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Heartbreaking, inspiring, and totally true, this e-original short is the nonfiction story behind New York Times bestselling author Patti Callahan Henry’s novel And Then I Found You (April 2013).

Patti Callahan is one of three sisters, a member of a close-knit Irish American family. Yet as happy and boisterous as they appear to be, the Callahans have long harbored a heartache. Some twenty years ago, Patti’s younger sister, Barbi, placed her infant daughter for adoption. The whole family respected Barbi’s decision and admired her fortitude. Still, they couldn’t help but wonder: What ever became of the beautiful baby who had been placed with a chosen, but anonymous family? On April 20th, 2010, Facebook gave them the answer they’d been looking for. It was a life-changing moment—one that inspired Patti to write this unforgettable true story.