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Linda J. Willms Angle was born in Germany and lived there until the age of nineteen. Since her father was American, she grew up speaking English but was only permitted to speak French to her mother. Angle thought her life was normal until she learned the family secret that she was adopted. Since that time, Angle felt a void and was on a quest for the truth. She learned about her parents, biological mother, and ultimately, herself.
Angle shares her story of perseverance, forgiveness, and eventually reuniting with her birth family in her inspirational memoir, Worthy: How Unconditional Love Brought My Life Full Circle.
This engaging memoir packs a lot of content into its 61 pages. Angle writes in a casual conversational tone, as she delves into issues associated with adoption, such as abandonment and feelings of unworthiness. She shares candidly about her close relationship with her American military father and conflicted relationship with her French mother. Angle reveals that her parents' extreme devotion to one another sometimes left her feeling displaced. However, by including the background history of her adoptive parents and biological mother, she writes from a place of compassion rather than as a victim.
Angle covered a wide range of emotions through the pages of her memoir. She spoke of her father in glowing terms, not only for his heroic military career but also regarding his treatment of her. She transparently conveyed the challenges of her complicated relationship with her mother. While Angle expressed her mother's shortcomings as a parent, she also shared the contributing hardships of her childhood. I appreciated that she balanced her understandable frustration with forgiveness and compassion. Regarding her birth mother, Anni, Angle wrote, "Giving me away must have been the hardest thing she ever did. She loved me unconditionally from the day I was born. I could see it in her eyes during each of our visits."
I particularly enjoyed Angle's detailed descriptions of some of her exciting and unusual experiences. For instance, her parents were friends with a famous entertainment manager in Monaco, and once when they visited, Angle met Princess Grace. In another example, she recounted a time at eighteen, when her mother took her out of school, and they took a train to Paris. During their mother-daughter trip, they visited the Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe and bought matching mini-skirts during their Parisian shopping excursion.
I can't think of anything I dislike about this professionally edited book. I'm pleased to rate it 4 out of 4 stars. I recommend it to readers who enjoy inspirational memoirs. It will also appeal to adoptive parents and those who are adopted. It doesn't contain any profanity or sexual content.
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