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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: ISIS Audio Books; Unabridged edition (1 Sep 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 1445022427
  • ISBN-13: 978-1445022420
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)

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Anne Berry was born in London and spent her childhood in Aden and Hong Kong where she was educated. She worked for a short period as a journalist for the South China Morning Post, before returning to Britain. After completing a three-year acting course, she embarked on a career in theatre, playing everything from pantomime to Shakespeare. Her first novel, The Hungry Ghosts, was shortlisted for The Commonwealth Writers' Prize and The Desmond Elliott Prize. She now lives in Surrey with her husband and four children.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Katharine Kirby TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 25 July 2012
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Seething with strong emotion under the surface of its rather workaday, flattish title, `The Adoption' is a triptych tale of three strong women: Bethan, the birth mother, and Harriet the adopting mother of Lucilla. Seen from their varied points of view over five decades or so, it succinctly gathers up into a perfect record of how things have changed over the years with regard to morality, parenting and boundaries of acceptable behaviour. Parents actually owned their children legally until their majority at twenty one and could withhold permissions that now seem outrageous.

Welsh girl Bethan's parents are post WWII strict ones of the toughest kind. They are mostly silent, scarred by the loss of their soldier son, scared of scandal. They bend their daughter's life quite out of shape with the best of intentions; her father rules the home and farm in a way that may seem inconceivable to modern women. Recognisable though to those over sixty now, the power such parents exerted is formidable. The way they refused to see that their daughter was truly good and deeply in love with a fine man is bleakly shocking. What a waste of possibilities. The strait jacket thinking of the times blinded them and gave their cruel ways a sick seal of approval. There are however tantalising clues throughout to show that nature can outstrip nurture; inherited skills, and physical frailties will out come what may.

Disappointed in life, Harriet is egged on by her husband to use the services of the dubiously helpful adoption society, "A Homeless Child for a Childless Home". A middle-aged woman, set in her ways, she is narrow minded, tricky and hard to like. Her kinder husband has his own demons but is warmer and more generously hopeful. Luckless Lucilla is definitely the cuckoo in the nest of their hard home.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By NIKITA on 17 July 2012
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So, finished `The Adoption' by Anne Berry a couple of days ago... Gobbled it up in 3 days! Anyway, I absolutely bloody loved it! In my view it was equally as good is Hungry Ghosts, although in a different way. The three main female characters were perfectly drawn, I particularly loved Laura (Lucilla) as a child- beautiful. There was for me one particular stand out moment, when Laura is talking to her son following her rejection from her birth mother (near the
end) where he is talking about forgiveness and love I think. It made me cry, I got tingles and my tummy flipped. Had to take my sunglasses off and wipe my eyes, (on my honeymoon in St Lucia) think everyone around me thought I was nuts!
Anyway it just absolutely got to me... The whole story did. When I finished I sat hugging the book (again close to tears) with a flush of loveliness going through me.
Yet again Anne Berry has made what was already a wonderful holiday, perfect! Thank you for bringing such incredible writing into my life!!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By GM Harlow VINE VOICE on 9 April 2012
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The book is written from the point of view of three women, the real mother, the adoptive mother, and the woman who was adopted. These observations begin with the real mother and on through the adopted girl's life from her school days to the present day. The adoptive parents were unsuitable, and the book brilliantly describes how the poor girl was put through embarrassments at school. The parents even denied her the opportunity of a scholarship. The adoptive mother in particular appeared to have no love for the girl at all, indeed probably not for anyone. That character was really well portrayed, as was her narrow and unintelligent outlook on life. The girl's character also comes over very well and we know that she instinctively felt that she did not belong in this family. Her dauntless spirit shines through, and when compared with that of her real mother, it seemed that perhaps the real mother and father gave in too easily, but then the times were different. A really good read!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. A. Broadhurst VINE VOICE on 25 July 2012
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This book looks at adoption from three perspectives: the birth mother, the adoptive mother and the child. It looks at how each feel during the child's life and I found it be an emotive read, and gave real insight into the feelings of all concerned.
I found some of the thoughts and actions of the women difficult to comprehend or agree with during the story, however I could also see why they did somethings - societies opinions, the protocol of the day etc.

I would recommend this as a read for the summer but have some tissues at the ready and bite your tongue until you have finished it before judging any single character.

I felt that the author had fully researched the subject and viewpoints before writing the book and I will be recommending it to friends as a good read this summer.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By kehs TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 30 Jun 2012
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I adored this book even though it is not my usual genre of choice. I was hooked from the opening pages and was completely absorbed in the lives of the 3 mothers. Told from each of their viewpoints we hear how their lives shape up after a heart wrenching adoption takes place. I'm not a softy by a long shot but this tale moved me to tears several times. The lives of the women, the men they meet and marry and the children they have - all of these events are shaped by the adoption at the very beginning of their tale. As for the ending . . . I don't think it's a spoiler to say just have tissues ready! It wasn't at all what I'd expected but was so much better than I'd imagined (which is why I'm a reader and not an author.)For me this was a fabulous read and I'll definitely be looking out for more by Anne Berry.
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