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5.0 out of 5 stars Not everyone in this world are meant to be parents.., 3 July 2012
This review is from: The Adoption (Hardcover)
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The Adoption by Anne Berry is one of those books you could never forget as from the first page as a reader you are drawn into the lives of Bethan and baby Lucilla as the love Bethan has for Lucilla is so strong. She knows she is not allowed to love this precious baby but her maternal instinct takes over. You soon realise why she cannot keep her daughter she has committed the biggest sin that could ever be committed she fell in love with a German Prisoner of War and he with her but she lives under her parents rule and she is ordered that the child she has given birth too must be adopted.
As we follow each of the characters namely Bethan the birth mother, Hannah the adoptive mother and Lucilla the child which is adopted. Throughout the book you will be reading as each of the characters remembers how the baby Lucilla changes each of their lives. As Lucilla herself narrates her own story as she remembers her life shortly after the death of Hannah is the saddest of all as she lives under the rules of Hannah her adoptive mother, and as her adoptive mother punishes her throughout her childhood for not being that perfect daughter she always dreamed off. What I found hard to read was Hannah narration as she fully justified her caustic treatment of Lucilla with the fact she was not the daughter she wanted but mainly her Father being German was enough for her to punish her daily. The punishment she dealt was not physical but pure mental abuse and wanted nothing but pure control of Lucilla. You can fully understand the joy Lucilla feels when she is told by Hannah she is adopted, Lucilla realises she does not have to love the woman she calls mother the only feeling she has is pure relief at this news.
As each of the three women tell their stories you mainly will learn from Lucilla as she finally decides to look for her birth mother and the many emotions this entails. You will also learn from Bethan as she struggles with her life after giving up her daughter and how she lets the guilt rule her life even after the birth of her second child that guilt will not allow her to have a relationship with her second daughter even when she realises how much Lowrie her second daughter craves that love. I to be honest was very shocked but intrigued on how Bethan lived her life after her first baby and I am sure as a reader you will find her hard to understand as well. I felt the author wrote a book which she did not follow what readers would presume would happen and this is the reason this book was so enjoyable, as the book was so different from other books I have read on the subject of adoption.
Anne Berry has taken the subject of adoption and shown the reader it does not always work out for all those involved. I did enjoy reading this book but for me personally it was one of the saddest books I have read in a very long time mainly because of the cruelty and emotions involved.
The Adoption by Anne Berry is a book which I recommend as an excellent read.
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