66: Before I Called You Mine

Before I Called You Mine by Nicole Deese

This is my favorite book of 2020. I know it’s only May, and it might feel a little early to say so. Even still. I loved this book.

Lauren has been on the adoption list with an organization specializing in international adoptions from China for two years without a match. She discerned that the Lord was calling her to be a mother and to pursue adoption as a single woman. The only catch is that she has to remain single throughout the process, and at least the first year or so. The first part is a requirement of the agency (if married, at least 2 years in) and the second is just a good idea for the child who’s working to attach to and trust you.

Before Thanksgiving (and a match comes) enters Joshua. The guy she’s been waiting for her whole life. They just click immediately. She’s sworn off dating for the sake of her yet-to-be adopted son or daughter, but still, here stands Joshua. Why are you doing this Lord?

The story is sweet, centered on the Lord, profound in its understanding of adoption and the longing of single women who desire to be mothers (a feeling I’m all too familiar with). It gets all ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ and most likely the award of “best book of 2020.”

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