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When I Found You

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When I Found You

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Fifteen years after discovering an abandoned baby boy in the woods, widower Nathan McCann finds him abandoned once again—this time at his doorstep—in this emotional tale from New York Times bestselling author Catherine Ryan Hyde.

While duck hunting one morning, childless, middle-aged Nathan McCann finds a newborn abandoned in the woods. To his shock, the child—wrapped in a sweater and wearing a tiny knitted hat—is still alive. To his wife’s shock, Nathan wants to adopt the boy…but the child’s grandmother steps in. Nathan makes her promise, however, that one day she’ll bring the boy to meet him so he can reveal that he was the one who rescued him.

Fifteen years later, the widowered Nathan discovers the child abandoned once again—this time at his doorstep. Named Nat, the teenager has grown into a sullen delinquent whose grandmother can no longer tolerate him. Nathan agrees to care for Nat, and the two engage in a battle of wills that spans years. Still, the older man repeatedly assures the youngster that, unlike the rest of the world, he will never abandon him—not even when Nat suffers a trauma that changes both of their lives forever.

From the bestselling author of Pay It Forward comes When I Found You, an exquisite, emotional tale of the unexpected bonds that nothing in life can break.

Revised edition: This edition of When I Found You includes editorial revisions.

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A Quiet Story of Perseverance and LoveNathan doesn't live a quiet life of desperation, but a quiet life of steadiness, duty and monotony. Living safely inside the bounds of a life he very carefully crafted, Nathan seems content even with the occasional pangs of loneliness he feels. His childless, 29 year marriage has drifted into a comfortable friendship. He seems to have no true passion for his job as an accountant. His joy is limited to early morning duck hunts with his loyal dog, whom his wife doesn't allow into the house.Nathan's seemingly content life is challenged when his dog finds a newborn baby in the woods. Suddenly, Nathan finds his heart opening to the helpless infant. He wants to adopt the child -- a prospect his wife scoffs at -- and believes that fate conspired to bring him into the boy's life. When it turns out that the child has a grandmother who will take him in, Nathan is disappointed but determined to stay in the boy's life, even as an invisible guardian who sends holiday presents. He asks that the grandmother not forget him and that she tells the child about "the man in the woods".The author writes the part of Gamma (Grandma) very believably. She's tough and stern, but edged with caring. She does what she thinks is best for young Nat, which is lie to him. Later, when he learns the truth he becomes an angry young man.The grandmother loses control over Nat and remembers Nathan's insistence that he would always be there for the child. She shows up at Nathan's doorstep with the young man in tow and Nathan readily agrees to take him in.The series of events that follow are really too good to spoil in a review, but the author takes no shortcuts with this story. She follows through with realistically difficult but tender years, well into Nat's adulthood. There are no quick fixes or miracles, only a steadiness of commitment and belief. No instant "cure", but the kind of quiet love that doesn't give up even when times are tough."When I Found You" is an excellent read and I highly recommend it to anyone who likes realistic stories of the human experience.5Touched my heartI loved this book. Let me say first that I am a huge Catherine Hyde fan, and I devour her books. This one was very special because it's a story of a life thrown away, then found, then crashes,and then is resurrected. The man, Nathan, who saves Nat's life is a very good man who never gave up on the tiny life that he found discarded in the woods. The child, Nat, has problems when he finds out what his mother did, and in a fit of desperation, his grandmother gives him to Nathan. Nat makes some pretty bad choices, but Nathan hangs in there with him. I don't want to give away anything else so I'm going to stop here. I highly recommend that you read this novel. You won't be sorry.5When I Found YouThis book is so well written and heartfelt that it is hard to believe it is fiction. What struck me the most is how Nat, because of his upbringing, could not view his world except from one vantage point--his woundedness. Witnessing his thought processes as life presented him with constant challenges caused me to realize how many people are bound up in the chains of their pasts. He felt alone and worked everything out in his own way without the benefit of wisdom and guidance from others, and this survival mode of coping was his undoing.On the other hand, Nathan, Nat's mentor, was full of wisdom and objectivity, some of which eventually rubbed off on Nat. Nathan was Nat's salvation, teaching him many things, among which were love, intelligent action, and compassion. Even though these lessons