TLC Book Tours: You Were Always Mine

About You Were Always Mine

Hardcover: 384 Pages
Publisher: Atria Books (October 16, 2018)
The acclaimed author of Little Broken Things returns with another “race-to-the-finish family drama” (People) about a single mother who becomes embroiled in a mystery that threatens to tear apart what’s left of her family.
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. A harrowing story of tenacious love and heartbreaking betrayal, You Were Always Mine is about the wars we wage to keep the ones we love close, perfect for fans of Liane Moriarty and Jodi Picoult.
“Tense, emotionally-charged, and at times frightening, You Were Always Mine opened my eyes to the dark side of adoption.  With characters that are true to life and a tremendous depth of knowledge into a shocking subject matter, this is Baart’s best book yet.  Completely engrossing!”–Mary Kubica, New York Times bestselling author of The Good Girl
“Mothers everywhere will recognize and celebrate the fierce, imperfect strength of Jessica Chamberlain as she tries to parent her sons—one birthed and one adopted—in the wake of her estranged husband’s death. A startlingly authentic mix of suspense, grief, and family drama, You Were Always Mine reconstructs the pieces of a shattered life to reveal the darkness that destroyed it. You will never look at adoption the same way again.”–Mindy Mejia, author of Everything You Want Me To Be and Leave No Trace

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  Wow! What a fantastic domestic thriller! Part family drama, part mystery, this book is impossible to put down! Nicole Baart is an incredible writer--she crafted a suspenseful story that kept you guessing all the way until the end. In between the chapters were notes and letters that gave a few clues to help you piece the story together and made it easy to keep turning the pages. I had a few ideas of what had really happened but was still surprised at the end!

 I grew so attached to these characters--especially Jessica's boys--Max, her biological son, and Gabriel, her adopted son. The family dynamic between the three of them was equal parts heartwarming and heartbreaking--they each dealt with their grief in different ways. My heart hurt for Jessica as she tried to protect her sons while dealing with her own grief and trying to understand what happened to Evan. This book sheds light on the dark side of adoption and is an emotional but excellent read. You will stay up late to finish this one for sure!

About Nicole Baart

Nicole Baart is the mother of five children from four different countries. The cofounder of a non-profit organization, One Body One Hope, she lives in a small town in Iowa. Her books have been featured in Southern Living, Country Woman, Book Page, Glam, Brit & Co., and on Yahoo Lifestyle, and her latest release, Little Broken Things, was a People Magazine Editor’s Pick. Nicole is the author of nine critically acclaimed novels, including You Were Always Mine (available 10/16/18 from Atria Books).

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  1. Great review! I'm really glad to see you enjoyed this one - I hope to read it soon!

  2. Thank you so much for the lovely review! You're the first stop on my TLC book tour--I couldn't ask for a better kick-off. You have a great blog! xoxo - Nicole


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