What Was Mine by Helen Klein Ross (Book Summary)

Lucy Wakefield kidnapped a baby that was left on a shopping cart in IKEA. The baby’s mother, Marilyn, was just talking over the phone, and when she came back for her daughter, she was already gone. For years, Lucy and her husband tried so hard to conceive a child but they just couldn’t – until they separated.

Lucy never intended to steal a baby, but she no longer found another way to return the baby to its mother without drawing suspicions. She tried returning the baby once by placing her inside a crib, but when the baby cried, she immediately went to the baby’s rescue.

The kidnapping was widely covered, with Marilyn and her husband John appearing on television, asking for help, and showing photos of their baby. Lucy learned that the baby’s name was Natalie, and she was four month’s old. Lucy changed the baby’s name to Mia, and changed the day of her birthday. Everytime someone asks, she would explain that Mia is daughter of a young woman who could not raise a child.

To start fresh, Lucy moved to the city and got an apartment. She also hired a babysitter named Wendy who looks after Mia everytime Lucy is at work. It has been this way until Mia turned 21. Mia knows that she was adopted, but has no clue that she was stolen. Her birth parents have separated. Her birth father, John, married a Costa Rican and had no child. Her birth mother, Marilyn, married Grant and had 3 children.

Everything was going well for Lucy and Mia (Wendy already went back to China). Aside from being an advertising executive, Lucy works as a ghostwriter for a famous author. It got to the point when Lucy wanted to be known as an author. She wrote BabyDrive and had no idea that her name is going to appear on the cover – but then it did and she already joined a book tour.

On that book tour, she met Marilyn – who kept on reading books about kidnapping. Marilyn waited in line for Lucy to sign her book but when it was already her turn, Lucy froze – as if she has seen a ghost. Just in time, Lucy’s phone rang and the screen showed Mia’s face. Marilyn saw it and automatically recognized her daughter.
Convinced that Mia is her daughter, Marilyn looked for her on the internet. When she found her on facebook, she messaged her. When Mia got the message, she was confused, but she tried not believing it first. However, she noticed that Lucy’s story does not make sense. Also, the DNA results proved what she prefers not to believe. Marilyn explained what happened through chat and even sent Mia a link that show’s articles and photos about the kidnapping.

As Mia got confused about her origin (since she wanted to believe Lucy) , she searched for her birth certificate. After checking her birth certificate (Lucy found it easy to fake this document) , MIa found a key that was taped on the cabinet. That key opens a box that contains newspaper clippings.. and the clothes Mia wore when she was kidnapped.
After knowing the truth, Mia ran away. She stayed on her teacher’s house for a while, then decided to meet with Marilyn. Mia was greeted warmly by Marilyn and her family, or Mia’s younger siblings. Meanwhile, Lucy flew to China to give her time to think, and also to hide, since the news eventually broke out.

While in China, Lucy got pneumonia and she asked Wendy for help. She also managed to tell Wendy the truth in the long run, and to her relief, Wendy didn’t judge her. With Wendy’s assistance, Lucy got an apartment so she can temporarily settle in China, while her Visa permits.

Also, Mia had the chance to know her birth mother better. She discovered that she is caring, and there are many ways she is different from Lucy. Mia was angry with Lucy for a while. She ignored her calls and texts, and even swore that she will never talk to her kidnapper once again. But getting on with her life, Mia realized how much she misses Lucy. She realized that Lucy is still a mother to her, and after all those years, Lucy was not a bad person. She is her mother and she don’t want the person who took care of her for 21 years to rot in hell. Marilyn also found forgiveness, because as much as Lucy ruined their lives when she kidnapped Mia, Lucy was still a great mom. Marilyn and Mia decided to forgive Lucy. To settle things, Mia went to China to meet her mom.

Published by

Eva Harmoni

There was one night when the rain poured so hard, and i didn't want it to stop. Weird, because i was afraid and amused by the sound of the rain and thunder. The sound of it made me less alone that night. The next day i woke up to find my collection of journals soaked. I keep it near the window to make sure no one could read it. The writings can still be read but i was devastated by the damage. I wanted it preserved but i don't want it published. Still amused by the rain but afraid of the wrath it could bring to my journals, i created this blog.

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