Title: Where We Belong
Author: Emily Giffin
Publish Date: July 24, 2012
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
My Source: Purchased at Target
My rating: 4 Stars
The author of five blockbuster novels, Emily Giffin, delivers an unforgettable story of two women, the families that make them who they are, and the longing, loyalty and love that binds them together.
Marian Caldwell is a thirty-six year old television producer, living her dream in New York City. With a fulfilling career and satisfying relationship, she has convinced everyone, including herself, that her life is just as she wants it to be. But one night, Marian answers a knock on the door . . . only to find Kirby Rose, an eighteen-year-old girl with a key to a past that Marian thought she had sealed off forever. From the moment Kirby appears on her doorstep, Marian’s perfectly constructed world—and her very identity—will be shaken to its core, resurrecting ghosts and memories of a passionate young love affair that threaten everything that has come to define her.
For the precocious and determined Kirby, the encounter will spur a process of discovery that ushers her across the threshold of adulthood, forcing her to re-evaluate her family and future in a wise and bittersweet light. As the two women embark on a journey to find the one thing missing in their lives, each will come to recognize that where we belong is often where we least expect to find ourselves—a place that we may have willed ourselves to forget, but that the heart remembers forever. (Goodreads Summary)
I have read every book Emily Giffin has written and as I read this one, I came to the conclusion that Emily Giffin’s fiction is my reality. From Baby Proof to this book, Where We Belong, I could have had my name in every book as I have experienced each and every story on some level. Wow! I can’t wait to read what she writes next!
This book is about adoption and the struggles the adoptee goes thru with trying to find where she fits in, the struggles the birth mom goes thru because of the secrets she kept, and even the struggles the families go thru with jealousy, insecurity and even loss. As the mom of three adopted children, this story touched a nerve. (in a good way) I was very worried that this would be another story painting adoption in either a negative light or painting adoption in an overly romanticized light where everyone lives happily ever after with no regrets, or conflict. I was pleasantly surprised with this story, thank you for that.