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The Birth Mother

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  32 ratings  ·  16 reviews

On a business trip, a high-powered fifty-six-year-old American entrepreneur visits his partners in China. After their meeting, his Asian mentor invites him to an orphanage, a trip that will change the course of his family’s life forever. Without hesitation, he and his wife fall in love with Anglo/Asian twin girls and become their adoptive parents. The children grow up in a

Kindle Edition, 338 pages
Published September 17th 2019 by Archway Publishing
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Feb 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is an captivating, poignant story of overseas adoption by an American couple, of resilience, forgiveness, change, honor, customs, and even rape.
This compelling tale is unlike most anything one will read.
The "roller coaster" of emotions caused by various events will, certainly, keep the reader involved in this incredible story. (This reviewer is still unable to conclude, at the end of the story, if this is based on real events or totally fiction.) The unusual writing is what was distracting
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was not my ‘norm’ genre for reading. I am more of a romance, thriller, fantasy, paranormal… anything but just “adult fiction” genre reader. But, if you have followed my reviews, you know that I judge a book by the cover and the cover of this book spoke to me.

I do not regret for a nanosecond that I read this book. I highly enjoyed it and found myself completely immersed in the reading.

First and foremost, the author and the lead characters “arguments” made for an entertaining read. Being a fi
Angela Thompson
Jan 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Birth Mother Tells a Heartwarming, Heartbreaking, Hopeful Story. This novel crosses time, continents, and cultures to tell a family's story. With a unique storytelling tone and the use of multiple points of view, the author creates a piece that tells all sides of the whole story. I enjoyed the characters and their various challenges--and I enjoyed moving between the twins' families to learn their story as the "biography" unfolded.

The author made a complex story easy to read. There are a nu
Debbie Smith
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The unique way the book starts out had me on my toes, flipping from this page to that and rereading one particular statement. But in a short time, I caught on to the author’s sense of humor, or desire to create a different type of story.

The book covers so much regarding various cultures, families, women’s rights, religion, attitudes, and more. The characters and dialog feel very defined and believable. There are unique breaks in the story, that I will let you discover, that for me kept the book
Grace Ann
Dec 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing

A non-fiction book that portrays a lot about life's realities and human

The book,
'The Birth Mother'

There is much in this story that struck me emotionally. The characters in the story have their own intimate experiences that caused them to change and emerge into better versions of themselves. I guess they owe it to their adopted families who understood and supported them as well as influenced them in a positive way.

How painful is it for parents to sell their children for money? I was move
Jan 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Seymour Ubell’s The Birth Mother is a unique read and an excellent debut novel. I found this well written story to be one that held my attention until from start to finish. I was pleasantly surprised how engaged I was throughout reading this. I had no problem reading the whole book in one sitting. It was so worth spending those hours with these characters and their tale.
The Birth Mother tells the story of an American man doing business in China. After visiting an orphanage, he finds himself fal
BreeAnn (She Just Loves Books)
Dec 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary
What I Loved: The intertwining story of the twin’s lives with their birth mother’s story was beautiful. I loved the way the tale was woven together, jumping from one piece of the story to the next. It kept me so interested!

How I Felt: The Birth Mother is a beautifully written story with excellent research and information about the locations making the book come alive for the reader! I was so invested in the stories! The birth mother’s story had me gripped from the moment I found out her parents
Jan 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Birth Mother has multiple stories interwoven with one another, intersecting once in a while, but leaving a huge impact when they do.

From the adoption of a pair of twins in China by an American couple to the contrasting life of a Chinese couple, and much more, there are many instances of the disparities of the way of life between those from different countries or financial status, etc. However, the similarity of emotions is the common thread that binds all.
But certain emotions and relationshi
Michelle Garrett
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
First things first, The Birth Mother took me on all kinds of unexpected highs and lows. This was not the book I expected to read when I was first asked to read and review it for my website. I was pleasantly surprised and read it through in one sitting. I love those kinds of surprises.

While the plot seems to be an unbelievable stretch, it becomes so believably possible. There are so many layers to this story of love and acceptance that spans cultures and continents. I found myself on the edge of
Marilyn Wilson
Jan 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Birth Mother is an interesting read. The way the intro is written and the story told (supposedly switching between the author's voice and the adoptive father's voice) implies the book shares a true story. However, it is actually fiction, based on multiple true incidents from the author's many years spent in Asia. You can read more about this in my interview with the author at the link below.

This book is full of coincidences. The cast of characters include many people living in widely differe
Jan 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The most compelling book I read to start the year

What a fantastic year to start as a bookworm after reading this book. It is the most compelling book I read so far and during the past years. I cannot remember how many times I have goosebumps while reading this book. It is so remarkable. If I could rate this story in 10 stars, I would.

There is one scene that triggers me. I knew I already had a warning, but have to get through that brutal scene. It was not easy but I did read that scene. Adoptio
Beth Ann Ditkoff
Dec 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Birth Mother is a fictional account of an older American couple who adopt twin Chinese infant girls. The focus of the novel is not about the children, but rather their adoptive and biological parents. Told through alternating perspectives, both in the USA and China, the story twists through the birth mother's life events as well as the adoptive parents' experiences. The book is layered with interesting themes of cultural differences between China and the USA, and various religious viewpoints ...more
Suzanne Rheiner
Sep 09, 2020 rated it liked it
This story was easy to read and entertaining. It was a bit saccharine and Hallmark ish as another reader pointed out. One thing that did bother me is the the Americans spoke in exactly the same tone (I’m not too familiar with writer terminology so I’m not sure I am using this correctly) as the Asians. This just did not ring genuine to me. No matter how well spoken your average American is they are not going to sound as if his words were translated from anther language. I would recommend it to ce ...more
Denise Hatcher
May 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is such a captivating book that forced me to think about the story, my life, and my reactions as I read it. Would I be as accepting if my parents had “sold” me as a fifteen year old? Why do some cultures still value men so much more than others? Who are the “good” people in my life? I am thankful to have had this book recommended to me.
Mar 01, 2020 rated it it was ok
Fantasy romance in international settings... everyone ends up wealthy... and after a little scare, healthy too. Very traditional gender roles where men are extremely successful at business and women are praised for their intuition and beautiful homes
Alice Yoder
May 12, 2020 rated it it was ok
Either Seymour is a bad writer or he had a bad editor. Either way, I was not understanding after I found an incomplete sentence on the very first page. Come on, guys, do a better job.

Too many coincidences in this book for it to be believable. It read like a "Hallmark" book to me.
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