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4.0 out of 5 stars In Memoriam, 14 Sept. 2013
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This review is from: The Lost Child of Philomena Lee: A Mother, Her Son and a Fifty Year Search (Kindle Edition)
I feel that this was an honest attempt to relate a very sad story of a young woman separated from her child when she had been responsible for some of his care in the convent until he was three years old. In my opinion, this was the most awful aspect for both of them because of the bond which had been built up between them. The pain of separation must have been almost unbearable for the mother and very de-stabilising for the child.

The journalist author was able to track down the details of the actions of the people involved in the adoption transactions, revealing the appalling attitudes on the part of the church personnel and the subsequent lies which were uttered to both the child when he came seeking his birth mother when he was fully adult, and the mother when she desired contact with her first born after many years.

Instead of simply making this into a stick with which to beat the Catholic church, he turned it into an account of the life of the adopted child as seen through the eyes of those who knew him. He wove the content of his interviews into a story, making it come to life, so that his mother could almost partake in his growing up, education, career and love-life. What a beautiful gift! The nearest she ever came to him after the parting was to find his grave in the grounds of the convent.

The format is not without its faults because, as a story, it tends to drags its feet. The reader is anxious to know how it turns out, not learn every step in the young man's career in the political field. We have to realise that the most important audience is his mother and make allowances, but it is for this fault that I have rated it as a four star book.
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