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Two Hearts: An Adoptee's Journey Through Grief to Gratitude Paperback – May 8, 2012
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"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
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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
"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.
What an uplifting story that will resonate with many!
Hoye has written a book that will haunt you.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Inspirational. Heartbreaking. Heartwarming. Superbly told. I started it on Friday afternoon and couldn’t put it down until I was done, Friday evening around 7:00 p.m. Read morePublished 10 months ago by karen
I agree with the other five star reviews so I won't repeat their words. Linda Hoye's story illustrates the power in sharing our stories. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Beyond belief
Miss Hoye seems to have so much self pity for herself for being an adopted child that she seems to never realize how lucky she was.. It gets incredibly redundant.Published 13 months ago by caroline byers
This is certainly the most moving book I've read this year. Those of us fortunate enough to have been born into conventional nuclear families, those in which biological parents... Read morePublished on July 14, 2014 by J. E. Needham
Linda Hoye was adopted as an infant. Her parents "chose" her from all the other babies. She was "special. Read morePublished on July 10, 2014 by CarolB
Well written and insightful from a grandmother whose first grandchild was given up for adoption, and my latest grandchild was adopted into the family.Published on July 5, 2014 by Snow White
A year and a half ago author Linda Hoye wrote a guest post for my blog with the release of her memoir TWO HEARTS--AN ADOPTEE'S JOURNEY THROUGH GRIEF TO GRATITUDE. Read morePublished on January 3, 2014 by Grace Peterson
Author and adoptee, Linda Hoye, has written an eloquent yet straight forward account of her growing up and young adulthood experiences in her memoir, Two Hearts: An Adoptee's... Read morePublished on October 11, 2013 by Paige A. Strickland
Linda Hoye opens her memoir with a quote from 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. Read more