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Heartlines: The Year I Met My Other Mother

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This is what happened the year I met my other mother.

In 1965, Robin, unmarried and pregnant, comes to Melbourne to give birth and give her baby up for adoption, then returns to Perth to resume her life having never seen her baby. After 10 days alone, the baby, is taken home, named Susannah, and made part of a wonderful family that loves her. The adoption laws at the time g
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Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Published May 2nd 2016 by RHA eBooks Adult
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Barbara Rohde
Jul 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
An interesting take on adoption reunion when denial has been the coping mechanism. Very easy to read and very open and honest. A refreshing account. As someone who has been there and done that I'd love to see a follow up in 20 years!
Eliza Genang
Mar 19, 2019 rated it liked it
An exceptionally clear recount of the first year of reconnecting an adoptee with her birth mother. The two writers switch frequently so that every moment and every tiny misstep is told and shown from both sides. I hope that adoptees find this book.
Gayle
Jan 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Being an adoptee Born in the mid ‘50’s I was very interested to give this a go. Whilst not the same circumstances as my adoption, I certainly could empathise and feel their pain during the whole process of discovery.
Simone
Aug 11, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: aww-2016
When Robin gives up her daughter for adoption in 1965, the law at the time guarantees that there will never be any contact between them. Although slightly older than many teenage single parents in that era, Robin does not feel ready for the responsibility of motherhood and believes the decision is the best one for both her and her child. In a lucky stroke of fate, her daughter Susannah is adopted by a loving family who give her a wonderful childhood and home life. Although aware she is adopted, ...more
linda davis
May 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
The story of being given up for adoption and meeting the birth mother

I doubt I could ever bare my soul as much as Susannah and Robyn do, though I think this story is more Susannah than about Robyn. In parts I put the book aside...because i recall the 1960's and how women were treated before we were given single mother pensions and society frowned severely on unwed mums. I am not a single mum or a woman who had to get married. I therefore find Susannah a bit hard on her mother as she comes across
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Helen Jeffreys
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Dee Michell
Aug 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book - the upbeat contemporary style, the honesty, humour and warmth, the ease of reading, and the happy ending. I wonder where they are all at now?
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