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You Were Always Mine

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I absolutely love this writing pair. What a genius idea to have two authors, each of different racial backgrounds, tell their own side of the story. Truly, truly beautiful, and I was thrilled to read this after loving their debut, "We Are Not Like Them."

This was another fantastic book that absolutely thrived being told from two different perspectives of such opposite views. It was a little harder for me to read, just because I'm a mom and my hormones are still all over the place, but I'm so glad I fought through my discomfort to finish it. It's such a unique storytelling device they've created, and I am forever a fan of anything they write together.

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This was such a sweet, endearing, enlightening and powerful story. I really enjoyed it, get yourself a copy ASAP! Thank you to @atriabooks , @simonandschuster and @netgalley for my copy!

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The premise of this novel is important and raises important questions about race and privilege. I appreciated l the deep-dive into the complexity of the fostering and adoption process, and how it disadvantages those of color from the onset.

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The Dynamic Duo does it again.
What a writing team that takes on TOUGH issues.
Thank you for sharing this great book with me.

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Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! No spoilers. Beyond amazing I enjoyed this book so very much. The characters and storyline were fantastic. The ending I did not see coming Could not put down nor did I want to. Truly Amazing and appreciated the whole story. This is going to be a must read for many many readers. Maybe even a book club pick.

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Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for giving me a free advanced copy of this book to read and review.

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Very interesting read! The book pulled me in from the start and I wanted to see how it ended. Try it and see if this book is for you!

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Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with an advance copy of You Were Always Mine by Christine Pride: Jo Piazza in exchange for my honest review and opinion. This was an interesting premise for me as finding a baby and not turning it in just didn't sit right with me. I struggled to read this due to that concept.

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I was not able to finish this book in time due to life events that got in the way of my reading time, but I did get halfway through. I did not want to stop reading this book and I am still curious about how it ends. I would definitely purchase a physical copy of this book because I found the storyline quite entertaining. The story was very well written and pulls the reader in. 10/10, I enjoyed every page.

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Like this author duo’s last book, You Were Always Mine brought attention to relevant topics pertaining to race in America. I think the overall story was good, but there were a few things that could have been improved. There were plot lines that got lost while other portions had unnecessary details. But overall this was a good book worth picking up!

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ARC provided in exchange for an honest review.

I really likes this whole storyline and how the author really emphasized the point that love has no color! There were moments that were completely gut wrenching and others that really touched my heart. It’s about friendship and love at its core but also how far some people will go to do the right thing. I would definitely recommend to anyone who likes women’s fiction and something that will hopefully open up your eyes and brighten your day!

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I received a copy of this ebook from netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

Love builds a family. This book raised many important issues about family, adoption, race, and belonging. It handled the intricacies of these issues with care. However, there were so many threads that could have been followed up with more depth.

I was so excited for this book after the authors' debut, but preferred the debut.

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This was a very thought provoking novel. It deals wih class, race, motherhood, marriage, friendship, foster care and adoption I didn’t want to put it down.

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A beautiful tale of what it means to be a mother, Christine Pride and Jo Piazza’s second co-written novel You Were Always Mine is a moving testament to the power of friendship and the enduring legacy of love in all its forms.

When black guidance counselor Cinnamon finds a white baby with eyes as blue as the sky tucked away at the park, she knows that this baby could belong to none other than her friend Daisy. Cinnamon and Daisy have been meeting on this park bench every week for the past year, sharing tidbits about their lives and building a wholly unique friendship that does not exist beyond the confines of the park. But now Daisy has entrusted Cinnamon with the most precious of gifts - her newborn baby.

With Daisy nowhere to be found, Cinnamon does not do what most of us would do in a similar situation. That is, go to the police and hand off the baby to authorities who have the resources to find her birth mother. Rather, Cinnamon does as Daisy asks, taking the baby in and attempting to build some kind of life that allows them to exist as mother, no matter how temporary, and child. But as can be expected, Cinnamon faces a number of challenges in her efforts to keep and raise a white baby.

However, the wary glances and doubts of others will soon be the least of Cinnamon’s concerns as Daisy’s grandparents enter the picture, hellbent on gaining custody of the baby and raising her in their home. Cinnamon finds herself battling the very people who Daisy did not want her child to go to, begging the oft-asked question, “Just what makes a mother?”

You Were Always Mine is an engrossing, thought-provoking story of social, moral, and legal complications. This novel raises questions such as, “Should children be raised by blood or at least in households that represent their cultural make-up or do the wishes of the birth mother take precedence over all other factors?” Furthermore, You Were Always Mine highlights the realistic struggles a person of color would face in attempting to raise a white baby, and sheds light on the disparities and injustices of the foster system.

Pride and Piazza’s writing seamlessly blends to create a touching story of love - I would never know that this book was written by two different authors.. I found this book to be wholly enjoyable, as well as engaging.

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Thank you for the opportunity to read this novel. I could not connect with the storyline so I'm setting it aside for now and hope to pick it up again in the future.

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This book was so good and had you turning the page to see what was going to happen next. The book deals with love, loss and race. Cinnamon and Daisy are both such good characters and their choices and decisions make the book. A great read

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3.5 stars

I was really excited to read this book, as I absolutely loved Pride & Piazza's first joint book, We Are Not Like Them. However, and though I hate to compare the two, this book didn't quite live up to the first for me. I greatly appreciated the stats on foster care and applaud the authors for writing another book that marries both racial tensions with already complicated situations, but almost everything I loved about WANLT was missing or watered down this time.

First, this book was somewhat slow. Considering the premise, I was expecting more complications to what ended up being a fairly straightforward case. There were a few hiccups, but nothing felt like a major obstacle. And the greatest barrier was resolved both easily and quickly, which was good for the main characters, but left me, as the reader, a bit underwhelmed.

Second, I think Cinnamon and Daisy's relationship was really the heart of this story, and I would have liked a bit more of that. I also wish that their secrets would have been presented, at least to readers, earlier in the book. I think that would have helped with the pacing as well as the ending, which felt abrupt. There was so much revealed and happening so quickly, and then it was just over. I'm grateful for the epilogue, but it didn't give me as much satisfaction as I was expecting.

Overall, this was a good book, and like WANLT, there are many layers to dissect and points to discuss. I don't think You Were Always Mine reached its full potential, but I would still recommend it to both individuals and book clubs.

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If you loved Christine and Jo's first book We are Not Like Them, you should definitely pick this one up. It's very well written and I felt like I was watching these characters deal with things first hand. It deals with race, foster issues, themes of motherhood, etc. all in such a thoughtful way. It bounces between timelines and characters which I also felt like kept me engaged. If books like Little Fires Everywhere intrigue you or you like to read about adoption stories and the things women face.

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this book wasnt at all what i expected. ive never read a book by an author duo. There was so much potential this one, but it just wasnt for me.

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We Are Not Like Them was one of my favorite books I read last year so I had the highest of hopes for YWAM and they were absolutely topped!

I loved reading this book - I didn't read the synopsis beforehand and definitely recommend going in blind. It captivated me from the very beginning and it was fast paced throughout.

Every decision Cinnamon made was well thought out and explained, and tbh if I was her, I'd probably do the same. I loved reading the dynamic between Cinnamon and Daisy and thought all the characters were complex and realistic. So much honesty and vulnerability was integrated in this book and I think it's one that will be on my mind for a very long time. I don't know what it is about these two authors but when they write together, they create magic.

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