What Was Mine; Helen Klein Ross
Gallery Books - 2016
Lucy Wakefield was a good person with a good job. She was also a woman who desperately wanted to be a mother. When she and her husband were not able to have a child of their own, he divorced her, remarried and had a family with his new wife. So immediately, I felt bad for Lucy and her situation.
One day while Lucy is shopping in IKEA Lucy sees a young infant slumped over in a shopping cart and no adult is in site. She gently props the baby up straight and notices the baby smile at her. She decides to push the cart up to the customer service desk but as she approaches the desk, pushes the cart outside the store to her car and off they go. For the next 21 years she raises the girl she names, Mia, as her own.
The story is told from the POV of Lucy, Mia and Marilyn, the birth mother as well as a few minor characters. Both Lucy and Marilyn came across as sympathetic characters. One lonely and desperate for a child, the other distracted by an important work call on her cell phone.
The first half of the book was very compelling and had me anxiously turning the pages. As the story progressed I thought things happened a bit too conveniently but, I still enjoyed the story very much. There aren't a lot of surprises in this novel but, I loved how the author rationalized Lucy's decision to take the infant and raise her as her own. This is one of those stories that will leave readers torn. Definitely, a good choice for book club conversation.