When I Found You
When I Found You was first released in the UK, in the Fall of 2009, by Transworld/Black Swan. The original U.S. edition was released in 2011, and I'm pleased to say that a new Amazon Encore edition (pictured left) was released in April of 2013.
In my own words:
Nathan McCann’s life is safe and comfortable but not much more. His wife has her own bedroom, usually with the door shut. His best friend is his curly-coated retriever, Sadie. But Flora won’t even allow her in the house.
One morning at dawn, on a routine duck hunt, his dog finds an abandoned newborn in a pile of leaves in the woods. It’s a cold October morning, so Nathan assumes he has found the child’s remains. Until the baby moves.
This one moment changes everything. And Nathan knows he is unwilling to see it change back. Childless and middle-aged, knowing it’s wildly uncharacteristic for him, Nathan announces that he wants this child for his own. But he doesn’t get him. The baby boy has a grandmother who receives custody.
Nathan finds her and extracts a promise: sometime in the boy’s life, she will bring him around to meet Nathan and say, “This is the man who found you in the woods.” “That way,” Nathan says, “he will know me. I will exist for him.”
But by the time the Grandmother brings Nat (named after Nathan) around, the boy is a 15-year-old juvenile delinquent with a police record. And she doesn’t just introduce him to Nathan. She washes her hands of him and leaves him there.
So Nathan gets his wish. But it’s not the way he imagined.
What the Reviewers had to say:
The UK trade magazine The Bookseller said, "Author of the Richard and Judy pick, Love in the Present Tense, with an even better, brand new book...it is the story of the life of a juvenile delinquent told in her sparse, economical style and is quite wonderful."
The Cambridge Review called it a, "Gripping tale of a boy raised at a distance...an engaging and touching read."
The Book Bag said, "Set over a period of forty years, and told from the perspective of two very different men, this is a stunning piece of fiction that explores family ties that go beyond a pure genetic relationship. Fans of Jodi Picoult will enjoy this well-crafted story that is impossible to put down." And they gave it five stars.
Chick Lit Reviews also gave it five stars, and said, "When I Found You is probably one of my favourite books of 2009—if not ever. It is well worth reading and I wholly recommend it."
Love Reading said, "...totally engaging. In a smooth flowing, economical style you are drawn in and need to know what happens. A wonderful book."
(By the way, for my U.S. readers who don't understand the frequent "Richard and Judy" references, it's a popular British TV program with a book club, similar to Oprah's Book Club here in the U.S.)