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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and honest book
This is a warts and all book. If you like watching Long Lost Family and enjoy a warm fuzzy feeling when the people are re-united then this may not be the book for you!

This is the story of a mother forced to give up her child and then eventually re-united with her son after many years. It examines thoughts and feelings long buried and some of the hopes and...
Published on 21 Jun 2012 by Ultramum

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3.0 out of 5 stars True Story
True story of a Mother whose child was adopted at birth and found later in life. Quite a decent read, but not as compelling as I expected.
Published 14 months ago by Paula Hirst


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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and honest book, 21 Jun 2012
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This is a warts and all book. If you like watching Long Lost Family and enjoy a warm fuzzy feeling when the people are re-united then this may not be the book for you!

This is the story of a mother forced to give up her child and then eventually re-united with her son after many years. It examines thoughts and feelings long buried and some of the hopes and aspirations that can be placed on each other after such a separation. It details how the writer came to review long buried feelings and ways of thinking that were continuing and affecting her new found relationship with her son.

Worth reading but be prepared for the long haul .... Some of it isn't easy reading at all but you will not be unmoved by this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Honest and raw, 14 Jun 2012
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I am fascinated by the nature versus nurture debate and accounts of adoption can help us understand this argument further. This was a fabulously told story of a young women 'forced' to give up her baby at 19. An action she bitterly regretted. She registered her details with an adoption agency and was delighted to get back in contact with her son. Far from the myth that adoption is always a 'better' option for the child, her son was one of the unfortunate adopted kids, he did not thrive with his adopted family and this resulted in him having many 'issues'.
After an initial honeymoon period the mother and son started to see each other as they really were. The mother wanted the 'all American boy' not someone who she perceived as a rough red neck, the son wanted his mother to accept him for the flawed man he was, and harboured secret resentments towards her. It really is a raw and honest book, and bravely moves away from the sanitized adoptions stories of happy reunions we hear. As for the nature/ nurture debate, I think one of the clashes between the mother and the son was they were so similar without realizing it, and that could have led to some of their problems, or maybe guilt and hurt are too strong and cannot be overcome by familial love alone.
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3.0 out of 5 stars True Story, 11 Jun 2013
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True story of a Mother whose child was adopted at birth and found later in life. Quite a decent read, but not as compelling as I expected.
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4.0 out of 5 stars a compelling read, 1 Dec 2012
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Heartfelt and personal - held me to the end
I was completely absorbed in this moving and challenging story throughout
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