FICTION

Someone Like You

Atria. (Baxter Family, Bk. 30). May 2020. 384p. ISBN 9781982104313. $26. CF
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The Baxters are back. In this 30th series entry (after Two Weeks), Maddie Baxter West graduates from college, gets the job of her dreams, and is engaged to her longtime boyfriend. But when Dawson Gage shows up and tells her about the death of the woman he loved, her biological sister, Maddie is shocked and confused. Her sister is alive and well. That’s when Maddie discovers her parents have been keeping a secret for a very long time: Maddie is the product of a frozen embryo adoption. Angry with her parents, Maddie goes to Portland, OR, to meet her biological parents and learn about the sister she never met and never will. As Maddie deals with her anger and feelings of betrayal, she also begins to discover how much she has in common with Dawson, including their strong faith. And Dawson realizes that helping Maddie reunite with her birth family is the right thing to do even if it costs him the woman he loves—again.
VERDICT Kingsbury’s “Baxter” series is a perennial favorite and a required purchase for inspirational collections. The plot is predictable, but it raises interesting questions about science, fertility, and the legal status of frozen embryos. With a Baxter TV series in the works, libraries should purchase according to demand.

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