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I think I would not want to read this book if I was a would-be adoptive parent. It was pretty terrifying -- everything that could go wrong did go wrong in this fictional account of American couples adopting babies in the Peoples' Republic of China.
The setting is at least a decade ago -- but it doesn't seem dated -- although I was silently thinking that "surely things have changed for the better" as I listened. The premise of the story is simple: Chinese babies are promised to and then given to American parents who immediately bond with their babies. Then greed, avarice and corruption interrupt the idyllic possibilities with demands that the babies be returned; and force difficult, even impossible decisions to be made. The main character of the story makes the decision not to relinquish her baby as directed by the Chinese police and thus begins the hiding, running and overcoming to save one little life--that of a baby girl who has stolen her adoptive mother's heart; and soon wins over her adoptive brother too.
This is a good story, but one that has so many "problems" crop up that it is a bit daunting to keep up with all of them. Goodness wins in the end, but not without a great deal of heartache, some violence and death in the process.
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