He Belongs to Me by Theresa Rizzo

4 stars****
HHmmmmmmm... I'm really torn on what to say about this book. Well written and engaging but at the same time I just didn't have a great deal of love for any of the adults involved. My heart and mind was always on the little boy and how he's being pulled in so many directions. Parents who do not put their children first above everything are high on my loser list and you never walk away from your kids... ever. Parents (grandparents in this case) who use their children as pawns to gain control are not any better.
Catherine was young, naïve, and easy to bully so I did try to put that into perspective. Even though her time away at college did help empower her... I still had trouble understanding how she could have left her child with her parents... especially considering how the book ended and the secrets that we learned. I don't know... big question marks for me on so many events that took place. This is definitely a book that could be a fun group read so everyone can stop and take pause and hop up on their soap box for a bit.
This is very much like what you would experience watching a soap opera. I don't watch the daily soaps anymore but that is exactly what it felt like. Lots of twists and turns and surprising revelations that I was not expecting.
It was nice to see this young couple find each other again after years of separation and now fighting to become a real family. Even though I did have a hard time wrapping my head around some of the decisions they made initially, it was clear they were trying to move past their bad mistakes and choices. The book did effectively trigger my emotions. I found myself feeling kind of irritated and angry. But that's okay, not all books need to trigger my happy emotions... sometimes it's fun to get a little irritated and fussy.
I wouldn't recommend this as a romance... but, instead to anyone who enjoys those twisty, turny, court focused dramas. I wasn't grabbing for my tissues with this one but I was definitely in the mood to smack some people around when it was done. So, there ya' go...
I already have this author's next book in my review pile... and, I'm happy to read more by her... she has a nice writing style.

I received a complimentary copy of this title from the author in exchange for a review.

He Belongs to Me is a love story . . . a tale of betrayal and deception and of a young mother's determination to recover what belongs to her.

Forced to leave her baby and tricked into relinquishing her parental rights, four years later Catherine Boyd is back and she'll do anything to regain custody of her son--even reconcile with the husband falsely accused of killing their son's twin.

All in the name of love for a little boy, generations of pain and tragedy are exposed in a courtroom drama.


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