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  • Reanne Powell

Before I Called You Mine by Nicole Deese



I’m glad I read this book. Nicole Deese does a wonderful job of bringing the reader into the whirlwind of emotions that comes with the process of international adoption. It had me giggling in some moments and then made my heart ache in others.


This story is told from the perspective of Lauren Bailey, a first grade teacher who feels God calling her to adopt a child as a single woman. Now normally, this would be a big red flag for me. I’m not interested in reading about an ultra feminist woman who wants to disregard her need for a man in order to satisfy her desire to become a mother. Thankfully, this book was nothing like that. Instead, it was a beautiful reflection on love and family, written with both emotional depth and light-hearted humor.


Lauren and Joshua are characters you can’t help falling in love with. I loved Joshua’s steady presence and patient pursuit of Lauren’s heart.


This is the type of Christian fiction where faith is more than just a passing comment in the middle of the book. It actually impacts the way the characters make their decisions, which helps encourage the reader’s own faith journey in the process.


If you’re a fan of feel good, contemporary romances, this book is one you don’t want to miss.


⭐️ 8.5/10 ⭐️

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