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"Judith Romano is a plucky Midwestern orphan who faces adversity and steadfastly refuses to back down until she has accomplished her goal of finding her birth parents. It is impossible to put this book down before it is finished--other adoptees will be greatly inspired to find their own roots." Jean Patton, mother of the adoption reform movement, founder of Ocean Voyage, and author of The Adopted Break Silence

"The reader will hang on to every phase of the adoption search--this is a life story that deserves this book." Terrie Drake, librarian, Colorado Mountain College

"This book is riveting--I literally could not put it down. Your story is solid and exceptional. I can't say enough good things about this book." Sheila Mincer, speech-language pathologist, Mountain Board of Cooperative Educational Services
"Judith Land's powerful personal story, Adoption Detective: Memoir of an Adopted Child, is a new adoption classic that belongs in the "pantheon of adoption classics" that include The Girls Who Went Away, Twice Born, and The Primal Wound. As a member of the "adoption triad" and former radio host of adoption-related programming, I know the devastating dynamics of adoption. I was deeply moved by the heartbreaking narrative of this adoptee, but at the same time, the mystery buff in me breathlessly turned the pages to find out how or if Judy finally finds her truth. As you read this shocking and amazing book, keep reminding yourself: This really happened." --Donna Montalbano
"Judith Land's adoption reunion story is a roller-coaster of emotional beauty, turmoil and closure that captured and held my attention. The deep emotional scars that are revealed and explored in "Adoption Detective" accurately represent many adoptee's experiences. Rejection, secrecy, Christian values, and the falsification of crucial life documents, are themes explored in this poignant memoir. Adoptees and birth mothers will find themselves on every page of this book, and may find refreshing new ideas on how to perceive and embrace their adoption roles. There needs to be far less blame, and more embracing of truth among triad members. Judy displays her deep-seated understanding of all sides here." V.L. Brunskill
"This is an extraordinarily riveting story. I was immediately drawn in and could not put the book down. The narrative is structured so that the reader learns many of the details of the author's emotionally wrenching adoption history in the first chapters, before the author, totally in the dark, launches her search for her birthparents. This makes for an interesting kind of "wait till she finds out!" suspense that never lets up. There are many remarkable twists and turns as the discovery process unfolds.The reader already knows who the cast of characters is that the author needs to contend with, and has formed pretty strong opinions about some of them. However, there are many surprises, many redemptive moments, many amazing human complexities revealed throughout. There is nothing tidy or pretty about what happened to this adoptee as a child: her story is very troubling, all the more so because it is probably so common. As an adoptive parent, I really valued the author's honest reflections on her struggles, and her serious and thoughtful critique of the institution of adoption." Anne Bernard Becker

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Destiny is not preordained. It is about making choices. Our lives are the sum of all the choices we make, the bridges we cross, and the ones we burn. Our souls cast long shadows over many people, even after we are gone. Fate, luck, and providence are the consequence of our freedom of choice, not the determinants. When justice is served by following our principles, making good decisions brings us inner peace.

We must learn to do what is right, not what is acceptable, because life is very good when we make the right choices. Happiness does not depend on wealth or world traveling. It comes from following our own free will, finding the beauty of the environment, and building positive relationships with significant others.

Adoption is a familiar theme among all people that encourages group reminiscing about romantic fairy tales, fables, mysteries, historic legends, shaggy-dog stories, and tragic folk tales.

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