Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Review: When You Were Mine by Kate Hewitt

When You Were Mine
by Kate Hewitt 

Publisher: Bookouture
Pages: 342
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  “Dylan…” I croak, but my little boy doesn’t even look at me. “Dylan,” I say again, my voice breaking now, and the social worker gives me a reproving look. I’m not helping, but I don’t care. “Dylan!” My voice is louder now, and my gaze stays locked with my son’s as she pulls away from the curb and drives away, taking my very life with her.

Single mother Beth loves her seven-year-old son Dylan with all her heart. He’s her world. But life with Dylan isn’t easy—and his emotional issues push Beth to her very limit. When a misunderstanding leads Dylan to be taken into foster care, she is determined to do whatever she can to get him back.

Mother of two, Ally has always dreamed of fostering—it feels like her chance to give back when she has been so lucky in life. But when Dylan joins their family, Ally finds herself struggling to balance his needs with those of her own children and husband—something Beth can’t help but witness when she visits.

Beth wants nothing more than to find a way to bring her beloved child home. But where is the right home for Dylan? Is it with the mother he was born to? Or is a new mother the greatest gift Beth could give her son?

Kritters Thoughts:  Two mothers.  Beth, one single and trying to make ends meet with a child who has a few issues, Dylan.  Ally, the other married with two kids and seems as if she has all the pieces put together with a great part time job, one child in college at Harvard and the other surviving school, but no issues to be reported.  Ally has thought about opening her home to foster children as her children leave their home and she finally decides to and Dylan will be her first placement.   

Told through the perspectives of both mothers as they are on two sides of the foster care perspective and throughout the story as they interact they learn about how each other approach motherhood and the highs and lows that each mother can go through with each child.  

Although not a mother myself, I really got into this book and really appreciated seeing two mothers go through motherhood in different ways and have very different experiences.  I loved seeing inside both their homes and then seeing through each other's eyes the other's life and both seeing positives and negatives in each other's lives.  

I have read a few Kate Hewitt's books and each one has met or exceeded my expectations.  She has quite the backlist that I hope to continue to read and catch up on!

Rating: absolutely loved it and want a sequel

Ebook 2020 Challenge: 104 out of 100

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Bookouture  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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