Apr 8, 2014

When I Found You by Catherine Ryan Hyde

When Nathan McCann discovers a newborn baby boy half buried in the woods, he assumes he's found a tiny dead body. But then the baby moves and in one remarkable moment, Nathan's life is changed forever.

The baby is sent to grow up with his grandmother, but Nathan can't forget him and is compelled to pay her a visit. He asks for one simple promise - that one day she will introduce the boy to Nathan and tell him, 'This is the man who found you in the woods.' 

Years pass and Nathan assumes that the old lady has not kept her promise, until one day an angry, troubled boy arrives on his doorstep with a suitcase . . .

I borrowed the summary from Amazon. Nathan is a humble, but wise man. He isn't very happy in his marriage and something's missing. When he finds a baby in the woods he wants to give his life some meaning. Nathan will never abandon the boy he found and he continues to check on him from time to time. 
I loved When I Found You. It's so different, in a good way. The story came alive really well. I could totally picture Nathan and Nat, the boy, and was surprised by all the life lessons I could learn from this book. Nathan is patient and forgiving, he tries to understand when everyone has given up. He's a loving and caring man and he gives without asking anything in return. That's beautiful. Whatever Nat does, Nathan continues to believe in him. That made this book such a moving and touching story. I was genuinely surprised by how multilayered and philosophical this seemingly simple story actually is.

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