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"Linda Hoye lifts her voice to tell an important story about being adopted during a time of great ignorance and darkness. Her voice is one we need to listen to. Read her book. Her story matters." ~ Jennifer Lauck, New York Times bestselling author of Blackbird, Still Waters, Show Me the Way & Found.

"Two Hearts is a powerful, and inspirational memoir...Hoye has written a book that will haunt you." ~ Kim Michele Richardson, author of The Unbreakable Child

"Linda Hoye has written a book about adoption that reads like a novel, yet includes the many diverse feelings adoption brings about in adoptees... Her honest account of her experience will inspire others to begin this perilous, but rewarding journey." ~ Nancy Verrier, MFT, author of The Primal Wound and Coming Home to Self

"Well written and compelling, Two Hearts is an inspiration to anyone who reads it." ~ Sherrey Meyer

About the Author

Linda Hoye is a writer, editor, adoptee, and somewhat-fanatical grandma. Her work has appeared in an assortment of publications in Canada and the US. She maintains a personal blog at lindahoye.com.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Benson Books (May 8, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 061560675X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615606750
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,390,127 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When, in 1960, Linda Hoye is surrendered in infancy for adoption, the process is deeply cloaked in secrecy. The story her adoptive parents tell her is the "you-were-chosen" story. It goes like this: we went to a place where there were many different babies, and when we came to you, you lifted your arms toward us, and that's how we knew that you were the baby for us. We chose you out of a whole bunch of other babies.

The intention of this story seems well-meant. Yet it is, in fact, simply an illusion because what lurks always beneath the lovely story is the irrefutable fact that secrecy and shame embrace the adoptee's birth. This becomes the core of the soul's pervasive ache to know that secret.

The author opens her memoir with a quote by Alex Haley:

"In all of us there is a hunger, marrow deep, to know our heritage--to know who we are and where we came from. Without this enriching knowledge, there is a hollow yearning. No matter what our attainments in life, there is still a vacuum, an emptiness, and the most disquieting loneliness."

In the ensuing pages, Hoye shows us with grace and clarity what that hunger is like and how, lacking any knowledge whatsoever of her birth family, it influences every part of her existence."My life began when I was adopted. There was no one to tell me stories about the day I was born. My emergence into this life was shrouded in mystery and shame. I have a sensation sometimes that I wasn't born, just dropped here from outer space.
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We've all known people who are adopted but have we ever been allowed to look into their hearts? Linda Hoye invites us to share in her inner feelings and experience her arduous inner journey as an adoptee. Though it is sometimes sad, her story is so real and palpable that I could not put it down.

I was also struck, as I reached the last couple chapters, at how we all have wounds dating back to our childhoods and, with time and courage, we can unravel and resolve the inner loneliness and rejection we've carried within us for most of our lives. Linda teaches us this truth and by doing so, gives us all hope.
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Two things that make a memoir great: honesty and craft. Linda Hoye's "Two Hearts" has both, resulting in a compelling and heart-wrenching story. As I read, my emotions ran the gamut, from tense and hopeful during the first half, wishing for her situation to improve and her trauma to be resolved, and relieved (and ultimately joyous) in the second half, when she finds understanding and peace.

"Two Hearts" is a worthy addition to the body of adoption-related literature. But it is not just an "adoption memoir." It's for anyone who appreciates excellent writing and a story of struggle and eventual triumph over a difficult past. I highly recommend it.
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I started Two Hearts in the afternoon, and finished it in one setting. Two Hearts is a powerful, and inspirational memoir about the author's journey to find her connection to family -- her biological mother who gave her up for adoption.

What an uplifting story that will resonate with many!

Hoye has written a book that will haunt you.
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Linda Hoye spins a poignant tale of love, loss and longing in an adoptee's search for her identity. With a genuine and compelling voice, she brings us into her lifelong search for her biological roots starting with the story of her childhood with her adoptive parents, Ed and Laura. Although they are loving parents, she harbors a sense of not belonging. Her yearning to discover her history combined with her longing for an intact family of her own lead her into a relationship that turns abusive and prompts her to stay in this relationship longer than is good for her or her two children. As the heroine in her hero's journey, she eventually finds her way out with her two children. Throughout the story, she illuminates the complexities faced by adoptee's including reuniting with her birth family and experiencing rejection and alienation which she handles with grace and compassion. A turning point occurs when she is given her adoption file and finds the answers to lifelong missing links. She finds her truth and in doing so, she embarks on a mission to bring the plight of adoptees with the closed adoption system to light and help them fight for access to their adoption records. Her story brings hope and inspiration to anyone who has been adopted and wants to search for their birth family. Beyond that, it is a well-crafted, compelling story that kept me turning the pages until the end. She shows us clearly by weaving in elements of her current life how getting in touch with her birth family while not always as pleasant as she had hoped, helps her to pave the way for peace and joy in her life. Her story will make a difference by enlightening, inspiring and bringing a reason for adoptees to hope.
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