Guardians' Betrayal: What Happens Seven Years After Adoption

Guardians' Betrayal: What Happens Seven Years After Adoption

by Johanna Van Zanten

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ISBN-13: 9781543909319
Publisher: BookBaby
Publication date: 11/16/2017
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

Johanna was born and raised in The Netherlands. She obtained a Fine Arts degree in Amsterdam and entered the social work profession as a creative therapist in an addiction treatment center in Amsterdam. She immigrated to Canada in her early thirties, married a Canadian, had a daughter, and returned to university; she graduated from University of Victoria in BC with a Bachelor’s degree in social work. Since 1982, she worked in a variety of community settings and positions in Albert and BC – the last 17 years in child protection.

She discovered writing later in life and finally put her long-held wish to write a book one day into action with publishing On Thin Ice – a short story collection – in 2012 while taking intensive writing courses, enjoying the act of writing as a life-giving force. Johanna wrote her stories to inspire and entertain her readers, and share what life taught her.

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Guardians' Betrayal: What Happens Seven Years After Adoption 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
B_Morrison More than 1 year ago
Subtitled _What Happens Seven Years After Adoption?_, Van Zanten’s new novel explores new territory. Suffering from malnutrition and neglect, sisters Shayla and Abby were adopted by their social worker Bernice Harrison when their mother died. With her background, Bernice was well-equipped to help the girls and her own family, husband Tom and two young sons, adjust to their new family. However, as the story opens, seven years later, cracks are beginning to emerge. The story is narrated in the alternating voices of Shayla, Bernice and Tom. Each is struggling to stay above water. Shayla is navigating the terrors of adolescence: mean girls, first love, self-doubt. Sensing that his family is drifting away, Tom becomes involved in an affair with a much younger co-worker. Bernice finds herself suddenly a single parent of four children while trying to juggle Shayla’s problems and the other three children’s dismay at Tom’s defection. It’s a good story, and an important one. Van Zanten writes with authority and compassion for all of them. I appreciate her even-handed approach. There are a few times when the dialogue tips slightly into social-worker-ese, but for the most part is authentic. With this unusual and emotional story, Van Zantan reminds me of how helpful it can be for writers to find a new area to explore. Of course, a good writer can make even the most common plot feel new again, but how exciting to find something so original! Anyone with an interest in family dynamics or adoption will enjoy this story. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book free from the author. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You have to many symbols that seem it shouldn't be on the book. Otherwise, it is a great story about they losing their mother at a young age. Now they with the foster system, they met their dad who came to the funeral. Don't want to spoiled the rest. Yet there more that came in a shock in the matters.