Everything You Ever Wanted Review

Everything You Ever Wanted

By Jillian Lauren

I didn’t know anything about Jillian Lauren before, I just love adoption memoirs. This novel should probably be required reading before adoption so you are prepared to handle the challenges. Jillian struggles with infertility and then she and her husband decide to adopt from Ethiopia. This is the story of adopting Tariku. 

She gets to meet his birth mother while overseas before she takes him home. This holds special meaning for her, as she herself was adopted. When she brings T home, she faces unexpected challenges. He pushes her away. He is aggressive toward her and toward other child, biting and hitting them. He gets kicked out of preschool. Jillian searches for answers, but they don’t come easily. Eventually, she learns about trauma and sensory processing disorder. Although T will always have his challenges, Jillian and her husband become powerful advocates for their child. 

This was an inspirational novel about the power of unconditional love and persistence.

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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 Nest of Sparrows Review

 A Nest of Sparrows

By Deborah Raney

Genre: Christian fiction

5/5 chickadees singing! I enjoyed this book so much more than I expected to. I thought it would be predictable, but instead, it was more realistic. 

Wade’s fiancée dies suddenly and he unofficially keeps her three kids living with him and tries to make single fatherhood work. Their biological father, who hasn’t seen the kids in years because their mother left due to domestic violence, comes back for them. Social services decides both dads need some help before either can parent so the children go into foster care. Point of view switches back and forth between the children’s aunt, Wade, and the social worker. 

This book made you feel so many emotions of the characters. I loved how realistic it was. I also loved that there was at least some redemption for the “villain(s).” It was a very engaging story with positive messages. A definite must-read for fans of Christian fiction.

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Glitter and Glue Book Review

Glitter and Glue

By Kelly Corrigan

Genre: Memoir

4 out of 5 chickadees singing! This book was “squarely in my wheelhouse.” I found it at a Goodwill and it was only $2, so I thought I’d give it a shot. As a former nanny/babysitter, I was intrigued by the story of Kelly nannying in another country. This book did not disappoint me.

Kelly goes to Australia as a 19 year old as part of her “seeing the world” tour. She gets a job as a nanny for the Tanner family. The Tanners have just lost their mother, Ellen. John is the father and his children are Millie, 7, and Martin, 5. Not until Kelly starts the job does she find out that Ellen’s son (John’s stepson), Evan, and Ellen’s father, Pop, also live in the house. She’s intrigued about the fact that Evan and Pop stay at the house even though their tie to the other family members (Ellen) is gone. She’s also interested in who Ellen was and how the family will move on without her. She becomes a bit of a surrogate mother to the children for a while. Throughout the story of Kelly nannying, she reflects on her relationship with her own mother. We also get to hear some of Kelly and her mother’s connection after she has her own children.

I was very interested in the Tanners’ lives and how Kelly fit into it. I thought she portrayed a lot of hope, positivity, and appreciation throughout this story. I really have no complaints. It was a well-done and sweet memoir.

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