Happy Friday everyone! I hope all of you had a great week and are looking forward to yet another awesome Fresh Face Friday edition. Today, I have the privilege of reviewing He Belongs to Me by Theresa Rizzo. This is a wonderfully touching and emotional book. The story is heartbreaking and heart wrenching at times. If you want a good emotional roller coaster read you definitely want to pick this one up. Be sure to check out my whole review after the book blurb. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!
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
He Belongs to Me begins with Catherine graduating from Stanford and excited to be reunited with her son her parents have been taking care of since she went to college. Only when her son is expected to stay the plans have changed and Catherine realizes the custody she allowed wasn’t just temporary it was permanent and if she didn’t move back home she’d lose her son forever. In an attempt to try to fight for her son she devises a plan to reconcile with her estranged husband, Thomas. But, after four and half long years and tragedy they find it challenging to reconnect and try to be together even if its only for show. Though at first it may be a show things begin to sew back together between Catherine and Thomas. The only problem is after all this struggle and fight to get their son back it may destroy their new connection and lose what they want the most…their family back together.
This was such a wonderfully emotional read. I really enjoyed the present day story but also the flashbacks to explain some of the damage that has been done. Theresa Rizzo draws you into Catherine and Thomas’ struggles. You really feel like you are with them when they are in court when they must watch every little thing they do in their lives. But, what I thought was most wonderfully done is the biggest twist in the trial. I won’t spoil it by saying but just to tell you this you definitely won’t see it coming. There are definitely tears and smiles throughout this book. I guarantee you that you will love this story and the characters along with it. You will root for Catherine and Thomas from page one but there will be times when you wonder if it is all for naught. Overall, I would whole-heartedly recommend this book and tell you to have a box of tissues nearby.
Author Bio: (Courtesy of Goodreads)
Theresa Rizzo is an award-winning author who writes emotional stories that explore the complexity of relationships and families through real-life trials. Born and raised in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, she now lives outside of Boulder, Colorado with her husband of thirty years.