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Where We Belong by Emily Giffin

Where We Belong (edition 2012)

by Emily Giffin

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Title:Where We Belong
Authors:Emily Giffin
Info:St. Martin's Press (2012), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 384 pages
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Disappointing. I didn't like the characters and the story was only so-so. ( )
  melaniefaith | Dec 2, 2015 |
I honestly didn’t think I would like this book; I bought it in paperback because I didn’t want to bring my kindle to a messy sandy beach.
As I said I was prejudiced about the story, because the main theme in the book is the relationship between and adopted girl and her birth mother… but I also thought I more or less liked all previous novels from this author so, why not?
And I was right, Emily has a way to get you into a story, and keep you there, whether you like it or not.
It kept me on my toes from the start to the end.
I also enjoyed the choice of writing style… you have one paragraph from the viewpoint of the mother, Marian, and the next from the viewpoint of the daughter, Kirby, and it works. When you want to know more about Marian the narration brings you to Kirby and vice versa, so you basically can never put the book down.
The only thing I am not sure about is the end. It left me wanting more; I wasn’t completely satisfied with it. So it is actually 3.5 stars rounded to 4.
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  SaraRomanceLove | May 8, 2015 |
Extremely enjoyable telling of the consequences of an eighteen-year-old secret. No dramatic plot devices, car chases or kidnappings here: just plausible characters on a skillful and meaningful journey of discovery. At first, I felt like I'd seen too many recent examples of alternating story-telling by main characters, but this worked fine and added depth to the story. And while the ending might not have been quite what I was hoping for, there's no doubt it was the right outcome for the characters, at least at this stage of their tale. If Ms Giffin has a sequel up her sleeve, that's just fine by me. ( )
  paulinewiles | Jan 26, 2015 |
Wow…..Outstanding! Emily Giffin at her best…..Have read all her books and this one most definitely TOPS the list! This will be a best seller and most definitely block buster movie material and one of my favorite books.

Beautifully written….the characters you fall in love with (loved Conrad..yum! Could see a sequel and definitely can envision who could play Conrad ( hot and sexy with a great heart). I fell in love with Kirby, Marian, and of course the fathers. I could not put it down as started it on Thurs and finished it on Friday. It was “real and raw”….a story which will leave you smiling and crying at the same time. I cannot wait for a continuation of Marion/Conrad and possible Philip/Kirby…This is a winner – highly recommend!!!!
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  JudithDCollins | Nov 27, 2014 |
Giffin attempts to tell both sides of an adoption story - from the points of view of Kirby, the now-18 girl in St. Louis who was adopted and of her birth mother, Marian, who is now a successful TV producer in New York. She also delves a bit into the adoptive parents' feelings as Kirby rebels against them and seeks out her birth parents. Kirby is likable enough but Marian is a cold character. She seems to have thought very little about Kirby in the intervening years and still has not told anyone but her mother that she had a child, including the man with whom she wants to start a family. When Kirby shows up on her doorstep, Marian can no longer hide but she also doesn't show much emotion for her daughter. She only begins to show feelings when finally telling Kirby's father, Conrad, whom she hasn't seen in 18 years, that they conceived a child and she lied to him. Giffin's writing style is easy to read but everyone is forgiven a little too easily in this novel and the only characters who ring somewhat true are the adoptive parents who play a small role in the story. ( )
  bookappeal | Aug 10, 2014 |
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The author of five blockbuster novels, Emily Giffin, delivers an unforgettable story of two women, the families that make them who they are, and the longing, loyalty and love that binds them together
Marian Caldwell is a thirty-six year old television producer, living her dream in New York City. With a fulfilling career and satisfying relationship, she has convinced everyone, including herself, that her life is just as she wants it to be. But one night, Marian answers a knock on the door . . . only to find Kirby Rose, an eighteen-year-old girl with a key to a past that Marian thought she had sealed off forever. From the moment Kirby appears on her doorstep, Marian’s perfectly constructed world—and her very identity—will be shaken to its core, resurrecting ghosts and memories of a passionate young love affair that threaten everything that has come to define her.
For the precocious and determined Kirby, the encounter will spur a process of discovery that ushers her across the threshold of adulthood, forcing her to re-evaluate her family and future in a wise and bittersweet light. As the two women embark on a journey to find the one thing missing in their lives, each will come to recognize that where we belong is often where we least expect to find ourselves—a place that we may have willed ourselves to forget, but that the heart remembers forever.

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Her carefully constructed life thrown into turmoil by the appearance of an eighteen-year-old girl with ties to her past, New York television producer Marian Caldwell is swept up in a maelstrom of personal discovery that changes both of their perceptions about family.… (more)

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