Chasing Kites Review

Chasing Kites: One Woman’s Unexpected Journey

Through Infertility, Adoption, and Foster Care

By Rachel McCracken

After years of struggling with infertility, Rachel and her husband adopt four older children at the same time from another country! They later adopt three additional children from the U.S. foster care system. This book is a mixture of memoir and advice. This was a fabulous memoir. It was everything I wanted it to be with the truth about emotions and struggles on this journey. Rachel is amazing and she shares such important lessons in this book. Here’s a favorite quote from page 17- “God uses those who choose to be used. It’s as simple as that. I have seen this play out time and time again. Exquisite joy can come from deep grief, but we must first choose to be refined, choose to be used, and choose to look up.”

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Love to Give Book Review

Love to Give

By Denise Johnson

After struggling with years of infertility, Denise’s college roommate offers to have her and her husband, Ron, adopt her baby. The couple are thrilled, especially when they find out they are pregnant themselves. Sadly, it isn’t until years later that they become parents and are faced with tragedy after tragedy.

I really loved this book. I ended up staying up very late two nights in a row to finish it. I had to find out how Ron and Denise’s story ended. I cannot believe that tragedies they had to walk through. The emotions were so real. It truly broke my heart. But the ending of the book is full of beautiful blessings. Life often doesn’t make sense. Some people experience such tragedy, while others don’t. God has a plan for each of us. Denise learned to cling to God and to trust Him, not matter how much her heart broke.

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A Christmas Wish Book Tour

A Christmas Wish Tour BannerA Christmas Wish

Genre: Romance Contemporary

Release Date: 1st August 2017

Publisher: Aria Fiction/Head of Zeus

 

Flora Phillips has an excuse for every disaster in her life; she was abandoned as a new-born on a doorstep one cold autumn night, wrapped in nothing but a towel. Her philosophy is simple: if your mother doesn’t want you – who will?

Now a thirty-year-old, without a boyfriend, a career or home she figures she might as well tackle the biggest question of them all – who is she? So, whilst everyone else enjoys their Christmas Eve traditions, Flora escapes the masses and drives to the village of Pooley to seek a specific doorstep. Her doorstep.

But in Pooley she finds more than her life story. She finds friends, laughter, and perhaps even a love to last a lifetime. Because once you know where you come from, it’s so much easier to know where you’re going.

A story of redemption and love, romance and Christmas dreams-come-true, the perfect novel to snuggle up with this festive season.

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My Review

I received this book as part of a book tour and am voluntarily reviewing it. This was a sweet story with a great plot. Flora was abandoned on a doorstep as a baby and one Christmas Eve, she decides to flee her life and try to figure out where she came from. Some of the townspeople support her search and try to help, while others are angry with her for digging up the past. One person who helps her is police officer Joel, who Flora has an unlucky encounter with her first day in town that lands her in jail. As Flora searches, she begins to question her future and what she wants to do with her life.

Each chapter changes viewpoints and by the end of the book, I would say the reader has been in about 10 different people’s heads. It wasn’t confusing, though. There was one chapter at the end of the book that I think should’ve been left off, as it took away from the reality of the story, but it’s an extremely minor complaint. I love how this book had an element of mystery to it as I tried to figure out, along with Flora, who her mother could be. It also had romance, small-town drama, family relationships, and friendships. This book was well-written and moved at a good pace, even though Flora didn’t have many clues to her origins. A great Christmas read for fans of multiple genres!

Author and Links

Buy Links

https://www.amazon.ca/Christmas-Wish-Erin-Green-ebook/dp/B071YNFZGQ

https://www.amazon.com.au/Christmas-Wish-Erin-Green-ebook/dp/B071YNFZGQ

https://www.amazon.com/CHRISTMAS-WISH-Erin-Green/dp/1786697955

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Christmas-Wish-Erin-Green-ebook/dp/B071YNFZGQ

 

About Erin Green

Erin was born and raised in Warwickshire, where she resides with her husband. An avid reader since childhood, her imagination was instinctively drawn to creative writing as she grew older. Erin has two Hons degrees: BA English literature and another BSc Psychology – her previous careers have ranged from part-time waitress, the retail industry, fitness industry and education. She has an obsession about time, owns several tortoises and an infectious laugh!

Erin’s writes contemporary novels focusing on love, life and laughter. Erin is an active member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and was delighted to be awarded The Katie Fforde Bursary in 2017. An ideal day for Erin involves writing, people watching and drinking copious amounts of tea.

 

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The Yellow Sock Review

The Yellow Sock: An Adoption Story

By Angela Hunt

Genre: Fiction, novella

This is a quick, sweet read. Megan and Dave have been trying to get pregnant for 22 months when they find out that they’re unable to have children. They decide they want to adopt and register with the state. Then, Megan gets an unexpected call from a missionary friend in South Korea. A baby has been placed on their doorstep and God put Megan’s name in his heart. Megan and Dave are so excited and they face many challenges as they try to bring their baby home.

I think Hunt did a good just of displaying Megan’s emotions as she wrestles with infertility, the unknown of adoption, and the many months of just waiting. I would’ve loved if this had been a full novel. Of course, because it was so short, it felt a bit rushed. Also, there were parts of it that didn’t seem realistic. Only $7,000 for an international adoption? Becoming approved for adoption in only 6 weeks? Still, it was a heartwarming read.

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Instant Mom Book Review

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By Nia Vardalos

I must give this book five stars! I kept hearing that I should read Instant Mom. For some reason, I hadn’t realized that she actually adopted from foster care- I thought maybe it was a domestic or international adoption. This book immediately sucked me in. Nia is such a fascinating person. I had no idea the lengths she had gone to to get her movie, My Big, Fat Greek Wedding, made. Nia is one stubborn, persistent lady and doesn’t give up!

She applied this same philosophy to getting pregnant- going through IVF treatments 13 times! She did this quietly and privately while continuing to work on her career. Eventually, she and her husband, Ian, looked into adoption. They ran into some “sketchy” agencies at first, but eventually ended up on the wait list for international adoption. Nothing was moving on that front when Nia finally found out about all the children available for adoption through foster care. She realized that this was going to be the quickest and easiest route to becoming a mother.

Nia and her husband were then matched with an almost 3 year old girl with blonde streaks in her hair (the same blonde streaks she had a dream about). They immediately want to take her home after meeting her but have to wait until they are approved. When they do take her home, there are definitely some challenges as she adjusts to her new home and new parents. I thought Nia was really straightforward and honest about the challenges. She also discussed her fears that the adoption wouldn’t go through, since you must foster the child for 6 months before making it official. Spoiler alert (not really)- there is a happy ending here. At the end of the book, Nia answers frequently asked questions about how to adopt.

All in all, this was one of my favorite memoirs. I thought Nia was a really fascinating person and very down-to-earth for being a celebrity. I also thought this book was extremely informative for those wanting to adopt through the foster care system. I would highly recommend it to prospective parents!

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