Before I Called You Mine
By: Nicole Deese
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
Release Date: March 31st, 2020
Genres: Christian Fiction, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 368 pages
Where You Can Buy It: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Christian Book, Lifeway, and everywhere else books are sold!
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Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Lauren Bailey may be a romantic at heart, but after a decade of matchmaking schemes gone wrong, there’s only one match she’s committed to now–the one that will make her a mother. Lauren is a dedicated first grade teacher in Idaho, and her love for children has led her to the path of international adoption. To satisfy her adoption agency’s requirements, she gladly agreed to remain single for the foreseeable future; however, just as her long wait comes to an end, Lauren is blindsided by a complication she never saw coming: Joshua Avery.
Joshua may be a substitute teacher by day, but Lauren finds his passion for creating educational technology as fascinating as his antics in the classroom. Though she does her best to downplay the undeniable connection between them, his relentless pursuit of her heart puts her commitment to stay unattached to the test and causes her once-firm conviction to waver.
With an impossible decision looming, Lauren might very well find herself choosing between the two deepest desires of her heart . . . even if saying yes to one means letting go of the other.
My word, this book was amazing. I honestly loved every part of this book, well minus one but I’ll get to that later. I absolutely loved the story line a lot. As someone who is the older sister of two adoptive brothers, who are actually from China, I loved this story line so much!! I felt like Ms. Deese did a phenomenal job at implicating both the beauty and struggle that goes into adopting international, but also domestic (one’s not harder than the other). I really appreciated the realistic take on that.
The characters were also amazing. I especially loved Joshua, honestly who couldn’t love Joshua? He was the nerd that made everyone laugh because of his crazy antics, but he still was so down to earth and loving. He’s care for Lauren was so sweet and he just really made this story come together. Honestly I do not think any other personality could have fit Joshua or this book better. Lauren was also an amazing character, but she annoyed me a few times too. I feel like she was in step with God’s Will until she wasn’t. I was really excited and thought that she was finally seeing the Will of God fully when she realized something while with Joshua’s parents but then she did a huge 180 and was back to square one. However that being said I ALSO understand the first year of adoption and how difficult it is so I know exactly where she was coming from.
There were Christian themes woven throughout this whole book that I really liked and I felt like it was not preachy at all rather it was in the right places at the right times. Overall, I highly enjoyed this book and would recommend it to all. The romance was not over the top, but rather was a slow burn that made you want to force the two characters together. This book is definitely a sweet rainy day read that would have you laughing, tearing up, and just super content with it all. I cannot wait to see what Ms. Deese has in store for us next!
*FTC: I volunteered to read a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts are my own. I was not required to write a positive review*
About the Author
Nicole Deese’s eight humorous, heartfelt, and hope-filled novels include the 2017 Carol Award-winning A Season to Love. Her 2018 release, A New Shade of Summer, was a finalist in the RITA Awards, Carol Awards, and INSPY Awards. Both of these books are from her bestselling Love in Lenox series. When she’s not working on her next contemporary romance, she can usually be found reading one by a window overlooking the inspiring beauty of the Pacific Northwest. She lives in small-town Idaho with her happily-ever-after hubby, two rambunctious sons, and princess daughter with the heart of a warrior.