Coming Together

Coming Together

by Joyce Norman, Joy Collins


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ISBN-13: 9780988985025
Publisher: Desert Spirit Press
Publication date: 03/31/2017
Pages: 274
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.62(d)

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Coming Together 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
IngridBotha More than 1 year ago
Coming Together was a book which I found very difficult to put down. The story enveloped me into the intricate complexity of all the red tape involved in Brazilian adoption which made the adoption of my own two children seem like a walk in the park. But weaved into all the politics lurks romance and suspense which the author cleverly blends together. A brilliant piece of work and a well-recommended read!
Perle More than 1 year ago
It's said that many first novels are, at least in part, autobiographical. In this instance, it is true. The core of Coming Together is a true story. Birmingham writer Joyce Norman lived it. With her friend Joy Collins acting as foil and prod, Norman tells us her story of a single woman traversing the hostile bureaucratic maze of the foreign adoption process in 1980s Brazil. She seamlessly weaves every minute detail of that intriguing slice of her life between the pages of an entertaining love story that never was. The two stories are not just a deft coming together of memoir and novel, but of friends, family, lovers, and cultures as well. Chapter One starts off at a dead run with a brief taste of what awaits an unsuspecting Daisy. A flash forward shows the terror that is reality in a country where the police are a law unto themselves. They knock down the doors of an innocent adoption agency and take infants and children away at gunpoint without warrant or cause to the "funabem," a benign name for the nightmare that is the state orphanage. This taste makes us read a little faster to see how it all unfolds, as ensuing chapters slow the action down and take readers back in time to meet Daisy and Luis. The novel is the love story of Daisy and Luis that wraps this telling in hope when hope is needed most. Daisy is an American fleeing a marriage that failed because her career's star far outshone her husband's. She is an independent, now single woman, determined to get on with her life. Along with her photographer, Charlie, she flies to Rio to immerse herself in her latest commission-a documentary on Brazil for a Dr. Tsuru. Luis is the proverbial tall, dark, handsome stranger, a Brazilian photographer with a surprising past, who joins Daisy's documentary crew on Charlie's recommendation. Daisy is immediately smitten, not only with Luis, but also with Rio's deceptive beauty, and unexpectedly, with a small orphaned infant. The memoir could stand alone, but who among us, given the chance, would not rewrite our history to include a love affair, and a tall, dark handsome stranger?
ccqdesigns More than 1 year ago
Daisy, an American documentary filmmaker and newly divorced, and Charlie, an American photographer, go to Brazil to film a documentary for a history professor who has written a book on Brazil and its people. Daisy decides to use a local Brazilian photographer to fill out her crew and meets Lois, who soon becomes her love interest. As they start filming Daisy finds that Rio is a beautiful city, full of lovely beaches, flowers, new buildings, and beautiful people. And when they visit Isabella who runs a private adoption agency in her home on the side of a mountain, Daisy meets her second love interest, Clay, a beautiful infant boy that needs a home. But Daisy is soon to find out that Brazil has a dark side that will affect both her loves and her life. Things are not always the way they seem and the Brazilian government has little interest in its children, there are far too many orphans for them to care for. Can Daisy complete the filming, keep everyone safe and have the loves and life she wants? From my point of view, this book was a surprise. I think I was expecting something a little different. Coming Together was more of a romance novel that was luckily very light on the sex scenes and more focused on the emotional lives of Daisy, Lois, Charlie and Isabella. It also delved into both the beauty and ugliness of Brazil. It was an easy and quick read that flowed well and kept moving at a good pace. I would recommend this for an easy afternoon at the beach or a nice day in the hammock.