When I Found You by Catherine Ryan Hyde

WhenIFoundYouFrom Goodreads: When Nathan McCann discovers a newborn baby boy half buried in the woods, he assumes he’s found a tiny dead body. But then the baby moves and in one remarkable moment, Nathan’s life is changed forever.

The baby is sent to grow up with his grandmother, but Nathan can’t forget him and is compelled to pay her a visit. He asks for one simple promise—that one day she will introduce the boy to Nathan and tell him, “This is the man who found you in the woods.”

Years pass and Nathan assumes that the old lady has not kept her promise, until one day an angry, troubled boy arrives on his doorstep with a suitcase. . . .


This was a quick read on my Kindle. It is a good story, although it left me a little said. Unfortunately, somehow I don’t have that much to say about the book.

I like the way the relationship between Nathan McCann and Nat Bates is portrayed. The book alternates between the two men’s viewpoints, and that is well done. Nathan is thoughtful, stands by his word no matter what, and does not lose his patience. I think he is a well-presented character. I wish Nat had been able to come around a little quicker, but that is just personal preference.

I also like how the author went back and forth referencing the two men. In Nathan’s chapters, Nat is referred to as “Nat,” “the boy,” and later “the young man.” In Nat’s chapters, Nathan is “the man who found him in the woods,” “the old man,” and towards the end finally “Nathan.” I thought it was a good way to depict the tenuous relationship between the two.

The story sometimes progresses very slowly, and then jumps forward by several months. A few times, I had to go back to the previous chapter to see how much time had passed. But that was just a tiny stumble; it didn’t bother me much.

Overall, it’s a good book. It just didn’t speak to me as much as I had hoped.


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