As a busy adoptive mom, I only had time to read at night or times of rest and I have 4 kids so, it could have been a quicker read. I enjoyed hearing about all the UNIQUE ways families were brought together and loved the amazing writings of the contributors. Since there is not ONE timeline or one story- its hard to review all 101 stories but, I did get a sense that each person, was HAPPY and joyous in their journey to adopt, as an adoptee and the few that placed. Some stories I wished would have gone on for a few more pages and some were a glimpse into these families lives so different from my own.
PROS and CONS on this book!
PROS- you get to read MANY stories of love resolution, healing & faith
Lots of International Adoption stories
The writings were Fantastic and REAL, which felt relatable and organic
I smiled through almost every story and I took my time to re-read a few I really liked!
This is a great book for those interested in getting a glimpse of what some adoptions might look like,
Good Coffee table book or for an office and quick reads since their are so many stories and some only take a few minutes to read!
Nice Reunion stories as well!
TOO heavy in the Vietnam Operation Babylift stories- after the first 5, I wanted to hear more about other International adoptions NOT from there or from so long ago.
Heavy on the side of ADOPTIVE PARENTS- needs more stories from Birth parents finding resolution and healing/ love etc., and Adoptees stories were not as prevalent either.
I only read 2 stories talking about birth parents with open adoptions( minus the reunion ones). I wished there were MORE from this perspective as it is VERY much what adoption looks like now.
NEEDS more adoptee stories- only a handful in this book.
I was waiting to read stories like ours ( open adoption- family is chosen by birth parents) and this book sorely LACKED in this area!
Would I recommend it? YES! Especially, If you are planning on adopting in 1974/75 from Vietnam, Korea or international adoption 15 or more years ago;(.
OVER ALL, It needs more pertinent stories ( not just the 15 new ones that were added) But, it was VERY ENJOYABLE TO READ!!!
When this book is revised again- I hope 80-90 of the stories are from within the last 5-10 years . Just my 2 cents!