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Cathy Bonnstetter is a working journalist and journalism professor in West Virginia. She is also the mother of four children, the last of whom was adopted from Romania when he was about 5 years old. The journey to overseas adoption is usually twisted and tricky, but the real test comes that frustrating, amazing first year. This book is about her family's experience, as well as other families' experiences that first year they were "learning to love a stranger."
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)