You Were Always Mine, a review by Shelley

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Christine Pride; Jo Piazza

Simon & Schuster Canada | Atria Books
Publication Date: June 13th, 2023
336 Pages
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I loved this writing duo’s first book We Are Not Like Them a couple of years ago and they have another hit on their hands with You Were Always Mine. The premise of a black woman finding an abandoned white baby and then trying to foster to adopt had me intrigued from the start. The writing of the letters by the biological mom warmed my heart and were some of the best parts of the book.

The story deals with a lot of issues such as race, motherhood in all its forms, abuse and foster care. They were all thought provoking and dealt with in a realistic and sensitive manner. The racial divides in foster care made me aware and I saw it in a new light. Kudos to the authors for teaching me something. The writing of the duo is seamless. I felt so many emotions while reading this book everything from crying to out and rage. Rage at some of the characters but also the system itself. This was such a unique take on being a foster parent and a story I loved reading.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the Advance Readers Copy.

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