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The Same Smile - The Triumph of A Mother's Love After Losing Two Daughters [Kindle Edition]

Joanne Medeiros , Susan Mello Souza

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Book Description

This wonderfully human story of a 60's relinquishment and a family reunited is told in the blended voices of mother and (found) daughter.

Instead of a tragic account of the loss of a child to adoption, compounded by the death of a subsequent child to leukemia, this book is a triumph of strength. The losses are not diminished, the emotional scars are still there, but author Souza's story is forward-looking and encouraging. The added voice of her (found) daughter adds another dimension, with her (Joanne's) honest expression of her initial discomfort, and her growing closeness with her new-found family. The "happily-ever-after" ending is well- deserved, paid for in tears and anguish. The Same Smile is an apt title, as seen in the photographs of Souza with her three daughters, but after reading the book, I think the title "The Same Heart" would have been equally appropriate.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 384 KB
  • Print Length: 166 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004G08YL2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #805,168 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars From the Other Side 8 July 2004
By Cynthia A. Thomas - Published on
I attended High School with Susan Mello Souza but we were never friends. I knew who she was, but always considered her to be one of the "popular" girls and she always seemed to just be bursting with confidence... little did I know. I reconnected with Susan just this past year as I was surfing the net doing genealogy ... our last names were the same and that is how it came to be that I found a former classmate. After I read about the loss of her daughter, Jackie online and the story of her being pregnant in High School and giving that daughter up I contacted her via e-mail. She was very gracious and we e-mailed back and forth several times and I ordered a copy of her book.
The story is very well written and for me personally it showed me the "other side" of the adoption story. You see, while Susan was struggling with giving a baby up I had my own personal struggle. My parents were getting a divorce and I decided to give up my Dad and allow a step-father to adopt me. Like Susan this decision would haunt me for many years.
I thank God that I too had the chutzpah to correct a decision that was in may ways made for me and I was reunited with my Dad.
After reading Susan's book I came to realize how much pain I had inflicted on my own Dad.
Susan lost not one but two daughters in her life and you feel her pain, but also know that hope is what carried her through the dark days. This book I believe will inspire not only those birth mothers still looking for their child, but also those who may have given up on people that loved them.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST READ for all members of the triad! 6 Jan. 2005
By Reneebeth - Published on
I just LOVED this book! I can't say enough about it. I am an adoptee and it was really great to hear a birthmother's perspective. She told an honest, heartwarming story that flowed well and was easy to read. I couldn't put this one down!!! Grab your box of tissue, warm blanket & enjoy!!! It was EXCELLENT!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars America's Secret Shame 23 Dec. 2010
By Bio Bettie - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
Few young people in post "closed adoption" USA can imagine the hurt done to generations of pregnant young women in their mother's and grandmother's generations. Cast from society, cloistered in homes for unwed mothers, manipulated and lied to in order to surrender their babies, denied custody of their babies even when they refused to sign their children away -- the stories are poignant and infuriating. The Same Smile documents one such saga, and it's wonderful resolution many years later. The authors demonstrate great honesty and tenderness in their accounts of adoption and the rocky quest to bring together families joined by blood and a deep abiding love. This is a historical book: American women today would not likely be treated in such a heartless manner by the legal system and their communities. It took great courage to tell this story. As an American who knows European women of earlier generations who fought and won on these issues I salute the authors for their heartfelt and insightful telling. Bravo!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Same Smile 24 Dec. 2010
By Sandra Young - Published on
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The Same Smile is a valiant recounting of the story of the loss of one daughter to adoption in the time now known as the Baby Scoop Era, and another as a teenager by death from leukemia. Instead of being a story of self-pity, tragedy and loss, it is a story of a mother's triumph. While there is sadness, the over all theme is courage, love and faith, despite the fact of horrific, unthinkable losses.

Susan bravely bares her secrets to the world and tells her story calmly and with great dignity. It is a beautiful book with a message of hope to every mother of loss.

Thank you, Susan, for writing it.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gracious story telling 22 Dec. 2010
By Alex Barrowclough - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
This author shares an incredible personal journey of great love and loss that must be read by every mother, child, adoptee, birth mother, and adoptive mother. I loved that Joanne, her first born daughter, also shared her thoughts and feelings while finding her way through the maze that is reunion. As an adoptee, I found her perspective helpful and validating. I appreciated the bold honesty, and the tremendous grace in which The Same Smile was written and you will too. This is a must read, and a must own for any adoption agency/support group library.
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