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Linda Hoye was in her early twenties when she found herself parentless for the second time.

Adopted at five months of age, her heritage, medical history, and access to information about who she was or where she came from was sealed; it was as if she had never existed before being adopted. When she was barely in her twenties her adoptive parents died and a pattern of loss wa...more
Paperback, 232 pages
Published 2012 by Benson Books
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Kathleen Pooler
Linda Hoye spins a poignant tale of love, loss and longing in an adoptee’s search for her identity. With a genuine and compelling voice, she brings us into her lifelong search for her biological roots starting with the story of her childhood with her adoptive parents, Ed and Laura. Although they are loving parents, she harbors a sense of not belonging. Her yearning to discover her history combined with her longing for an intact family of her own lead her into a relationship that turns abusive an...more
Alana
Linda Hoye tells a very real, heart-wrenching story of not just her adoption, but her life. The circumstances of her adoption, especially since she was born in the era of closed adoptions where the entire situation was often viewed with fear and misgivings and shame, cause her no end of grief and difficulty throughout the rest of her life, though with plenty of good moments, as well.

I could not fear that her experience was "typical," because, for one, there is no adoption experience (or family,...more
Lynne Spreen
This book was lovely and heartbreaking at the same time. If I hadn't just finished watching a biography of Steve Jobs on TV, I might think that adoption is a bad idea. In the case of Jobs, the fact that he was adopted by those particular parents, and that particular location on the planet, probably gave him the foundation to become the superstar he was. In the case of Linda Hoye, many of the adults did the best they could under tough circumstances, but there's no question she suffered, and it af...more
John Needham
This is certainly the most moving book I’ve read this year. Those of us fortunate enough to have been born into conventional nuclear families, those in which biological parents keep and cherish their offspring, can really only guess at how it must feel to grow up in an adoptive one knowing that, even if your surrogate parents are genuinely loving, they aren’t really your natural mum and dad; not your proper ones.

In this beautifully written autobiography, Linda Hoye poignantly describes her feeli...more
Denise Hisey
Although I bought Linda's book a few months ago, I didn't pick it up to read it until yesterday. I read the entire book in one day! It really is that good!

Linda weaves her story beautifully. I felt like she was in the room with me; and I was honored to hear her story.

Though I am not adopted, I could relate to much of what she wrote about and that endeared her to me all the more.

A great read of abandonment, grief, love, strength, redemption, and reality.
Sherrey
Linda Hoye opens her memoir with a quote from Alex Haley:

"In all of us there is a hunger, marrow deep, to know our heritage--to know who we are and where we came from. Without this enriching knowledge, there is a hollow yearning. No matter what our attainments in life, there is still a vacuum, an emptiness, and the most disquieting loneliness."

I sat for some time focusing on these words because I felt they held the core of the author's story. The words "vacuum," "emptiness" and "disquieting lone...more
Paige
Oct 11, 2013 Paige rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: adoptees, birth-first family members, social workers, a-parents
Book Review: Two Hearts: An Adoptee's Journey Through Grief to Gratitude

Author and adoptee, Linda Hoye, has written an eloquent yet straight forward account of her growing up and young adulthood experiences in her memoir, Two Hearts: An Adoptee's Journey Through Grief to Gratitude. As a child and teenager, Linda embraced her adoptive parents, sister and beloved aunt and uncles, but at some level, she knows this is not the whole truth of her true being. "My self is fractured, and I'm not sure who...more
Rhonda Rae Baker
I couldn't put Linda Hoye's memoir down, it was very touching and encouraging for me.

As a fellow adoptee, who took similar paths in life, her story helped me. I look forward to reading her sequel.

There are so many issues when it comes to the secrecy of adoption and Linda portrayed some important levels of the torment that we live through. Taking the journey with her through this story brought up memoiries of my own that resonated with her heartache and struggles. An inspirational journey that wi...more
Denise
Two things that make a memoir great: honesty and craft. Linda Hoye’s “Two Hearts” has both, resulting in a compelling and heart-wrenching story. As I witnessed Linda truly move through grief to gratitude, my emotions ran the gamut, from tense and hopeful during the first half, and relieved and ultimately joyous in the second half, when she finds understanding and peace.

“Two Hearts” is a worthy addition to the body of adoption-related literature. But it is not just an “adoption memoir.” It’s for...more
Carol
Linda Hoye was adopted as an infant. Her parents "chose" her from all the other babies. She was "special." This was the story told to so many adopted children in the days when adoption records were sealed. It was supposed to make them feel wanted, but the effect was often the opposite.

As Hoye writes in her powerful and moving memoir Two Hearts - An Adoptee's Journey Through Grief to Gratitude: "I'd grown up hearing I was 'chosen' by my parents. But I was only available to be chosen because I was...more
Winter Rose
Well Written, Will Move You To Tears!
Dee Hobbs
excellent book, very well written, insight into adoption from the childs perspective,
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Linda Hoye is a writer, editor, adoptee, and somewhat-fanatical grandma. Her work has appeared in an assortment of publications in Canada and the US. In 2009 her piece, The Face in the Mirror, won second prize in the Susan Wittig Albert LifeWriting Competition. She is active in the adoption community and is an advocate for transparency in adoption. Hoye currently lives in the state of Washington w...more
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