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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Review: Somewhere Out There by Amy Hatvany

Publisher: Washington Square Press
Release: 2016
Source: Publisher
Rating: 5/5

Amy Hatvany is one of my go-to authors. I know what I’m in for when I pick up her books. Her characters are real and flawed. Natalie Clark grew up knowing she was adopted, her parents told her when she was 10 years old, but it was clear her parents didn’t want her to look into her past. Her mother felt threatened and Natalie didn’t want to hurt her. Looking for her biological mother seemed like something that would cause more harm than good.  Natalie had a happy life, as an only child. She became a lawyer, married a lawyer but decided to stay home when she had her daughter. When Natalie’s daughter comes home with a family tree project, Natalie starts thinking about her biological mother. When she starts pressing her mother for information, she learns that she had an older sister. It was believed that babies were easier to adopt because older children may have behavioral problems. Her parents only wanted the one child, and decided to only adopt Natalie. Brooke Walker was 4 years older, and never was adopted. She grew up in countless foster homes, and eventually she lived in a state facility until she “aged” out.

Natalie decides to focus on finding Brooke, and when she does, she tries her best to get to know her. Brooke is guarded and doesn’t open up easily. She has a lot of resentment towards their biological mother while Natalie is more open minded. Natalie and Brooke try to figure out what they want in their new relationship

I really enjoyed this book; Hatvany forces readers to think about controversial and complication topics. In each of her books, characters that I would typically not want to like, she provides their perspective and makes them real. In this case, we have Natalie and Brooke’s perspective but also their biological mother Jennifer’s perspective. It’s interesting to see all three perspectives. I highly recommend any of Amy Hatvany’s books. I’m pretty sure I have given all of them 5/5 stars. I love her writing!

This book will release in March, put it on pre-order. You’ll want to read this one. If you haven't read any of her other books, don't wait!

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  1. Pretty cover! I've not read anything by this author before. I'll watch for it.

    1. Best Kept Secret was my first Hatvany book and I fell in love with her writing.

  2. I've never read this author but you've made me want to pick up one of her books.