Bethlehem took her first breath as her mother took her last.
Left to survive in overcrowded Ethiopian orphanages, she developed survival skills rivaling a warrior - a fierce, independent fighter before she could walk or talk. As she approached her second birthday, Bethlehem lived her days guided by two rules: everyone leaves and trust no one.
A world away in Canada, Tory Witcraft is trying to adopt from Ethiopia with her husband, Matt, when her adoption agency goes bankrupt, threatening her dreams of becoming a mother. Against the advice of many, including government officials threatening to revoke the adoption, she goes to Ethiopia, and her new daughter, Bethlehem.
When they finally meet, both mother and daughter struggle to connect, each trapped by their own fears and demons. Emotions and tempers run hot. Hearts and dreams collide, shattering a family before it could fully form.
The adoption journey was difficult, but no one expected the hardest part of the journey would begin once they met.
For a first novel this was an amazing book. Written to make you feel as though you are apart of the process. Shattered Embrace is about Tory and her husband who are trying to adopt a child.
This book is an amazing inside look on first hand adoption. The emotions, struggles and fears that follow it.
You feel the heart ache they face, in sadness and fear. You feel the joy and happiness in the good times.
I love this book.
The characters were everyday down to earth normal Joe's. I loved that you feel like you can relate to everything they went through. Rahter you have been affected by adoption or not. You can understand the struggles and heartaches.
It's a must read. I enjoyed page after page.
P. R. Newton
P.R. (Piper) Newton is a proud geek mom of two little boys, one through birth, one through adoption. She has a background in psychology and continues to take post-grad courses in childhood trauma and development. In her writings she loves to explore the human mind, putting her characters through unthinkable things, just to see how they react. She is a full-time author, who believes in the magical, creative inducing powers of arm warmers and stripy socks.