength, with a mystery woven throughout.

Jessica Chamberlain is newly separated from her husband Evan. They have two children, Max and Gabe, and have been amicably sharing custody for the past six months. Evan was supposed to pick up the children from school on Friday and spend the weekend with them – but he never showed up.

I really enjoyed how real the family dynamic was. Max is a typical 13-year-old testing his limits, pushing buttons, and dealing with the separation of his parents. Gabe is a bundle of energy and the bond between him and his mom is touching. The two brothers don’t always get along, but when it counts their brotherly bond shines through.

I loved the many letters, emails, journal entries, and more at the end of each chapter. I found the letters particularly interesting and a unique way to give Evan and LaShonna (Gabe’s birth mother) voices that they would otherwise not have. I found it a creative way to give the readers information that Jessica was completely unaware of, and intensified the mystery of what happened to Evan.

I really enjoyed the mystery that ran throughout this story. The story opens so vague, I couldn’t help but to wonder how it would fit in with the rest of the story. I love getting bits and pieces of information and ponder what is truly going on.

This is my first Nicole Baart book and look forward to reading more! Do you have a favorite you can recommend?

*Thank you Atria Books for providing my copy, via NetGalley, to read and review for my honest opinion.

Book Details:

My Rating: 5/5
Genre: Fiction, Mystery
Series: None
Publisher: Atria Books
Publication Date: 10/16/2018
Pages: 384 (eBook)

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22 thoughts on “Book Review – You Were Always Mine by Nicole Baart

  1. I’ve been waiting for your review of this one, I’m so glad you enjoyed it. It has the same set up as the previous novel I’ve read by her – family ties and a mystery woven in – and it works really well, I can wait to read this one, and you must read Little Broken Things!

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