wow logo on march 25

Welcome to another Waiting on Wednesday event, hosted by Jill, at Breaking the Spine.

Every week, we gather around the blogosphere and search out the upcoming book releases, sharing our thoughts and blurbs.  Today I am eagerly awaiting a book from an author I have never read, but I love the sound of this one.

What Was Mine, by Helen Klein Ross, is the story of a woman who kidnaps a baby in a superstore…and gets away with it for twenty-one years.  This book was actually released today, January 5, 2016...and I can’t wait to get it.




Lucy Wakefield is a seemingly ordinary woman who does something extraordinary in a desperate moment: she takes a baby girl from a shopping cart and raises her as her own. It’s a secret she manages to keep for over two decades—from her daughter, the babysitter who helped raise her, family, coworkers, and friends.

When Lucy’s now-grown daughter Mia discovers the devastating truth of her origins, she is overwhelmed by confusion and anger and determines not to speak again to the mother who raised her. She reaches out to her birth mother for a tearful reunion, and Lucy is forced to flee to China to avoid prosecution. What follows is a ripple effect that alters the lives of many and challenges our understanding of the very meaning of motherhood.

Author Helen Klein Ross, whose work has appeared in The New Yorker, weaves a powerful story of upheaval and resilience told from the alternating perspectives of Lucy, Mia, Mia’s birth mother, and others intimately involved in the kidnapping. What Was Mine is a compelling tale of motherhood and loss, of grief and hope, and the life-shattering effects of a single, irrevocable moment.


What do you think?  Does this story grab you?


42 thoughts on “CURL UP WITH “WHAT WAS MINE”

  1. Brandie

    Ok, I was approved for this one on Netgalley, but wasn’t sure if I would read it. I admit that the cover is what got my attention, not the synopsis. Then I saw it was in People magazine last weekend, and THAT got my attention even more. So I may just have to try it now. The buzz is that it’s a great bookclub book. Might have to suggest it for my work book club read! I hope you enjoy it when you get it!


  2. kgriffin3227

    That sounds really intense and very interesting! I’m adding it to my TBR! Great pick! Thanks so much for sharing, I hadn’t heard of this one before! Here’s my WoW. Happy reading!


  3. Woah, that’s quite a blurb. I haven’t read any of the author’s works and I’m not sure where this book is leading to, but it does look like one, heavy tear-jerker. I hope you enjoy it 🙂


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