Monday, April 25, 2011

Book Review: THE SEARCH: A Memoir of an Adopted Woman

I don't think I've ever read an entire book in one day, but that's what happened with this memoir. Titia Ellis tells the story of her years-long search for her biological parents, which didn't even begin until she was in the midst of a mid-life crisis. As you can imagine, her search took many ups, downs, turns, and detours--all while threatening to damage her relationship with her adoptive parents, though that was certainly never her intent.

Titia Ellis draws her audience in by effectively describing her inner turmoil and struggle with wanting to please her adoptive parents yet needing to know the truth about her biological family and herself. She is honest about her feelings of abandonment, confusion, anger, and sadness, though she confesses numerous times how well-loved and cared for she was by her adoptive parents and how very thankful she was for them. It's a hard balance but one that is quite understandable.

What I loved the most about this book is that Mrs. Ellis didn't feel the need to embellish the truth for the sake of drama. She simply told her story, and it captivated me. I felt as if I went through her roller-coaster days with her, joining her in her moments of both elation and despair. I very much wanted her to find the answers to all of her questions, and I imagined myself being in a similar state of mind, had I ever been in her situation.

I highly recommend reading The Search. Especially since I'm not going to tell you how it ends!

*Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Smith Publicity, Inc. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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