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The Sound Of Hope
     

The Sound Of Hope

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by Anne Bauer
 

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When children are kept in the dark regarding their origins, nobody wins

Only rarely does a memoir come along that taps into the heart of the human condition. The Sound of Hope is such a story, told by Anne Bauer, an adoptee who cannot pretend that she had another life and another family before being adopted.

Much of Anne's childhood was spent wondering about her

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When children are kept in the dark regarding their origins, nobody wins

Only rarely does a memoir come along that taps into the heart of the human condition. The Sound of Hope is such a story, told by Anne Bauer, an adoptee who cannot pretend that she had another life and another family before being adopted.

Much of Anne's childhood was spent wondering about her other mother. She desperately wanted to know where she was, what she looked like and most importantly, why she placed her for adoption. Living in the closed adoption system, her questions were met with a wall of silence. This aura of secrecy only intensified Anne's quest to eventually discover her own story. Faced with anger and contempt, secrets and revelations, Anne sets out to uncover the truth. This powerful memoir traverses family and relationships and carries the unforgettable message that nobody should be cut off from their origins.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780595520305
Publisher:
iUniverse, Incorporated
Publication date:
11/26/2008
Series:
Rising Star Series
Pages:
296
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.67(d)

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The Sound Of Hope 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
ApexReviews More than 1 year ago
(Official Apex Reviews Rating: 4.5 Stars) "...it's a good boat that tries to find the harbor it left...but be careful: don't go looking for someone who might not want to be found." This poignant remark, made by her sage grandmother, perfectly sums up the internal conflict driving young Anne Marie Willoughby. Anne has lived her life in rather normal fashion: she has a healthy childhood, she does well in school, and she ultimately falls deeply in love with a wonderful man. Of course, her upbringing is not completely idyllic, but by and large she has little to truly complain about. There is something a bit different about Anne's life, though: when she's five years old, she learns that she was actually adopted. Furthermore, the family that adopted her also adopted her two brothers, Thomas and Brian, and has raised all three of them as their own ever since. Once this seed is planted in Anne's mind, it becomes impossible for her ever to forget, and her curiosity about her real origins only grows stronger over the ensuing years. Her inquisitiveness finally gets the best of her when she turns twenty-two, and she soon launches an all-out campaign to discover the true identity of her birth mother. Despite a series of temporary dead ends, her resolve remains strong, and her tenacity ultimately pays off when she makes finally contact with the woman who brought her into this world. Her reaction, naturally, is mixed - but it hardly compares to the fallout that comes from her parents, brothers - and even her fiancé - as they struggle to understand the motives behind her actions. As a result, Anne is forced to reconcile both sides of the emotional tug-of-war left in the wake of her quest - and it proves to be quite the daunting task. Taut and compelling, The Sound Of Hope is the kind of rare story that comes along every so often that is able to pull at the heartstrings in a variety of equally impactful ways. Anyone who has ever struggled with issues of personal identity or self-awareness will certainly relate to Anne's internal struggle, but parallel to her dilemma is that of her family members, who, after having cared greatly for her her entire life, are suddenly confronted with feelings of inadequacy, envy - and even rejection - in the face of her actions. Add to all this the emergent shock of her birth mother who, twenty-two years later, must face the resurrected ghosts of a past that she was convinced would never again resurface, and you have the makings an understandably volatile, emotionally explosive situation. Despite the potentially disastrous repercussions, though, Anne and her family manage to navigate their collective way through the circumstances. Made possible by the very real love that they all share for one another, such a sacrifice stems from the strength of proven bonds that have been forged over the years - and even the natural bond that Anne shares with her birth mother. Bauer does a commendable job of showing just how effectively the power of real love can weather any storm - emotional, spiritual, or otherwise. A riveting story with a timely, memorable message, The Sound Of Hope is recommended reading for many a jaded heart in these seemingly hopeless, cynical times - most especially those who remain unconvinced of the indomitable power of love.
LynnGrubb More than 1 year ago
A Book Review: By Lynn Grubb

Discovering this wonderful memoir by a lucky twist of fate was the highlight of my holidays. After much anticipation, it arrived at my door three days before Christmas. I couldn¿t put it down until I absorbed every delightful nugget of it.

Anne takes you through her childhood and what it is like experiencing one physical reality (her adopted family) while at the same time, living in another reality (the fantasy world of her birth family). If there were ever any question about whether adopted children think about their birth families, this book puts that doubt to rest.

Each character is well-developed and by contrasting the unique personalities in her adopted siblings, one gets a glimpse into how adoption affects children differently. I especially enjoyed the unique relationship Anne describes with her maternal grandmother, who Anne later discovers she has more in common with than originally believed.

As Anne reaches adulthood, her curiosity turns into a plan of action and she defies both the rules of society and the important people in her life to get answers to the secrets of the past. The book shows a wide range of different reactions in people who learn that Anne is searching and how the search brings out deep insecurities in not only adoptive parents but in others outside her family.

As I read about Anne¿s developing relationship with her birthmother, I felt like I was walking on eggshells right along next to her. I felt her frustration and hurt as she tried repeatedly to help her parents and fiance understand her need to know her birth family. I also felt her elation at finally discovering the truth.

Issues the book explores are fears of abandonment, communication barriers, expectations in reunion, closed records and how adoptees cross emotional landmines at every turn.

I hope this book will awaken the general public and lawmakers of this country to the recognition that concealing the truth of children¿s pasts does a lot of damage that could otherwise be prevented through open records, open communication and education.

This book is wonderfully written and gives any reader, adopted or not, a better understanding of adoption through the eyes of the adoptee. But what makes it a stand-out among other adoption books is its deep honesty of both the pain and joy we all discover when we embark on the journey to know and understand ourselves and those we love better.
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Ellie30 More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this memoir. As a non adopted person, I was eager to learn more about what life is like for those who are adopted and this book delivered that and a whole lot more! This beautifully written story not only had me up all night reading until I finished, but it also opened my eyes to the difficulties that adoptees face. I was never aware of this side of adoption before, and my attitude has changed after reading this novel. This absorbing, well-written memoir will be a treat to everyone in the adoption community. And it will be especially appreciated by those who are not familar with the intimate family dynamics involved with adoption. I loved the cultural anecdotes and the whole ballroom dancing community in the story. This memoir is definitely a must read!