YOU WERE MEANT FOR ME

Yona Zeldis McDonough

What do you do when you have to give up the person you love most?

Thirty-five-year-old Miranda is not an impulsive person. She’s been at Domestic Goddess magazine for eight years, she has great friends, and she’s finally moving on after a breakup. Having a baby isn’t even on her radar—until the day she discovers an abandoned newborn on the platform of a Brooklyn subway station. Rushing the little girl to the closest police station, Miranda hopes and prays she’ll be all right and that a loving family will step forward to take her.

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What do you do when you have to give up the person you love most?

Thirty-five-year-old Miranda is not an impulsive person. She’s been at Domestic Goddess magazine for eight years, she has great friends, and she’s finally moving on after a breakup. Having a baby isn’t even on her radar—until the day she discovers an abandoned newborn on the platform of a Brooklyn subway station. Rushing the little girl to the closest police station, Miranda hopes and prays she’ll be all right and that a loving family will step forward to take her.

Yet Miranda can’t seem to get the baby off her mind and keeps coming up with excuses to go check on her, until finally a family court judge asks whether she’d like to be the baby’s foster parent—maybe even adopt her. To her own surprise, Miranda jumps at the chance. But nothing could have prepared her for the ecstasy of new-mother love—or the heartbreak she faces when the baby’s father surfaces…

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  • NAL
  • Paperback
  • October 2014
  • 400 Pages
  • 9780451469830

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About Yona Zeldis McDonough

Yona Zeldis McDonough is the author of five novels for adults, The Four Temperaments, In Dahlia's Wake, Breaking the Bank, A Wedding in Great Neck, and Two of a Kind. She is also an award-winning children's book author with 22 children's books to her credit.

Praise

A funny, moving look at the bonds of love.—New York Times Bestselling Author Caroline Leavitt

Emotional and evocative, hilarious and harrowing…a must read.”New York Times Bestselling Author Pamela Redmond Satran

A page-turner…this elegant novel is a must read….Book clubs will swoon.”New York Times Bestselling Author Adriana Trigiani

Discussion Questions

Do you think Miranda’s decision to adopt Celeste was impulsive and ill considered? Why or why not?

What do you think of Jared’s decision to give up his child? Was it for her sake or for his own?

Has anything happened in your life that you believe was “meant to be”?

Have you ever done something that a friend did not support and if so, what happened? Was the friendship made stronger as a result or was it damaged?

What do you think about Miranda’s attraction to Jared? Should she have succumbed? Why or why not?

Why do you think it takes Miranda so long to appreciate what Evan has to offer?

How do you view Geneva’s behavior? Are her actions reprehensible or comprehensible?

What are some of the differences and similarities in Miranda’s relationships to the four men in the novel: Luke, Evan, Jared and her father?

How much sympathy did you feel for Carrie?

Does Miranda change and grow in the course of the novel? If so, how does that come about?

What makes someone a good mother, or a good parent? Is Miranda a good parent? Is Jared?