didn't come easy to Nat, he eventually did embrace some of them, through osmosis, if in no other way.This book is so worth reading--for all ages except young children. It is thought provoking and very real. The author is so accomplished at characterization that I could clearly see from each person's viewpoint why they acted in the manner that they did, and I felt compassion for all of them.Catherine R Hyde is a very sensitive and accomplished author, well worth reading. Her books are a contemplation within themselves. She adds to our world with her thought-provoking stories. Thank you, Ms. Hyde.5Amazon raters hoodwinked me again!I was so excited about this book. I LOVED the movie Pay it Forward (didn t read the book) and the premise of this story seemed so intriguing! Especially since the Amazon raters were out in MASS giving this book almost 5 stars with thousands of ratings, I was eager to start listening (purchased Audible version), but maybe my expectations were just too high from the start because it fell significantly short.This was a very nice and almost touching story. But it was not a good book. The dialog felt a little forced and I never felt connected to the characters. Even at the end, without giving any spoilers, I didn t feel even a little sadness which for me is very rare (I m way too emotional when I m emerged in a book). It felt way too long, and I was hoping for an ending far before it actually ended (and it s not a long book, just dragged to the point of feeling that way). I was honestly fairly bored through the whole thing and kept waiting for some sort of climax or twist or breathtaking moment that never came.I have no idea how I am the only one who felt this way. All the other reviewers seemed to really really enjoy this novel. But I am not one of them. There s a possibility that part of that was due to the terrible narrator on the Audible version, but even taking that annoyance out, the story was not gripping or even a little remarkable. I feel let down. And a tiny bit miffed that I wasted such precious time that could have been spent on an actually decent book.3A bit off=I enjoyed this book. It got me through two days of illness and pain. However, it is a bit (don't know how to describe it) off (?). I don't want to spoil the book - so I don't want to say too much. It is just that Nat's core changes to something that seems highly unlikely. It's not his anger flipping or his sudden rudeness to everyone (that is expected) - it's his internal dialog that makes him seem - part way through the book - an entirely different character from before. A shift so dramatically different in Nat, that I had to go back and make sure it was him. It becomes cheesy and Nat seems to be the Velveeta. And - ugh - the little manny is so stereo type it made me laugh. It starts as a really great story (me saying, "This would be an awesome movie") of these wonderful characters that seem to suck you into their thoughts and motives. Then it suddenly becomes predictable and mushy and hard to digest - like an after school special with so many life lessons - I began to feel like I was being counseled by a lonely grandmother. It did seem like this book was written by two very different people. Other than that - easy read. A good book to curl up with on a lazy rainy day.4Like a Bad "made for TV" MovieThis is one of those books that after ~75 pages in, you keep hoping it gets better. The further you read, the more difficult it gets to balance the inclination to give up vs. that ever-diminishing hope the book will somehow redeem itself. The premise had so much potential, but the execution was flawed on multiple levels: the characters were all clich d, one-dimensional, and never well-developed; the dialogue was always unbelievable and annoyingly simplistic; the literary mechanism of dating every chapter became tedious and forced (with inexplicable gaps and lack of continuity in the story line); etc., etc. The ending impression is that of a bad made for TV movie that you switch after fifteen minutes. I wish I d trusted my instinct after that first 75 pages.1Pleasant SurpriseWhen I Found You was a book that I didn t think I would like. I ve read several Catherine Ryan Hyde novels over the past few years, and felt the same at the completion of each. The author also wrote the novel which formed the basis for the movie Pay it Forward, and so far every book I ve read of hers has a child as one of the main characters.In this novel, the child is an abandoned hours-old baby found in the woods one morning by a duck hunter s dog. The man takes the baby home to his childless wife, and wants to keep him, but family comes forward and claims the infant. The man, Nathan McCann, who found the baby, asks only that when the boy is older and has questions, they bring him back to meet him.Nathan makes a habit of giving the boy a gift each year on his birthday, but stays out of his life until the day the boy (named Nathan after his rescuer) and his grandmother show up at the adult Nathan s front door. The grandmother informs Nathan that little Nathan, now an unruly teen, is too much for her to handle and she is washing her hands of him.Nathan opens his home and heart to the emotionally troubled