Author: Kate Lawson
Book Name: Loving Henry
Release Date: June 24, 2019
Genre: Women’s Fiction/Family Life/LGBTQIA
Overall SPA: 4 Stars
Blurb: Henry’s mother gave him up for adoption and although he’s been the most loved boy in the world, he always wondered why his birth mother gave him away.
Elizabeth wanted a son, a little man to dote upon, but she always worried he would leave her one day, like the man she had intended to be his father.
Rachel had to give her son up for adoption, just like her mother gave her up when she was born, but she always wondered, what if…?
A chance encounter changes their lives forever and brings to light emotions all three have been trying to suppress. Can they all move on now their lives are entangled, especially when they’re all holding on to the secrets in their past?
Loving Henry is a novel about the search for identity and purpose, and an examination of the true meaning of family.
Main SPA Evaluation Areas:
Characters: 4/5 Stars
Believability: 4/5 Stars
Personal Opinion: 4/5 Stars
I always have a soft, squishy spot for stories about family, especially ones where the families are built on more than just blood and genetics, so this was a really good fit for me. The characters came across as fallible and human, without dipping into stereotypes, making them relatable. This gives a good look into some of the issues that can come up with both adults and kids that have been adopted as well as seeing it from the perspective of those adopting and those letting go. It was nice to see all those different perspectives. I wasn’t pulled in quite as hard emotionally as I would have expected given the subject matter as this didn’t take me to extremes and is probably my one ding to the overall rating for me. Otherwise, this was a really good story.
Other areas of note (not included in the SPA rating):
Cover: 4/5 Stars: I had to note that I really liked this cover and the simplicity of it. It just feels really calming and soothing.