When I Found You by Catherine Ryan Hyde

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While duck hunting one morning, childless, middle-aged Nathan McCann finds a newborn abandoned in the woods. To his shock, the child—wrapped in a sweater and wearing a tiny knitted hat—is still alive. To his wife’s shock, Nathan wants to adopt the boy…but the child’s grandmother steps in. Nathan makes her promise, however, that one day she’ll bring the boy to meet him so he can reveal that he was the one who rescued him.

Fifteen years later, the widowered Nathan discovers the child abandoned once again—this time at his doorstep. Named Nat, the teenager has grown into a sullen delinquent whose grandmother can no longer tolerate him. Nathan agrees to care for Nat, and the two engage in a battle of wills that spans years. Still, the older man repeatedly assures the youngster that, unlike the rest of the world, he will never abandon him—not even when Nat suffers a trauma that changes both of their lives forever.

From the bestselling author of Pay It Forward comes When I Found You, an exquisite, emotional tale of the unexpected bonds that nothing in life can break.


About Catherine Ryan Hyde

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Catherine Ryan Hyde lives in Cambria, California.
Published April 23, 2013 by Lake Union Publishing. 410 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Parenting & Relationships. Fiction

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Told from the points of view of big Nathan and small Nathan (Nat), for the child is named after the man who found him that fateful day and saved his life in the process, this book takes us through all the defining moments of their subsequent lives over the next forty years.

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