"What do I have to do to make you wash your hands of me? There's nothing you could do. I will never wash my hands of you."
Nathan McCann thought he didn't want a family. But when he finds an abandoned newborn in the woods, he feels an inexplicable bond with the boy and starts to make plans to raise the child as his own - until the baby's grandmother steps forward to claim him. Nathan makes a request of her, though: to one day bring the boy to meet his rescuer.
Fifteen years later, Nathan gets his wish when the boy and his grandmother show up on his doorstep. Named Nat and now an angry teenager with a criminal record, the boy is once again in need of rescuing. Nathan takes Nat in, swearing to never abandon him. Nathan believes that with love and patience anyone can change. And he just might be right.
From the author of Pay It Forward comes a poignant tale of love, pain, and trusting people to stay by your side in a world where leaving is easy.
©2013 Catherine Ryan Hyde (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
I absolutely HATED the narration; I almost stopped listening to the story because of it. I think a different narrator would be the only way I would be able to give it a higher rating.
The story itself was fine, it wasn't great but it was an easy listen for during the day at work. I wouldn't re-read it or recommend it to anyone as something they HAVE to read, but it was fine.
The accents and voices used were terrible. The kid in the book has the same voice even though he ages from a baby to a person in his 30s. The women all have the same annoying voice. Some people were given speech inflections that didn't seem to fit. I honestly wish he had just read the book without trying to give voices to people; his normal reading voice was pleasant.
There aren't that many characters so I don't know that I would cut any.
I enjoyed this book. it wasn't quite what I expected from the summary. But I guess that's kind of book that makes you keep reading and keeps you into the story. I both read on my Kindle and listen on Audible. I enjoyed how Jeff Cummings narrated the story. I also enjoy the author Catherine Hyde and her other book titled take me with you. this story will not be for everyone but for me it was a good read.
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Nathan-because he was so kind and loving!
Lets just say when Nathan died I was crying, because of how Nate took care of him
A favorite of my year. I loved this story about a man's bond with a young troubled boy and his refusal to give up on him. Touching and wise....
This story takes it's time. The pacing may seem slow to some, but it needed to be told in a way that wasn't rushed. Relationships develop and bonds are formed in this story as they are in life - over time. In the end, you will be glad that you've taken the time to know these people.
yes I'd recommend. Loved the story. I now have another fav. author!
There were quite a few! But the most memorable is when the tables turned & the boy cared for the man & he was able to see him from a different point of view. He even told him. You held my held even when you thought I was dead. I can hold your head up, now.
wanted to but didn't.
You won't be sorry.
Slow moving plot. I didn't feel any sympathy for the main characters - poor choices on their part - poor choice for me to buy the book. It temperate time on long car ride
If you like a heart-warming story that is well written and well read, if you believe in the power of unconditional love, this one will satisfy you to the core.
No, but I will look for him and for Ms Hyde again.
Yes, I would. It brought back so many memories of my relationship with my grandfather. All the things he did for me, the time he put into me. I thought this book would make a great movie.
When it came time for Nat to take care of Nathan and Nat realized the roles were being reversed. The fact that Nat had to learn how to interact with adults because he didn't really have anyone to guide him. Reminded me of my youngest brother - both my brother and Nat seemed to get lost in the shuffle. Nat was able to look outside himself and apologize to Carol.
He really made the characters come alive. From Nathan's second wife, to Carol. Nat and his struggles. You could really picture Mannie, Nathan, Nat, Nat's grandmother. Right down to the dogs. He gave them all character.
Finding Each Other
I thought the story was fabulous. Especially the ending where Nat takes Nathan's advice and calls his grandmother. It left you not wanting the book to end.
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