G, 3.5 stars
5 years later no one expects problems with an adoption, right?
Like Dandelion Dust by Karen Kingsbury deals with this problem. The biological father of the child was in jail when the mother found out she was pregnant. He had physically abused her and she was afraid of putting her child through that so she did not tell him about the baby. She forged his signature on the adoption papers. Five years later he gets out and she tells him before someone else, like a neighbor, can do it. He immediately wants the child back and since he never actually signed the papers it seems like it's a done deal.
This story looks at both sides of the equation--the birth parents and the adoptive parents. Like other works by Kingsbury, it is full of emotion.
The adoptive mother's sister moves to town. The two were very close growing up, but their husbands didn't really get along with each other. The sister's family is Christian in spirit, but the adoptive mother is just Christian in name only. She doesn't really attend church. The biological mother is also Christian, but her husband not so much. This book is about more than adoption. It's about how God plays a role in our lives.
This story took me in. I constantly wondered how Kingsbury was going tie everything up in a nice Christian bow. She did it, amazingly.
I rate this book G for it's suitable for all audiences, but the younger audiences aren't going to understand it the way Kingsbury wrote it. I don't want to spoil the ending, but it sort of takes a look at Solomon's issue with the two mothers.
This book was made into a movie in 2009 starring Mira Sorveno.