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.
A copy of this book was received for review via Bethany House Publishers. In no way has this influenced the review. The opinions expressed in this review are of the reviewer only.
Before I go any further with this book review – let me make it short and sweet – YES, it’s a must read! Before I Called You Mine is a book not to be missed in my opinion and here is the reason why…. the conflict was so moving and you could feel it in your own heart. Lauren Bailey, the main character, is a teacher who decides to pursue adoption but with many obstacles in her way. Now I have never adopted a child, but I do know that it can entail heartbreak and many struggles. Before I Called You Mine does not shy away from those things, which is what made the story so touching and authentic. I could feel the roller coaster of emotions and decisions that the main character wades through. She has a family that is unsupportive and is trying to work through everything that entails. And just as she puts dating off to the side in order to pursue adoption, Joshua comes on the scene. Her heart struggling between two desires and having to make decisions that seem impossible. Nicole Deese has a beautiful way of writing and you will cry and laugh through some pages. I simply could not put this book down. There are some real tug of war moments that make you gasp out loud. While I could continue to write more reasons why you should read this book, I simply do not want to include any spoilers. So, you will have to read this one to find out why it is a new favorite! This is not a Hallmark script type of book. If you like a heart grabbing storyline with a thread of romance, you will enjoy Before I Called You Mine. PS – the red thread on the front cover has a beautiful meaning behind it. Buy Now: Amazon Kindle Audible