Child of Mine

Child of Mine

by Judy Mollen Walters

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Overview

What lengths would you go to in order to become a mother? Midwife Katie Cohen-Langer delivers babies for a living, but despite years of intensive infertility treatments and growing desperation, she can't have her own child.

As families grow under Katie's careful watch, her husband wants to move on to adoption. But Katie, who was adopted as a newborn, can't bear the thought of never having a biological connection to anyone.

So she sets off on a journey to the other side of the country, along with her emotionally unstable sister, to find her biological relatives.

What she discovers about her roots --and about the parents who adopted her -- rocks her world in a way she never could have expected. And even as she deals with what she finds, she still needs to figure out a way to become a mother.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940016325019
Publisher: TMG Electronic Self Publishing Services
Publication date: 03/11/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 539 KB

About the Author

Judy worked as an editor in nonfiction publishing for many years before becoming a Stay-at-Home Mother to her two daughters. She lives in New Jersey with her family, where she is at work on her next novel.

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Child of Mine 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
arlenadean More than 1 year ago
By: Judy M. Walters Published By: J.M.W. Age Recommended: Adult Reviewed By: Arlena Dean Rating: 4 Book Blog For: GMTA Review: "Child of Mine" by Judy Mollen Walters was quite a debut novel dealing with a couple's journey as they traveled through the trials and tribulations dealing with their quest to have a child....whether it was infertility or adoption. By Katie Cohen-Langer being adopted she was somewhat uncomfortable with pursuing this so she begins to sure to find out about her 'birth parents.' She is a successful midwife who has delivered numerous babies, helping other couples to conceive when they had given up hope that they would become parents. Now, we get into the heart of this story... Will Kate get the closure needed in order to adopt a child and give her husband, Brian the child they wanted so badly? This is where you will need to pick up the good read by this author to see the outcome. What was going on with Kate's sister, Lila and what were the secrets that Katie's Aunt Ginny had held all of these years? "Child of Mine" is a very "emotionally charged novel that will really pulls at your heartstrings." As you read this novel you can see how it describes a story that is very relatable. This was quite a read that dealt with so much pain, mental illness, infertility, miscarriage, adoption, helplessness, losing a parent, dejection and desperation that this couple went through in order to hopefully have their own bundle of joy. I found "Child of Mine" a very interesting read with some well depicted characters. This was definitely a novel about relationships and would I recommend as a good read? YES!
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JerseyGirlBookReviews More than 1 year ago
In her debut novel, author Judy Mollen Walters weaves a poignant and heart wrenching tale of one couple's journey through the trials and tribulations of dealing with infertility and adoption in their quest to have a child. Katie Cohen-Langer has the ideal dream job as a midwife, but the joy of helping other couples have their children is also painful, as she has endured years of failed infertility treatments which has left her emotionally spent and desperate to have her own child. The disappointment of the failed infertility treatments has her husband wanting to consider the process of adoption, but Katie is uncomfortable with pursuing this course of action. She was an adopted child whose parents provided vague information about her biological parents. Feeling the need for closure about her own life history before she could consider the adoption of a child, she begins a search to find out about her birth parents. Will the search for her birth parents provide Katie the closure she needs in order to be able to go adopt a child that she and her husband so desperately want? Child of Mine is an emotionally charged story that will simply tug at your heartstrings. Written in a thoughtful way, author Judy Mollen Walters describes a story that anyone who has walked in Katie's shoes can relate to. The attention to detail and description of the painful journey through failed infertility treatments; pursuing the adoption process; dealing with being an adopted child and/or being the woman who gives up her child (via a "parenting plan"), and dealing with a loved one's dementia is not lost on the reader as they experience the full gamut of emotions. You can't help but have empathy for the couple as they struggled with the pain, helplessness, dejection and desperation that they went through in order to have a child of their own. I personally could relate to this wonderful story that is so beautifully written. It brought back the sad memories of my own pregnancy and miscarriage that I had twenty-two years ago, and the painful failure of being unable to conceive another child. Author Judy Mollen Walters thoughtfully takes from her own personal experiences of conceiving her children via infertility treatment, and delivers a hauntingly poignant story that will resonate with the reader long after the last words have been read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Katie Cohen-Langer is living her dream, a mid-wife in a wonderful practice, married to the man she adores, but there is one thing missing. Katie can't seem to have a baby. After years of infertility treatments and disappointments her husband wants to begin the process of adoption, but Katie doesn't want to give up yet. She aches each time she helps another woman bring life into the world. Her sister Lila has an infant son, Jake, but Lila is still suffering with depression and can't fully appreciate all the gifts she has been given. While Katie wants to help her, it's yet another situation where she sees what others have that she doesn't. Katie also struggles with her personal identity, she's adopted, and her parents never told her anything about her birth parents. She feels she knows nothing about her health history, and there is virtually no one to help her. Her only living relative is her mother's sister, now living with dementia in a nursing home. Katie feels she has to try, to find out more, to learn what she can searching adoption records, agencies and anywhere she can. Will the truth really set her free? How far will she go to learn about her past, and to have the child she desperately wants. Child of Mine is the story of one women's journey, but many of the things Katie faces are familiar to millions of women. Infertility is a reality for many women, including myself. The honest way the struggle is revealed in this book is often sad and difficult to read, but it is reality. There are tests, and more tests, and when one thing doesn't work, more testing. Failure is the obvious feeling each cycle when a woman yet again gets her period. Katie is now in the depths of IVF treatments, where medications and invasive procedures rule her life. Infertility is a major piece of this novel, it is most certainly not the only battle that the main character faces. I was heartbroken as Katie was helping her sister Lila, her depression and despondent relationship with her small son was hard to read. The journey to find her birth story, her mother, her family is also gripping. As Katie is on her search my emotions were running right with her, wondering what the outcome would be, hoping it would not bring her more sadness. I enjoyed Child of mine very much, it was a story that I could relate to even though the character was in a much different place in life than I am. I would have enjoyed more attention to the relationship between Katie and her husband, and the compromises they made to become parents. The point of view was very much only Katie's. The story keeps moving and changing and I couldn't wait to see what was next. I gave this book a 4 out of 5 stars. I think it appeals to lover's of women's fiction, those who enjoy Sarah Pekkanen, Sarah Jio, and Jennifer Weiner are authors that come to mind. I think book clubs would find the book good Walters writes about infertility first hand as she suffered her own problems when trying to conceive. She has written openly about her own struggle in many published articles and on her own blog. She and her husband have served on many panels advocating donor sperm and support for other couples managing their infertility. You can learn more about Judy on her website, and she's also on facebook and on twitter @JudyMWalters
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Look into the life of a midwife that loves helping women go through pregnancy and childbirth. When she has her own trouble getting the one thing she wants most. The struggles of a husband and wife as they work for a family, and the troubles that can happen in a marriage. Loved this very sweet, look into a family as they face the struggles of having a baby of their own. I cried in some parts as it reminded me of my own issues.