Title: Intimate Strangers
Author: Anne M. Strick
Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Romance
Published on: January 5th 2011
Rating: 4 stars
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This wonderful book is the first to focus on one aspect of man’s inhumanity to child that has crossed my path many times: that confusing world of adoptions. Anne M. Strick artfully sets up parallel adoption scenarios that immerse the readers in the very heart of the characters – birth parents, adoptive parents, and most importantly, the hearts of children themselves. With this book, she gives us the impetus to legally, practically and morally move to fulfill for our children the promise of the Pledge of Allegiance – “With Liberty and Justice for All!” Heart-catching, suspense, hot tears and hot sex.
Intimate Strangers may be a contemporary romance in the strict sense of the word, it’s unlike any contemporary romance novel I’ve ever read. The main focus of the book is adoption, and how society sometimes rules in favor of biological parents as opposed to in favor of the small, helpless child who is unable to defend himself. We meet with main characters Georgie and Dru, who stand right in the middle of the world of adoptions, and try to help people out wherever they can. There are many joys, but equally as many woes, in this world. People desperate for a child who have to wait for years to get one, although the list of children up for adoption is large enough to accomodate all requests. People who’ve managed to adopt a child, only to get sued by the biological parents later on. Biological parents who, more often than not, didn’t care for the child the first years of their life.
Georgie, one of the main characters, knows first-hand how hard it is to give a child up for adoptions, but she also understands why people do it. She’s made it her personal quest to help adoption parents and children, every single hour of the day. Her passion for this kind of job is obvious, and it made me like her instantly. She’s driven and emotional, although she tries to keep her emotions at bay. She’d led a rough life so far, which also increases my respect for her.
Dru is equally ambitious to help her clients, although she seemed at first, less emotionally involved. The better we get to know the character though, the more it becomes obvious that this detachment is Dru’s self-defense from the harsh, cruel world outside. She didn’t have a happy childhood, far from it, and she’s still struggling to cope with that ever since.
The plot was great, especially how it all came together in the end. There were some loose pieces in the beginning that had me wondering, but by the end, all was resolved and neatly tied together. This is an intelligent book, rather than just focusing on the romance, it focuses on the underlying issues at hands, and more importantly, on how it’s possible in today’s society that adopted children, growing up in loving, caring homes, still get assigned to biological parents who haven’t cared for them ever since they were born. This really made me think. It’s not because adoptive parents and their children don’t have a biological bond, that they don’t have a bond made of love, commitment and trust. To break that bond would be desastrous for the child. I can’t believe, in today’s society, that judges still rule in favor of biology as opposed to love.
If you’re like me, and you enjoy books that have romance, but don’t focus on the romance entirely, that are cleverly written, and show you unique, enjoyable main characters, you should give Intimate Strangers a try.
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