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on June 13, 2010 :
This is a well-written, informative book that should be of interest to anyone considering the adoption of a child from a foreign country, ones who already have brought one or more such children into their homes, or persons who simply are looking for a good human interest story. The author covers difficulties faced by prospective adopters from the beginnings of the search for a child through the financial and bureaucratic obstacles of bringing the child into their family from a foreign country, and the expected and unexpected problems that arise once the child is included in the American family. This can be a wide range from cultural differences to emotional problems to physical handicaps.
Mrs. Bonnstetter selects five families (four couples and a single mother) who present their experiences and stories through extensive interviews. By the use of excellent quotes and descriptions, she presents a wide range of experiences faced by the "new" parents.
It is a book that keeps a reader's interest throughout and gives a clear view of this aspect of an American family. It should be of interest to a wide range of readers.
(reviewed the day of purchase)