Throwback Thursday: The Foundling by Paul Fronczak

Throwback Thursday is a weekly meme created by Renee @ It’s Book Talk. This meme is an awesome way to share old favorites that were published over a year ago or even books that you’re finally reading after much time has passed. I have plenty of those to share! If you have your own Throwback Thursday recommendation feel free to jump on board, and you’re welcome to use Renee’s pic as well. Please link back to her@It’s Book Talk.

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Last time I shared:

A Really Big Lunch by Jim Harrison

This week’s share:

The Foundling by Paul Fronczak

My Review:

The Foundling by Paul Fronczak is a true story about a boy strayed at childhood and connected to a kidnapping. As a child, Paul discovers that his parents aren’t his biological parents and becomes very confused and curious. As an adult, he decides to take action to discover who his blood family really is and how he wound up abandoned. The book quickly turns into a search through his past and continues on that path until the final conclusion.  I was extremely engaged because I’d never heard this story.

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*Spoilers below*

I had to learn what was going to happen with Paul. I wasn’t happy with many of Paul’s choices, but had high hopes for him, and understand how one needs to know their origins. I agreed with his wife in that he was not necessarily wasting his time, but that it would possibly never come to an end, and that there might always be unanswered questions.

I found many parts sad and can’t imagine how arduous his journey must’ve been. In the end, I felt sorry for him and his family. He spent so much time on a group of people that didn’t seem to want anything to do with him.

I do understand, in my own way, how Paul felt as I’ve had a similar experience, but at some point I suppose you have to accept things for the way they are.

This book is certainly a page turner! I did interview the author which can be found on my blog. 


Find this book on Goodreads and Amazon:

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Howard Books (April 4, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1501142127
  • ISBN-13: 978-1501142123

From Goodreads:

The Foundling tells the incredible and inspiring true story of Paul Fronczak, a man who recently discovered via a DNA test that he was not who he thought he was—and set out to solve two fifty-year-old mysteries at once. Along the way he upturned the genealogy industry, unearthed his family’s deepest secrets, and broke open the second longest cold-case in US history, all in a desperate bid to find out who he really is.

In 1964, a woman pretending to be a nurse kidnapped an infant boy named Paul Fronczak from a Chicago hospital.

Two years later, police found a boy abandoned outside a variety store in New Jersey. The FBI tracked down Dora Fronczak, the kidnapped infant’s mother, and she identified the abandoned boy as her son. The family spent the next fifty years believing they were whole again—but Paul was always unsure about his true identity.

Then, five years ago—spurred on by the birth of his first child, Emma Faith—Paul took a DNA test. The test revealed definitively that he was not Paul Fronczak. From that moment on, Paul has been on a tireless mission to find the man whose life he’s been living—and to discover who abandoned him, and why.

This is the story of Paul’s heart-wrenching and tortuous journey to solve both mysteries and finally learn the truth about his identity.

The Foundling is a touching and inspiring story about a child lost and faith found, about the permanence of families and the bloodlines that define you, and about the emotional toll of both losing your identity and rediscovering who you truly are.

 

Here’s a new’s video on Paul:


Check out these blogs for other Throwback Thursdays!

Jill at Jill’s Book Cafe

Deanna at DeesRadReads and Reviews

Amanda at Literary Weaponry

Susan at Susan Loves Books

Nickimags at The Secret Library Book Blog

Cathy at What Cathy Read Next

Lynne at Fictionophile

Annie at The Misstery

Cathy at Between the Lines

Amy at Novel Gossip

Diana at A Haven for Booklovers

Laurie at Cozy Nook Books

Ann Marie at LItWitWineDine

Laura at Snazzy Books

Nina at The Cozy Pages

Virginia at Rose Point Publishing

Stephanie at Stephanies Novel Fiction

Lorilyn at Bug Bug Books


Thanks for checking out today’s Throwback Thursday. Do you have any throwbacks to share? Please feel free to comment below with thoughts or suggestions. 🙂

❤ Mischenko

16 thoughts on “Throwback Thursday: The Foundling by Paul Fronczak

  1. starjustin

    Now, after watching the video, it seems like the search will go on. Especially since the sister is a twin.
    I feel for his present day family. I’m sure he’s taken a lot of time away from them just to try to put an end to the mystery but somehow the mystery goes on. Unfortunately time is something we can’t get back. So sad.
    Great post!

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