Book Review: Where We Belong


Author: Emily Giffin

384 Pages

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Release Date: April 16, 2013

Genre- Romance, Women’s Fiction, Chick Lit

Synopsis (From Amazon)

From the author of six New York Times bestselling novels, Emily Giffin, comes the unforgettable story of one powerful secret, its effect on two families, and the life-altering journey that follows…

Marian Caldwell is a thirty-six-year-old television producer living her dream in New York City. With a fulfilling career and picture-perfect relationship, she has convinced everyone, including herself, that her life is just as she wants it to be. But one night, Marian answers a knock on the door . . . only to find Kirby Rose, an eighteen-year-old girl with a key to a past that Marian thought she had locked away forever.

From the moment Kirby appears on her doorstep, Marian’s meticulously constructed world will be shaken to its core, resurrecting memories of a passionate young love affair that threaten everything that has come to define her. For the precocious and headstrong Kirby, the encounter will spur a process of discovery that ushers her across the threshold of adulthood, forcing her to reevaluate her family and future in a wise and bittersweet light.

As Marian and Kirby embark on a quest to find the one thing missing in their lives, each will come to recognize that where we belong is often where we least expect to find ourselves. A place that we may have willed ourselves to forget, but that the heart remembers forever.


Where We Belong by Emily Giffin drew me in with the dynamic relationships of friendship, relationships, and adoption throughout the book.  I have always loved her writing style. This is the second book of hers that I have read.

Giffin writes in her signature descriptive and warm prose throughout the book. She shows the regrets that Marian has and how the choices that she has made effect many lives. She also shows the emotions that someone who has been adopted goes through.

Marian leads a life that it totally different from the world that Kirby knows. Through the hard choices that she makes to find her adoptive parents Kirby grows a great deal throughout this book.

Giffin does a great job of showing both sides of the situation from Marian, the mother who gave her child up for adoption and Kirby, the adoptee. She also shows the hesitation of Kirby’s adoptive mom, not wanting to be overshadowed by Marian.

Some heavy topics are brought up in this book, but Emily Giffin makes them realistic and brings up true emotions in each character involved. These topics aren’t easy to talk about, much less write about. Giffin makes the topics easy to relate to.

You won’t want to put this book down once you have started reading it. You will become connected to the characters and the point of view that each of them have.

Where We Belong is available in many formats on Amazon.

Happy Reading and Writing,



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