What would you do if you learned your life was a lie?
All her life, Kelli Huddleston has been told the story of a fire--a fire that killed her mother and two siblings when she was an infant. After her father's death though, she uncovers evidence of a different story, including clippings about a boat accident that killed a young father and his infant daughter. And Kelli quietly realizes the story of her life has been a fiction.
How far would you go to discover the truth?
Armed with only a few pictures of what she thinks might be her family, Kelli crosses the country to Tennessee, determined to uncover the truth about what happened over twenty years ago in a small southern town. When the trip threatens to open doors to the past better left shut, and her plans for the future are jeopardized, Kelli is faced with an agonizing choice that will change her life forever.
Author Kathryn "Katie" Cushman is a graduate of Samford University with a degree in pharmacy.
She is the author of five novels, including Leaving Yesterday and A Promise to Remember, which were both finalists for the Carol Award in Women's Fiction.
She is also the co-author of Angel Song with Sheila Walsh.
Kathryn and her family currently live in Santa Barbara, California.
Visit her Web site at www.kathryncushman.com
After her parents’ tragic accident, Kelli discovers something that her father had been hiding from her all her life—her mother and two siblings did not die in an accident when she was a baby. In fact, they are alive and well and think she and her father died in a different kind of accident. Searching for answers, Kelli travels across the country to meet them. But how long can she keep her identity a secret? And what’s more, does she even want to?
Finding Me by Kathryn Cushman is not the kind of book I usually read. I prefer non-contemporary romance or fantasy. However, Finding Me surprised me. I loved it and could hardly put it down. I was always anxiously anticipating the situation in which Kelli finally told her mom and sister who she was. I imagined all kinds of scenarios, but the one that actually happened was more than satisfying and came at a reasonable, almost perfect time for her and her family.
I hurt for Kelli. She suffered great losses on top of trying to understand why her father would lie and hurt her and his family the way he did. The pain in her life was understandable and deep. I could hardly have done better in that situation than she did. Because of this, it was amazing to watch her grow into someone willing to trust again and who will someday have the faith her mother did.
I really liked the relationships and the characters portrayed. Each was unique and had their own sorrows and joys. The family and friend relationships they had with each other, too, was complicated, sweet, and realistic. Many people were touched by Kelli and her dad and that made the impact of her dad’s sins greater and the love for Kelli deeper.
Therefore, although the genre of Finding Me is not one I normally delve into, I found it to be fantastic in many ways. I look forward to reading more books by Kathryn Cushman and would definitely recommend this book to others.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.