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Posted June 19, 2013
I loved reading Sharon Simon's memoir. I learned much about Russian adoption, and how much work (and money!) it really takes. I highly recommend Mom at Last to anyone thinking of adoption or going through the process, as it is an inspiring and optimistic story.
An exceptionally well-written, gripping, and witty read.
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Posted November 6, 2013
This book is a must-read for anyone who is struggling to become a parent, as well as for anyone who simply loves a good memoir. The author, Sharon Simons, shows incredible strength of character in the face of difficulty and loss. In my experience, most women who experience infertility, in any of its many forms, never expected they would. It's almost always a shock. Dealing with that shock and then finding the inner fortitude to struggle through treatment is not easy. I have tremendous respect for anyone who undergoes fertility treatments, especially IFV, and Sharon does so three times! And that is not the end of her journey. Not even after she suffers a tragic late-term miscarriage does she give up. Ultimately Sharon and her husband turn to international adoption, and the story of their experience in Russia is eye-opening. In the end, it truly seems that fate had been leading Sharon to her boys all along. The conclusion is heartwarming. I'm giving this book to several friends whom I know will be inspired by Sharon's story, but really I think that this book will resonate with any woman (and of a lot of men) who has ever felt that longing for a child.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 26, 2013
MOM AT LAST is the story of Sharon Simons and her husband Rick, who she met just before the age of forty, and their quest to become parents together. Rick already had children from a previous marriage, but Sharon was longing to be a mother and Rick was on board. The book takes you through their adventures of finally holding two beautiful babies in their arms. It wasn't easy, but their perseverance wins out over pitfalls, paperwork, and a medical crisis that would normally stop any other couple in their efforts.
After reading a synopsis of this book, I knew I wanted to read it. What mom wouldn't? All moms understand that uncontrollable urge to be someone's mom. That urge to hold a child, smell in their sweet scent, kiss those puffy cheeks and watch them grow up before your eyes. Sharon Simons takes the reader through her unbelievable ordeal to become a mother. At 39, and unmarried, she knows her clock is ticking and if she wants to be a mother, she needs to do it now. Fate steps in and it looks like it may actually happen for her. But, it isn't that easy. Sharon Simons begins the book with her and her husband in Russia waiting to meet their sons for the first time. That first chapter grabs you and keeps you interested (read the first eight pages of it for yourself below), but what you don't realize are the multiple detours along the way. It isn't a secret that Sharon and Rick do finally adopt to beautiful boys (see the cover of the book), but what you aren't expecting are the steps that finally got them to the Russian "baby house" in the first place.
I was emotional throughout the book, as Simons takes you through one ordeal after another. Finally after everything they have gone through and they have landed in America with the two boys, Rick is confused and unsure about the ease of their transfer into America. Trust me, nothing has gone easy for Rick and Sharon at any part of this book. Rick questions the custom agent who tells him, exactly what Rick and Sharon have been waiting to hear...
"Your sons were citizens the moment they landed on U.S. Soil." page 224
and I am a mess. I cry tears for them and for the sweet boys who now are finally home. No matter what happens here on out, they are home and they are a family. A story we can all appreciate.
MOM AT LAST is incredibly honest, witty, heartbreaking, and joyful depending on what page you are on. Simons' tenacity to become a mother was nothing I could imagine and everything I could understand. You feel like you are right on this journey with her and are praying that it all turns out ok, even though you know, somehow, it must.