Tuesday, August 8, 2017

The Child Finder by Rene Denfeld

She finds lost children because she was lost once.  Some gypsies helped her get away.  She wants to save the children she can and to help the parents with closure if she can't.  There's something more about her own escape but she's blocked it out.  Working with the children is opening doors in her memory, though.

Harper and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 5th.

Madison disappeared three years ago while her parents were looking for the best Christmas tree.  It was snowing and searchers couldn't find her.  But her mother was sure she was still alive.  Naomi agreed to see if she could find the child.  She also warned them she might only be a body by now.

While she's researching where a child could be held in the forest and mountain area she was lost in, she finds there are caves and cabins from early homesteading still there.

This story is told in two voices.  One is of Madison, the Snow Girl, who is a prisoner in a cabin.  She was saved but she's not free.  The other is Naomi's voice with pieces of her past mixed with current events.  She may have run from her past but she still remembers it.

Then she gets another case where a baby is missing.  She doesn't usually take two cases at once but she feels for the mother and grandmother of the baby.  The fact that the mother is mentally challenged makes it harder to get the facts as they happened.

Everything comes together at the end of the story but it's not a happy ending.  Both families will need to heal.  Naomi has also remembered what she had blocked out in the past and now has a new challenge.  Can she find what she lost?  I'm sure that will be covered in the next book.  I also look forward to reading it.  Naomi is starting to put herself back together and she's even finally accepting love.

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