4 out of 4 stars
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Julie Ryan McGue, a local adoptee, sets on an extraordinary mission to find her birth parents. She is facing some health challenges that demand her family medical history. On this road with a few footprints, there is enormous support offered by her twin sister, her husband, a confidential informant, and many more. Julie has to chart her own course, though, as her search is unique. The journey is marked with uncertainties, which will eventually make the view from the mountaintop beautiful. There is so much to be unearthed. Some revelations are shocking, but countless others undoubtedly make one smile radiantly.
Twice a Daughter: A Search for Identity, Family, and Belonging was authored by Julie Ryan McGue. The book was published by She Writes Press in 2021. It comprises thirty chapters organized into three parts. The author’s remarkable ability to instantly draw the reader into her world is unmatched. One feels the desire to come across what her heart wants to find even when the probability is closer to zero. The book presents a dilemma where the rights of two people are in sharp contrast. It is a situation where the only solution will come from a loving heart and the boldness to live with the consequences afterward.
One of the things I liked about the book was its unpredictability. I had to keep reminding myself that I was reading a nonfiction book because the memoir felt like a creative account with nicely crafted twists and turns at times. What I relished most was the emphasis to be grateful for things we are tempted to take for granted every day. These include family and good health. Following how the adoption search affected her mundane life and conversations sufficiently demonstrated its importance. The adoption search was not a separate thing that could be easily detached. It touched on the author’s identity, and there was no other way to communicate this indisputable truth apart from including its considerable influence on her life.
This was a riveting read. I can only think of that day when all one longs for is a little sunshine, but the sky is filled with dark clouds, which signal the helplessness to transform the situation. But just when you are about to give up, the sun bursts through the clouds. While there were many speed bumps during the lengthy search, the breakthroughs achieved and the resulting happiness gave meaning to the emotional struggles. I disliked nothing about the book. Editing was professionally done as well. As a result, I rate it four out of four stars.
This is a story of persistence and hope. The book will appeal most to anyone dealing with a closed adoption-related case. Adoptees and parents, both adopters and those who gave up their children for adoption, will find the book resourceful. More importantly, it is about family and love. Consequently, I sincerely believe all readers will enjoy poring over this fascinating memoir.
Twice a Daughter
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