Book Review : He Belongs to Me by Theresa Rizzo

April 14, 2014 Book review 11 ★★★½

When I started reading this book, my immediate thought was that it had been a long time since I read a family drama like this one.  And it turned into an emotional read that thoroughly entertained.

Book Review : He Belongs to Me by Theresa RizzoHe Belongs to Me by Theresa Rizzo
Published by self published on 24 Apr 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Fiction, Romance
Pages: 394
Format: eBook
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three-half-stars

Catherine Boyd will do anything to regain custody of her young son . . . Even reconcile with the husband accused of killing their son's twin. Catherine graduates from college, eager to start a new life with her six-year-old son, Drew. But when she tries to bring him home, her parents refuse to relinquish control of the grandson they'd raised.

Wrongly accused of a horrible crime, Thomas Boyd has buried himself in his career, determined to forget his painful past and the family he lost. But now, five years later, Catherine is back, requesting his help to regain custody of their son - custody he thought she had.

Though older and wiser, when courtroom battles reveal lies and secrets and generations of pain, will Thomas and Catherine find more tragedy and loss, or will old wounds finally heal?

First Line of He Belongs To Me:

“In a life riddled with painful endings and bright beginnings too few to count, Catherine sought refuge in routine and simplicity.”

My Thoughts on He Belongs To Me:

This book is an entertaining mix up; you have the intrigue and backstabbing politics of a family court case, the romance of a love affair being rekindled and the sadness of a child caught in the middle of it all.  It was high on drama and despite the heavy issues, it still felt like a light read that was perfect for my nightly wind down.

The main character is a sweet girl who has blossomed from a somewhat easily influenced teenage mum into a strong, determined woman who wants her son back with her.  Her parents who have raised him over the previous 5 years are not willing to let go.  So Catherine reunites with her husband and together they do battle for justice.

All the characters are believable with the exception of one who confused me.  Catherine and Thomas quickly prove themselves to be more than capable of raising their son Drew and their genuine love for each other and their son shines through.  Catherine’s parents are not so likeable so I quickly choose sides on who I felt should win.  I think I would have preferred it, if there had been more of a moral dilemma over whom should raise Drew, as it would have heightened the tensions.

However, despite that the book was totally captivating.  I was never sure what way the court case would go and I loved that element of unpredictability.  The only character I found hard to believe in was Catherine’s mother. I found it hard to reconcile how distant she was a mother with how much better she was as a grandmother.  I know it’s a different role but I found it difficult to pinpoint why she was able to show her emotions with Drew when she couldn’t do it with her children.

I loved the writing style; the conversations flowed naturally and felt very realistic.  I also thought the character development was spot on (apart from my issue with Catherine’s mother).  Initially I thought I was going to hate Catherine and Thomas for walking away from Drew as a baby but there are layers within layers here and I really believed and understood why they made I what I thought initially were unforgivable choices.

There are lots of themes discussed and dissected during the court case and I think it would make a great book for a book club as I can see some interesting debates arising.

 

Rating Report
Characters
four-stars
Setting
three-half-stars
Pace
three-half-stars
Did I feel it?
three-half-stars
Overall: three-half-stars

Who should read He Belongs To Me?

I’d recommend this book to fans of chick-lit books who like lots of drama, tension and some moral ambiguity to chew over.  It felt like a book that was half between Danielle Steele and Jodi Picoult so if you like either of those authors, then I think you might also enjoy this one.

Thanks to Theresa Rizzo for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

three-half-stars

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11 Responses to “Book Review : He Belongs to Me by Theresa Rizzo”

    • trish

      I really enjoyed it. Family drama books are intense but so relatable too. You can picture it happening and I really enjoyed the main characters and was rooting for them.

    • trish

      It felt fairly realistic Rachel. I loved that they both had a lot to forgive but they both really wanted to make their relationship work. And not just for their son but for themselves.

    • trish

      I’m not familiar with son in law, I must check that one out. I haven’t read a lot of courtroom dramas lately but I do enjoy them.

    • trish

      It actually reminded me a lot of a Hallmark true-life drama as I was reading it. Fun for a few hours entertainment.

    • trish

      YES! That character is horrible! Some things are just inexcusable and unnatural but then again it does happen.

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