21 April 2020

Before I Called You Mine | Book Review


Lauren Bailey may be a romantic at heart, but after a decade of matchmaking schemes gone wrong, there's only one match she's committed to now--the one that will make her a mother. Lauren is a dedicated first grade teacher in Idaho, and her love for children has led her to the path of international adoption. To satisfy her adoption agency's requirements, she gladly agreed to remain single for the foreseeable future; however, just as her long wait comes to an end, Lauren is blindsided by a complication she never saw coming: Joshua Avery.

Joshua may be a substitute teacher by day, but Lauren finds his passion for creating educational technology as fascinating as his antics in the classroom. Though she does her best to downplay the undeniable connection between them, his relentless pursuit of her heart puts her commitment to stay unattached to the test and causes her once-firm conviction to waver.

With an impossible decision looming, Lauren might very well find herself choosing between the two deepest desires of her heart . . . even if saying yes to one means letting go of the other.

Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
Release Date: March 31, 2020



Lauren Bailey has not had much luck in the love department, but that does not stop her from pursuing her calling to adopt. But of course, it cannot be that simple. Now that she is on the cusp of becoming a mother, she meets the man that seems just perfect for her, Joshua Avery. Lauren must decide two possible futures; unfortunately, it seems that either decision will leave her heart broken.

More than once, I wondered where exactly Before I Called You was taking me—but I should have just trusted that Nicole Deese knows what she is doing. Her novel intertwines a love story with themes of family, unfulfilled desires, and trusting in God’s plans (no matter what!). It is complicated and heartbreaking (I teared up more than once), while also feeling so full of heart and life and hope. I just loved this book so much. Highly, highly, highly recommend.

I received a complimentary copy of this book and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.

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