The author beautifully discusses the topic of open adoption. Not only does Gritter cover the need for openness, but he also includes a realistic discussion of how to make it work for all members of the adoption triad. His writing style does not come across as a clinical approach; the book is quick and easy to read. Because it is so thought-provoking, though, I do not suggest trying to rush through it. Gritter helps us see things in a new light and think about things in a new way. I found myself crying at times, thinking to myself, "Yes, someone finally understands what my husband and I feel is so important as the parents of two children from open adoptions." We have a lot more to learn about openness, and birthmothers in particular, and this book took us further along that path. It is an excellent book for those in the social work field as well as for lay people.