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- Print Length: 306 pages
- Publisher: Bookouture; 1 edition (June 18, 2015)
- Publication Date: June 18, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00WS627SM
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,308 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Forced adoptions were rife in Australia and only came to light in recent years.
The story of Lilly, Megan and Sabina - now 37 and pregnant for the first time, only just learning of her adoption - is heart-wrenching and all too true.
Right now on TV there is a series on the forced adoptions called Love Child and every bit of it is authentic. If you have seen the movie, Philomena, you will seethe at the injustice of the religious groups and government organisations who were involved in adoptions. Having read the story of the orphanage where I was parked in 1946 - well, the matron running that place would have had a lot to answer for if she had been alive today.
Unfortunately, the revelations of people's original identities have come too late for most adoptees of my generation, but now that the official apology has been given, any adopted child has a right to approach his or her birth parent on reaching the age of 18 - if the parent is agreeable. Likewise, a parent is able to contact their child if the child is agreeable.
The story of Lilly, Megan and Sabina is sad but up lifting. I could understand and sympathise with all parties in the "deal," knowing that sometimes reunions do not always pan out amicably. Does Sabina find her birth mother? And does it all work out?
You will need to read this interesting and well written novel to find out!
But, I was totally unprepared for the shock blast of the emotional upheaval that I immediately was sucked into with the opening salvo as a joyous event of the announcement of a pregnancy by a young couple to her parents turned into an evening of parental breakdown and disjointed revelations that left Sabina, the young mother-to-be, rushing to the doctor for tests and answers. A second visit and confrontation with the parents a day or two later resulted in an even bigger revelation and a true life shattering announcement that she was not theirs.
The story was a slow peeling of the layers of Sabina’s life and at the same time a flash-back to the time of the pregnancy of Sabina’s mother, Lilly, and her experience with the Maternity Home System in Australia. It is also the telling of the same story through the eyes of Sabina’s adoptive mother, Megan, who worked in the system.
While a well written story, in its own right, Kelly did a masterful job of providing a snapshot of the devastation that the Maternity Home System had on the lives of so many people, just in the telling of the story of how it affected the lives of these three families and the effects that dominated their lives for forty years because of the policies and conditions of the home.
Kelly took the time to not only tell a story that would showcase a cause, but she took the time to develop the characters within her story and breath life into them. You could feel the emotion of the mothers and, on several occasions, I had to set down the book to breath before picking it up to move one again. I was so caught up in the emotion of motherhood, of unborn children, of bonding, of the idea of losing a child at birth – never to see him/her again.
The supporting characters were there and played their parts well, but the central characters were almost three-dimensional on the page. You could feel yourself sitting down to tea with them or wanting to reach out and wrap your arms in comfort around them when there was little else you could do.
I strongly recommend the reading of this book. It is not an easy read, but it is one that is well worth the effort and time. I would give it a good FOUR STARS as a literary review, but a full FIVE STARS for the moving story effectiveness of content. I loved it. This book was provided to me by Net Galley to read and review.
Thank you for taking on such a hard story, Kelly. It was deeply appreciated by this reviewer.
It was very well written, I felt so connected with the characters. So involved in their lives, their pain, their connection to one another and to the past. I wanted them to move toward the future and toward healing.
Although it was so difficult to read, I would encourage you to read it if the topic has interested you. You will be hooked from the beginning. I could not put it down. While adoption is to be a beautiful, restorative beginning and life, I am like many others who have read this book...I have a family story that holds a different perspective. Thankful for the adoption yet it still holds pain and unanswered questions.
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