boy, but young Nathan s choice of actions has devastating consequences that threaten his chance at a happy home.I almost put down the book fairly early because of young Nathan s main interest: a sport that my father loved and I hate, and still manage to find no redeeming qualities in. I persisted, though, and ran into a quote in the book which made me glad I had stuck with it: You can t tell someone to pursue their dream only if it s a good match for your own. It reminded me of why I read in the first place: to go places I ve never been, live lives I will never live, experience love, exhilaration, heartbreak, and the totality of human existence through the filter of another lens.So I stopped begrudging young Nathan his choice of dream, and started hoping he would achieve it.The book touches on several themes. On the ways in which familial love does not have to involve shared genetics. In the values of perseverance and honesty. In realizing that there are multiple ways to fulfill one s dreams.I saw shades of Atticus Finch in Nathan McCann: I have always felt, Nathan said, that the truth is simply the truth. And perhaps does not exist for us to bend and revise. Or even filter to suit the feelings of those we love and want to protect. Truth is, I m glad I read this book. 4 out of 5 stars.4Never give up!Nat was left in the woods to die when he was less than a day old by his mother. Nathan's dog found him when they went duck hunting. Nat was given to his grandmother to raise, but Nathan never lost sight of him, leaving gifts for his birthday and Christmas every year. Nat was always troubled and finally his grandmother couldn't handle him any longer. That's when he went to live with Nathan and started to learn about life. This is a story of great emotional content and is well written with great character development. If only we could all be a little more like Nathan McCann and truly care about what makes people do the things they do and be patient as we help them find healthier ways to act.5It's pretty goodI'm a big fan of the author. She knows how to tell a story and draw you in. She definitely did that here with this story. I couldn't give it 5 stars only because I personally did not care too much for Nat (the boy who was found in the woods). He is stubborn, hard headed and just got on my nerves. I get he had a rough start in life by being abandoned but he let that define him and all of his choices for the rest of his life. I think when he knocked his grandma down to the ground was when I lost all respect for him...and that was pretty early on since he was a teenager then. After that I couldn't feel bad for all the things that happened to him because he brought it all upon himself. I found myself finishing the book just to finish it. It was a good story, but I think since I didn't like one of the main characters, it really took the book down a notch for me. I still love the author and will read more of her books. I recommend "Take Me With You" by her. It was the first book I read by her and she has a fan for life because I loved that book so much.4small town boy with a dream of becoming a professional boxer - as I was reading the story I kept thinking the story was headingAfter reading the Amazon summary of the story, and seeing all the glowing reviews, I had high expectations for this book, but in the end found it somewhat disappointing, mostly because for me there was no real emotional connection between any of the characters, and maybe that's the point of the book I completely missed, this was a story of emotional detachment and not one of characters emotionally connecting with each other.*Spoiler warning*So obviously while reading I kept hoping to see some sort of bonding between the characters, any of them, of which there were plenty; Nathan and his first wife, Nathan and Gamma Bates, Nat and Gamma Bates, Nat and Nathan (which did come in a somewhat unsatisfactory way in the final pages), Nathan and Eleanor, Nat and Eleanor, Nathan and Roger, Roger and Nat, Nat and Carol, Carol and Eleanor... heck, even Nat and his dog Feathers. But what I kept hoping for, some sort of bonding between any of the characters, never materialized. And the story left me wondering what ever became of Nat and Carol, but I have to assume that didn't end up "happily ever after", although I guess the reader was left to come to their own conclusion on that one.I also had a hard time connecting with the story itself, small town boy with a dream of becoming a professional boxer - as I was reading the story I kept thinking the story was heading in a direction similar to the way things did with one of my favorite boxing movies, Clint Eastwood's "Million Dollar Baby", and to some extent it did delivered on that point.After a day to think about it, probably the reason I was disappointed with this book is all the stiff competition with many other books I read this year ("All the Light We Cannot See". "Station Eleven", "the Goldfinch" "Beautiful Ruins" to name a few), this didn't come close to satisfying in the way those books did, for me anyways, but obviously I'm in the minority so read the book, you'll probably enjoy it more than I did.2
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