National Adoption Month – Delivering Hope Book Review

Delivering Hope by Jennifer Ann Holt

About the Book:
Olivia Spencer wants to be a mother more than anything else, but years of infertility have left her soul wounded and her marriage strained. Allison Campbell is a young, single woman who discovers that a moment of excitement has led to an unplanned pregnancy and overwhelming heartache. Deep love paves the way for sacrifice as the lives of these two women touch.
My Thoughts:
I thought overall, Delivering Hope was a great book to show all sides of adoption and to express the depth of feelings that each person is feeling.  It was inspiring to read about the birth mother who wasn’t just a stereotypical story.  I felt her emotions to be realistic and the situation dealt with appropriately.

As someone who has suffered through infertility myself, I felt a bit torn about my feelings on Olivia (adopted mom) section.  I felt that her feelings were a bit stereotypical   For the average person reading this book, that is fine, but as someone who has been there, lived that, it was hard.  I wasn’t emotional rather logical about the whole infertility issue.  I was frustrated because I couldn’t find out WHY my body wasn’t doing was it was supposed to.  What every other person could do without effort.  I was not bawling at church when babies cried, or yelling at friends for being pregnant.  I was thrilled for them, and jealous of the ease that it came to them, but it wasn’t heartbreaking for me.  Things were working as they were supposed to.

In terms of adoption, I have always had a very open mind about it.  As a child I always thought it would be an option to adopt a child.  I remember asking my best friend in college (who was adopted along with her 3 other siblings) if she would ever adopt a child.  I was shocked when she responded “I wouldn’t want to take a baby from another mother who was unable to physically have one herself”.  I had never thought if it that way.  So while I was very open to adoption, and had zero doubts as to whether I would feel any differently towards that child than I would a biological child, my husband and I agreed that if it came to IVF or adoption, we would spend the money and do IVF because that literally is not an option to a lot of women.

While trying to conceive  I was always told that I would miss out on the bonding experience by not being pregnant myself.  While pregnant, I kept waiting for this magic moment to happen.  I will be honest, I didn’t really feel a very strong connection to my child until I was home, my husband was back at work, and it was just the two of us.  His life depended on me.  He was my sole responsibility.  I then learned that it is not giving birth to a child that makes you a parent, but the raising and caring for a child that bonds you for life.

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November is National Adoption Month. To help raise awareness about adoption, and to support the National Council For Adoption’s (NCFA) “The Hope Challenge”, author Jennifer Ann Holt announces that for every paperback copy of her novel Delivering Hope that sells during the month of November, $2.50 will be donated to “The Hope Challenge”. Combined with the William E. Simon Foundation’s challenge grant which was awarded to NCFA, this will equate to $5 for every book sold during November going to the fundraising effort that will support NCFA’s 2012-2013 iChooseAdoption project, which aims to reach
young women facing unintended pregnancy with the positive option of adoption. Funds can also be used to support NCFA’s foster care and inter country adoption programs.


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