When I Found You, Paperback
3.5 out of 5 (6 ratings)

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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...

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The cover of this suggested that it would be too mawkish for my taste but I remembered the deft handling of emotion in <i>Pay It Forward</i> and read it anyway. The same skill was soon apparent. It would have been very easy to be maudlin about a childless man in an arid marriage finding an abandoned newborn babe. Hyde avoids such sentimentality by employing a sparse prosaic style that captures the inarticulacy of the foundling and the laconic speech of his finder. The themes of <i>Pay It Forward</i> are revisited without being rehashed in an uplifting tale of human bonding.

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Excellent insight into a person's innate desire to make one's life mean something. There a number of moral principles presented that resonated and I paused to read them twice, sometimes three times. I was touched by this story. It was really very powerful, from beginning to end.

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A tender story about the nature of commitment. Nathan finds an infant in the woods and although he does not raise the child, he remains attached. Nathan is quiet--and a little bit odd--but is full of insight and compassion. I loved this guy. When the infant returns to him as a teenager, Nathan has his hands full, but stays true. I never quite knew where this story was headed, but I knew I wanted to go wherever it would take me. Unique and insightful, and written with grace, I enjoyed this book thoroughly.

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After reading so many positive reviews I have to add my negative two cents. I found the plot simple and moralistic. Characters read like cardboard cut-outs, each easily described by a single word. Nat: troubled. Nathan: Perfect. Carol: loyal. Eleanor: Prejudiced. It was a quick and entertaining read because it was so simple. The ending was too quick and a disappointment, coming off as sappy and an example of lazy writing.

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After reading so many positive reviews I have to add my negative two cents. I found the plot simple and moralistic. Characters read like cardboard cut-outs, each easily described by a single word. Nat: troubled. Nathan: Perfect. Carol: loyal. Eleanor: Prejudiced. It was a quick and entertaining read because it was so simple. The ending was too quick and a disappointment, coming off as sappy and an example of lazy writing.

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