#BookReview: You Were Always Mine by Nicole Baart @AtriaBooks NicoleLynnBaart #fivestars


My Review:

A gripping story that I couldn’t put down!

This was an incredible story from one of my favorite authors.  I was absolutely hooked from the very beginning.  It turned out to be a suspense filled drama that was quite compelling.

Jessica is a mother of two boys, the youngest, Gabriel is adopted.  She is estranged from her husband Evan and her life is complicated. She gets some devastating news and her life takes another abrupt turn.

I love this author’s writing style and I was pulled into the story and carried away to Jessica’a world. At times, I wanted to hold her hand and sob with her (I may have been holding my breath at times).

I was so curious about where the plot was going and I was totally invested in the characters. Many of the chapters were filled with tension that kept me reading because no way could I stop until I found out what happened! Jessica becomes an amateur sleuth and starts to put some clues together. All the dots are connected in the stunning end.

There is a mystery, an emotional adoption story, and a multi-layered plot. The many detours  had me racing to get to the last page!


Out on October 16,2018

Book Description:

Jessica Chamberlain, newly separated and living with her two sons in a small Iowa town, can’t believe that a tragedy in another state could have anything to do with her. But when her phone rings one quiet morning, her world is shattered. As she tries to pick up the pieces and make sense of what went wrong, Jess begins to realize that a tragic death is just the beginning. Soon she is caught in a web of lies and half-truths—and she’s horrified to learn that everything leads back to her seven-year-old adopted son, Gabriel.

Years ago, Gabe’s birth mother requested a closed adoption and Jessica was more than happy to comply. But when her house is broken into and she discovers a clue that suggests her estranged husband was in close contact with Gabe’s biological mother, she vows to uncover the truth at any cost. A harrowing story of tenacious love and heartbreaking betrayal, You Were Always Mine is about the wars we wage to keep the ones we love close, perfect for fans of Liane Moriarty and Jodi Picoult.



  1. I’m reading this one right now and loving it..I got so behind with my reading/reviews for this week since I meant to have it finished by today (I had 8 books release today, I was insane LOL). Love your review! Nicole Baart is one of my favorite authors; she’s just so fantastic!

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      • I’m glad you love her too! Yes! I have no idea how I ended up with so many books to review this month!! I never do that during the school year because I’m just too busy. I’m barely keeping up..well, I’m not, Lol. I’m 3 books behind of ones that released on Tues-I’ve read 1 but not had a chance to review it and am trying to finish the other 2 (failing miserably though). After next week the insanity will end….thank goodness!! I’m glad it’s not just me, LOL

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      • I’m just so glad that I think I only have 5 ARCS that release Nov and Dec total, yippee! I’m going to either read my Jan and Feb ones early or take advantage of no deadlines and read whatever I want the rest of the year! 🙂

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  2. Fabulous review! Last night I deleted my review before I posted it I completely lost it and to Internet space somewhere, so I had to rewrite it and didn’t get my blog post up until this morning was so irritated last night! Anyways lovely review, LOL💕💕

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    • That is not Funny, BUT the same thing happened to me a week ago! I wrote my review in GR and when I clicked post…..it said The Sidewalk Ends……omg…it was gone. Sooooo, irritated. I re-wrote the whole thing/or tried and then the old one “appeared”….AAAH


  3. Wonderful review Holly, I really want to get to this one now. I love how she described your feelings, it shows how easy it is to identify with these characters. This will be my first by this author,but after this review, I am pretty sure I will enjoy it.

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  4. I’m glad to see how much you like this one! I’ve only read one book by this author and while I remember really enjoying it, I haven’t read anything from her since. I’ve been on the fence with this one, but it looks like I should give it a try!

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