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Who Gives Up Adorable Little Girls Anyway? The Search For My Birth Father (Tales of Adoption Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Janet Louise Stephenson
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Passed around from family to family before an interstate adoption brought them to Idaho from Oregon, two young girls spend most of their lives wondering why their parents didn't keep them. 

Every effort to find information about their past is shut down - by their adoptive family, the adoption agency, and the judicial system. Will they ever find answers to the questions that have haunted them for nearly 30 years?
  • Why was Janet born on the side of a highway in the middle of the night?
  • Who left these girls with the neighbors and didn't come back?
  • What do the girls remember from before their adoption?
  • Why did each family pass them on to another family instead of giving them a permanent home?
  • Is someone out there missing them?
  • Is there a conspiracy to keep them from knowing the truth?
  • What does a 'forever family' mean anyway?
Learn the answers to these questions as you catch a glimpse of the psychological and emotional nightmare that surrounds the search for biological parents.

After decades of fruitless searches for their biological parents, something miraculous happens to open up the door for a reunion to take place. With a name and contact information, would the girls have the courage to reach out to a man who gave them away almost 30 years ago?

Take a ride on an emotional roller coaster with these two sisters as they defy their adoptive family's wishes to search out their birth parents.



Editorial Reviews

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"Interesting and emotional book that will especially hit home with adoptees who have sought out, or considered searching out their natural parents. A quick read, which left me anxious for the next volume." - DavidCHobbs

"..well worth the tiny little bit of nothing she's charging for it if only to get your tear ducts checked out." - Jeff M.

"This book is heartwarming, insightful and authentic! The author tells her story in a manner that draws you in and leaves you thinking about life, whether you've been involved in an adoption or not." - Mark Surchik

"I was especially touched by authors revelation of the dynamics of her adoptive family, as well as the interesting, eye-opening perspective of the LDS church on adoption." -Lonnie

"Despite many challenges, these girls prevail at balancing the reunion of their new dad while managing the internal and external conflicts they had through their life." -LKees

"I will never look at M&Ms the same again!" A.Sipple

From the Author

The idea to write a book about my early childhood years, my adoption, and the search for my biological parents has been rolling around in my head for a very long time. I started writing in 2007, but the subject was still too emotional for me to tackle. 

I finally decided to break it down into pieces that had a distinct start and end, so that I wouldn't get lost in the magnitude of the history. And I have also focused on the healing necessary to delve into these sensitive topics. 

This book focuses on my background - life before and after I was adopted - and the reconnection with my biological father. Book two explores the drama associated with an exhausting search for my birth mother.

As I've written, tears have flowed readily. I've tried to share the story with the details that give readers insight into the actual experiences, and I've struggled with how much detail is too much - for the sake of the others involved in the story.
 
I hope those who read this series will find inspiration to look at their own lives in a new way that facilitates healing and personal growth.

Product Details

  • File Size: 426 KB
  • Print Length: 104 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Butterfly Maiden Press (January 2, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AW4H3JU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #136,749 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth taking time to read! January 9, 2013
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This is a tender and truth filled story about overcoming adoption information and dis-information to discover who these girls were before their adoption and how they landed where they did. Janet and her sister Jen met this task with determination, trepidation, anticipation and tenacity. The story leaves you waiting for the next book.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Leaves you thinking about life! January 4, 2013
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This book is heartwarming, insightful and authentic! The author tells her story in a manner that draws you in and leaves you thinking about life, whether you've been involved in an adoption or not. I love how she addresses each party involved in an adoption and shares her wisdom and insight. I look forward to hearing the next installment of this story!
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart wrenching and heart warming both January 16, 2013
By TheJeff
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This is a great story about 2 sisters search for their biological parents. Janet spends a lot of time exploring the emotional impact to her adopted family as well as the dynamics of being part of a family that exists in name only. One of the best books that I've read recently and I'm waiting with bated breath for 'part two' of the story.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging from the very start! January 16, 2013
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I must start out by saying I am not a reader by any stretch of the imagination. However, once I started reading, 'Who Gives Up Little Girls Anyway,' I could not put it down. The story is not only engaging and very interesting, but it's a quick and easy read.
I especially loved how the author went as far as to offer helpful suggestions to everyone involved in an adoption, whether it's the adopted searching for birth parents or the adoptive parents.
I highly recommend this book to anyone wanting to gain an understanding of the world of adoption.
A must read!!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Who Gives Up Adorable Little Girls Anyways? January 7, 2013
By Britney
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I just loved this book! It was very touching. The author conveyed the views and opinions of an adoptee and brought it to life. The author wrote very well and kept me intrigued. I highly recommend this book.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read! January 4, 2013
By Lonnie
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I very much enjoyed reading this book. The author shares a very personal journey to find her and her sisters biological father. This thought-provoking book left me wanting more. I was especially touched by authors revelation of the dynamics of her adoptive family, as well as the interesting, eye-opening perspective of the LDS church on adoption. Despite many challenges, these girls prevail at balancing the reunion of their new dad while managing the internal and external conflicts they had through their life. What would it be like to learn you were born alongside a highway? I recommend this book!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars family is what you make it January 18, 2013
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this book really pulled on my heartstrings! it's not just about finding her father but it's realizing that family is what you make it and it's a journey of self actualization. i love janet's voice. it's fun and a little quirky which makes a tale that has the potential to be sad super uplifting and fun to read.

