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October 30, 2018

You Were Always Mine by @NicoleLynnBaart ~ an @AtriaBooks Review

by Susan Roberts

How it begins...

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October 2018; Atria Books; 978-1982108113
audio, ebook, print (384 pages)
women's fiction
I love Nicole Baart's novels and this is her best one yet! It kept me reading long into the night with characters that I'm still thinking about days after the last page. I highly recommend that you add it to your reading list if you want to read a book that will keep you invested throughout.

Jessica and Evan have two sons - Max at 13 is a typical unreachable teenager and Gabe at 5 who is adopted is a bright and shiny child who is  loved by all. Jessica and Evan have just split up and both are hoping that it isn't permanent as they try to figure out how to share taking care of their children. Gabe was adopted under a closed adoption and there wasn't supposed to be any communication between the birth mother and the adopted family but it appears early on that the birth mother was communicating with Evan without Jessica knowing about it. A horrific tragedy happens in the family and they struggle to adjust to their new normal. At the same time, outside influences are making life even more difficult for the family. Will they be able to survive as a family and will love win out?

You Were Always Mine is a terrific page-turner full of intrigue and suspense. It's a fantastic story about the love a mother has for her children and what lengths she will go to keep them safe.

Here's another little teaser to whet your appetite.

"He couldn't remember the last time he'd eaten he couldn't remember why he had thought this was a good idea or what he'd hoped to gain from digging deeper.  Oh, God.  Now he was so far down he feared that he'd never be able to climb his way up and out.  What had he done?"

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About the Author

Nicole Baart is the mother of five children from four different countries. The co-founder of a non-profit organization, One Body One Hope, she lives in a small town in Iowa. She is the author of nine novels, including LITTLE BROKEN THINGS and the upcoming YOU WERE ALWAYS MINE (10/16/18). Nicole is a proud Tall Poppy Writer and a firm believer that we are, and always will be, better together. Find out more at or connect with Nicole on social media.
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Susan Roberts lives in North Carolina when she isn't traveling. She and her husband enjoy traveling, gardening and spending time with their family and friends. She reads almost anything (and the piles of books in her house prove that) but her favorite genres are Southern fiction, women's fiction, and thrillers. Susan is a top 1% Goodreads Reviewer. You can connect with Susan on FacebookGoodreads, or Twitter.

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  1. Wow, this one sounds intense...and I'm already wondering what will happen next. Thanks for sharing, and here's mine: “SHELL GAME”

  2. Sure caught my attention, I'd keep reading.

  3. I like the sound of this one. I'm off to check if my library has a copy. Thanks.

  4. This sounds an interesting read. I might put that on my TBR list.