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Renita is preparing college applications and one asks for a birth certificate and she can't figure a few things out. Why was she not born in a hospital.
The mother, Sharon takes her to the living room and with the pictures on the walls proceeds to explain the events that lead up to the day she was born.
Found this light reading although intense at different moments while reading as extreme things occurred.
Love how a picture is worth a thousand words and that all the events were chronologically categorized on the walls of their loving house.
I've had similar childhood memories about our car, this caused me a chuckle.
Love hearing of the travels and what was there, what they did and people along the way.
Like how the title becomes part of the whole book and how the roles reverse to the other being the one to help.
Glad this book had a handful of characters because I feel that many more and there would be such confusion with situations.
Love the close relationship the mother and daughter have and that they can and do talk about everything.
Rate this a 5 out of 5 because it took me to places I'll never get to in my lifetime and it taught me new things-the problems after a birth.
Relying on family photographs Sharon leads Renita through the events that preceded and surrounded her birth, candidly admitting to her own failings and reiterating her profound love for her adopted daughter.
The story is both tragic and uplifting. It definitely deserves to be read!
S.F Chapman helps us see the beauty of a mother's love. A mother who raises a child and the love of a mother who can't.
The novella is a backward reflection after Renita discovers some wonky inconsistencies surrounding her birth .. Her mother shows her a backwards sort of inventory using pictures of how Renita came to be her daughter.
I love how the mother is reflective and open to have this journey of truth with her daughter, she is also very candid and owns her own shortcomings as a parent and sometimes as a decision maker.
This is a really important topic and I think that Chapman handles it like a pro. When I got to the author bio,I was actually surprised to discover that the author is male. Well done!
For a relatively short story, I'm Here to Help is very complete and doesn't leave readers hanging. There's a problem and a solution, and even growth in Sharon and Renita's relationship. The story's subject isn't generally a happy one, but the characters are optimistic and loving.
The story in itself is intriguing, but the execution of the story failed to do the plot justice. I'm Here to Help has big themes: grief, depression, adoption, and Chapman subtly focuses on them. Sharon tells Renita the hows and whys of her sketchy adoption in a drawn out fashion. The one problem is that the narration is too detailed for the conversation between mother and daughter. It doesn't feel natural, Sharon including details like, '"...about four in the afternoon I got up and took a shower."' It read as if Sharon tells the story to readers, not to her daughter.
Many readers will be able to appreciate I'm Here to Help. It's a quick read that will leave readers in deep contemplation.
Originally posted on Lovey Dovey Books
What makes SF Chapman succeed in his writing (and this reviewer has read only this, his first book I'M HERE TO HELP thus far) is the quiet simplicity in the way he unfolds his stories. He finds the language pertinent to each character, knows how to build momentum, and understands that resolution of a story's message can truly be only in the effect it has on the reader: he honors that concept well.
The story quite simply is a universal one - the reaction of adopted children to the dichotomy of birth parent versus adopted parent. Chapman wisely introduces ethnic sidebars that serve to not only make the mystery more interesting, but pay honor to the many incidents of the need for certain ethnic groups to give up their newborn for circumstance associated with their place in life at the time of birth. While Chapman does not preach about this, he leaves a ping in the heart in the way he manages the subject.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It was a good book. You read a book about someone telling someone else a story. Very interesting.Published 11 months ago by Jessica Squier
I rated this book a 4 because it was a simple but nice read. It kept me interested. I recommend this book.Published 16 months ago by Kindle Customer
I thought the adoption story was the beginning, not the whole story. It's sweet though. Belongs in a magazine for wider readership.Published 16 months ago by jerri
First of all, this book is being vastly misrepresented in the description. I read it on my Kindle in less than two hours, so there is no way that it would be 289 print pages. Read morePublished on June 15, 2014 by Dodo
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A mother shares the story of her daughter's birth. The daughter is able to connect the dots on her mysterious birth certificate.Published on January 8, 2014 by MJDL
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