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Ezra and Hadassah: A Portrait of American Royalty

4.32  ·  Rating Details ·  34 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
Ezra and Hadassah: A Portrait of American Royalty is the remarkable true story of a family torn apart by circumstances beyond their control. Born to mentally challenged parents, Ezra and Hadassah spend the first years of their lives in foster care while keeping ties with their biological parents. Everything changes when the children mysteriously disappear, leaving their ...more
Paperback, 242 pages
Published January 15th 2014 by Createspace (first published January 14th 2014)
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Sarah Elzinga
Mar 21, 2014 Sarah Elzinga rated it it was amazing
You know a book is good when you want to throw the author a parade!!1 Not since The Help has a book struck me with such force. A true story of a brother and sister's journey through the hell of foster care and then a heartbreaking adoptive home. Heather's honest candor about how she coped with the vivid mind games is admirable and amazingly well described. She makes you feel like you were right there living the nightmare with her. . I found myself earnestly rooting for this underdog from the ...more
May 17, 2014 Ursula rated it really liked it
This was an emotionally engaging book about Heather Young's life in foster care and beyond. Halfway through, I realized it was self-published, which made me both happy the author published it and sad that such a moving story didn't find a home with an outside publisher. This memoir was well paced, emotionally honest, and satisfying. There were a handful of typos throughout, and I'm not sure about the "A Portrait of American Royalty" part of the title, but despite these minor issues, I highly ...more
Janet Crandell
Oct 17, 2014 Janet Crandell rated it it was amazing
Shelves: good-read
Someone recommended this book to me and I am glad they did. I was surprised after I read the book that it was self published and not published by a regular publisher. I actually found myself waking up at night to read this book.
This is a true story about a brother and sister Ezra/Rex and Hadassah/ Heather. They were taken from their mentally handicapped parents... and put into foster care as young children.They were eventually adopted but the adoptive LDS family had many issues that were kept
Feb 28, 2014 J rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a heart-wrenching story of the author's life that is so well written it is hard to put down. She manages to help the reader understand a child's perspective on too many things that are out of her control, including being born into a family of parents with mental illness, being taken from them, foster care, and a terrible abusive adoptive situation. The author carefully writes about the sensitive subjects while telling the story in a straight-forward, honest manner. Ultimately it is ...more
Joanne Garbato
Apr 27, 2014 Joanne Garbato rated it it was amazing
I loved reading the story of Ezra/Rex and Hadassah/Heather,siblings taken from their parents and adopted into a brutal,unloving home.It is heartbreaking to see how the children in this family were emotionally and physically abused.I especially loved reading about Rex as an adult.It is amazing to see that he grew into such a caring,compassionate,wonderful human being who always looked for how he could help others.It is remarkable how he completely left his past behind him and refused to ever ...more
Melissa ownsbey
Sep 09, 2014 Melissa ownsbey rated it it was amazing
it was great it was ematoil and heart breaking and honsent book
it made me cry little bit
but it was a good book im so happy i got the chance to read it
Jul 16, 2014 Suey rated it it was amazing
Hard to read about this story of abuse, but very inspiring in the end. I couldn't put it down.
Julie King
Nov 01, 2016 Julie King rated it really liked it
Ezra and Hadassah is the story of a brother and sister born to a paranoid schizophrenic mother and a mentally challenged father, who are thrust into the foster care system and then adopted into a family where they suffer severe abuse. As a social worker, the tales of sexual abuse, emotional abuse, denial of food and basic necessities are not a new concept to me, but Heather recounts her childhood in a way that is heart-breaking at times and other times, devoid of emotion. The bright light ...more
Casee Marie
May 07, 2014 Casee Marie rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed, 2014
In her memoir, Ezra and Hadassah: A Portrait of American Royalty, author Heather Young weaves the intricate, painful story of her childhood with her brother Rex as helpless victims of the state. Born Hadassah and Ezra, the siblings spent the early years of their lives between a foster home and weekends spent with their biological parents. As children of parents overpowered by mental illness, Ezra and Hadassah were at the mercy of Children’s Services, a system that failed them when they were sent ...more
Apr 23, 2014 Judie rated it really liked it
Think Cinderella with the evil stepmother and stepsisters replaced by sadistic foster parents, one set of whom adopted her and her brother. Add a society, including the children’s services department and educators, neighbors, and a religious community that were blind to what was happening or incompetent in dealing with it. The result is Heather Young’s story of her life, told in EZRA AND HADASSAH.
Hadassah and her brother, Ezra, were taken from their biological parents who both suffered with me
May 27, 2014 Lisa rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I want to thank Heather Young and Goodreads First Reads Giveaway for the copy of Ezra and Hadassah: A Portrait of American Royalty.

This was a challenging book to read but in the end was hopeful. It looks deeply at our nations complex and flawed Foster care and Adoption policies and our historical response to those with disabilities. It also is the story of how a sister and a brother respond to the horrible situations they face and become strong and positive adults.
Melissa Knight
May 19, 2014 Melissa Knight rated it really liked it
I won a free copy of this book from a goodreads giveaway. It is quite good. This isn't a tear-jerker feel-sorry-for-me book. It feels much more like listening to a friend of yours talk about her very messed up childhood and trying to find her way in the world. It's fairly chronological, though at times the author will flash back to give us information that is only relevant to the current part of the story.

Jan 18, 2014 Melynda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: adoptees, first mothers,
This is the *only* memoir I have ever encountered written by a LDS adoptee who is still an active member of the LDS church. I was deeply moved by her recounting of her brother's life, her will to overcome the severe spiritual, emotional, and physical abuse of her adoptive home, and of her ability to make peace with her natural parents. A quick easy read that will leave you with a renewed hope in a woman's will to triumph.

Jan 23, 2015 Janice rated it it was amazing
This book was a real page-turner. It's unbelievable how some children have to endure such harsh upbringings and somehow survive into adulthood, some doing well as grown-ups, some not... This author has done an excellent job writing her memoir.
Vicki Christensen
Jan 28, 2014 Vicki Christensen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
So good. It's a story of a terribly sad childhood but there are some beautiful parts in the last 1/3 or so of the book. I'm so glad I got to read about Rex's life after the author was reunited with him.
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Feb 09, 2016 Michelle rated it it was amazing
Powerful and moving message: love is the answer. Thank you, Heather, for sharing your experience.
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Beverly Smith
Beverly Smith rated it it was amazing
Oct 10, 2014
Feb 09, 2014 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
Shattering. It's a hard story, but ultimately hopeful and beautiful.
Jaymie rated it really liked it
Sep 09, 2015
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