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Secret Storms: A Mother and Daughter, Lost then Found [NOOK Book]

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A pregnant, upper class nineteen-year-old Philadelphia Main Line debutante is confined, against her will, to a state mental hospital. She spends her pregnancy surrounded by the mentally challenged and the criminally insane. On April 19, 1964, she gives birth to a child, whom she is forced to give up for adoption.

A loving middle-class couple adopts a month-old little girl from Catholic Charities. She is adored and cherished from the very ...
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Secret Storms: A Mother and Daughter, Lost then Found

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Overview

A pregnant, upper class nineteen-year-old Philadelphia Main Line debutante is confined, against her will, to a state mental hospital. She spends her pregnancy surrounded by the mentally challenged and the criminally insane. On April 19, 1964, she gives birth to a child, whom she is forced to give up for adoption.

A loving middle-class couple adopts a month-old little girl from Catholic Charities. She is adored and cherished from the very beginning. It is as though she is dropped into the first chapter of a fairy tale—but we all know how fairy tales go.

This is the story of a mother and daughter. Of what it is to give up a child and what it is to be given up. Of what it is to belong, what it is to be a family and what it is to yearn deeply, and to never lose hope—because anything is possible.

In this exquisite memoir, Julie Mannix von Zerneck and Kathy Hatfield recount the stories of their lives. Deliciously strange, surprising and sweetly funny, this tenderly written book takes us on a wild and frightening journey. Written in two distinct and deeply expressive voices, their stories seamlessly meld together in a breathtaking ending.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780985735814
  • Publisher: Blue Blazer
  • Publication date: 4/2/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 289
  • Sales rank: 415,626
  • File size: 4 MB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2013

    Bluestorm's Bio

    Name: Derp moment!---Gender: Female---Age: 15 moons---Looks: Bright blue eyes and glossy black fur so black it looks blue in sunlight---Rank: Warrior---Clan: Sunclan---Former Mentor: Not active---Skills: Fighting and spying---Powers: Invisibility---Weaknesses: Her own pride and a good laugh---More later.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2013

    AMAZING!!

    This book is wonderful. I fell in love with the story and loved it even more because the story was true. The two women, Julie and Kathy, are beautiful inside and out. They wrote an amazingly touching book that deserves to be read by anyone who has ever loved another person. Buy this book now!

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  • Posted July 28, 2013

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    A real tear jerker. As reviewed by Melissa at Every Free Chance

    A real tear jerker.

    As reviewed by Melissa at Every Free Chance Book Reviews.




    Did I enjoy this book: I cried – and not just sniffly, easily hidden tears, either.  We’re talking full blown,  red-nosed, blood shot eyed weeping.  So… I guess that’s a yes.  I’m desperately in love with my own son – partly because it was so difficult to get him here – and I’ve found that I now have a squishy spot in my heart for stories about mothers who love their offspring.




    But.  Enough with the sentimentality.  Here’s the low down: 
    Both women have excellent grammar (and you know how snobby I am about grammar!).  Both have exceptionally poignant imagery (it’s like they’re related).  Both tell their stories with honesty, humor, and just the right amount of emotion. The writing is superb, and this book is wonderful.  Each woman’s story could stand alone, but together… well, together they’ve turned their story into a fairytale.




    I’m almost certain that if my mother and I tried to write a book together her half would be about blue teapots and craft projects and my half would be about whiskey and swearing.  On the other hand, we both love our kids desperately, and we both love music, and had we lived apart for most of my life, I bet we’d find we have a lot more in common than we think.  I could tell the story of my mom and I.  It might even be slightly interesting to someone. Von Zerneck and Hatfield’s story, though, gets the first ever five star rating from me. I’m in love (and also, I really think I need a pet monkey)!




    Would I recommend it: Yes, definitely!  My husband decided, based on the title, that this book was for women only, but I’d bet a bottle of scotch he’d be hooked if he read the first few chapters.




    Will I read it again: Next time I need a good cry, this is on my top ten list of Things to Read.




    (I received a copy of this book for review purposes.)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2013

    A captivating read! Just as spider silk has strength and elastic

    A captivating read! Just as spider silk has strength and elasticity, such are the threads of connection that weave this story of examined
    lives, primal loss and the pure rapture of reunion. Through the eyes of Julie and Kathy we see their strength, resilience, and the all the 
    possibilities.

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