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Helpful votes received on reviews: 86% (142 of 165)
Location: Cheshire


Top Reviewer Ranking: 324,260 - Total Helpful Votes: 142 of 165
Before She Was Mine by Kate Long
Before She Was Mine by Kate Long
0 of 5 people found the following review helpful
What a very strange and weak book. The premise has so much potential but it's completely wasted. All the characters seem to have the same 'voice' it seemed so although it darts from person to person throughout, no character is really developed realistically. Example of this is the 30-something mechanic from Nantwich who says things like 'I can't bear for us to part like this' Now as a local to the area, I can assure people that no one has spoken like that for at least 50 years. There's so many flaws but it's really just the waste of potentially a juicy plot and interesting exploration of adoption as an adult. (I'm speaking as an adoptive mum). In the acknowledgements Kate Long… Read more
No Matter What: An Adoptive Family's Story of Hope&hellip by Sally Donovan
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
We are second time adopters and were recommended this book by our social worker who said all her team are reading it. She said they couldn't believe how it was 'from the other side' - I think it was a very helpful insight for them. I started reading Sally's blog before I bought it so knew a little of what to expect but the book has been an incredible read and surpassed all expectations. The adoption process is so uniquely isolating and friends and family can be so quite to reassure you that 'everyone feels like that' / 'all new mums are scared' / 'all kids do that' that it actually adds to the feeling of isolation. I read the book in about two days, literally devouring it (and ignoring… Read more
A Blessing from Above (Little Golden Books (Random&hellip by Patti Henderson
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Only does half the job, 14 Dec 2011
Sweet book and and pleasant illustrations but my 2.5 year old simply kept asking 'Where's the Baby Kangeroo?" and just didn't buy the the inter-species match between Mummy Roo and the baby bird. I also felt it was lazy to just have the casualness of a bird falling out of an over-crowded nest as the reason for adoption and just happening randomly to land in the Kangeroo's pouch. It misses any opportunity to discuss the matching process and how painstakingly people worked to find our daughter for us and find the best parents for her - which is something that when we talk about has really boosted her self-esteem. Unlike this book which likens her to a chick who seemingly is unmissed by it's… Read more

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