Thirteen years ago, Byron Frazer had faced the toughest decision a parent could ever face. When his young wife, Lori, died in childbirth, Byron chose to put his newborn son, Ian, up for adoption. Recovering from the grief of both losses, Byron turned his energies to finishing school and building his career. Now, years later, Byron has become a nationally known family therapist, and Ian needs a father.
Though Byron had followed Ian's life, he had never felt the need to step in before. When Ian's adoptive parents die and he is sent to live with relatives in Cornwall, England, Byron knows he must go and see that Ian is all right. Finding Ian is fairly straightforward, but finding the right thing to do is much more difficult.
Stella Cameron's novel carefully describes a wide spectrum of family relationships, with painfully accurate depictions of the worst ones. Pride and loyalty are the strongest emotions in the Cornwall community, but there are more complex layers of emotions below that. Though the language, actions, and dilemmas can be exhaustingly over the top, the down-to-earth character of Ian helps balance things out, and makes Finding Ian a satisfying read. --Nancy R.E. O'Brien
Years after giving up his infant son following the death of his wife, Byron Frazer heads for England to find him, only to discover that Ian has become an integral part of his Cornish community, where he also encounters Ian's protective cousin, Jade.