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- Print Length: 217 pages
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- Publication Date: August 31, 2015
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B014RUY61C
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Those Children Are Ours (Jennie Bateman's Story Book 1) Kindle Edition
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The author takes a very interesting and different concept, the right of a mother to obtain visitation after walking out on them and her husband over a decade previously.
The two children do not know their biological mother nor have seen her in over a decade. They have settled in well with their father and soon to be two half-sister's and a woman who has been more of a mother to them than anyone else. So when they receive a court notice that their biological mother wants visitation, it throws their lives, and that of their father and soon to be members of the family into flux and turmoil.
While it is a battle, the mother gets a few visitation visits, initially. There is drama, misunderstandings, hard truths, relationship building, and a new extended family that creates even more issues for the two girls and their biological mother.
While some believe the girls are more of a possession and belong to them (grandfather), others feel that they have the right to be a part of their lives without taking other issues into consideration initially (biological mother), and others are possessive of them on a loving way as a part of their family (father and soon to be step-mother).
I enjoyed the premise of the novel and the point the author was making. I loved the characters, even those you just dislike from ones initial introduction. While I understood its inclusion, I did feel the final issue with the grandfather was a little extreme, but also made a point.
I felt the author portrayed the relationship building of the bio mom with the two girls relatively realistically. He hit many aspects of the confusion, mistakes, awkwardness, feelings, and understandings in a very honest and truthful manner.
He also hit on the issues of extended family, abusive relationships, family bonding and importance, enabling, and relationship building in many aspects.
While at times I had mixed feelings while reading this novel, in the end I found it to be an interesting one that left me many different feelings when it ended. The novel does make you think. While it is not a deeply moving or mostly negative novel, it is definitely one that brings up a fair amount of emotion.
Jennie Bateman left her family. Twelve years later, she goes to court to for visitation rights with her two daughters. This is a story of that journey.
My wife and I have fostered and adopted many children. And as a CASA representative, (Court Appointed Special Advocate for children) I’ve seen all the sides of struggle for children.
Jennie suffered from bi-polar disorder. This is very common among parents who have their children removed from their home. When on meds, these parents can function normally.
As I’ve seen, and as the case of Jennie, she changed. Her life is much better and has a strong desire to have her daughters back in her life. Who could blame her?
I’m happy David wrote a book like this. Too many times in the world of children, people want to judge the parents harshly. This story went deep into Jennie’s struggle. The reader took a journey of discovery.
The heartaches of failure to the triumph of success. This book had it all. I’ll not soon forget about Jennie and her girls. Heartwarming, suspenseful and thrilling story.
At the beginning of the story Jennie came across as a pretty mean and self centred person. Her parenting skills appeared to be non-existent and even as a reader I myself found it difficult to reconcile that picture of her with the one of a reformed character who has taken steps to turn her life around. The question always being one of uncertainty and wondering if elements of their old life would resurface. However, Jennie appears to have gained valuable insight into her actions of the past and counselling and involvement with the church have helped her on a road to recovery and acceptance of the past. Acceptance that there were other factors influencing her behaviour. The big question for Jennie is............can she convince her ex husband and her children that she poses no threat and only wants to be part of her children's lives?
A well written book with many interesting angles and points of view to consider. I really enjoy David Burnett's books and this one has proven to be another great read from him.
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