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Daughters of the Dragon by William Andrews – This is a riveting tale of courage and triumph. After Anna’s mother dies she decides to return to the place of her birth and try to locate her birth family. This trip takes Anna to a run-down apartment in Seoul where she learns of a tragic and resilient history, meets her biological grandmother and discovers her legacy.
Beautiful and well written this story tells the tragic history of Korea and what happened there. It is sad, hopeful, beautiful and full of life. I couldn’t put it down and was sucked in from the beginning. William Andrews captures feel of this tale and really makes you believe it. I almost forgot I was reading a book of fiction. The characters jumped off the page and I could see the dust and feel the pain, courage and spirit to survive.
You don’t have to be adopted to relate to this story. It’s about learning your history. Whether you don’t know it due to adoption or if you are learning it from a distant relative this story is more about the strength of the women in this family and their will to live. Very well done. amazon.com price $9.21 (paperback), $4.99 (kindle)
Claiming Noah by Amanda Ortlepp – Two couples both desperately wanting a child, but the actions of one father changes the lives of both couples forever. To complicate matters even further the child these couples find themselves battling over is the biological child of Cat and her husband, but was born and raised by Diana and Liam. Through Embryo donation Diana and her husband got pregnant and gave birth to Noah and raised him until the day he disappeared.
This is a complicated story that reminds me of the Baby M case from many years ago. Although that case was a surrogacy case and the mother of baby M was the surrogate. Who has more rights to Noah? His biological parents or his “adoptive” parents? This is a difficult story that leaves you struggling to figure out what is right and what is just. The ending was completely satisfying and believable. amazon.com price $17.23 (Hardcover) $13.99 (Kindle)