“A heartbreaking but ultimately life-affirming mother-daughter story that defies fiction. Every plot twist, every emotion touches a chord, even for those of us who have not had to endure such a brutal separation. Read it and weep—and then finally rejoice. An ode to the enduring power of family ties.”
—Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey, author of A Woman of Independent Means

“In my writers’ workshops, the greatest gospel I can preach is the obvious one – to tell the truth, whatever form it takes.  This amazing mother-daughter writing team exemplifies the concept to the max. The plot is Dickensian, rife with villains and struggle, the revealing of it, breathtaking in its simplicity and heartbreaking in its courage. What a story.”
—Ernest Thompson, Academy Award-winning writer of On Golden Pond

“What an extraordinary and compelling story, all the more so because it’s true—and told so beautifully by its two heroines.”
—Alice Maltin, producer & Leonard Maltin, film critic and correspondent for Entertainment Tonight

“This story will break your heart, bring on tears of joy, and make you believe in the healing power of love, forgiveness, and family.”
—Meredith Rollins, Executive Editor, Redbook Magazine

“This is a story about a love affair—on so many levels. Very unique, very soulful.”

—Susan Picascia, LCSW, BCD, psychotherapist and Executive Coach

“I’ve always known that it takes a courageous woman to give a baby up for adoption, and an even braver woman to tell her story with an uncompromising, raw honesty. Reading this book was like finding the note I’d always wished my birth mother would have left in my file; it shined a light on shaded places in my heart I didn’t know existed.”

—Kerrin Adrian, Executive Director, BER inc and adoptee

“I can’t believe this is a true story… one that will make you cry. And what a happy ending.”

—Lynn Pleshette, film producer and literary agent

Reader Reviews from
5 ✩✩✩✩✩ — 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.

5 ✩✩✩✩✩  — Very compelling and interesting

By Kindle Customer

I really loved this book and found it to be very compelling and interesting – thanks for sharing your story! I’m only sorry that it took so long for the two of them to be reunited.

5 ✩✩✩✩✩  — Loved it!!!!

By W. Fine

Impressively, this fascinating novel was written by two different authors and the story flows beautifully! This would be a great book for people who are adopted or have adopted children. It’s also a terrific mother and daughter story and a great read for women in general!

5 ✩✩✩✩✩  — extremely poignant…very well written!

By Mary Griffin

This book was one of a small but growing real life happy endings.couldn’t put it down. I highly recommend this read!

5 ✩✩✩✩✩  — Wonderful story.

By Peggy Welch

Well written, I couldn’t put it down. I hear it is going to be made into a movie–Can’t wait to see it!

5 ✩✩✩✩✩  — Secret Storms

By ddpoppe

This was an honest book about the profound effects of giving up a baby at birth, both from a mother’s perspective and also from the point of view of the child. Excellent!

5 ✩✩✩✩✩  — Great Book

By cinstar

I heard about this book on the Dr Phil show… is a really wonderful story…..sad and so unfair in the beginning, but turning out really good. Glad I bought it and read it! Highly recommend!

5 ✩✩✩✩✩  — Intimate and amazing true story

By Judy M Winn

This book takes the reader on a journey through the lives of two women, separated by others, whose love for each other challenges the impossible circumstances. A mother longing for her child, a child who questions why; two separate difficult paths that, when they intersect, bring joy and gratitude not only to them, but the reader, too. I highly recommend this book.