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The Sound of Hope: A True Story of an Adoptee's Quest for her Origins [Kindle Edition]

Anne Bauer
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Book Description

"When children are kept in the dark regarding their origins, nobody wins

Only rarely does a memoir come along that taps into the heart of the human condition. The Sound of Hope is such a story, told by Anne Bauer, an adoptee who cannot forget that she had another life and another family before being adopted.

Much of Anne's childhood was spent wondering about her other mother. She desperately wanted to know where she was, what she looked like and most importantly, why she placed her for adoption. Living in the closed adoption system, her questions were met with a wall of silence. This aura of secrecy only intensified Anne's quest to eventually discover her own story. Faced with anger and contempt, secrets and revelations, Anne sets out to uncover the truth. This powerful memoir traverses family and relationships and carries the unforgettable message that nobody should be cut off from their origins."

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About the Author

Anne Bauer is a Registered Nurse and Reiki energy healer turned author. She was inspired to write a true account of her life as an adopted individual in order to raise awareness and reform for the civil rights of adoptees. She lives in Northern New Jersey with her husband and their three children. Please visit Anne

Product Details

  • File Size: 406 KB
  • Print Length: 296 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: iUniverse (December 2, 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #907,464 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
Are all adoptee reunion stories the same? No. Do many of them encompass the same feelings of confusion, grief and loss? Yes.

The Sound of Hope chronicles Anne Bauer's sometimes difficult upbringing as the youngest of three adoptees, through her marriage and the birth of her two children. The crux of the story is Anne's reunion with her birth mother, which sets off a family drama as she finds that not everyone is okay with revealing secrets, creating new relationships and growing their hearts.

I connected to this book about adoption reunion because it is very similar to my own story.

Laura Dennis
Adopted Reality, A Memoir
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A hope for many March 31, 2013
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"Unfortunately, those who don't walk in the footsteps of an adoptee can never understand how painful the path is. There was such a need for everyone to know just how difficult it is to be cut off from your own beginning."

This passage from the book is the reason I wanted to read "The Sound of Hope." I am not an adoptee, but I am the natural grandmother of an adoptee. I want to understand what being adopted may mean to her one day.

Ms. Bauer begins her book with her memories of her childhood. This part of the book has stuck with me. I imagine this is because my granddaughter is still young and hasn't discovered her own truth. Reading about the child Anne discovering she had come from another woman's tummy is heart breaking. Her need to know the details of her beginning and this mystery woman, poignant. I will be referring back to this book to help connect to where my granddaughter may be in her life.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Anne Bauer's, The Sound of Hope, kept me wondering and worrying about what was going to happen next. This book is a very fast and enjoyable read. I am not an adopted child and yet she was able to draw me into her story......her true story and made me think. And isn't that what a good book should do. Make us think, not tell us what to think. She has done a wonderful job. I hae never thought about her side of life and how scary and complicated it could be just deciding to try to find your birth mother. But she does not write from just one side of this issue. Anne Bauer lets you in on the hurt and frustration of her parents who have raised her since she was ten days old. Why she feels the need to do this...for her...and to them...and to the birth mother who gave her away over twenty years ago. This is truly an honest account of all aspects of an adopted child/adult struggling to find out who they are. The Sound of Hope is a book that I will strongly recommend to anyone to read but especially to anyone who has been adopted. I am a librarian and have seen few books as well written on this subject as The Sound of hope.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Anne Bauer's memoir, "The Sound of Hope: A True Story of an Adoptee's Quest for her Origins," is a good read. I especially recommend the book for any adoptees just beginning their search for their birth families. I was amazed at the author's remarkable perseverance, regardless of those times of set-backs and negativity in her personal journey. I believe Bauer's authentic memoir provides a kaleidoscope perspective for those who have never had any exposure to adoption as well. It resonates, "The Sound of Hope" for a better understanding and more sensitivity for the desires of an adoptee's heart in the quest for their origins.
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5.0 out of 5 stars HIGHLY RECOMMENDED TO ALL January 21, 2009
I really enjoyed reading this book! It opened my eyes to see what it feels like to be an adoptee in our society. I have a better understanding of, not only what she went through once she decided to search for her birth mother, but also how she felt as a young child knowing she was adopted. I also have an understanding of what the adoptive parents and birth parents were feeling. It is so well written that you can "feel" her emotions. When I was not reading the book, I found myself thinking about the story and what I would do being it those situations. I recommend it to anyone, whether involved in adoption or not. I admire Anne very much for her strength and honesty!!
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Very honest, very understanding of an adoptee's search. As a birthmom in reunion, I understood completely, what the reader was saying. It gave me a clearer insight of the delicate dance we do in the "roller coaster" of reunion. The people in Adoption Land, do a great service to writing about these feelings. I recommend birthmoms, adoptees, adoptive parents, families and friends to read this. It allows everyone to see the heartfelt struggles and grief loss and joy in reunion. As in childbirth, it's worth the pain, to have peace restored to our hearts. Anne told this beautifully and in simple words. Thanks for reaching out to us. !!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Story January 19, 2014
As an adoptee myself, I gain so much perspective from reading others' stories and experiences. This story is one of the goes through the frustration, pain and joy of search and reunion, but a large component is the relationship and dynamic of the adoptive family and their reaction to the search and reunion. I would definitely recommend this to others who want a better understanding of adoptees and what they experience, as well as those who are searching or who are in reunion.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Insightful memoir; Recommended for adoptive parents
Anne writes with courage and clarity about her journey to find her birth parents and establish a relationship with them despite the misgivings of family members on both sides. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Elizabeth Simson
5.0 out of 5 stars A Touching Memoir
As an adoptive parent, it's difficult, yet necessary to read about the adoptees journey. Reading this memoir made me realize how important it is to gently guide my children and to... Read more
Published 20 months ago by TM
4.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly helpful for adoptive parents
Reading Anne Bauer's memoir is like getting insight into my grown children -- while they are still children. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Lori Holden
3.0 out of 5 stars Thought I would enjoy this book more than I did.
I would recommend this to anyone who intends to adopt children or is an adopted child. It was first attempt by author.
Published on November 30, 2012 by Priscilla A. Melhorn
5.0 out of 5 stars More than the sound - the feel of hope
I just finished reading this book on my Kindle last night. It was outstanding! To say the least. I really, really loved it.

Anne is so honest for one thing. Read more
Published on June 12, 2012 by Sophie Shopper
4.0 out of 5 stars A very quick and successful search
I really liked most of this book, and I must say for an adoptee searching for her birth parents she found them very quickly, but that took the mystery and intrigue out of her... Read more
Published on October 22, 2011 by Anne Salazar
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More About the Author

Anne Bauer, Author of The Sound of Hope, was inspired to write a true account of her life as an adopted individual in order to share the true repercussions that inevitably occur after being reunited with a birth-parent. Her story vividly tells what happens after "Finding Her Other Mother".

Her memoir has earned the prestigious Editor's Choice award and Rising Star Designation and is now part of Barnes & Noble's Special Collections, "Catch A Rising Star", a page dedicated to finding Up-And-Coming Authors.

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