i wasn't adopted but my mom died when i was very young and so i intimately understand the burning questions that filled her thoughts growing up. i'm so happy for her that she was able to get the answers to those questions. but i also loved the fact that she addressed that the hole that was created when she was fostered out wasn't immediately filled when she met her biological father. that has to be healed from the inside.

i truly hope this book serves as an inspiration to others who are seeking their biological parents and helps them to not give up when it gets tough. i think it will also help those who do find their parents and are met with a less than savory welcome. family is what YOU make it.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Words From The Heart January 3, 2013
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Interesting and emotional book that will especially hit home with adoptees who have sought out, or considered searching out their natural parents.
A quick read, which left me anxious for the next volume.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good story. Also good to read the book "The ...
Good story. Also good to read the book "The Search For My Birth Mother".
Published 5 months ago by Linda E. McCord
5.0 out of 5 stars YOUR HOME IS IN YOUR HEART
One forgets the heartbreak that some parents go through when they are forced to give up their children. Read more
Published 5 months ago by M.E. Wilson
3.0 out of 5 stars go for it if you are adopted
I like reading true stories about everything. It is nice for adoptees to know there are more people like them, with the same feelings and questions about their adoptions. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Anastasia Marianou
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Repetitive, tells the same memory in every other chapter, could have been written in 10 pages.
Published 7 months ago by Liz Stephens
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good story.
Published 7 months ago by robin geiger
4.0 out of 5 stars A very heart warming story of the author's search for ...
A very heart warming story of the author's search for her biological family, and through that, herself. It is a bit repetitive in parts, but worth reading
Published 7 months ago by Paul Carney
4.0 out of 5 stars A difficult but worthy read.
As an adoptive mom this book poked at my insecurities, and yet I'm glad I read it. It's well written, conversational almost in nature and enlightening. Read more
Published 7 months ago by DIANA K DEPRIEST
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartfelt adoptee's story
I felt like I could truly understand an adoptee's experience. She wrote from the heart her story and thoughts at the time.
Published 8 months ago by S.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
this simply shows that that is imperfectly perfect. I loved it!
Published 8 months ago by yasmila
5.0 out of 5 stars Donor
To the baby I will never know. I gave you up in Ariz. at the time I had to make a difficult decision. It was because I had to choose between you are my husband. Read more
Published 10 months ago by barb
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More About the Author

Just another goofy girl next door, you might find me throwing a frisbee, folding laundry, or sitting in quiet meditation exploring the universe within.

Born on a highway in the middle of the night, my early childhood years were spent being passed around from family to family wondering what I needed to do for someone to keep me. When I was four years old, a Mormon family adopted me and I grew up trying to be perfect so there was no reason for my new family to give me up.

By the time I turned 30, the realization that I didn't recognize the life I was living shattered my illusion. It was a facade, built to please everyone around me. I didn't know the REAL me - and neither did anyone else! I've spent the last 7 years learning to recognize the person staring back at me when I look in the mirror.

My soul searching has brought me a belief that each one of us has a source of infinite wisdom within us and I am committed to help others on their journey of Self-Discovery. I offer assistance via my blog and personal coaching practice at Butterfly Maiden Intuitive Services.

As an author, I write from a place of authenticity and transparency with the intention of helping my readers to connect with me as well as feel safe in exploring their own lives.

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