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Those Children Are Ours (Jennie Bateman's Story Book 1) Kindle Edition
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I was fascinated by the blurb and the cover and I was eager to seehow the tale would develop. The author touched on the sensitive issues of mentalillness and physical abuse. He demonstrated the devastating impact that mentalillness can have on the patient and their family if not diagnosed and properlytreated. If we fail to seethe signs, then the impact can be devastating. The author demonstrated thiswhen Jennie's husband failed to recognize that her change in behaviour was dueto some underlying mental issues.
I loved the way the characters were portrayed.They were some you like, but there were those who you disliked immenselyand the more you encounter them the more you find yourself despising them. Jennie's father was a prime example.
The story is extremely well written. Fromthe moment I began reading I knew that I would have a hard time putting thisone down. The pacing was well balanced,there was never a dull moment. There was a particular event in thebook that had me on pins and needles. It was a very nerve wracking moment, butin the end, it worked out the way it should for all the parties involved.
I enjoyed this story and I would highly recommend that you give ita try.
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I never saw how this book would end. Maybe it is weird that I amstarting by talking about the ending but that is the part of the book thatsticks with me the most. I was shocked, in fear, and in awe of how Jennie,Emma, and Thomas managed to work together to save their daughters. You have to read the rest of the book to get tothe end, but it is so worth it.
Jennie...I despised her. Howcould a mother leave her two young daughters and her amazing husband like that?How could she possibly think that they should let her back into their lives?Then I met the rest of her family Most of them seemed kinda normal. Likemy sister and brother, like my aunts and uncles and I thought okay, maybe shedoes deserve a second chance. I am still torn, does she? Didshe do all she could? Is twelve years too long to repair the wounds and makebonds with her children? There are so many questions that go with reading Those Children are Ours. David Burnett does anamazing job of not playing favorites and of telling the truth of the wholestory.
This story was heart wrenching. It showed thedifference a good mother can make to a child and how an amazing father can makean upside down world seem to be okay. It also shows how ittakes a community to raise children. While these girls did not have a mother,they did have teachers, friends, and other family members to step in andshoulder the weight when it was needed.
I feel like I was focused onJennie, the mother, more than the rest of the characters due to the fact that Iam a mother myself. I could not put Those Children are Ours down. Every word, page, paragraph was wonderful. Thisis not an easy read or subject and it was handled with the grace and care that it deserved. I definitely recommend checking it out.
A Soccer Mom's Book Blog --This text refers to the paperback edition.
- Publication Date : August 31, 2015
- File Size : 1035 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 217 pages
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B014RUY61C
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #214,583 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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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.